2018 Annual Ornament
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s 2018 Annual Ornament is Peace, hand-made from porcelain white clay and stoneware by juried member Sibel Alpaslan. It is the first Annual Ornament to be made from clay.
The limited edition Annual Ornament features a dove spanning over a ring and star. Alpaslan drew her inspiration for this ornament from the symbolic meaning of a dove — love promise, and hopefulness. The ring’s turquoise color represents the greens of the Earth and the blues of the ocean. Peace, dated, numbered and signed by the artist, comes gift-boxed and sells for $24.50.
Annual ornaments are sold exclusively at the League of NH Craftsmen Concord Fine Craft Gallery, located on 36 North Main Street; the League’s online store (nhcrafts.org); and at the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort, August 4th – 12th, 2018.
For over 30 years, these ornaments have been a must-have holiday treasure. Each year, juried members of the League submit a piece to be considered for the Annual Ornament competition. Their work is reviewed by the managers of the League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Galleries and a winner is selected.
About the Maker: Sibel Alpaslan
Studying and making ceramics for over 25 years, Sibel Alpaslan completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Marmarra in Istanbul, Turkey. Upon graduation, Sibel opened her own ceramics gallery in Kusadasi, Turkey. She moved to the United States eight years ago and considers America her new home. “As I mix my Turkish past with many new American influences, I love the new artistic recipe that is created,” she explained. Sibel’s participation with the League of NH Craftsmen provides her with opportunities to show and sell her work.
About the League of NH Craftsmen
The League of NH Craftsmen is a non-profit, craft education organization. Its mission is to encourage, nurture and promote the creation, use and preservation of fine contemporary and traditional craft through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community. The League represents the signature of excellence in fine craft, through the work of its juried members, and its rigorous standards for self-expression, vision, and quality craftsmanship. The League of NH Craftsmen is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
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