Events ~ Pawtucket Fine Furnishings Show ~ Pawtucket

Pawtucket Fine Furnishings Show
Pawtucket Armory Arts Center

Bear and I went to the Pawtucket Armory to check out the Fine Furnishings Show last weekend. We're both fans of interior design/decorating, and though our budget is limited, we like to dream big.

This year was the 20th anniversary of the show, but our first time attending. It features artisans of handcrafted furnishings of all types, including decorative art. In fact there were several sculptures from a Boston gallery that dominated their space.


That giant face was a real attention-grabber right from the start!

Another big statement piece was an amazing metal sculpture by Rhode Island artist Timothy Hetlund called "Moon Gate." Created for viewing the Supermoon/Blood Moon/Eclipse on September 27, its interior circle was meant to frame the moon in the sky. The holes in the outside circle are actually filled with various gems and stones selected for specific properties. It's a stunning piece and also contains a set of benches.

photo by Gregory Hall via Newport This Week

Going from big to small, we were really taken with the work of American Revolution Design. Kevin Travers makes furniture, toys and more from repurposed materials. In fact, he took home three Best In Show awards for his work and display. Bear was charmed by his upcycled fire truck. Truly adorable.


There were craftspeople from all over New England, and well into the Midwest. I was all about a set of dining chairs by J. Blok Studios in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They had a great mid-century-meets-deco style.

Woodworking is one of those things I haven't attempted since shop class in high school. Let me just say, I love wood furniture, and have a healthy respect and admiration for those with the patience, skill, and vision to create it.

I also love the wabi-sabi look of a burl bowl, like the ones we saw by Michael Gloor.

via Fine Furnishings Show

Bear was in raptures over the Deco/Nouveau pottery work of Stephanie Young of New Hampshire.

via Stephanie Young

There were so many other adventures to be had in lighting, furniture and other decor. I was especially happy to see that they'd added a quilt show this year! I'm constantly amazed by quilt art.

Polaroid quilt

I especially loved this one, done up to look like polaroids, and the one below, because pictures of sheep are adorable.

Sheep farm quilt

There were so many more, I couldn't list them all, but fortunately there's an artist list on the show's webpage. Great talent and a chance to get something truly unique and handmade for your home. We'll definitely be back, and watching the artists.


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