Second-generation pewterer, Jonathan Gibson carries on the craft year-round with his wife, Camille, and their two children, in the same 200 year old barn where he apprenticed as a young boy. Jon is a state juried member of the League of N.H. Craftsmen and has been recognized by Early American Life Magazine as one of Americas 200 top traditional craftsmen since 1992.
Over 100 pieces of traditional and contemporary designs are available for sale. Each lead-free piece is made with hands-on care, whether cast, hammered, or spun. The Gibson Fruit Bowl and Wood-grain Beaker were the only pieces of 20th century pewter taken into the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
A Family Tradition for 40+ years
Gibson Pewter was founded in 1966 by Raymond Gibson and run as a seasonal family “cottage” business for more than 20 years.
Today, thousands of people from across America, and across the globe, include a visit to Gibson Pewter in their travel plans for the opportunity watch Jon and his family create their award winning pewter.
The Pewter Shop
The Gibson Pewter Shop, a Yankee Magazine Travel Guide Editor’s Pick as an outstanding reason to visit New England.
The shop is open year round, Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday by chance or special event. Visitors are welcome to watch work in progress.
What Is Pewter?
The answer is that pewter is a mixture of metals, the largest portion being pure tin. Small amounts of copper and antimony are required to harden and strengthen the alloy. The result is pewter, the fourth most valuable metal in general use after platinum, gold and silver.
Gibson Pewter is safe for foods and requires a minimum of care. Wash thoroughly by hand with hot water and dish liquid and dry immediately with a soft cloth. To maintain the soft lustre of pewter, buff with superfine (0000) steel wool and a nonabrasive metal polish. Wipe clean with a soft cloth. We use and sell Mish’s pewter polish.
Do not heat or cook in pewter. Do not allow candles to burn down into sockets. To avoid possible pitting, use some form of liner if the item is used for freshcut flowers.