Self-Guided Artisan Tour Takes Visitors Across 23 Studios
Artisans across central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley opened their studios this weekend to hundreds of visitors.
The 23-stop, self-guided, Artisan Studio Tour stretched from Charlottesville into Albemarle and Augusta Counties this weekend. The tour allowed people to explore studios to watch 38 skilled crafters at work making their creations.
Elizabeth Krome of Quail Run Pottery makes a living pursuing her passion and she loves to share her skills.
"I love it when kids come and watch me and get really interested and ask me a dozen questions," she said.
Krome makes pottery known for its simplicity.
Tavia Brown owns a jewelry studio called "Taviametal."
"One unique thing about the tour is that it is put on by the artisans," she said.
She says visitors and artists are always looking for more intimate ways to interact. Brown shares the same studio with tour artisans Mia Van Beek and Nancy Hopkins. They believe collaboration helps.
Van Beek makes jewelry based on children's drawings. She says the tour is a way to see firsthand what people enjoy about her work.
"Most of our orders come online and it helps me see the reactions of how great the idea is. Everybody stops a second and they think, 'I have a drawing, I know what I can find,' " Van Beek said.
Tour organizers are looking ahead to next year to expose new visitors to central Virginia's arts.
If you missed out on this weekend's tour, it is always possible to call artisans and make individual appointments to see their works.
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