The Handmade Market … Because "mall" is a four-letter word.

The Handmade Market … Because "mall" is a four-letter word.

A showcase of independent designers, artists, and crafters in Raleigh, NC.

artist spotlight: birds at noon

Ruchi Gupta is the everything behind the ceramic studio Birds at Noon. Ruchi left the corporate world behind to study pottery — a journey of exploration, expression, and creation. You’ll find a mixture of both printed and hand-painted designs on her pieces. There is an influence from her upbringing in India in her work: the rich colors and architecture.

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? If I am able to churn out more designs with improved quality and people respond to it, I am happy and content.

When work gets really intense, do you lean in or step back? Tell us how and why that approach works for you and your biz. Challenge and a little stress always works for me, I happen to be more productive under pressure … one reason may be because of my upbringing in India, which has been very competitive, and then decade long work in the corporate world.

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? As I am a beginner it is more online as of now, but by impulse I reach out to people who creatively motivate me. Online is very easy to reach out.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share on our blog? I am very attracted towards the archways and gateways … so in my latest bottle lanterns I have tried to carve some archways that are motivated by the old forts and palaces in India.

What’s your favorite TV show to binge-watch? Downton Abbey

What city should you really live in? Richmond, where I live now — here, past meets present.

Check out more great photos of Ruchi’s work on FaceBook or Instagram.  And be sure to stop by the Birds at Noon table at The Handmade Market on Saturday, May 3 to say hello — maybe she can give you some advice on making the big switch from corporate life to a life of art!

Look who sponsors The Handmade Market

DECO_Logo-TaglineA big shout out and Thank You to DECO Raleigh for their sponsorship and continued support and love for The Handmade Market!

DECO Raleigh opened its doors at the corner of Hargett & Salisbury Streets in the fall of 2013. They arrived in a splash of color and continue to brighten the downtown shopping scene.

Their store offers a wide range of items. They stock handcrafted products from more than 60 local artists. You may even stumble upon the work of some artists who will be at The Handmade Market! In addition to local talent, you’ll find outstanding brands you may already be familiar with. Check it out, see who you may know … or fall in love with designs from someone new!

Just looking through their website is a feast for the eyes! But, you’ll want to pay them a visit to immerse yourself in color and design. You’re sure to find a gift for someone. The trick will be getting out of there without a gift for yourself!

DecoraleighcollegeDeco Raleigh

unique gifts • original art • smart design

19 W Hargett St in Raleigh

DECO Raleigh is on Facebook – give them a LIKE and let them know you’re glad they sponsored The Handmade Market!

Artist Spotlight: My Invisible Ink

With today’s artist spotlight we welcome Bethany Hadden of My Invisible Ink. Bethany is making her maiden voyage to The Handmade Market from Charlotte and bringing with her a whole slew of original, hand-painted artwork. From acrylic on tin to mixed media on wood, Bethany’s pieces are unique, vibrant, and thought-provoking.

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? Success for me is seeing the connection between my artwork and a customer. Success for my business would be to be financially comfortable creating what I love. I’m not there yet and it’s a constant challenge, but there are goals in place!

When work gets really intense, do you lean in or step back? Tell us how and why that approach works for you and your biz. I work well under pressure and with deadlines, so I would say I lean in when work gets tough. I suppose that comes from years of working as a graphic designer. A long walk with my favorite pup helps take the edge off, too.

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? Meeting other creatives at art shows and festivals is definitely my favorite way to connect. It’s inspiring to see what others are making and to buy a little souvenir to treasure.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share on our blog? This set is a sample of the baby room prints I just started making. I hand draw the animals and background designs and edit them in Photoshop so the color choices and combos are really endless. The prints are attached to a wooden panel board which I stain to give it an aged look. Being a mommy-to-be, I was inspired to create something that fit my home design and wasn’t, well, cheesy-baby-looking. I’m excited to release this new product!

Which wine should you actually be drinking? Well, I’m 9 months pregnant at the moment — so a bottle of Little Penguin Cabernet is screaming my name!

Swing by the My Invisible Ink table at The Handmade Market on May 3 and say hello to Bethany — you’re sure to find a souvenir treasure among her stunning work!

 

Artist Spotlight: Cephalopod Ink Ceramics

Today’s artist spotlight features one of The Handmade Market’s most popular ceramic artists, Tanya Casteel of Cephalopod Ink.

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? Being self employed is probably my biggest source for feeling successful and fulfilled. Enjoying the freedom and responsibility in doing what I love for a living. I would not feel like a failure or unsuccessful if I worked for someone else because I don’t pin my happiness on my job, but at least for this time in my life self employment definitely feels great.

When work gets really intense, do you lean in or step back? Tell us how and why that approach works for you and your biz. I do both, and they both work for me. The trick is knowing which option is best for me in each moment. I find that sometimes its best for me to lean in and push through, and other times it’s best for me to step back and take a break. It’s about creating balance. If I sense my sanity breaking, that’s usually a clue to myself to step back; my world wont end if I don’t glaze that last pot.

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? I usually meet the best people sitting next to me at random craft shows.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share on our blog? I’m working on a series of ceramic wall art mounted on wood. I went on a trip to Cuba where I was inspired by the expression in their paintings and I wanted to try something new with my wall art. It’s long over due since I haven’t made any in 2 years back when I made my ceramic wall pillows. I decided to mount them on wood because I’ve been working in my husband’s woodshop a lot lately.

What’s your favorite tv show to binge-watch? The last TV show I binge-watched was House Of Cards

Which actor would play you in the movie version of your life? Natalie Portman could totally pull off acting as me :)

Please come see what Tanya has been up to on May 3rd! She and her work always bring the smiles.

Artist Spotlight: Playtpusfile

New to The Handmade Market this May is Platypusfile, a line of art+craft+design that is inspired by the home and nature. Based in Tallahassee, Janae Easton is bringing to Raleigh all kinds of magical and intricately designed works and we are looking forward to meeting her!

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? Happiness. I know that seems awfully simple, but it happiness goes a long way. My work allows me to be at home, work in my studio at least 30 hours a week, homeschool my son, enjoy the world and travel, and eat really good food. I can’t really ask for more than that, I am continually grateful.

When work gets really intense, do you lean in or step back? Tell us how and why that approach works for you and your biz. This one is tricky and diving in is usually how I swim with it, but there are moments where I really do have to step back. Usually I am all in, I love being able to make things so when I have to make tons it makes me feel really good despite how overwhelming it really is. I do mostly craft shows and retails shops and the shops are amazingly patient and work with my time crunches when they occur.

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? These questions are great by the way… I really do crave other folks that are makers. I feel their creative spirit and approach to life is something that is refreshing and exhilarating, like catching a creative cold. I usually get a mega dose of this kind of excitement at indie craft shows and when those aren’t going on I love watching what everyone is up to on Instagram.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share on our blog? masked banditsMasked Bandits.  These critters are based on animals and folks in my life that have a bit of mischievousness about them. I love how they are girlie and trouble all at the same time.

What’s your favorite tv show to binge-watch? Gilmore Girls

What city should you really live in? Tallahassee, FL. I am amazed at how I fall in love with this city over and over again. I often find myself trying to sell it on other people, even those who are living here. It is a magical place full of daily adventures.

Come by The Handmade Market on Saturday, May 3rd and give Janae a warm Raleigh welcome. Maybe she’ll fall in love with our fair city a bit, too.