Where craft is made, since 1945. The Shelburne Craft School opened its doors in 1945, creating a space for artists and artisans to work, learn, and educate members of the community in wood, clay, metal, glass, and visual art. It was founded by Reverend Lynwood Smith in 1938, as a small community project in the church rectory, and with support from Aileen Osborn Webb, a major proponent in the American Craft Movement and the American Craft Council during the first half of the twentieth century, and on-going support by local artists and craftspeople, the Shelburne Craft School has continued to adhere to its mission to inspire individual creativity by providing hands-on education in craft and art.
The Shelburne Craft School believes that working with one’s hands is an essential part of a well-rounded life. We offer opportunities to learn, teach, and develop as artists, artisans, and professionals.
The Shelburne Craft School is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax deductible.
The Shelburne Craft School’s mission is to inspire individual creativity by providing hands-on education in craft and art.
The Shelburne Craft School believes that working with one’s hands is an essential part of a well-rounded life. We offer opportunities to learn, teach, and develop as artists, artisans, and professionals. The school serves over 2500 people a year and trains adults in craft making, for personal enrichment or as a step towards becoming professional artisans.
The school operates six core craft disciplines:
VISITING GROUP FIELD TRIPS: Structured one to two hour experiences for groups of students to explore the Craft School’s offerings in clay, wood shop, glass, metal or fine art. Let us help you customize an experience to your group and/or curricular needs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: We can work with any group to build a series of classes at the Craft School and/or off-site, utilizing our skilled faculty, materials and equipment to meet individual needs.
All classes must be paid for one week before the beginning of class. Refunds are given one week prior to class, 20% is non-refundable. No refunds for classes you miss during a session. We will not prorate the cost of a class for classes missed. For workshops, you must cancel one week prior to class for a refund (minus the 20%). A full refund will be given if we cancel a class due to low enrollment.
–Winter Cancellation Policy: We follow the Shelburne Community School closing for adult day and after school classes, and office closing CLICK HERE for up-to-date info. If you are enrolled in an evening adult class or weekend workshop your instructor or a staff member will be in touch. We will also post on our Facebook page.
Gift Certificates are a wonderful way of sharing the joy of making with someone. Gift certificates can be purchased in any amounts. Great for classes, summer camps, the gallery and more. CLICK HERE to purchase online.
The Shelburne Craft School offers partial scholarships for adults and children when available and based on need. We encourage you to submit a scholarship application. details
The Shelburne Crafts School does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.
The Shelburne Craft School
PO Box 52
64 Harbor Road
Shelburne, Vermont 05482
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM
Holiday Office Administration Closer:
News Years Eve/Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The main office and studios take a winter break, please call for details.
We have a small parking lot, there is additional parking across the street at in the town lot.
Please call us at 802 985-3648 if you have parking special needs
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Shelburne Craft School welcomes visitors. details
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