The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery will host an exhibit of butter dishes during the month of March.
The first known butter dish was created by cutlery and hollowware company Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. around 1880. Before refrigeration many butter dishes had a little chamber to store ice chips in order to keep them cool. Other variants, one notable type called a French butter dish, contained a base full of water instead of ice that surrounded an airtight cup which held the butter. Because of refrigerators, most butter dishes now function simply to protect butter and serve as a nice addition to tableware.
Participating League juried artists have hand-crafted butter dishes specifically for this exhibit, “Pass the Butter.” You will find a variety of these one-of-a-kind pieces available to purchase here in the Meredith Fine Craft Gallery.
“Hope is the Thing with Feathers”
After a tumultuous 2020, the Meredith Gallery decided that the first themed exhibit for 2021 would be based on this poem of the same name by Emily Dickinson. While it is not specifically about birds, it expresses the feeling of hope for the future. When one sees the first bird of the season it gives hope that better times are ahead, like a bird ushering in a new season.
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The Art of Tea
The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery is hosting their July 2021 exhibit entitled the “Art of Tea.”
Tea is thought to have originated in ancient China just a few thousand years ago. A legend says that a Chinese emperor was boiling water in his garden when a leaf from a tree fluttered into the pot. Tea comes in all types of flavors and has many health benefits.
This exhibit will feature all things tea: teapots, teacups, tea sets, tea bowls, and more created by various League artists.
The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery is hosting their August 2021 exhibit entitled “Mugshots.”
The earliest mugs discovered date back thousands of years to China and Japan, and are typically made of wood or bone. In the middle ages mugs started to be made with metal, but were difficult to drink out of since metal absorbs heat and some such as lead were toxic. Eventually porcelain was invented in China between 200 BC and 200 AD, and helped pave the way for the modern era mug.
Stop in the Gallery and treat yourself to your new favorite handmade mug.
The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery is hosting their September 2021 exhibit entitled Autumn Gathering: A Collection of Baskets & Bowls by various artists. It features work from League-juried artists that reflect this time of year, when the days get shorter, the shadows get longer and we look forward to bonfires, comfort food, and sweater weather. It’s time to pick your favorite bowl or basket, and gather up your own autumn harvest.
Stop in the Gallery and treat yourself to your own bowl or basket perfect for the new season. It can be used to hold soups, salads, candy, and more.
7th Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch
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