Our Craftspeople

ShackletonThomas Furniture

 Charles Shackleton

CEO & Master Furniture Maker

Jim Blanchard

Master Furniture Maker

Jim has been with ShackletonThomas for over 20 years, creating pieces that truly shine. Jim’s dedication and passion for the work is easy to see in his exquisite furniture. Jim came to the company as a carpenter, working with just a few basic tools in a single room workshop. Over the years, Jim has grown into an expert craftsman. He is said to almost “paint” with wood, matching grains and textures with incredible artistry.

A native of Bridgewater, Vermont, Jim now works in the same Mill as his great-grandfather did many years ago. Jim is a family man, with three children, and especially enjoys working with new apprentices from different backgrounds, challenging them to push the levels of craftsmanship above and beyond.
 
 

Marty Higgs

Master Furniture Maker

Marty is a master furniture maker and has been with ShackletonThomas for over 15 years. Marty has a degree in English from Boston College, where he began making his own “nomadic” furniture with whatever cheap tools and lumber he could find. When not ardently making sawdust, you can find Marty beneath the shade of a sturdy sugar maple pursuing his other passions: world literature and Vermont beer.
 
 

Charles Ogg

Master Furniture Maker

Charles joined ShackletonThomas in 1996 after over twenty years in the restaurant industry. He wanted to re-train as a furniture maker and to be part of a community of craftspeople. Charles now specializes in carving, drafting, and integrating new techniques into handcarved furniture. He works closely with Charlie during the design process, and turns hand sketches into working designs for the furniture workshop.

Outside of the workshops, Charles loves sailing, mountain biking, teleskiing, and cooking for family and friends. He makes his own work for his business, Charles Ogg Furniture, and works as a Justice of the Peace officiating local marriages.
 

 

Hugh Shackleton

Furniture Maker and Designer

Hugh Shackleton, Charlie and Miranda’s son, has joined ShackletonThomas as a furniture maker and designer. While working with a local carpenter for the past six years, Hugh decided that out of the entire process of building a home, he enjoyed the finish work the most.

 

Clara Florin

Master Furniture Maker

 

Collin Buxton

 

Trevor

 

Riggs

Master Craftsdog

Rigs specializes in howling at the router and being a good dog.

 

Miranda Thomas Pottery

Evan Williams

Master Potter

Evan started working for ShackletonThomas in 2002, while finishing his training as an apprentice potter at Simon Pearce. Evan is an incredible thrower, and is known for his ability to throw pots both large and small with great skill. He also has a special interest in glaze chemistry, developing and refining ShackletonThomas glazes. Evan especially likes making bowls and teapots; teapots because of the skill and attention to detail needed to make them both attractive and functional, and bowls because their simple shape allows for incredible depth and subtlety of form.

Evan studied Art at Syracuse University, and in his free time makes his own pots, which are then wood fired in his Anagama kiln at his home studio in Bethel, Vermont.

 

Eric Moore 

Master Potter - Pottery Manager 

 

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Jackie Padich

Master Potter

 

 

Jessica King

Master Potter 

Jess has been a potter for ShackletonThomas since 2001, when she joined the team for the ability to make a living throwing and decorating pots. She has a passion for the handmade pieces she makes, and loves the community of people she works with. Jess has become a unique craftsperson with skill in all areas of the pottery, from throwing to carving and painting to firing the kilns. She takes special pleasure making teapots, which she believes take true talent, skill, and patience in order to be both beautiful and functional.

Outside of the pottery, Jess is an equestrian, training and riding her horse Apollo. She also loves cooking, reading, being outside, dance parties, snowboarding, and spending time with her family.

 

Cassidy Metcalf

Master Potter

Cassidy’s first foray into ceramics was during her senior year of college, when she strayed away from her Environmental Biology major and enrolled in a Introductory Pottery class at the Rhode Island School of Design. Little did she know that years later pottery would become her career. Although she studied Biology, she believes the methodical nature of pottery suits her, and the materials of ceramics have everything to do with her background and interests; clay comes straight from the earth and working with glaze involves knowledge about geology and chemistry. Cassidy works primarily in the demonstration area beside the ShackletonThomas showroom. Come see what she is making and learn alongside her!

Lucia Magee

Potter Apprentice

 

 

Grace Graham

Potter Apprentice