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.

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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!

Check out the May 3rd Artist Gallery!

Hooray, the line-up of participating artists for The Handmade Market on May 3rd is live! Click on the image below for the full list.

Stay tuned for lots of spotlights on artists, food vendors, and sponsors for The Handmade Market on May 3rd! Enjoy the sneak peek!

Artist Notifications have been sent!

As of this afternoon, all applicants have been informed of their application status. If you applied and did not see your notification email yet, check your spam folders. If it’s not in there either, send us an email, and we will update you.

Thank you to all who applied! We are excited about the artists that will be at The Handmade Market on May 3rd, we thank those who are currently wait-listed for their patience, and are sorry for those who didn’t make it in — we all know how much it hurts to get that “thanks, but sorry” email. 

For those of you wait-listed or not accepted into the show, we want to point you to two really well written posts that the Richmond Craft Mafia shared regarding the selection process and sending out these notices for their shows. Their words echo our thoughts and sentiments each and every time we have to send these emails out, and they may help you understand the process a little better or answer any questions you may have. No, reading them will not make it any more fun receiving a wait-list or not-accepted notice, but they may help with the hows and whys involved in the process.

Decisions, decisions

The Waiting Game

Thanks a million to the Richmond Craft Mafia for sharing these posts.

With love + craftiness,
The Handmaidens

Spring 2014 Charity Raffle: Triangle Pets Alive

If you are new to The Handmade Market you may not  know that we partner with a local charity for each of our events. Our goal is to introduce or reintroduce our awesome guests to equally wonderful organizations doing good in our community. At the market, visitors can make a suggested donation at to the charity at the entrance, and in return receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket filled-to-the-brim with handcrafted goods and vouchers for services that are donated by our generous Charity Sponsors.

This May we have partnered with Triangle Pets Alive, a 100% volunteer animal rescue organization. TPA’s mission: rescue healthy, treatable pets from euthanasia and place them in foster homes until adopted. We’ll share more of Triangle Pets Alive’s story with you soon — stay tuned.Join us on Saturday, May 3 for The Handmade Market. You’ll meet this amazing group and have a chance to win some rocking swag.

Interested in being a Charity Sponsor? Follow this link.

Call For Artists — May 3, 2014

Here we go! The artist application for The Handmade Market on Saturday, May 3 in Raleigh, NC is now live.

The event is one day only from 10 am to 5 pm, held indoors at Cobblestone Hall in the historic City Market area of downtown Raleigh.

If you’re an independent artist, crafter, or designer interested in participating in this show, please read over the guidelines and submit an application. The application deadline is midnight (est) on March 16. We cannot accept late applications, so submit yours today!

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