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

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

Artist Spotlights

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Artist Spotlight: bird + beau

Meet an artist who is new to The Handmade Market, Kristin Austin of bird + beau. bird + beau is a Raleigh, NC based jewelry biz. Kristin has found a wonderful, unique way to up-cycle wine corks into delicate, beautiful works of art.

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? I’m still relatively new at this, so I celebrate it all! Each sale, every social media mention, every show invitation, I am so thankful for. It’s so exciting and validating to be selected into shows such as The Handmade Market. To be included among some of the finest artists + handmakers of our region is a huge success to me! Having the ability to do something I love so much is quite a measure of success as well.

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. It depends on what I’m working on. I can hunker down and make, make, make sometimes — and I work pretty well under pressure, so that helps. However, when it comes to designs I’m creating for my site or new sketches, sometimes taking a step back helps me gain a new perspective and spark ideas.

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? Both. I’ve met so many awesome folks at other art/craft shows, and we generally keep up with each other online, via Instagram most often. Some of them I’ve seen more often than others in the real world. I love supporting local and it’s so fun to get together with other creatives.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? My newest collection has been really exciting me lately. I have been recycling wine corks by hand cutting them into faceted “gems” and using a few different methods of applying color or glitter. The neatest part, aside from being recycled, is that cork is so very lightweight and also really durable. No one else is doing anything along these same lines with cork (I checked!).

What’s your favorite tv show to binge-watch? Oh no … my husband and I just re-watched Breaking Bad, but when it’s just me at home or up working late, I put it on Gossip Girl. It’s silly, but it has become a guilty pleasure.

Which actor would play you in the movie version of your life? Emma Stone. She seems cool and laid back, and she’s funny, so I think I’d cast her.

Saturday, May 3 is The Handmade Market! Come check out the many facets of  bird + beauYou will love all of it.

Artist Spotlight: Coppertide

Annie Grimes Williams of Coppertide is back again for another Handmade Market this Saturday, and we can’t wait to see what she’s been enameling lately! Her work is organic and saturated with color.

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? Success for me is more about being happy with my work, the quality of my craftsmanship, and the ability to push myself to new levels rather than actual monetary success. That is a definite plus for sure, as I am trying to make a living with my work, but at the end of the day, if I feel like I’ve pushed myself to reach new goals (and I set a pretty high standard for myself), fed on my inspirations, and am still thirsty for more, then I feel pretty successful.

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 feel like I work best under pressure. So if I have a deadline, whether it’s an outside deadline or one I set for myself, I really buckle down and get things done. It’s easy to get distracted when you set your own schedule, so I definitely do best when there is something real to work toward.

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? Both really. It’s easy to get holed up in my studio and not to other people for a few days, and that’s when the online connections come in handy. But I love teaching workshops because it allows me to be around other creative people and really feed off that energy, both students and other instructors. I’m also a member of Piedmont Craftsmen’s Guild, which is a great source of creative energy among craftspeople of all media.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? I’ve expanded my SeaPods line and am including more long, sling style necklaces in line with my own take on current fashion.

What’s your favorite tv show to binge-watch? I’m not a huge TV person, but I do love that they show five episodes of “Friends” starting about 11pm, right as I’m winding down for the night.

Which Breakfast Club character are you?  Which Breakfast Club character am I? Probably Allison. :)

So come by THIS Saturday at Cobblestone Hall to see Annie’s beautiful jewelry and bring her one of those sandwiches!

Artist Spotlight: ASH

Meet Ashlee Meadows, the talented artist behind the beautiful work of ASH. She holds a BFA in Ceramics from BrighamYoungUniversity. Inspired by the world around her, Ashlee has been a maker of her contemporary porcelain jewelry for over 5 years.

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? Of course, my hope is that my business will be successful financially, but even without any monetary gain I would still be creating because it makes me happy. I feel successful when I can sit back and look at something that I have made with my own hands. There is a sense of pride in this that gives meaning and fulfillment to my days.

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. When a lot is happening with my business I tend to lean in. I feel I am far more productive when I am under pressure. I have three young daughters, so my time to create is in the evenings after they are asleep. When I am super focused on creating numerous pieces for a deadline or preparing my display for a craft show, I stay up far too late, but get a lot done.

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? I think creative people attract other creative people. I feel an instant connection with other makers no matter what their medium. I love attending and selling at craft fairs because there are so many inspiring and interesting local creators who I can connect with. We can share tips about having a handmade business. I have also really enjoyed being part of Etsy. I think Etsy has done an amazing job setting up a community where sellers can connect and help each other be successful.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? This bar necklace is a fairly new addition to my collection. My entire collection really has the same concept — modern, simple, yet luxurious. This piece has just a touch of gold and is strung directly on a 14k gold-filled chain that is so delicate that the rectangular pendant seems to just float on your neck.

What’s your favorite tv show to binge-watch? Our house is mainly tuned in to My little Pony or Pinky Dinky Doo, but when the kids are in bed and my huband is watching a game at a friend’s place, then I get the remote all to myself. On those rare nights I like to desert my studio and enjoy a marathon of Downton Abbey.

Which actor would play you in the movie version of your life? I guess if I had to choose an actress to play me it would be Katie Holmes. She seems sweet, whether she is or not, I know not. Also, I love her short hair cuts. I’ve taken her photo to the salon before to try to imitate her hair at the Bambi Awards. Google it — it’s really cute!

Come to The Handmade Market this Saturday, May 3.  Be sure to stop by ASH to see first-hand how incredibly beautiful her designs are. You’ll surely need at least one for you and more for the mothers in your life.

Artist Spotlight: The ZEN Succulent

Margaret and Megan George are the mother and daughter team behind The Zen Succlulent. Remember the traditional terrarium? These ladies bring to that a modern new look: contemporary glass vases, succulents, air plants, and moss are just some of the ingredients of these works of art.

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? For us, success is not measured by how many terrariums we have sold, but by how many people have been touched by our terrariums though the imagination, design, unique plants, and the joy that they bring. From that serene and calming place, we have grown our small business and increased our brand’s value, which have lead to amazing projects and opportunities for us.

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. Even a small business with ” ZEN ” in the title gets projects that are intense — when that happens, we lean in for sure. Our terrariums bring a sense of calm, imagination, and peace to their owners. And, in order for us to provide that, we work hard to craft the best landscapes to exceed their expectations. That always includes harvesting the freshest plants, forming the best soil, making spotless glass.

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? We connect with any other creatives through craft shows and shops where our items are created, all in person. It is wonderful to meet new artisans through our travels to different events, states, and even regions — it is almost like a traveling community, and we are very lucky to be part of that.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? This vibrant “volunteer” bloomed in my front yar,d and its bold red and stunning yellow colors became the inspiration for our new tabletop terrarium arrangement called “Berry & Citrus Terrarium.” Inspiration is truly everywhere.

What’s your favorite TV show to binge-watch? We have started a new feature on our website where we take pictures weekly of the propagation of our succulent leaves on their journey to succulent plants. We named that series of photos “Propagation Watch” after our favorite show “Game of Thrones” (and it was well received).

What city should you really live in? I am a proud North Carolinian, living throughout the state since birth, but currently in my life, I would love to spend time and live in Madagascar. From a young age I was inspired by the exotic beauty of the land and wildlife that call that island home. Even though I have never visited, I do have my passport ready.

Be sure to visit The Zen Succulent during The Handmade Market on Saturday, May 3. You will be amazed at the number of different succulents! Oh and ask about the classes they offer — with their help, you could end up making your own terrarium one day or even a succulent wreath!

Artist Spotlight: Muddy Heart Pottery

Today we meet Melissa Tognetti of Muddy Heart Pottery. Melissa works primarily with porcelain clay, and you’ll find a variety of designs, glazes, and functions in her ceramic pieces — everything from condiment bowls to bud vases to ring dishes to wind chimes. Her yarn bowls and stitch markers call to the crafters in all of us.

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? I love what I am doing, and I measure my achievements by how people react to my work. I am still finding my way around my business and as an artist, every day is an opportunity to be better and strive for success.

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. Both, I do love to be immersed in a lot of things at once — I love being busy — but when things get overly hectic, I take a breather and regroup, it helps me focus better and refuels my energy to keep going ^_^

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? Both, I have met some amazing artists online and many during craft shows. It is so fun to be around like-minded people with the same interests.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? My monsters are a fun new addition to my shop, I have three monsters so far (toothpick monster and two salt cellar monsters). They are fun and useful kitchen sculptures that create a culinary buzz in any home.

muddy heart - toothpick monster

What’s your favorite tv show to binge-watch?? Ohh there’s so many … I watch tv in the background while I’m creating. I love SATC of course, and have watched it so many times I’ve lost count. I also love Mad Men and Desperate Housewives and a few comedy shows from Spain.

Stop by Melissa’s Muddy Heart Pottery table on Saturday (that’s this Saturday, May 3!) and swoon over all of the lovely and useful pieces she’s bringing to The Handmade Market!

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