Mellisa makes wax fruit. A love for early inspired homes plus a fascination with aromatic candle wax led Melissa Axel to become a chandler of early influenced candles. She started creating in an old apple drying house on the family apple farm along the shores of Lake Ontario- Sodus Point New York. There she honed skills using herb infused paraffin to make one of a kind aromatic candles. Melissa discovered a love for beeswax castings she formed inside antique vintage or reproduction molds. Today, old fashioned bartering with the village beekeeper. Melissa creates beeswax fruits from the cozy confines of her studio in an old one room school house.

Needlecraft nspired by early farm times in York Pennsylvania.
Cindy Gray's work appeared in Dolls Collectors Magazine, Country Home, Southern Living Home For The Holiday, Early American Homes, and Early American Life. Early American Homes, working with prominent museums, seven times has listed Cindy Gray among the top 200 traditional work artisans. Cindy had the honor of making an ornament for the White House Christmas tree in 1999.

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Susan and Joseph have been making beautiful redware pottery in their Missouri studio since 1988. Chosen by Early American Life as one of Americas top traditional Craftsmen, their redware is handcrafted art based on traditional design. Functional art to be used in and to enlighten your daily rituals and life. Lead free and dishwasher safe. This is American art that you can use everyday.


Creator of early inspired dolls, .Angela is among the noted artisans listed in the Early Amiercan Life directory. Angela's life has been devoted to art. She creates in the early style by studying 1800's dolls and most of all her work is done from photo's of early dolls and interesting people from that period...famous or not. Says Angela: "I so love my work and I am so fortunate to be able to do what I do and know that it brings joy to the many kind people that tell me so."


Pam Gill's wonderful needle art was discovered in a small art shop in Waynesville Ohio. Her appreciation for early American art, especially textiles, pincushions, sewing birds, sewing pockets and roll-ups, crewel embroidery, and canvas work, inspired Pam to try her hand at re-creating these beautiful items. Most of Pam's work is exact reproduction from museum photos of 18th and 19th century textiles.. Many of these meticulous reproductions of historic hand sewn items require months to create. Welcome Pam Gill.


Susan Mackey Tunnicliffe maker of an eclectic mix of decorative arts inspired by 18th and 19th century artisans. Susan makes silhouettes, watch, spice, candle, and pipe boxes along with a line of cement architectural items and garden ornaments. She pays particular attention to surface finishes, texture, color as well as detail. I discovered Susan's outstanding work deep in the heart of Amish Country in Berks Country, Pennsylvania.


Judy has been creating handwoven pieces for 26 years. Through the years her works have been displayed in "The White House", won awards for Best of Show and many other honors. Weaving free-handed at her loom, colors, designs and sizes vary, but all are in the traditional flavor, each one is unique. Judged "one of the Best Craftsman" in the United States by Early American Life magazine as well as featured in Colonial Homes, County Home, Country Living.

Nationally recognized for their wood art pieces. Old tin barn roofs become wings for hand carved eagles and crows. Keeping the creative spirit of yesteryear alive in
the art of today.

Jackie’s work has been in the Metropolitan Museum of Folk Art in New York. She has been featured in Early American Life’s “Directory of the Best inAmerican Artists” for over 20 years. Due to the great demand for her paintings, Jackie began offering
limited edition(50 or less) prints of her watercolor paintings

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The Henry Gould Farm sits at the base of Vermont’s picturesque Mount Ascutney as it has since the early 19th century. The carriage house wing is Canvasworks Studio, Lisa Curry Mair’s workspace. Lisa is a throwback to those earlier times. Her painted canvas floorcloths are made as they would have been hundreds of years ago- one painstakingly slow step at a time. She designs each piece, lays it out on paper transposes it to prepared canvas before painting it. Lisa has created over eight hundred floorcloths which have made their way all over America to private homes, museums, and cottages, and in decorator showhouses. She is one of Early American Life's listed artisans. It's a pleasure to offer her exceptional work in our American Artists & Artisans store.

Carol Woodard loves all things olde, history and creating. With blessings from her mother, who taught Carol to sew and told her she can do anything, Carol brings to us her wonderful whimsical creations. Items that spread the joy of days gone by. I think you will find the creativeness along with the loving attention to detail, elevate this impeccable work from needlecraft to high art. These are lovely items to have about in a country home where art and love go hand in hand.

Weavers of some of finest historic fabric you will find anywhere. Family Heirloom Weavers is a family owned and operated business in Red Lion, Pennsylvania, Family Heirloom Weavers reproduces original designs from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and adapts them for twenty-first century use. In collaboration with Historic New England to reproduce authentic carpets for decades. Their outstanding woven goods are found in museums and homes throughout the United States, Canada, Europe. Their products help return a home's look and feel to the period in which it was built.


Lynn Bresciani is a wonder when it comes to carving and painting. Each of Lynn's pieces begin with her original wood carving or clay sculpture. A mold is then made, from which each reproduction is made. Every one of these unique pieces is lovingly hand crafted. Lynn Bresciani does the carving and painting. Bert Neill does all the molding, casting, preparing the pieces for Lynn's painting. Very reasonably priced, superb art.

Barbara Melotto makes her home in historic New Haven Connecticut. New Haven was founded in 1638 by English puritans. Today it's home to Yale. From this historic setting, Barbara fulfills a lifetime love of sewing, stitching, creating. She creates whimsical little Teddy Bears. Some made from cashmere, some German mohair. Nearly a century ago Americans gave birth to the Teddy Bear. Today still, we love these authentic members of true Americana. Welcome Barbara and her hand crafted Teddy bears.


Will Kautz began his artistic training as a boy. His father, William Charles Kautz, was a fine artist in New York. He remembers sculpting marble beside his dad. Will's art has been displayed at the Museum of American Folk Art, the Shelburne Museum, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He has been chosen by Early American Homes magazine for its annual Directory of America's Best Traditional Craftsmen, and is a juried member of

Carol Weatherman lives in a growing little town of Mustang, Oklahoma. It is just west of Oklahoma City. Carol is a self taught artist. Her focus is early wool hooked rugs creating pieces in a wide variety of sizes portraying animals, pictorials and floral. She dyes and cuts all the wool used in her creations. Careful consideration is used when dyeing to reproduce the warm muted and drab hues of the traditional rugs. She has been hooking rugs and creating patterns for over twelve years, truly loving when an idea becomes a finished rug, but says nothing is more rewarding than when a customer finds a piece perfect for their home.


Over many years, the redware pottery of Gregg Shooner and Mary Schooner has found a place in private collections and museum shops all across America and abroad. Featured in magazines and
newspapers, this redware remains unrivaled in its unique interpretation of rare antiques.

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