Vermont Woodworking School Awarded Vermont State Designation


May 9, 2012
Contact: Kathy Murphy
(802) 828-2999                                                                                   

Fairfax School Now Home To First ‘State Designated’ Craft Education Center

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The State of Vermont has named the Vermont Woodworking School the first “Vermont State Craft Education Center,” a distinction designed to promote Vermont’s galleries, outlets, and craft schools as well as its craftspeople.

The Vermont Woodworking School joins Frog Hollow Craft Center in Burlington, the Artisans Hand in Montpelier and the Gallery at the VAULT in Springfield, all Vermont State Craft Centers and/or Vermont State Craft Education Centers, as designated by the Vermont State Craft Center Overview Commission. Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development officially made the presentation in a ceremony today hosted at the Vermont Woodworking School.

“I’m very pleased to recognize the Vermont Woodworking School as our state’s first craft education center, in addition to our three Vermont State Craft Centers all of which cultivate and promote our high-quality crafts and craftspeople,” said MacKay. “This small, woodworking and furniture-making school exposes students of all walks to the variety of paths in the woodworking industry. Our time honored traditions are passed on to future generations which ensures that Vermont has a viable future in the wood industry.”

Galleries and education organizations are judged on a variety of measures, including the diversity and quality of Vermont crafts displayed in galleries and the breadth and quality of class offerings in education organizations.

Designated craft centers will be entitled to use a unique logo in their marketing materials and at their site, indicating they are an official Vermont State Craft Center gallery or Vermont State Craft Education Center.
“Our goal is to ensure that consumers can trust that when they see the State Craft Center emblem on the door, they are visiting a site that values excellence in their trade and represents Vermont’s reputation for high quality,” said Kathy Murphy, Chief Marketing Officer for the State of Vermont and Chair of the Vermont State Craft Center Overview Commission.

“This designation validates what we have all been working so hard to accomplish through the creation of the curriculum that hands down the knowledge our faculty and instructors possess,” said Carina Driscoll, Co-Founder and Director of the Vermont Woodworking School.  “We had the curriculum, offered in a beautiful facility, filled with eager students.  Now we have the credibility stamp of the State of Vermont, and that is very rewarding in and of itself.” 

Murphy said creating a more inclusive network of Vermont State Craft Centers and Vermont State Craft Education Centers would benefit the entire craft community and foster a greater appreciation of its contributions to the state.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with the other Vermont State Craft Centers to help raise the profile of craft in Vermont, therefore ensuring its perpetuity as an economic benefit to Vermont,” said Driscoll. 

To learn more about the Vermont State Craft Center designation and its application process, visit

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