The League of NH Craftsmen select ‘Peace’ as 31st annual ornament

CONCORD – The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s 2018 annual Ornament is Peace, hand-made from porcelain white clay and stoneware by juried member Sibel Alpaslan. It is the first annual ornament to be made from clay.

The limited edition ornament features a dove spanning over a ring and star. Alpaslan drew her inspiration for this ornament from the symbolic meaning of a dove – love promise and hopefulness. The ring’s turquoise color represents the greens of the Earth and the blues of the ocean. Peace, dated, numbered and signed by the artist, comes gift-boxed and sells for $24.50.

Annual ornaments are sold exclusively at the League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Galleries, the league’s online store (,) league headquarters in Concord and at the annual Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort, Aug. 4-12.

For more than 30 years, these ornaments have been a must-have holiday treasure. Each year, juried members of the League submit a piece to be considered for the annual ornament competition. Their work is reviewed by the managers of the League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Galleries and a winner is selected.

About the maker: Sibel Alpaslan

Studying and making ceramics for more than 25 years, Sibel Alpaslan completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Marmarra in Istanbul, Turkey. Upon graduation, Sibel opened her own ceramics gallery in Kusadasi, Turkey. She moved to the United States eight years ago and considers America her new home.

“As I mix my Turkish past with many new American influences, I love the new artistic recipe that is created,” she SAID. Sibel’s participation with the League of NH Craftsmen provides her with opportunities to show and sell her work.