FROM A LAND
THAT GROWS ROCKS
Comes the story of
FARMERS WHO BATTLE THEM
Our mission is to transform freshly tilled fieldstones for working farms into a value-added line of Coasters, Food Slabs, and Bowlders that farmers can sell at their farmstands.
Each product is custom
labeled with the name of
its sourcing farm.
Our story starts a long time ago in New England and the Hudson Valley, a land where farmers literally grow rocks.
Although glaciers left these small and large boulders scattered through the topsoil a long time ago, it is the freeze-thaw cycle of the winter seasons that perpetually pushes stones back up. Farmers clearing their fields stacked these stones into walls and there are now more miles of stonewalls in New England than there are miles from the earth to the moon! The work of clearing stones is never-ending, and continues to this day!
Our studio’s mission is to partner with farmers to use their freshly gathered fieldstones and make custom serving wares that label the sourcing farm on each good we craft. Our artistry adds value to these rocks and provides farmers with extra income, in turn preserving open space and independent working farmers. We’ve partnered with over 45 working farms from New York up to Maine, from Vermont down to Little Rhody. Rather than selling dozens of tonnes of rock to build a wall, farmers can now transform a fraction of their sustainably-sourced, freshly tilled rocks into functional art for the tabletop.
We invite you to browse our goods: absorbent coasters, food-safe slabs, and bowls we call bowlders. Our work can be seen and touched locally at hundreds of fine stores across North America, in Hawaii, the Virgin Islands, and in Kensington, Australia. Because each piece is one of a kind, we suggest you consider visiting one of our local dealers to see and touch it firsthand.
Our tablewares are also in use at the restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns in the Hudson Valley of New York.
-Gerald Croteau, Artist and Founder
American Stonecraft™ does all work at our 9,800 sf Lowell, MA art studio. We gather, sort, saw, polish, and ship all pieces completely from scratch.
American Stonecraft LLC
133 Congress St.
Lowell, MA 01852
Lowell was one of the first planned industrial cities of the United States specializing the production of textiles. Nicknamed ‘The Mill City’, Lowell’s motto is “Art is the Handmaid of Human Good.” The city is now home to the largest community of artists in the country per capita. Click here to learn more about Lowell, MA. Our first location sat alongside a historic granite-lined canal built in the 1800s. In October 2013 we moved to the Bleachery neighborhood in Lowell.
We welcome your visit and request advance notice to best accommodate you.
We are a member of:
- MA Farm Bureau
- New England Farmers Union
- NH Institute of Art
- Cambridge Artists Co-op