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July 25, 2013

Crafts take center stage at Olde Ipswich Days


There is no electricity on Ward’s Island to drive a potter’s wheel, so she builds her pots by hand, using molds that she creates in the sand.

“I do take the pieces to the mainland to be fired, because I have a studio there and an electric kiln,” she said.

Ward, who exhibits her work at Zenobia Gallery in Ipswich, pulls any sea worms or clams out of the blue clay but leaves pieces of sea glass, which melt into the bottoms of her pots.

Emmett’s Edibles will be selling gourmet dog treats, and Crafty Peddler of Worcester will offer wind chimes made out of glassware from the Depression era.

Ipswich naturalist and PBS consultant Bill Sargent will be selling his books, which address a range of environmental challenges for the oceans.

“Ken Tarr does these wonderful, old-fashioned wooden toys,” Burton said. “One is like a marionette; it makes this wooden guy tap dance on a board.”

All the booths will be on The South Village Green, next to the historic Whipple House, and across the street from the many exhibits and artwork at the Ipswich Museum, which will welcome visitors during the celebration.

Just like these institutions, Olde Ipswich Days help to maintain a connection to the town’s distant past.

“Historically, the green was a place where people bartered,” Burton said. “Part of Olde Ipswich Days is echoing voices of days gone by. It had craftsmen and townspeople there 300 years ago, and it does again.”

If you go What: Olde Ipswich Days When: Friday, July 26, to Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friends of the Library Book Sale, Heard House Lawn, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 3 p.m. Where: South Village Green, County Road (routes 1A and 133) Information:,, or email

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