S is for Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, MA. When my friend Kathy asked if I wanted to take a mosaic class at Snow Farm craft school with her in the Fall of 2006, I said yes. I had started making mosaics in 2005, and this was a chance to learn more about the craft, and have an adventure with Kathy, in the vicinity of my alma mater Hampshire College.
The mosaic class took place in the wood shop, surrounded by a multitude of fascinating tools.
There were bins of broken tile and plates to forage. The teacher, Richard Moss, provided us with a giant bucket of mastic for gluing the pieces down. It was like working with a vat of marshmallow fluff. Richard was a bit concerned about my liking for small pieces, and wondered how I would ever finish. I did get it all glued down over the course of the week.
Kathy and I were two of the youngest people there since it was primarily an Elder Hostel program which had room for a few extra students. The meals were prepared by a woman who owned a restaurant in town, and it was delicious. We started out splitting desserts, but by the second day, we were each claiming our own.
Snow Farm in October is a magical place with the leaves turning color. There was one red tree that drew my eye with it’s self-contained intensity. If you want to experience a new craft, Snow Farm offers classes for both adults and teens, including glassblowing, felting, woodturning, shibori and welding for home and garden.