Sauder Village in Archbold will host “Celebrate Our Artisans” Week, a special tribute to the community of men and women who share their talents with guests at Historic Sauder Village, Sept. 11-16.
Throughout this special week, guests can watch the Sauder Village craftsmen at work in their shops, and each day there will be an opportunity for guests to win a hand-crafted item.
“There aren’t many places in the Midwest where you can get an in-depth look at so many traditional crafts,” said Kim Krieger, PR/media relations. “This special event focuses on the talented artists and craftsmen we have working in the Historic Village each day. We are pleased to be celebrating and honoring these unique trades during the ‘Celebrate Our Artisans’ event at the Village.”
Throughout the village guests can watch as historic craftsmen demonstrate their skills in places like the spinning shop, weaving shop, and broom shop. There are also woodworkers, quilters, coopers and basket makers, and a blacksmith, all who come to the village to share their talents with guests of all ages.
The historic village is proud to also be home to contemporary craftsmen who not only follow the traditions of their respective crafts but are also developing revolutionary new techniques and applications as well. These talented craftsmen are some of the premiere artists in their fields.
Mark Matthews is notably recognized for his work in glass, especially glass spheres. Highly collected and valued, his marbles are on display in museums around the world. Mark Nafziger has been the potter at Sauder Village for many years, and is known across the country for making pottery that is both beautiful and functional.
A highlight of the week will be the opportunity to win a hand-made piece of art made by one of the craftsmen at Sauder Village. Drawings will be held each day.
For more information, phone 1-800-590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org.