Top Connecticut Artists To Buy From This Holiday Season

December 18, 2012 8:00 AM

(credit: Alison Palmer Studio)

(credit: Alison Palmer Studio)

(credit: Alison Palmer Studio)

Here you will find artisans that create jewelry, pottery, handwoven home decor as well as wearable items and more. Visit these artists’ studios and enjoy browsing their galleries for that special gift.
The Alison Palmer Studio
48 Stone Fences Lane
South Kent, CT 06785
(860) 927-4680

Alison is a ceramic artist who enjoys making anthropomorphic urns. The designs are a combination of animal as well as human. You will also find beautiful one-of-a-kind pitchers perfect for holding milk or maple syrup. There are bright, low-fired ceramics with a contemporary feel to enjoy. Banks, bowls, dishes, candle holders, salt and pepper shakers, spoon rests and other comic and colorful useful pottery options abound. The artist holds workshops in her studio where you can learn to design and create your own piece. A gift of pottery or a workshop class for the crafter in your life might be just what you are looking for.

LDM Artisans
211 Hartford Road
Brooklyn, CT 06234
(860) 774-7040

LDM Artisans is located in the Architectural Stained Glass Studio that has been in business since 1987. Denise, Michele and Laura are the artisans at work in this studio. They create vintage lockets and torched glass beads resulting in beautiful finished products. If you want beads to go with Pandora or Chamilia bracelets, these artisans can provide those for you. These ladies even offer studio parties where you can be hostess of a party and earn free jewelry. Custom glass works can be designed to order.

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Amber Tortoise Jewelry
The Mill Works
156 River Road
Willington, CT 06279
(518) 791-9474

Crista Grasso is the jewelry designer of Amber Tortoise Jewelry. The studio carries necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants, toe and finger rings as well as belly chains. The designs are one of a kind with exceptional heirloom quality. Pretty hairpins made from frosted lucite, crystals and silver accents are attached to long hairpins. Choose from numerous colors and combinations to find the one just right for your holiday gift giving. With four different jewelry selections, you are sure to find something for that special someone. When The Mill Works isn’t open for a show, the collection can be found in Putnam at Silver Circle Studio and in Shelton at Jones Winery Gift Shop. You can aslo shop online at

Eileen Griffen
Red Oak Hill Studio
27 Red Oak Hill Road
Willington, CT 06279
(860) 617-1752

Eileen is a photographer of the outdoors. You can purchase her photographs matted or framed and in different sizes. She also sells signed hand-crafted photo note cards. The cards are on sturdy linen paper of a custom-printed giclee photograph. The inside of the note card is blank for a personal message and an envelope is included. Giclee is a fine art printing process that uses archival inks and paper. Prints are double matted and backed on foam core so as not to require custom framing. Black Wood framed photographs are made from poplar and will fit nicely into most interior decor.

Peggy Church
115 Chaplin St.
Chaplin, CT 06235
(860) 455-0724

Peggy is a textile hand weaver and her studio is located in the historic New England village of Chaplin. She has spent over 30 years at her craft and enjoys preserving in the ancient art of textile weaving. Her handwoven textiles make beautiful gifts for your home or personal use. She has 100 percent pure silk woven scarves dyed with natural colors. You will find one-of-a-kind gifts of baby blankets, shawls, ponchos, mohair throws and table linens. You can also purchase a gift card for individual lessons for weaving and hand spinning instruction.

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Paula Moliver is a noted designer with a specialty in all things related to fiber. She spins and dyes her own yarn and is skilled in weaving and needle arts. She has been widely published in noted magazines including Arts & Crafts, Better Homes & Gardens and the Decorative Painter. Paula is a regular educator at New Pond Farm. She resides in Connecticut. Her work can be found at

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