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Artist Spotlight: Juniper Bay Metals

Stacy Sawyer Phebus of Raleigh-based Juniper Bay Metals got hooked on metalworking while attending East Carolina University.  We think she owes a bouquet of flowers to the friend who encouraged her to take a metals class that ultimately changed her path.

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How did you come up with your business name? I decided on my business name for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the name represents my family’s coastal history. I felt it was important for me to give a nod to my past because it’s a huge part of who I am. Having grown up the daughter of a fisherman in eastern North Carolina, I often heard my dad and his buddies speaking of the best fishing spots. Juniper Bay was one such spot and the name always resonated. I like the way it feels, the imagery it conjures. It’s a beautiful coastal area along the “Inner Banks” where the Pamlico Sound meets the marshlands of Swan Quarter, NC. And since a lot of my work, for years, has been influenced by treasures of the sea, it just made sense.

The juniper branch logo ties the place, the name, and my aesthetic together: raw, simply refined, nature-derived designs.

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation.  Sea creatures – their shapes, textures and forms – have been an inspiration of mine for years. I’ve been focusing on developing my Urchin line this year. Some pieces in the series are raw silver or copper. Others are enameled in a kiln or by using a torch. This method allows me to achieve rich, colorful surfaces that compliment the forms and their textures really nicely.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? How might this new craft fit with your current method(s)? One technique I’d like to explore more deeply is lost-wax casting. I’ve done this type of casting in the past, but it’s been several years since I’ve had access to the special tools and equipment needed. While I love fabricating work and would continue to do so, it would be really awesome to incorporate cast elements into my work.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share?  Wax Yellow Urchin Necklace

Which artist(s) are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? I’m super excited Tara Locklear will be at The Handmade Market this year! I just adore her work. She and I came up through the same Metal Design program at East Carolina University School of Art & Design, but were were there at different times. I haven’t actually met her yet, but I’ve been a big fan of her work for a while. Hoping to finally meet her (and buy a piece!) at the market.

What was your first concert and/or all-time favorite concert? My first real concert was DEF LEPPARD at the Norfolk Scope in VA. Ha! I’m showing my age, right?! I was in 7th grade and a friend’s dad took us. Bless his heart, he was not into it at all. When they played their hit ballad “Love Bites” thousands of lighters waved back and forth in the crowd. Classic.

My all-time favorite concert? Gosh, that’s so tough. I think it would have to be Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at Cat’s Cradle several years ago, 2006 maybe? The band, Sharon, the vocals, the sheer energy of the show – everything was amazing. And I danced all night with really good friends. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Be sure to visit Staci and sing something from Pyromania while shopping for your new Urchin necklace at The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 8.

a new sponsor: POP-UP Sunday Vintage Market



We are SO excited to have POP-UP Sunday as one of our Master Sponsors for The Handmade Market this fall. They are sort of like a cousin to us!

Have you been to POP-UP Sunday yet? This mini flea market happens once a month, April through November, at the corner of West and Johnson Streets in downtown Raleigh. For a few hours (noon til 5 pm to be exact) the gravel-covered parking lot of Ornamentea turns into a POP-UP market with food trucks, beer, and amazing vintage finds. The vendors are handpicked with an emphasis on hard to find vintage wares, clothing, and recycled art. The event books months in advance and consistently rotates vendors from all over the US, even as far as Austin, TX. Tents, umbrellas, and vintage camper styled shops line the edges of the fun with money being raised each month for a different local charity.

Tracey Johnson, owner of Patina South, and Cynthia Deis, owner of Ornamentea, are the trailblazing organizers of POP-UP Sunday. “We are amazed at just how much support we have gotten from the local community for this little event. The idea of having an event that helps local businesses meet new customers, neighbors mingle, and raises money for charity seemed needed-fun and fundraising.”

Recently, POP-UP Sunday was mentioned in Women’s Health Magazine as one of the contributing factors to Raleigh’s #3 ranking (behind Austin and Denver) as a “social climber” with lots of cool culture. The Handmade Market and downtown’s First Friday events were also mentioned … nice list of local must-see and dos!

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Wild @ Art

October 26th and November 23rd are the last two dates for POP-UP Sunday in 2014. Mark your calendar for both and bring a crowd. This event is pet friendly and there is always something for kids to do, thanks to Wild@Art.

POP-UP Sunday

vintage market • recycled art • food trucks • charity • good beer

509 N. West Street, Raleigh

POP-UP Sunday is on Facebook — check out upcoming dates and vendors, LIKE them, and let them know you’re glad they sponsored The Handmade Market!

Meet our friend: DECO Raleigh

DECO_Logo-TaglineI think it’s time to call DECO Raleigh our head cheerleader! For their love and support and continued sponsorship of The Handmade Market, we will grant them that fine distinction!

As soon as they opened their doors at the corner of Hargett & Salisbury Streets in the fall of 2012, they partnered with us in promoting The Handmade Market. They arrived in a splash of color and continue to brighten the downtown shopping scene.

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DECO Raleigh literally bursts with color when you step through their doors. They carry handcrafted products from more than 60 local artists, in addition to brands that you may already be familiar with. Stop in to see who’s art you may already know … or fall in love with designs from someone new. You’re sure to find a gift for a friend. The trick will be getting out of there without a ‘gift’ for yourself!

raleigh [   ] spaceBut, before you step through their door, you MUST take in Raleigh’s first-ever parklet, located on Salisbury Street just outside of DECO Raleigh. A parklet is an installation that extends the sidewalk into parking spots and creates a fabulous space for public use. It is the result of an incredible collaboration of students, professionals, educators and entrepreneurs. DECO Raleigh manages this evolving, innovative space. You can ask them about it when you visit the store or go to raleigh [   ] space for all the details.


DECO Raleigh

unique gifts • original art • smart design

19 W Hargett Street in Raleigh

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

Check out the November 8th Artist Gallery!

Hooray — the line-up of participating artists at The Handmade Market on November 8th 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 November 8th — and enjoy the sneak peek!

Artist Notifications have been sent!

As of this morning, 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 November 8th, 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. This was yet another incredibly impressive batch of applicants, and there were WAY too many talented artists that didn’t even make it onto the wait list this round! 

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

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