2022 Annual Ornament
Season’s Splendor

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Kick-off or continue a wonderful tradition with the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s finely detailed and superbly crafted Annual Ornament! Elegant or whimsical, traditional, or playful, the Annual Ornament will sparkle on your tree or catch the light hanging in a window.

Created by juried members of the League, the Annual Ornament makes a highly sought after and unique gift for someone special or to add to your collection.

Beginning with Ken Kantro’s Dove in 1988, the Annual Ornaments have become treasured keepsakes. Each year, juried members of the League vie for the honor of creating the Annual Ornament, with the selection made by a specially chosen committee.

The Annual Ornament is sold exclusively year-round by the League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Galleries.  

About the 2022 Annual Ornament – Season’s Splendor

Hand formed and cast in pewter, the 2022 Annual Ornament, Season’s Splendor hangs from a sheer rust colored ribbon and is approximately 3″ from top to bottom!

The League of NH Craftsmen Celebrates the Vibrant
Poinsettia for 35th Annual Ornament:
Season’s Splendor

Upper Valley Metal Artists Collaborate on Cast Pewter Ornament
The League’s 35th Annual Ornament brings together two metal
artists for the creation of poinsettia blooms that will last far beyond any winter
celebrations. Meggin Dossett and Paulette Werger, both of Lebanon, NH collaborated
on the 2022 Annual Ornament Season’s Splendor, honoring the form of the beautiful
poinsettia flower.

The tradition of giving poinsettia plants dates back centuries in Southern Mexico and
Central America, where the plant was readily available. Used by the Aztecs for dyes
and for medicinal purposes, the plant was later called ‘Flame Leaf’ in Central America
and ‘Flor de Noche Buena’ (Flower of Christmas Eve) in Mexico having become a part
of religious holidays in that area over time. “The plants are given to bring the sun inside
and are symbolic of the season’s celebrations,” notes maker Paulette Werger, who
enjoyed learning the history and tradition of the plant as she and Meggin Dossett
researched ideas for their ornament design.

Poinsettias are available today in many colors beyond the traditional red, and millions
are grown and sold in the United States each year. Many people adorn their homes with
poinsettia blooms during the winter months, savoring the vibrant living color during long
cold days, and celebrating the warmth and splendor of the season.

The 2022 League ornament comes gift-boxed and sells for $26. This annual offering is
a critical fundraiser for the League that helps support local artists and affiliated League
Fine Craft Galleries. The ornament is a thoughtful keepsake to mark any special
occasion, milestone, or holiday. Each of these cast pewter ornaments, which capture
the eight petals of the poinsettia flower, is hand finished and inscribed by the artists.
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 6-14 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 designs and select a winner.

About the Makers: Meggin Dossett and Paulette Werger
Meggin Dossett grew up in the midwest, spent time in the Pacific Northwest after
college, and has resided in New Hampshire since 2003. “I find that it is absolutely the
most satisfying experience taking raw materials such as wire, sheet metal, and stones
and creating something lasting and beautiful.” Dossett has been a juried member of the
League since 2017 and was the maker of the 2019 Annual Ornament, Tidings of Joy.
Paulette Werger has been a juried member of the League since 1997 making jewelry,
vessels and flatware that draw upon botanical imagery, mythology, and folk tales. “I
have an interest in the abstracted patterns commonly found in plant life. Form, texture,
and pattern borrowed from my garden are the basis for the collage-like surfaces and
simple volumes in my metalwork.” states Werger. Paulette Werger collaborated on the
Annual Ornament in 2002, 2014 and 2015.


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