Since the first Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit in 1943, the number and variety of craft demonstrators has risen steadily. This is a “teaching Fair,” and so we choose artisans who will inform our visitors about traditional crafts through the demonstration of their work and techniques. And as you stroll through the village you may see a furniture maker carving a delicate design for a cabinet, a blacksmith twisting a glowing rod of iron, a potter shaping clay, a frame being painted, candles being dipped, or pewter being hammered into shape–all skills once commonplace in Virginia’s agricultural villages.
We select artisans not only for their mastery of skills and prominence in the field, but for their thorough knowledge of the craft and its significance in years past. Our craftspeople encourage and welcome visitors, both adults and children, to participate in a “hands-on” experience during the demonstrations.
What is a “Juried” Crafts Demonstrator?
As you walk through the village during the Fair, you will see that the artisans we have selected will feature in their booths signs identifying them as juried crafts demonstrators. They have undergone a rigorous jurying process in order to be accepted as an official Waterford Foundation craftsperson. We appreciate their cooperation in helping us present only craftwork and demonstrations of the highest quality. Your support of the official exhibitors acknowledges their excellent work and enables us to continue this fine tradition each year.
Old Mill Consignment Shop
During the Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit, the Waterford Foundation also offers to visitors a selection of one-of-a-kind handmade crafts from more than 70 craftspeople–also chosen by a jury for their quality–sold in the Old Mill. These items are attractively displayed in this lovely and historic building, and sold by Foundation volunteers.
Some of the Crafts You’ll Find at the Fair
Bride and band boxes
Brooms and walking sticks
Candles and ornaments
Dolls and toys
Dried flowers, wreaths and herbs
Folk art, fractur, theorems
Paper making, cutting, marbling
Pottery and porcelain
Weaving, spinning, knitting, embroidery