Carroll County's finest artisans will open their studios for public display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for the sixth annual Crafts Guild Studio Tour.
Tour participants will be able to visit seven craft studios around the county and see 17 artisans demonstrate the skills that have earned them a niche in the craft and art worlds.
Enjoy the countryside while traveling from studio to studio, each of which offers a different style of architecture and additional delights in the variety of flower, herb and vegetable gardens surrounding it.
For the true aficionado and collector, this tour offers a complete selection of the artisans' work. Many pieces are one-of-a-kind works in a limited series. All are of the highest quality.
Artisans also will demonstrate production techniques and discuss tools of their trade.
The following seven studios are on the tour: *Spring Valley Glass and Crafts -- Owner Joyce Schaum of Keymar built the studio. She began her career as a stained glass artist, then seven years later added basketry, learned under the tutelage of some of America's best-known basket makers.
Schaum has a distinctive style featuring hand-dyed rattan reed and hand-carved handles, plus several miniature basket styles.
*Nathan's Forge -- Owner/blacksmith Nick Vincent and toy maker Richard Anderson are the hosts. Vincent, who took up smithing eight years ago, has studied historic styles in Williamsburg and creates tools and household hardware for restoration.
His style features graceful curves and leaf motifs, often with a brass brushed patina.
Anderson creates toys to amuse the child in all of us. Some have a smooth, natural wood finish, while others are brightly painted. His shop includes puzzles, tops, mobiles, trains and toys based on favorite storybook characters.
*Uniontown Academy -- The red brick Dutch design building that replaced the original school in 1851 now is home to Linda Van Hart's Toll House Studio, where a series of sterling and 14K gold designs in the grape and ivy patterns will be displayed.
These heirloom quality pieces will be joined by a new Holly line. Silver and ethnic artifacts have been made into a wide selection of neck and ear fashions. Vine and leaf formation will be demonstrated.
Also see Laura Wailes, owner of Thistledown Pottery, who creates stoneware clay houses in a variety of architectural styles. She also makes garden accessories, such as bird and toad houses, bird feeders, plaques, tiles and markers.
Bring a photograph of your house for a consultation about a portrait of your home.
Also at the academy, Karan Shaw of Red Rock Studio will exhibit stoneware animal sculpture with unique glazes. Each sculpture is made by hand.
*Orchard Studio -- Weaver Georgia Groomes lives and works here. Wearables and household items such as belts, scarves or table accessories are produced using random warps. Groomes' technique yields richly textured cloth with a variety of colors. She also will demonstrate looms.
Papermaker Shirley Lippy explores a range of natural materials in both two and three dimensions. Her works range from handmade note cards to lamp shades and framed creations. Lippy will offer cloth dolls researched and authenticated by the Carroll County Historical Society.
*Cattracks Studio -- Owner Carolyn Seabolt uses traditional dip dyeing methods to batik her animal and floral designs on cotton and silk. Her items include scarves, glasses cases, small bags and kimonos. She also boasts a large collection of glassed batiks. Patrons will be able to meet Pumpkin and Tinker, the two seal-point Siamese cats that pose for many of Seabolt's works.
Debbie Leister uses traditional and contemporary tole painting approaches to complete wooden boxes and figurines. She produces 18th century-style stenciled floor cloths on heavy canvas in several sizes and color combinations.
More baskets can be found here with Peggy Haser, who makes reed baskets in traditional shapes with some hand-dyed accents. She uses some hand-crafted handles and weaves star creations.
*Terry Whye Clayworks -- Terry Whye is best known for her blue wood ash glazed porcelains with stamped, carved and pierced water and nature motifs. New this year is a dinnerware line in ambers and rich red browns inspired by her neighborhood's wheat fields.
Her works have expanded from functional and decorative household designs to include bird baths and garden sculpture. Whye and apprentice Ginger Shank will be demonstrating many phases of the pottery-making process, including hand carving on platters and vases.
Patrick Caughey offers a different look at the process of creating with clay in lustrous and dramatic raku. Occasional firings will occur during the tour. His gift and decorative ware includes plates, plaques, bowls and candle cups.