Sheburne Craft School

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.

Mission

The Shelburne Craft School’s mission is to inspire individual creativity by providing hands-on education in craft and art.

Programs

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 1500 people a year and trains adults in craft making, for personal enrichment or as a step towards becoming professional artisans.

The school operates a Clay Studio, Woodshop, Visual Arts Studio, and Metal & Glass Workshop. In addition to classes, we offer individual instruction and residency programs.

The school also has a robust schedule of after-school programs, Saturday drop-in activities, summer camps, and field trips that allow young people to explore, practice, and grow their creativity. We invite you to explore our specific programs for Youth & Families.