THIS IS JUST ONE IN A SERIES OF VENDOR SPOTLIGHTS WHERE WE LET THOSE WHO WILL BE SHARING THEIR WARES SHINE A LIGHT ON WHAT IT IS THEY DO. WE ASKED CLAYTON FROM THREE FROG STUDIOS TO INDULGE US BY ANSWERING A FEW QUESTIONS. HERE'S WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY:
What's your name, where are you from and what is it that you make?
Clayton Fant, born New Englander, lived all over (Ann Arbor, Boston, Rome, Akron for decades). I’m making wooden things for the kitchen and house, but looking farther. By day I’m a Roman archaeologist specializing in the marble trade; I’ve worked in many Mediterranean countries and had research gigs at places like Oxford (where you have to wear black tie at weekend dinners!).
Roman marble and my own woodworking have a constant and productive dialogue!
How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?
Wow, compared to so many CraftyMart folks with serious training, I’m a self-taught (no, self-
teaching) ignoramus. When I cut down a problem tree in 2002, I tried making cooking spoons from it. I’m still doing that but also moving on to furniture and sculpture. I learn from a great woodworking freind, Jamie, and talented sawyers Mike and Pete who turn local trees into wood for us.
What is your best seller?
Pizza peels (use or hang on the wall); bookstands (popular for personalizing corporate offices); cutting boards that are practical and hefty, from local wood and reasonably priced; coatracks in butternut and cherry.
How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?
I only had the guts to go public with my work in 2012 and learned about Crafty Mart the next year, but I’ve been a huge fan ever since: great organizers, wonderful volunteers, and (most of all) demanding and supportive patrons!
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
Well, really. Loved the Rolling Stones from when a roommate’s sister picked up on them in 1964, but they’ve embalmed themselves. The Beatles never stopped innovating.