2021 Annual Ornament
by Claire Renaud
Growing up in a family of makers, Claire Renaud demonstrated her own flair for art from a young age. That passion to create translated into a career in craft which is celebrated with the release of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s 2021 Annual ornament, Magic Remembered. This annual collector’s item was designed and hand-formed by Claire Renaud of Derry, NH inspired by her love of shapes found in nature.
The design has a shape that appears simple but requires an intricate sixteen-step leatherworking process to arrive at a finished product. This imaginative and playful interpretation of a holiday tree evokes memories of childhood and the magic of the holiday season.
“Each ornament is a time-consuming labor of love; the leather needs to be carefully worked into shape,” explains artist Claire Renaud. “It’s very challenging to color, decorate, and hand form each one of thousands of ornaments, but the results are exciting, and I’m honored to share it broadly this year.”
The 2021 League ornament comes gift-boxed and sells for $25. This annual offering is a critical fundraiser for the League that helps support local artists and League Fine Craft Galleries and makes for a thoughtful keepsake for any special occasion, milestone or holiday.
Annual ornaments are sold exclusively at the League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Galleries, located in Center Sandwich, Concord, Hooksett, Littleton, Meredith, Nashua, and North Conway; in the League’s online store; at League Headquarters in Concord, and at the Annual
Craftsmen’s Fair August 7-15 at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH.
For decades, 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, visit nashua.nhcrafts.org, and like us on Facebook and Instagram.