Who Keeps it Going…

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Lori Holman Klein

Lori is a graduate of Smith College with a degree in Fine Art. Two years in Bloomingdale’s Executive Training Program honed her retail skills. She moved to Warren, Vermont from New York City in September of 1980 to get married and start a family. In 1988 Lori began dabbling with beads and rediscovered a lifelong passion for jewelry design.

She is a founding partner of Artisans’ Gallery offering jewelry made of semiprecious stones, pearls, crystals and beads of all kinds. Custom designs are happily accepted for bridal parties, gifts or personal pieces. Lori offers “earrings while you wait” when she is working at The Gallery on Fridays. 

When not at Artisans’ Gallery, Lori can be found at The Warren Store where she is the Buyer for The More Store. She lives in Warren with four cats and two horses. 

Abby Dreyer

Abby is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Fine Art.  She studied wood working, furniture design and jewelry making as well as traditional studio arts.  She travelled around the country before setting down roots in Vermont where she enrolled in a wheel throwing class at a local pottery studio and discovered the wonders of clay.  

She now teaches hand building classes at The Mud Studio in Middlesex, Vermont.  Her current passion is designing and building functional, one of a kind birdhouses using slab construction techniques.  

Aside from manning the gallery on Saturdays and alternate Sundays, she is responsible for many of the store displays, including the beautiful windows, and takes care of ordering supplies. She lives in North Fayston with her partner, Dave, four dogs, two cats and thirteen chickens!

Peggy Potter

Peggy graduated from St Lawrence University with a B.A. in Religion. She and her husband, Sparky, settled in the Mad River Valley where they founded Wood and Wood Sign Company in 1972. Thus, began a life-long love affair with art on wood in all its manifestations--a handmade home, furniture, signs murals, decorative arts and ultimately the iconic "Peggy Potter Bowls" for which she is best known. Along with Lori Klein, Peggy is one of the original founders of Artisans' Gallery. In 2011 Peggy sold her bowl business to the up-and-coming artist, Lea Tyler, who continues the tradition at Artisans' Gallery and beyond. 

In her "retirement" Peggy remains involved with Artisans' Gallery, and manages various properties that have received Potter-inspired artistic make-overs. She enthusiastically follows the endeavors of her children: Charlotte, a performance-based glass-blower, rock star Grace Potter, and special guy Lee, a poet.

Nancy E. Burroughs

Nancy E Burroughs is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Ceramics. At Central Connecticut State University, Nancy completed Teacher Certification program for Art, Grades K-12.

After twelve years working with adults with mental and physical disabilities at both public and private Human Service organizations in CT, Nancy and her family moved to Vermont. Choosing to live in Warren, circumstances prompted Nancy to return to her first love, clay. She worked at Warren Village Pottery as a production assistant. Several years later, after taking a pottery class at Vermont Clay Studio, Nancy became the Chief Technician, managing the studio and teaching Hand building and Mold making for 3 years. While she was working in the VT Clay Studio Gallery, Nancy, Mark and their carpenter friend built her small but fully equipped studio at home.  Creating a unique line of hand-pinched pottery and teaching private lessons for adults with disabilities occupied her full time.

     In recent years, health issues have limited Nancy’s creative endeavors but not her involvement at Artisans’ Gallery. Working two days per week manning the Gallery, Nancy does bookkeeping chores, paying bills, tracking Gallery sales and compensating our artists. Keeping the AG computer updated and running smoothly also falls under Nancy’s job description. Nancy and her husband Mark live in Warren with their dog, Madeline.

Polly Wellford

Polly Wellford has been working in clay throughout her life. She graduated from New England College with a degree in English and a minor concentration in art history and ceramics. She later studied education at the University of Vermont, became a teacher and went on to get her masters in counseling at Johnson State College and worked as a school counselor. But her hidden passion has always been in clay. After some life changing experiences Polly launched her pottery business and 2010 with the encouragement of her three children, Renee, Emily, Harrison and her partner, Jim. Polly recently became a partner at Artisans’ Gallery and is grateful for the chance to be surrounded by the talents and good vibes of Vermont artists. She has found her home.