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New Rabbits Recently Added to the Museum Vault Collection

Chalkware Collectibles

The history of chalkware is well documented—during the 19th century, chalkware was an inexpensive alternative to imported decorative objects for rural families. Dubbed "the poor man's porcelain" Victorian chalkware was mostly hollow and sparsely painted with watercolors as an alternative to the Staffordshire ceramic figurines. Today's chalkware collectibles, created by Judi Vaillancourt, READ MORE »

New Vault Collection for 30th Anniversary

Vault: 30th Anniversary Edition

In 2006, we moved our production studios from the farmhouse on Armsby Road into the Manchaug Mills. During this move, bins of old chalkware that Gary had been squirreling away were found. These pieces have been made available through the Vault Collection. In conjunction with READ MORE »

Nathan Lombard secretary

The Furniture and Life of Nathan Lombard

In celebrating local history, we are pleased to be welcoming the Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at Old Sturbridge Village, Christie Jackson. Ms. Jackson, a Sutton resident, will be presenting on the furniture of Nathan Lombard—who resided in Sutton in the early 1800s. Delightfully designed and READ MORE »

The Vaillancourt Digital Library

Five Ways To Use Santa’s Digital Library

In March 2008, we launched a new initiative in our digital world by cataloging the complete Vaillancourt Folk Art Chalkware collection. Through the launch of a new web site, we were able to accomplish many goals: internally, we created a digital library that allowed us READ MORE »

Judi Vaillancourt signing one of her pieces during a gallery opening earlier this year.

Made in America

Specifically, made in Massachusetts. In 2010, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism featured our studios among an elite list of Massachusetts' staples; Cape Cod Potato Chip factory, Sam Adams Brewery, and Fenway Park, for best "factory tours" in the Commonwealth. What surprised us most READ MORE »

Salisbury Tree Decorations

Home For The Holidays with WHM

For the second year in a row, Judi has taken the task of decorating a room at the Salisbury Mansion—which is owned and operated by the Worcester Historical Museum. This year, one of the exhibits at the museum, Game On!,  is based on antique toys. READ MORE »

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