Midnight Clear
2020 Annual Ornament

Titled Midnight Clear, this year’s ornament was designed by Ken Kantro, of Biddeford, ME who designed the League’s first ever Annual Ornament in 1988; again in ’90, and ‘97. Kantro is a 40-year juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, whose past artwork has been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum and enjoyed by enthusiasts from around the world.

This limited-edition Annual Ornament features a scene inspired by the majesty of New Hampshire’s mountains and the quiet solitude of its winters. Each handcrafted pewter ornament is dated, numbered, and signed by the artist. The ornament comes gift-boxed and sells for $25. This annual offering is a critical fundraiser for the League that helps support local artists and galleries and makes for a thoughtful keepsake for any special occasion, milestone or holiday.

For more than 35 years, juried League members have submitted a piece to be considered for the Annual Ornament. Managers of the League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Galleries review the submitted pieces and then select a winner.

About the Maker: Ken Kantro

In the early 1970’s his interest in Asian art and philosophy led him to an apprenticeship in pottery utilizing traditional Japanese techniques. As he worked with combinations of clay and metal, he was fascinated with the light reflecting qualities of metal and its creative potential. He went on to study and master the techniques of early American pewter design and fabrication. For over 30 years he has designed a popular collection of nature inspired jewelry and ornaments under the name Lovell Designs.

Ken Kantro’s work has been displayed at a large number of museums and institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Winterthur Museum, Monticello and the National Holocaust Museum, where he has won numerous awards.

About the League of NH Craftsmen

The League of NH Craftsmen is a non-profit, craft education organization. Its mission is to encourage, nurture and promote the creation, use and preservation of fine contemporary and traditional craft through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community. The League represents the signature of excellence in fine craft, through the work of its juried members, and its rigorous standards for self-expression, vision, and quality craftsmanship.

For more information about the Annual Ornament call the Nashua Fine Craft Gallery at
603-595-8233, email nashuarg@nhcrafts.org, visit nashua.nhcrafts.org, and like us on Facebook and Instagram.