Recovering Your Life Through Craft

Living well with an ongoing illness: a program for patients, their families, & caregivers.

Every season we make adjustments to this program based on the feedback from this community. This season we continue to offer classes and workshops designed to fit around your busy schedule, so there’s never been a better time to explore your imagination in our clay, metal, or mixed media studios. This is a great opportunity to learn a new technique you can use at home, in the hospital, or while visiting a loved one. No special artistic talent or prior experience is necessary for you to find joy in this relaxed and supportive community. You will leave feeling empowered and with something you made.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, we are able to offer RTC classes at a discounted rate to people dealing with ongoing illness, their families and caregivers. This includes afterschool classes and camps in our regular program for 10-15 year olds who, although healthy themselves, have family members experiencing an ongoing illness.

As with all of our programs, scholarships are available.

Have an idea for a Recovering Your Life Through Craft class? Interested in a class for a small group? Contact us; we welcome the opportunity to create a class that suits your needs.


  • Denotes select classes and workshops aligned with our Recovering Your Life Through Craft Program (RTC) in our regular programming list in each studio
  • Scholarships are available for all classes, workshops, and camps
  • Regrettably, some of our studios are not handicapped accessible. Please call if you have any questions.

Scholarships are available and in some classes instruction is free.

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Click here for a pdf of our Recovering Your Life Through Craft program

What is Recovering Your Life Through Craft? Check out this video.




Discovering Clay

Jill Koppers

Wednesday, 9:30am-Noon

    •  September 10, 1 session, 2.5 hrs

  • January 7,1 session, 2.5 hrs

Tuition: FREE.

This free workshop is open to all and offers a chance to experience hand building with clay. Come in and explore some of the many joys of working in this medium. Class meets in the clay studio.

Playing with Color & Design: Fraglets Magnetic Art 

Kathy Cadow Parsonnet


Wednesday, 1:00-3:00pm

   •  September 17. 1 session, 2 hrs

Tuition: FREE. Materials fee, payable to instructor, $15

Have you ever desired to play with color and form, and create a work of art without struggling with technique? This workshop, designed for people of all abilities, uses the Fraglets movable magnetic art form to experiment, play, and create an 8"x10" piece of art that is truly unique. Let your mind relax as your choose colors, arrange them on a magnetized canvas, and fiddle until you're pleased. In the course of it, you'll discover many principles of color, design, and composition. The class meets at the Kathy’s ADA compliant studio in White River Junction, VT.

A Taste Of Working In Metals

Kerstin Nichols

Monday, 1:00-3:00pm

  • October 6, 1 session, 2 hrs.
  • January 5, 1 session, 2 hrs.

Tuition: FREE

Material fee, payable to the instructor: $8

Come to our metals studio and leave with a piece of jewelry you made yourself, and an introduction to this exciting studio and what it can offer. The materials fee is payable to the instructor and is due at the class. Class meets in the metals studio.




Fun with Wire

Joy Raskin




Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm

October 19. 1 session, 3 hrs

Tuition: $20. Estimated materials fee payable to instructor: $20

Wire is a fascinating, flexible medium that you can do so much with. You will coil, wrap, weave, twine, braid, knit, twist and much more to make all kinds of fabulous things. Wire is not just confined to jewelry, but can also be used to make vessels, baskets, lampshades, and sculpture—your imagination is the limit. Best of all, it's low-tech and does not require many tools. We will be using colored copper and silver-plated wire. Class meets in the metals Studio

Emboss a Unique Card or Love Note

Maria Gross



Emboss a Unique Card or Love Note Maria Gross

Saturday, 6:00-9:00pm

November 15. 1 session, 3 hrs

Tuition: $25. Estimated materials fee, payable to the instructor: $10

There’s nothing like sending a card with your personal touch. Make a drawing or choose a drawing to trace and then emboss onto a very thin sheet of copper, aluminum or brass. Adhere it to card stock and add your own note. The metal and the card can be embellished with pens, inks, embossing powder or paints. Can’t be beat. Ages 12 & older. Class meets in the metals studio.

Weekly Classes For Ages 15 & Up

No prior experience necessary.

~ Where indicated, you choose and pay for any 5 sessions of the 7 sessions offered. If you choose to participate in additional sessions of the same class, each additional class is $15.

Clay Pure And Simple

Jill Koppers

Wednesdays, 9:30am-Noon

    •  September 17-October 29~

    •  January 14-March 4 (skip Feb 18; snow date Mar 25)~

        5 sessions, 12.5 hrs .

Tuition: $105. Materials fee: $10

From mud baths to clay masks, connecting with the earth has cleansed and soothed us through the centuries. Clay Pure And Simple will have you basking in th e meditative act of coil rolling, the joyful freedom of expression, and the empowerment of creating something new. Basic hand building skills will be taught and projects will allow for individual embellishment and interpretation. Gather for mornings of relaxation as we explore the many healing qualities of working with clay. Materials are included in the tuition. Class meets in the clay studio.

Felted Bird Houses and Feeders

Kathleen Peters

Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm

    •  October 2-November 13~

        5 sessions, 10 hrs

Tuition: $70. Materials fee: $40

Come learn the traditional techniques of wet felting by creating a weatherproof bird feeder or birdhouse to help our feathered friends through the winter! The class will teach you the basic material properties of wool and how you can manipulate the fiber in a controlled manner. These skills are a great foundation for working with wool and can be extrapolated to create other timeless pieces in the future. All levels of experience are welcome! The materials fee of $40 is payable to the instructor at the first class. Class meets in the 3rd floor mixed media studio.

Hands in Clay— Special Topics and Requests 

Patty Goodman

Thursdays, 9:30 am-Noon

    •  October 9-November 13. 6 sessions, 15 hrs

Tuition: $105. Materials fee: $10

This small group class, tailored to the interests and needs of the students, is people who are new to clay or would like to experience working with clay in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. With guidance, you may develop a personal project or pursue a favorite interest. If you prefer, there are a number of possible topics that might be suggested. These could include hand building, beginning use of the wheel, tile making, seasonal themes, clay boxes, or wall hangings. Class meets in the clay studio.

The Empowerment Of Working In Metals

Kerstin Nichols

Mondays, 1:00-3:00pm

    •  October 20-December 1 ~

  • January 12–March 9 (skip Jan 19 & Feb 16, snow date Mar 23) ~

        5 sessions, 10 hrs.

Tuition: $70.

Estimated materials fee, payable to the instructor: $30

The power of taking a raw material and transforming it into something that is beautiful and “works” is immeasurable. In our studio you will develop concrete skills that will allow you to leave feeling fulfilled. The class as a whole will be walked through different projects that allow creative space for as much personal decision-making as you want. The added benefit is you will become a part of a community that will nourish you in surprising ways. The estimated materials fee of $30 is payable to the instructor at the first class. The final materials fee is based on materials actually used.

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