Nov. 30-Dec. 10, Foundry Artists Holiday Show Pawtucket Armory Center for the Arts, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket. Opening reception: Nov. 30, 5-9 p.m.. Regular hours: Fri. noon-8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Crafts by Foundry Artists Assn. members.

Dec. 9-10, Art Providence Holiday Show Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8. 200 crafts and visual artists. Debut of new event organized by RISD alumni.


Nov. 19, “Bowl-a-Thon” Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-562-4927. $20, includes soup and bowl or mug to keep. Benefits CAW.

Nov. 24-Dec. 10,  Holiday Sale Wesleyan Potters, 350 S. Main St., Middletown. 860-397-5925. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri. until 9 p.m. Free. Work of 200 crafts artists. 62nd annual benefit for pottery school.

Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2-3, Holiday Show + Sale Sideways Studios, 56A Pond St., Ivoryton. 860-767-3141. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Pottery by Hayne Bayless, textiles and photos by Mara Lavitt, monotypes, jewelry by Liz Pagano, pottery by Sam Taylor, Flameware by Robbie Lobell. www.sidewaysstudio.com for information, directions.

Nov. 25-Dec. 24, “Celebration of American Crafts” Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-562-4927. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., final week daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Work of 100 crafts artists

Through Dec. 3, “Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery” Yale University Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. 203-432-2800. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Free. Pottery from early 20th century to present. Related programs: “Made in China,” 80 large porcelain vases by Clare Twomey placed throughout exhibit. Symposium: Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., “Long Shadows: Tradition, Influence and Persistence” with keynote lecture “Prime Object, Digital Clay and Its Modernist Origins,” by Jenni Sorkin of University of California, Santa Barbara. Symposium is free and open to public with pre-registration recommended.

Through Dec. 31, Holiday Sale Brookfield Craft Center, Rte. 25 at Rte. 202, Brookfield. 203-775-4526. Tues.-Fri. noon-5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m. 42nd annual sale of fine crafts  by 150 crafts artists to benefit the center.

Through Jan. 7, “Artistry” Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St., Guilford. 203-453-5947. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m., Thurs. until 8 p.m. 40th annual sale of work by 200 American crafts artists to benefit the center. Nov. 30, 5-8 p.m., “Jewelry and Champagne” reception, free; door prizes; chocolate and champagne and exhibit of “Artistry” jewelry.


At Craft Center Gallery League of New Hampshire Craftsmen headquarters, 49 S. Main St., Concord. 603-224-3375. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4 :30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Through Dec. 22, “North Country Workshops Exhibition.”


Nov. 17-19, Craft Vermont Sheraton Conference Center, Rte. 2, Burlington. 800-373-5429. Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 for 3 days; $5 Sun., ages under 12 free. Annual event sponsored by Vermont Hand Crafters.

Nov. 24-26, Putney Craft Tour Various locations in and arond Putney. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 24 crafts and arts studios. 30th annual event. Among participants are potter Ken Pick, glassblower Robert Burch, Green Mountain Spinnery. www.putneycrafts.com for artists, map.


Nov. 26, “Earth” Osher Auditorium, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland. 5:30 p.m. Free, open to public. “Elemental Intersections: Conversations on Art & Environment, Part 3: Earth.” Artist Wayne Higby, Donna Loring of Penobscot Nation, and geologist Joseph Kelly discuss qualities of Maine coastline. Organized by Watershed Center for the Ceramics Arts.

At Messler Gallery Center for Furniture Craftsmanship 25 Mill St., Rockport. 207-594-5611. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Jan. 3, “Contemporary Wood Lighting,” work by international wood artists.

At Maine Fiberarts Gallery and Red Studio, 13 Main St., Topsham. 207-721-0678. Wed.-Fri. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Through Dec. 23, “Woven Work,” by Nancy Hemenway Barton; Indian basketry and other woven art.


Nov. 16-19, “December Sale” School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 The Fenway, Boston. 617-369-3622. Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Opening reception: Thurs. 5-8 p.m. Work by alumni, faculty and students.

Nov. 17-19, Paradise City Arts Festival Royal Plaza Trade Center, Rte. 20, Marlborough. 800-511-9725. Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $14, 65+ $12, students $8; three-day pass $16; ages 12 and under free. 175 juried exhibitors; Sculpture Cafe with live music; special exhibit “Life of the Party”; coat check and gift wrap to benefit Marlborough Public Schools Music Assn.

Nov. 17-18, Open Studio Show Robin Originals, 23 Bradford St., West Concord. 978-369-1925. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Hosted by fiber artist Robin Bergman with glass artist Gary Genitti, jewelry by Mena Messina, clothing and accessories by Pamela Bracci. www.robinoriginals.com

Nov. 18-19, Open Studios Hatch Street Studios, 88 Hatch St., New Bedford. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Annual open studio with 50 artists and guests. Preview events Nov. 17: 5-8 p.m., open studios; 8-11 p.m., dance party with music by Pumpkin Head Ted.

Nov. 18-19, Open Studios Brickbottom Artists Building, 1 Fitchburg St., Somerville. 617-776-3410. noon-6 p.m. Free. 30th annual event with 60 artists. Also participating: Joy Street Studios.

Nov. 24-26, Holiday Festival of Crafts Worcester Center for Crafts 25 Sagamore St., Worcester. 508-753-8183. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5. Juried show with 60 exhibitors.

Nov. 25-26, New England Makers Garden House at Look Memorial Park, 300 N. Main St., Florence. 413-584-5457.  10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Work by New England crafts artists. www.lookpark.org

Nov. 29-Dec. 25, “The Cup Show” Krikorian Gallery, Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Rd., Worcester. 508-753-8183. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Invitational of cups of all styles and sizes.

Dec. 1-3 and 9, Open Studios and Holiday Sale Cottage Street Studios, Easthampton. 413-658-8406. Fri. noon-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Free. Gallery One receptions Fri. and Sun. 6-8 p.m.

Dec. 1-10, Holiday Open Studio & Pottery Sale Mudflat, 81 Broadway, East Somerville. 617-628-0589.  Opening reception: Dec. 1, 6-10 p.m., free. Regular hours: Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., weekdays (and Fri.) noon-9 p.m. Work of 96 Mudflat artists. Annual event. Special exhibit: through Nov. 26, “Let’s Eat,” work by members.

Dec. 1-24, Holiday Marketplace  Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 130 Waltham St., Lexington. 781-862-9696. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission.  Work by 200 artisans.

Dec. 4, Holiday Open House Hatch Street Studios, 88 Hatch St., New Bedford. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Work by Hatch Street artists.

Dec. 7-10, Holiday Show and Sale Ceramics Program at Harvard University, Gallery 224, 224 Western Ave., Allston. Opening reception: Dec. 7, 4-8 p.m., free. Regular hours: Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Work by 70 clay artists.

Dec. 7-23, Holiday Show and Sale Feet of Clay, 21 Station St., Brookline Village. 617-731-3262. Opening party: Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m. Regular hours: Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Dec. 11 and 14, 4-8 p.m. and Dec. 18-22, noon-8 p.m. Work by members of clay cooperative studio.

Dec. 14-17, CraftBoston Holiday Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston. 617-266-1810. Preview “Holidays and Highballs”: Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m., $150 to benefit Society of Arts and Crafts. Show hours: Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. 175 juried crafts artists.

Through Dec. 1, “From the Cerebral Dimestore”  Gallery 224, Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave., Allston. 617-495-8680. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free.  Pottery by Mark Burns, artist in residence through 2018

At Society of Arts and Crafts 100 Pier 4, Suite 200, Boston. 617-266-1810. Through Feb. 3, “From Minimal to Bling” Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thurs. until 9 p.m. Free.  Biennial exhibit of contemporary jewelry. Dec. 1-3, “Holiday Marketplace,” visits by local artists, demonstrations, refreshments. Through Feb. 3, “From Minimal to Bling,” biennial exhibit of contemporary jewelry with 24 artists. Through Dec. 6, “Fantasy Architecture: Sculptural Boxes,” by Jay Rogers.

At Fuller Craft Museum 455 Oak St., Brockton, Mass. 508-588-6000. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. until 9 p.m. $10, seniors $8 and students $5, under 12 free; Thurs. 5-9 p.m., free. Through Dec. 31, “Parts and Labor: Print and Collage Works,” by Steven Ford. Through Nov. 26, “Shifts: Approaching Encaustic from All Angles,” work by members of New England Wax. Through March 11, “Gender Bend: Women in Wood, Men at the Loom,” weavings and wood turnings. Through Dec. 31, “HolidaySHOP.”

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Leather crafts artist Cara DesJardins participates in Art Providence Holiday Show in Providence, R.I.; and glassblower Ed Branson exhibits at Paradise City Arts Festival in November in Marlborough, Mass.


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