New England is a wonderful place to shop for fine crafts and handmade artisan work because of its long history, economic ingenuity, and rural traditions. A sterling example is silverwork and pewter work crafted by Paul Revere of Boston, which continues to influence today’s artists. Most states have guilds of artists, artisans, and crafts makers that promote local artistry and bring artisan products to the market. Local fine crafts often can be found at the larger farmers markets and festivals.
Fine crafts in Massachusetts are as varied as the state itself. In the city of Brockton is the Fuller Craft Museum, which displays artisan craftwork. Recent shows have included glass sculpture, cloth paintings, ceramic art, wire and metal sculpture. Moving westward, Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield is a restored Shaker Village with many programs explaining Shaker life. The restored Village includes historic buildings, heirloom gardens, and craft demonstrations, and Shaker handicrafts for sale. In the Pioneer Valley, the Twist Fair, held twice a year, showcases original handmade crafts and art from 60 artisans.
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