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Exeter Fine Crafts - September 2023 Newsletter

September 2023 Newsletter

Featured Artist

Roger Cramer


Exeter Fine Crafts is pleased to present Roger Cramer as our September Artist of the Month. Drawn deeply to clay because of its creative energy and tactile response, Roger creates both functional and decorative pottery.


Loving how the clay slips and dances through his hands, Rogers truly feels a spiritual connection with the medium. From touching the clay, throwing on the wheel and handbuilding to glazing and firing, Roger is enthralled with the whole process. Working with a medium fired porcelain clay, Roger creates organic textures by the use of slips applied to the surface of his pieces. Further texture is achieved through his use of glazes. Roger loves how the colors blend together, creating an organic feel that adds further depth and dimension to his work.


Roger’s life as a potter evolved on a part-time basis alongside his primary work as an Episcopal priest. Beginning his ceramic journey after meeting potter, Bud Wilkinson, Roger had a crash course in pottery with Richard Lafean. He studied with Nancy Joy at the Corcoran School in Washington D.C. and took a year of courses at the School of the Chicago Art Institute. Roger also studied with several renowned artists around the country. In 2005, Roger retired from parish ministry at St. Paul’s Church in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He now spends his time, “working with clay and making beautiful things.”



Please join us for a demonstration on Saturday, September 16th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. to meet Roger and see how he creates his pottery.


Click here for a video of Roger at work!

Just In:

Patricia Flynn

Birch Bark Jewelry


After a break of several years while she pursued her educational goals, we are thrilled to have Patricia's uniquely creative jewelry again. Her pieces appeal to anyone who enjoys the subtle textures and colors of the natural world. Patricia's process of sealing and then

embellishing the birch fragments results in finely variegated, one-of-a-kind pieces that are light-weight but durable.


Using only bark from fallen tress, Patricia searches out the best quality pieces with the special colors and markings that she finds suitable for her jewelry. She combs the woods for the small choice bits and can cover 3-4 miles to fill her knapsack with just a few special specimens. It is a laborious process, but the results are worth it!

New Classes Begin in September


Saturday, September 9

10:30 AM – 3:30 PM ~ AGES 10+

Tuition: $65, Materials Fee ~ Pay Instructor $20

Instructor: Tif Farmakis-Day


Learn all about needle felting and create your own posable soft sculpture! For all

experience levels, learn how to sculpt in wool using a wire armature, wool roving and

sharp barbed needles. We will start from scratch and complete the form during class—

there are endless possibilities once you have learned the technique! Materials fee

includes instructional packet, wool, needles and foam mat to take home.



Saturday, September 16

10:30 am – 3:30 pm - Ages 16+

Tuition: $85 - Pay Instructor $30 for supplies

Instructor: Carol Ellis


Patterns are energetic visuals that can be absorbed and emulated. Nature's designs, sacred geometry and forms support and enhance our energy and behavior. Crystal grid patterns release a palpable frequency and vibration we can absorb. Changing the pattern of your environment and energy field can have the power to transform stress and clear our space. We will be engaged in a series of crystal grid meditations, exploring 7 grid designs and the physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of crystal selection and arrangement. All grid materials and some crystals are provided.


Thursdays, September 28 – November 16

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM ~ AGES 16+

Tuition: $350; Sterling silver available to purchase

Instructor: Lia Gormley


Students will be introduced to all the basic skills in this 20-hour evening beginner’s class.

Practice designing, sawing, filing, polishing, texturing, soldering, and making bezels.

Create a variety of pieces from rings, earrings, bracelets or pendants, while learning

these metalsmithing techniques.

gormley soldering



Saturday, September 30

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM ~ AGES 16+

Tuition: $125, Materials Included

Instructor: Bill Mitchell


If you are interested in learning all about screenprinting or wanting to further develop your

screenprinting skills or ideas, this workshop is for you! We will utilize speedball water-based

block out stencil printmaking techniques for paper or fabric. For all levels of experience.


Saturday, September 23

10:30 AM – 3:30 PM ~ AGES 16+

Tuition: $65, Pay instructor $25 materials fee

Instructor: Gerry Willging


Learn the art of nuno felting! This exciting but simple technique involves applying a thin

layer of silk to merino wool using a lamination process with water, a little soap, and gentle

agitation. Students will create colorful, artistic multi textured scarves to wear year round!

Bring 2 towels and some sharp scissors.

For full class listings click here



September Hours

Monday - Saturday

10- 5:30

Sunday 12-4

Closed Labor Day




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