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, 22 artists will open their studios and collaborate with 18 more to make a public showing of their work. All 40 Tour artisans have gone through a rigorous approval process that ensures that the crafts are of the highest quality. We will kick off our 20th anniversary celebration of the Tour with a preview exhibition at Charlottesville's downtown McGuffey main gallery from September 30 - November 2, with an opening on Friday, October 3 open to the public. Fabulous new work will mark this milestone.

Craft lovers can expect to see displays of some of Virginia’s finest crafts including pottery, furniture, weaving, fabric design, jewelry, stained glass, clothing, baskets, wood turning, and more. There will be artisan demonstrations or opportunities to learn about the working processes in each studio. The Tour provides an excellent opportunity to purchase work of talented area artisans as unique gifts or for your own collection. 
The Tour is self-guided and is free and open to the public. Each studio on the Tour also provides food and beverages from some of the area's best establishments as well as artisan-prepared treats.