Our story starts a long time ago in New England and the Hudson Valley, where farmers literally grow rocks.
Farmers clearing their fields stacked these stones into walls and there are now more miles of stonewalls in New England than there are miles to the moon! 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. The work of clearing stones is never-ending!
Our studio’s mission is to partner with farmers to make beautiful irony of their infamously rocky farmlands. We do it by making custom serving wares that label the sourcing farm on each good we craft. Our artisans adding value to fieldstone provides these farmers with extra income, in turn preserving open space and supporting local, independent farmers (Over 2 dozen!) all across the Northeast. Rather than selling enough rocks to build a wall, farmers can instead use a small number of freshly tilled stones instead.
We invite you to browse our goods including coasters, slabs, and bowls. However, our work can be seen and touched locally at hundreds of fine stores across North America. Because each piece is one of a kind, we suggest you consider visiting one of our local dealers to see and touch it.
-Gerald Croteau III, Artist and Founder
American Stonecraft™ does all work in house at our 9,800 sf Lowell, MA studio; sorting, sawing, polishing, and shipping.
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
- NH Institute of Art
- Cambridge Artists Co-op
- Clever Hand Co-op