A master crafter, Joan Lester is River Artisans’ Artist of the Month

Artist of the Month Joan Lester sets up her display of tea-cozies and tea blends.

Artist of the Month Joan Lester sets up her display of tea-cozies and tea blends.

Joan Lester was chosen as River Artisans’ Artist for the Month of October. If you search the word “multi-talented” on the internet, you’ll probably find Joan Lester’s name. A proficient artisan and chef, it seems whatever she learns, she masters.

Lester’s love of all things crafty began at the age of four when a neighbor taught her how to make shoes for her dolls out of ribbons. This sparked her lifelong passion for learning about, teaching and creating hand-crafted items.

Originally from Bermuda with its British influences and with 20 years in Vermont, it’s no surprise that the sea, the scenery and tea fuel her interests. Always seeking new sources of inspiration and outlets for sharing her work, she finds that being part of the River Artisans gives her opportunity to do both. Lester joined the cooperative 20 years ago, serving as its president for two years. Within the next few months, she is looking forward to teaching classes on crochet and how to set up an Etsy shop at the e-commerce site.

Many of Joan’s creations are available in the shop including: jewelry; crocheted hats and baby items, and teas and tea-cozies at our shop. Lester’s work can also be purchased online at her popular Etsy shop, Sunshine Cottage found at www.etsy.com/shop/sunshinecottage. Follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sunshinecottage1.

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