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State of Craft: Oral History Research, 2007-08

Funding from the Craft Research Fund within the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design/University of North Carolina, Hendersonville, enabled the Vermont Crafts Council, in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center, to undertake an oral history research project on the social and cultural history of the studio crafts movement in Vermont from 1960 to the present.

With the goal of recording 40-45 interviews with craft artists, administrators and advocates who had played a significant role in the evolution of the movement over the past five decades, VCC canvassed current and former board members, members, and colleagues of other cultural organizations for recommendations.

Using a matrix of attributes (such as media, length of career or length of tenure in Vermont, scale and nature of business operation, geographic location, gender, achievements and recognition, existing documentation) project staff and an advisory committee winnowed the initial list of 100+ names to 43.

VFC Folklorist Dr. Gregory Sharrow spent 18 months in 2007-2008 doing the fieldwork; the digital recordings (over 80 hours) and the transcriptions are archived at the Vermont Folklife Center. As this website is completed, audio files from the interviews will be added here.

Click here to see a complete list of the 2007-08 State of Craft interviews.