Artisans: Furniture, Pottery and Rugs in Northwest Connecticut
4. Guy Wolff Pottery
He apprenticed in England and Wales, but ever since 1971, Guy Wolff of Guy Wolff Pottery (Bantam, 860-567-5577; guywolff.com) has been making pots just a few miles from where he was born. “I’m lucky enough to know the grandchildren of people I went to first grade with,” he says. Wolff’s upbringing, however, was hardly provincial, and he’s long been plugged into the local art scene: His father was an Abstract Expressionist who moved the family to Connecticut on the advice of friends such as the playwright Arthur Miller, sculptor Alexander Calder, “and a wonderful group of artists who were here in Litchfield County.”
No wonder: It’s a stunning place to work, which Wolff knows well. “The trees, lakes, rocks, and landscape,” he says, “have informed my life.”
5. Ian Ingersoll Cabinetmakers
Furniture maker Ian Ingersoll, the craftsman behind Ian Ingersoll Cabinetmakers (West Cornwall, 800-237-4926; ianingersoll.com), has deep roots in Connecticut. His family has been here for 250 years, and although he’s had many opportunities to relocate, he’s “always felt the call to return to Litchfield County.” That’s in part because his Shaker-inspired designs enjoy such an appreciative audience here. But there are other reasons.
“Though initially it was a gut feeling, I chose northwestern Connecticut for the physical beauty of forests, hills, and rivers, and for the authenticity of the architecture,” he explains. “The hills give me a feeling of privacy that encourages creativity. And the sense of local history encourages me to live up to the accomplishments of my predecessors.”
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