Folk Art of the British Isles
Join us on a journey to explore the colorful folk art of Britain! Folk art is steeped in tradition and often created by self-taught artists and artisans. We will make a vardo, a traditional horse-drawn wagon used by British Romani people as their home. Vardos were elaborately decorated, hand carved, and ornately painted with traditional Romani symbols. We’ll also look at the kinds of barges families used to live in along the canals and design our own small colorful boats. Our exploration of folk art will conclude with the traditional Punch and Judy puppets. Join us for crafts and fun!
Fiona Davis, Ceramics Director, was born and educated in the UK, where she studied early childhood education and development. She immigrated to the United States with her husband and moved to Vermont in 1988. Fiona first took pottery with Jenny Swanson and worked with her at the League of NH Craftsmen and later at Dartmouth College’s Ceramic Workshops. Fiona was apprenticed to Miranda Thomas at her workshop in Quechee and followed her to Bridgewater, VT, where she worked alongside Ara Cardew. During this time she taught at the ArtPost, started by Caroline Bardos. Fiona came to ArtisTree in 2012 to begin the ceramics program and to help provide outreach opportunities to different communities within the Upper Valley.