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. In 2014, 22 artists opened their studios and collaborated with 18 more to make a public showing of their work. All 40 Tour artisans went through a rigorous approval process that ensures that the crafts are of the highest quality. We kicked off our 20th anniversary celebration of the Tour with a preview exhibition at Charlottesville's downtown McGuffey main gallery from September 30 - November 2. Fabulous new work marked this milestone.

Craft lovers came 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 during the weekend. There was artisan demonstrations or opportunities to learn about the working processes in each studio. The Tour provided an excellent opportunity to purchase work of talented area artisans as unique gifts or for your own collection. 
 
The Tour was self-guided and free and open to the public. Each studio on the Tour also provided food and beverages from some of the area's best establishments as well as artisan-prepared treats.