The Artisans Studio Tour was founded in 1994 by a group of Charlottesville area artisans to enhance the community's awareness of professional artisans living and working in the region. This year marks the 23rd year that artisans will open their studios and collaborate to make a public showing of their work. All Tour artisans have gone through a rigorous approval process that ensures that the crafts are of the highest quality. With 24 open studios hosting 45 artisans, including seven new exhibitors, many visitors are planning on making the Tour a two-day adventure.

Craft lovers can expect to see displays of some of Virginia’s finest crafts including pottery, furniture, weaving, fabric design, jewelry, stained glass, wood turning, and quilting. There will be artisan demonstrations, opportunities to learn about the working processes in each studio, and some hands-on experience. The Tour provides an excellent opportunity to purchase the work of talented area artisans as unique gifts or for your own collection. 

In the second year of the “emerging artisan” program, two new artisans, Sherri Raffaele and Adam Childress, are joining the Tour. Last year’s emerging artisan, Adam McNeil, is returning for his second year in the program. It is the goal of the Studio Tour to encourage and support emerging artisans on their path to becoming professional. 

The Tour is self-guided, free, and open to the public. Each studio on the Tour provides locally-sourced refreshments.