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

Artist Spotlights

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Artist Spotlight: Trista Hudzik Pottery

Trista Hudzik is returning to The Handmade Market with her fabulous collection of Trista Hudzik Pottery. All of Trista’s pieces are made individually by hand, either wheel thrown or hand built. Trista adds pattern, color, texture, and life to her pieces by a painstaking process of painting, carving, drying, glazing, and bisque fairing. Trista’s vessels are not only beautiful but also useful — dishwasher and microwave safe and intended for everyday use.

How did you come up with your business name? Unfortunately, my business name isn’t very creative — it is simply my name, with “pottery” at the end. I chose to use my name for my business because I was always seeing pottery in galleries with names like Tomato Pie Pottery or Spinning Cat Pottery (totally made up names by the way!) and wondering who actually made this awesome pot?

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. I have made a small turn in my work to spend my time focusing on making the kind of pots I really like to make! I enjoy making complicated pieces — things like candy dishes and butter dishes are a super fun way to add something new and different to your existing pottery collection. I also really love making serving sets like a sugar & creamer set or a tea set. I love the design challenge of putting several pieces together — working out not only the set within the context of the simple forms of the pots, and then considering how I will decorate the surface of each piece.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? I feel like I could never stop learning! How could I possibly narrow it down to just one thing? Okay, if I had to … I would really to acquire more skills with wood working and would love to be more confident with power tools. And while this may not seem to directly relate to making pottery, it actually might just be THE most helpful set of skills I could learn. Potters are always in need of more shelving! And more tools! Also, potters need displays for their work — so if I could design and build all of these things on my own it would be amazing!

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? WOW! After reviewing the list of artists, I am excited to see so many of them! I love Elena Caron‘s sweet flowers and embroidery, all of the Metamorphasis Metals creations are fantastic, and my personal favorite is always Mood Swing. I covet her work!

What was your first concert? Your all-time fave? My first concert was at the West Virginia State Fair to see Conway Twitty! My mother, my grandparents, and I would venture up there every summer. I got to see a lot of really amazing country music legends at the West Virginia State Fair when I was growing up. I feel pretty grateful for that! My favorite? Well, there is this band called Lucero (sigh) that I can’t get enough of. I’ve seen them more times than I count on both fingers. Also, I got to see Jack White a few years ago at The Orange Peel in Asheville with his all female band.

What’s your favorite Halloween costume? Halloween is my favorite holiday! (Any excuse to wear a costume!) My favorite halloween costume might’ve been the year I was a flapper. I love to imagine what life was like at a different time. I went all out! It was super fun!

Be sure to visit Trista’s booth at The Handmade Market on November 8. Her pottery would make a great gift for friends who fill their homes with fun and functional art. {And if you happen to see the lovely Kristen Randall of Mood Swing today, wish her a very happy birthday!}

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Artist Spotlight: Liz Kelly Pottery

Raleigh-based artist Liz Kelly is the owner/maker of Liz Kelly Pottery. This fantastically talented returning artist specializes in contemporary, wheel-thrown pots whose design aesthetic is steeped in time-honored craft traditions.

How did you come up with your business name? After coming up with 1,001 cheesy pottery business names (imagine the comedic material! Spin Dr., Quick & Dirty…), I quit this nonsense and stuck with Liz Kelly Pottery. I want my work to be connected with my name since I’m connected to the work. It just felt weird to have an anonymous company name if it’s really me making it. Also, I see it as a way to keep 100% accountable to the things I make. No one wants to make junk and put their name on it! Check back next year, I’ll probably be running under the cover of Clay Cuties or something equally laughable!

Tell us about your newest design. The simple polka dot mug is really doing it for me these days. I wanted to do some kind of grid-inspired allover design, and the polka dots are it! I also have a variation of it for large bowls that changes the size of dots in order to accentuate the curve of the bowl. I love a simple decoration that makes a form sing.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? In the next year I’d like to step up my overall seller game. I’m in the application process for the Launch program offered by the Visual Art Exchange in hopes of some good structure and mentorship. It’s like grad school in a business/maker kind of way. I’ll never be done learning and growing!

Is there a new item(s) that you’d like to share? I’m really enjoying these.

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? I’m loving the looks of TL Jewelry Designs‘ wooden hoop earrings and Trista Hudzik‘s scrumptious looking pots!

What was your first concert and/or all-time favorite concert? My very memorable first show was Clutch seen at the Cat’s Cradle, and my favorite show may be Israel Vibration. They have synchronized dance moves with their crutches! Badass.

What’s your favorite Halloween memory? I hate Halloween, but one time we knocked over all the neighbor’s candles in paper bags and watched them burn up. That was pretty fun. This is an incriminating question!

Be sure to visit Liz Kelly Pottery’s table at The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 8. Check out her rich colors and mesmerizing forms. You’ll want one for you and one for someone you love.

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Artist Spotlight: S.Tector Metals

Sarah Tector is the artistic voice behind S.Tector Metals. Her less is more design philosophy is evident in beautifully conceived and fabricated production jewelry lines. Sarah is equally comfortable creating custom, one-of-a-kind, and limited edition jewelry that possess a sculptural, yet feminine aesthetic. Sarah not only creates her  work using traditional metals like sterling silver, gold, platinum, and base metals but has also worked in acrylic, resin, and vinyl. The unifying thread in Sarah’s work is her ability to allow a single, simple element, speak to the audience.

S. Tector Metals
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How did you come up with your business name? Using the first initial of my given name plus my last name and the material I work with the most, my business name illustrates my clean-and-simple mantra. I intentionally chose a gender neutral name so that my work gets in the door first without any judgment as to who made it.

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. My current work revisits previous designs in my portfolio. I’ve opted to either ramp them up a bit with color or re-imagine the pieces in new material(s).  Some of my wire work has been updated with a new source of color via enamel paint. This addition, to previously solid sterling silver work, provides unexpected highlights. I’ve also been experimenting with various methods of working with the waxes for my signature cast pieces. The results have been really fun.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? My hope is to, actually, make some time to revisit techniques I have learned during classes I’ve attended in the last year, including: working in wood, steel, and some forming techniques.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? I am really excited to share a couple of collections: Bronze featuring cast teeth, bones, beads, and bangles and Enamel Paint Earrings.

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? The new artists whose work I can’t wait to see are: Casey Sewell Freeman Ceramics, TL Jewelry Designs, and Juniper Bay Metals. My go-to favorites are metamorphosis metals and zass design.

What was your first concert and/or all-time favorite concert? I think Lollapalooza was my first concert. I seem to recall the Beastie Boys, circa Intergalactic being involved. My all time favorite has to the most recent Jack White concert in Columbia, SC.

What’s your favorite Halloween costume and memory? My favorite costume had to be Medusa. I wore this long black halter dress accessorized with metal snakes I made, of course, woven in my hair. My favorite Halloween memory happened when I was 3-ish. Our neighborhood did a mini haunted house. I was a bit nervous going through the house, but my dad was at the end, dressed as a ghost, giving all the kids candy.

Be sure to visit S.Tector Metals’ table at The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 8. Check out her newest bronze collection. You’ll love it.

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Artist Spotlight: ZouZou’s Basement

Susannah Raine-Haddad is a Richmond-based artist who brings her colorful magic to everything she creates. When she is not busy being a mama to two boys, she is knee deep in paint, ribbon, paper, and bits and pieces of ephemera. We are very excited to welcome her to her first Handmade Market!  

ZouZou
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How did you come up with your business name? My business was named for my grandmother, ZouZou. When helping to clean out her basement, my mother and I found hundreds of terra cotta flower pots. My mom begged me to take some to get rid of them. So I took some and ended up painting on them. I gave a few as gifts, then was commissioned to paint some for other people, and my business was born. My concentration now is on paper and paintings, and quite often, paintings with paper on them.

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. My bright animal collages have been really popular. I’ve learned that we ALL relate to animals, and almost everyone has a favorite. I do paintings of animals, usually closeups of their faces, and then I enhance the painting with various patterned papers to add texture and visual interest. Most often, the cheery colors are not realistic to the animal. I sell original collages, limited edition prints, and notecards of some of the animals.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? How might this new craft fit with your current methods? I also make collages with old photographs (inherited from my OTHER grandmother), and I am working on some photo transfer techniques. I like when the photos are transparent and blend in to the painting. I am also interested in wax and encaustic but that’s another whole can of worms I’m not sure I’m ready to open.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? A circus elephant on a ball!

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? Nicole Lee Designs look really cool, as well as Off The Map. And even though Casey Freeman is also from Richmond, I haven’t seen her pottery before!

What was your first concert? My first concert, way way back, was The Police in Greensboro. I was a sophomore in high school and my parents let me drive with three others, about an hour and a half away.

However, when I was about 8, I was with my mom and brother on a little shopping trip in Eden, NC, and there was a concert nearby and the musicians were staying in our hotel (probably a Holiday Inn) — The Jackson 5, with Wild Cherry. My brother and I got Jermaine’s and Tito’s (?) autographs, but not Michael’s.

What’s your favorite Halloween costume and memory? Costume: Medusa — I had on this long, black halter dress with metal snakes I made woven in my hair. Memory: I think I was three-ish and the neighborhood did a mini haunted house. I was a bit nervous going through but my dad was at the end, dressed as a ghost, giving all the kids candy.

Please give Susannah a warm Raleigh welcome by stopping by to see her on November 8 at The Handmade Market. We promise you will love everything she brings with her. We’re not-so-secretly hoping she brings some prints of her exquisite Orangey Donkey original.

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Artist Spotlight: Leopold Designs

Kim Kirchstein of Leopold Designs is a fabulous Raleigh-based textile artist who has never failed to make us swoon over her fabrics and very thoughtful designs. She specializes in hand-dyed Batik and Shibori silk fabrics. Each creation is unique, using sustainable soy wax and low-impact dyes on natural fabric.

Leopold Designs
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How did you come up with your business name? I named my business after a very cool, big, orange tabby cat I had for 16 years. His name was “Leopold.” No, not “Designs.”

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. I typically make scarves of various sizes, and big sarongs … but I’ve made some bow ties and headbands, too.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? How might this new craft fit with your current methods? I would love to get better at my sewing skills. Being more confident in making a wider variety of pieces … like simple blouses or swingy trousers!! It would be fun and likely draw a broader audience!

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? Bow ties!

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? I’ve been admiring Amy Draws for a couple years now, and I’m a sucker for amazing & creative pottery and Trista’s is both!

What was your first concert and/or all-time favorite concert? First concert: The Motels with The Producers (as the opening act) at West Point Military Academy.
My all-time favorite??!!! Depeche Mode at Carowinds in 1994! The singer picked me to come up on stage and held my hand and had me sing with him and … and … omg!!!

What’s your favorite Halloween costume? My brother and I were dressed as a puppy and a kitty, with the old-style plastic masks and pull-on jumpers.

Be sure to visit Kim and see her incredibly beautiful work and get more details about singing with Dave Gahan. Trust us, she’ll regress to her teen self with a quickness! See you at The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 8.

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