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Shopping at Frog Hollow for Vermont crafts

BURLINGTON, Vt. — In today’s high-tech world fueled by mass production, a handcrafted gift stands out as something truly special — to give and receive. At Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center you find hundreds of such gifts ranging in price and style, but not quality.

“We work with only juried Vermont artists and each piece is one of a kind,” says Ruby Houston,  who manages the Frog Hollow gallery, which basically functions as a store. “I try to make sure there is something for everyone, which means we have everything from $4 suncatchers in pressed glass to $5,000-to-$6,000 paintings.’’

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In addition to works in clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood, the gallery showcases photographs, prints, paintings, and objects made from other materials, such as reed and paper (sculptures). Among the items you find are wooden hand-turned bowls, cutting boards, hall tables, chairs, cabinets, and even a desk. In metal, sculptor Aaron Stein creates automobile-influenced works, such as car-themed shadow boxes and the shapes of states covered with old license plates. There are lots of clay items, including boxes, vases, and sculptures, along with a bounty of tableware, including bowls, mugs, pitchers, and plates. In fiber, the shop abounds with knitted hats, fabric purses, hand-loomed throws, and colorful painted silk scarves from artists such as Maggie Neale. Gorgeous glass items fill the space, too, such as jewel-toned vases, goblets, and bowls, and there is plenty of jewelry.

Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft

Center  85 Church St., Burlington,
802-863-6458, www.froghollow.org  

Victoria Abbott Riccardi can be reached at variccardi@rcn.com.
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