Welcome to Valerie's!
Owner Valerie Stainton opened her fine craft shop and art gallery in Newburyport, Mass. in 2002 with the dream of representing local and national craftspeople who were creating unique and beautiful, handmade items.
In 2015, we opened a second location in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Here we can show larger works of art and other craftspeople that are exclusive to that location.
In both shops, you'll find unique, functional and decorative hand-crafted artful objects for yourself, your home, and gift giving -- all by American artists. Our specialties include artisan jewelry, pottery, and paintings and original prints.
One of my early memories is of going to an outdoor crafts fair with my parents. The experience of seeing potters outside under tents, showing their wares that they had made by hand lasted. Since then I have loved attending crafts fairs and visiting art galleries. I'm an amateur artist, who has taken classes and workshops in pottery, jewelry making, printmaking, and drawing. At one time, I worked at a gallery on weekends, while working full time at my real job. The time came to make a choice and I decided to take a chance and open my own shop, which has been many years now, and I love it. My love and appreciation grows all the time and I love that I'm a part of this world, and can represent so many artists. They inspire me. And this is a dream come true for me and I'm passionate about it.