About the Tour
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 22nd year that artists 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 23 open studios hosting 42 artisans, including several new first time artisans, visitors might consider making the Tour a 2-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. New Tour artisan Ralph Dammann, a luthier, makes stringed instruments in studio #7. 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.
This year marks the inauguration of the “emerging artisan” program. Adam McNeil, a potter mentored by Tom Clarkson, will show his artistic, functional pottery in Tom’s studio #13. 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.