Sarah Machtey is River Artisans’ Artist of the Month for August

sarahM_smSarah draws inspiration from nature primarily, also from the steampunk movement and from her grandparents’ world of scale miniatures. Many pieces evolve from items she designs for herself when unable to find what she wants, or from the behavior of materials during creation of something else. She uses a variety of media including natural and polymer clays, fiber, and aluminum cans and tabs. Her pieces currently available at River Artisans include crocheted pouch necklaces and super-soft scarves. Sarah welcomes commissions for custom items. She sells through and locally at Sherwin Art Glass in Bellows Falls, as well as River Artisans. She will be demonstrating aluminum can/tab upcycling at the annual Steampunk Festival in Springfield, VT which runs September 23-25 this year. More of her work can be seen at

Della Thompson is the Artist of the Month for July

Della ThompsonDella is a freelance artist and craft maker from Mt. Holly, VT who has been producing fine art and crafts for over thirty years. Her fine art specialties include pastel painting, theorem painting, portrait and landscape painting, and murals. Her craft specialties include fabric ornaments and toys, decorative pillows, specialty soaps, and aroma therapy bags. Other related specialties include sign making, calligraphy, advertising art, sewing, wall stenciling, art framing, and greeting cards.

Hailing from Myerstown, PA, she graduated from the York Academy of Arts and attended Pennsylvania School of Arts. The early years of her career included professional art design for pewter metalware, wallpaper and textile pattern design, as well as hand lettering and painting of signs.

Her beautiful work clearly expresses her approach: “The creation of a new craft or a work of art is in many ways a magical process. I see in my minds eye approximately what I want to create, but that is just a starting point. Once I have my pastels, pencils, or paint brushes in hand then the real magic begins. My main guiding influences are form, color, and Joy of Life. As the artistic creation unfolds, then my focus shifts to those details which will make the creation special and unique. Eventually I reach a point where it just looks right, and then it is done.”

Della’s work is shown at the Silver Spoon Gallery on Depot Street in Ludlow as well. Della is also available to do commissioned works of art (Call 802-259-2801 to discuss a commission).

The River Artisans Cooperative is located in the center of Saxtons River on Main Street, across from the Saxtons River Inn. The shop displays the work of about 50 local artisans and new members are always welcome. For more information, visit, call 802-869-2099 —or stop by and say “Hello!” Summer hours are: Mon – Friday noon – 5pm / Saturday & Sunday 10am – 3pm.

Woodworker Tom Goldschmid is the Artist of the Month for May

Tom Goldschmid at the latheLOWTom has always enjoyed working with wood. He spent over 30 years designing and building timber frame structures. In recent years his interest in woodworking has expanded to include turning wooden bowls.

He explains his process and inspiration: “Every species of wood has it’s own unique quality and for that reason, every bowl I make takes on a unique style and shape. In contrast to my work as an architect, the creation of a bowl tends to be a spontaneous and intuitive design process; as the proportions and curve of a bowl are often revealed as the wood is turning on my lathe. I draw inspiration from working and walking in our native hardwood forest here in Southern Vermont.”

Beloved birch finds a new lifeLOWRecently he was asked to make a series of bowls for his friend River, when a particularly beautiful old white birch tree on her property had to be cut. She gave the bowls as gifts, in tribute to a lovely tree that held so many fond memories for family members.

Tom’s bowls and other turnings are available through the River Artisan’s Cooperative in Saxton’s River as well as at seasonal craft fairs. For more information about his work feel free to contact him at or call 802 579 2207.

Potter Virginia Wyoming is the Artist of the Month for April

IMG_2131Virginia comes from at least three generations of horticulturists and that influence is easy to see in her planters, sculpture and vases. Her studio is bordered by woods and the patterns of the overlapping branches are an inspiration in winter, the shades of green so gorgeous in summer and the leaves so spectacular in the autumn – all this beauty deeply informs her very organic-looking pieces.

Virginia’s art has been nurtured by family, art teachers, and other artists throughout her life. She especially thanks Don Johns for first getting her hands in clay in high school, and Ka Kuong Hui at Rutgers/Douglass College for inspiring her to stay on a path of clay.

Virginia also sells her work on Etsy where she accepts commissions for special items like hanging planters, sculptural crows, dinnerware and bowls.

She is a member of the Walpole Artisan Cooperative in Walpole, New Hampshire.
Her website is: and you can learn more about her work and her studio in an article on The Gardener’s Eden blog.



Textile artist Carolyn Harris is River Artisans Artist of the Month for February

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Carolyn Harris started sewing in the 4-H Club when she was just 10 years old and made most of her own clothing by the time she was a teenager. Working mainly with colorful calicos, today she makes a wide array of textile items such as: toddler quilts, wall hangings, aprons, baby hats, bibs, girls pocketbooks, mini purses, eye glass cases, checkbook covers, scarves, fleece hats, pot holders, towels, pet placemats, dog coats, and felted mittens.

Originally from Massachusetts, Carolyn taught in Springfield’s schools for 39 years, retiring in 2011. She’s been a member of the Saxtons River group since 2012 and now splits her time between Mass and West Wardsboto, VT, where she enjoys skiing, kayaking, biking, hiking, gardening.

The River Artisans Cooperative is located in the center of Saxtons River on Main Street, across from the Saxtons River Inn. The shop displays the work of about 50 local artisans and new craftspeople are always welcome.

Winter Hours are: Monday & Friday 12-5; Saturday & Sunday 10 – 3. Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. For more information, visit, call 802-869-2099 – or stop by and say “Hello!”