The Winterthur craft market supports local artisans and celebrates craftsmanship
Winterthur’s museum, garden, and library are filled with the finest examples of American craftsmanship and works by artists and artisans from around the world.
The museum’s founder, Henry Francis du Pont, spared no effort or expense in collecting furniture and decorative fittings that represented the best of their kind.
In his day, du Pont was the nation’s leading authority on American decorative arts. His expertise was recognized by the no less first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who appointed him chairman of her fine arts committee. Du Pont and the committee were tasked with finding and acquiring period-appropriate furniture, fixtures, artwork, and materials for Kennedy’s historic restoration of the White House in 1961.
Although we are currently celebrating Winterthur’s special relationship with the Executive House through the exhibition “Jacqueline Kennedy and HF du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House”, we celebrate the great tradition of American craftsmanship and design every day. , which is why we are so happy to present the craft market on July 16th and 17th.
Artisan Market enables Winterthur to support local artisans and artisans who enrich our lives and homes by contributing to the great story of craftsmanship. The weekend fair allows visitors to spend a summer day exploring Winterthur and being inspired by the collection, garden and landscape – itself a work of art – while shopping for treasures unique and original.
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Here you will find antiques and collectibles; furniture and interior decoration; recycled and architectural salvage pieces; high quality craftsmanship and handmade items; vintage clothing and jewelry; artisan and small-batch gourmet packaged goods; original art in a variety of mediums; personal care products; and garden items. All are designed and manufactured by people who are passionate about their work.
Among the vendors is Reece Turner, recipient of a craft market grant to encourage start-up participation. The 14-year-old Coatesville, Pennsylvania resident started creating and selling handmade soaps and other natural products in 2017 to help with her eczema. The first soap mix she made, using coconut oil and olive oil, is her best-selling product.
“I’m so grateful to be able to share my gifts and talents with those who might suffer from eczema like me,” says Turner.
Artisan Market has a festival feel, with white tents for each vendor spread across the green expanse of the Winterthur estate in beautifully scenic areas such as the Clenny Run Creek and wide lawns of Sycamore Hill and the Enchanted Woods Children’s Garden . Live music fills the air.
Since you are visiting the market, I invite you to explore all that Winterthur has to offer. Stroll through a world-class garden, which du Pont himself designed and designed as beautifully as any item in his collection. Book a tour of the museum, his former home, where you can see these beautiful decorative objects on display in settings that were also artfully designed by du Pont. Or visit the galleries, where “From Winterthur to the White House” tells the story of du Pont’s relationship with Mrs. Kennedy and its influence on his signature work.
The craft market hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 17.
Special Saturday VIP admission, which includes early entry to the Craft Market (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.), as well as special reserved parking and other perks, is available for $50 per person.
The craft market is a rain or shine event. It is included with admission to Winterthur: $22 for adults; $20 for students and seniors; $8 for 2 to 11 year olds. And buying in advance will allow you to skip the lines. Simply scan your ticket upon arrival and enter directly!
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Tickets for Winterthur are valid for two consecutive days.
For an even more special experience, VIP early access on Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. is $50 ($25 for Winterthur members). Early access allows shopping before the market opens, special reserved parking and the conference of the director of collections Alexandra Deutsch on the creation “From Winterthur to the White House”. Lectures are offered at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the best of American craftsmanship, past and present.
The craft market is a rain or shine event.
Chris Strand is Charles F. Montgomery Director and CEO of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library