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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: Audrey Laine Collection

Audrey Laine Sawyer is coming down the mountain from Asheville to sell her wares at The Handmade Market for the first time. Welcome, Audrey! We love the way she melds metal, wood, leather, resin, and found objects for the jewelry in her Audrey Laine Collection. Audrey likes to transform small things into beautiful objects, and her earrings, necklaces, and rings are all a testament to that artistic vision.

Audrey Laine Collection
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How did you come up with your business name? I love Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities. In my mind the word Collection encompasses this concept of capturing something natural for the purpose of observing it. Of course, as a jewelry artist, I also hope my patrons will curate their own collections of my work.

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. I recently made a mold of a shark’s tooth I found that I’m casting in silver and bronze to use as focal points of one of a kind necklaces and simple stud earrings.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? Shark’s Tooth Studs!

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? A friend recently told me about a new method of etching metal that doesn’t require such heavy acids, which would be a great way to add surface details.

Stop by the Audrey Laine Collection table at The Handmade Market this Saturday, November 8. We know you’ll appreciate Audrey’s modern, natural aesthetic and might find the perfect gift for a friend or something special for yourself.

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Artist Spotlight: Off The Map

Leslie DeRose is coming back to The Handmade Market with her whimsical, well-loved Off the Map art! Leslie mixes vintage maps with paint, and the results are stunning scenes that evoke her love for travel (bikes & little campers!), adventure, and nature.

How did you come up with your business name? I was originally Leslie Derose Art, then I switched it to Off the Map, because I primarily use vintage maps in my artwork. But I got tired of it, so I am transitioning back to Leslie DeRose again — ask me next year, and it may be something else :)

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. I have been recently been using vintage postcards in my work, using the front as well as the handwritten parts. I love reading the short notes, almost always describing the weather in the first sentence.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? How might this new craft fit with your current methods? I wish I had time to learn some new skills. If I could take one class I would love to learn to use encaustic paints and try to incorporate it into my work.

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? Trista Hudzik‘s pottery looks lovely, and I always like seeing Hawks and Doves‘ items.

What was your first concert? Your all-time fave? New Kids on the Block was my first, and my favorite is My Morning Jacket.

Be sure to visit Leslie’s Off the Map booth at The Handmade Market this Saturday, November 8. Wouldn’t one of her little camper prints look cozy on your mantel or bookshelf?

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Arist Spotlight: Mon Cher

Making their debut at The Handmade Market this Saturday is Mon Cher, a new line of bath and body care products based right here in Raleigh. Mon Cher is the love child of Monica Shelton and Cheryl Hynes, two wellness experts who are dedicated to helping you take care of the most neglected person in your life, YOU! They make a nurturing, lusciously scented bath and body care product line without synthetic fragrance, color,s or preservatives. We are super excited to see what these two fabulous ladies have created!

Mon Cher
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How did you come up with your business name? Monica: Mon Cher is a combination of both our names, Monica and Cheryl. It was a spur of the moment idea of mine, while bathing, of course! The translation is the masculine version of ‘my darling’ but we decided not to let a little grammatical gender confusion get in the way of a fun idea. With Mon Cher, we want to promote self-love and self-care. Unfortunately women tend to think of their bodies as the enemy rather than a beloved part of themselves that should be cherished and adored, as you would a friend or loved one. Since we all take baths or showers, why not make each one, no matter how luxurious or brief, a small celebratory ritual of YOU every time?

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation.  Our entire line is new. We’re so excited to debut it at The Handmade Market!

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? Cheryl: I’m currently studying the world of essential oils. I feel very lucky to have some amazing teachers, including Monica.

Which artist are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? We both love Near Modern Disaster so we can’t wait to see the new collection.

What was your first concert and all-time favorite concert? Monica: First concert was Judas Priest in 1982 in Charlotte, NC — the Screaming for Vengeance tour. I was 13. My parents would have killed me had they known. My all-time fave is a tie between Mice Parade and Slint. Cheryl: My Dad was in the record industry, so I got to see a lot of great stuff when I was young. I think the one that stands out the most was seeing Bruce Springsteen in 1976 at the Palladium in NYC. I had to stand on the back of my chair to see him, and the Hell’s Angels were the bouncers. It was pretty amazing!

Be sure to visit Monica and Cheryl this Saturday and help give them a successful launch of their new endeavor, Mon Cher. We are super happy for this dream team and cannot wait to visit their table. Go ladies!

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Artist Spotlight: Tara Locklear Jewelry

Tara Locklear is yet another brilliant artist who graduated from East Carolina University. Inspired by urban environments, her designs are comprised of industrial and re-purposed elements resulting in an interpretive visual dialog of jewelry. Sustainable, industrial components, reclaimed objects, and material investigation coupled with exploration of traditional jewelry construction are the drive in Tara’s work. Her work is a balance of playfulness with distinctive fabrication. We’re lucky to have such an accomplished designer here in Raleigh and glad she’s sharing her talent with us on Saturday!

How did you come up with your business name? My name is my business name. They are the same for the most part with the addition of what I do: make jewelry. When I was first starting my business, I wanted to get my name out in the public. I wanted it to be about me and the simple fact that I made jewelry. I like the idea of creating multiple collections under the jewelry house name, my namesake. I wanted people to be able to find and learn about me, about how all my travel, life experiences, and my material choices influence my jewelry.

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation.  I have really been into some new necklace designs for the PopRoxx Collection. I have been really trying out new leathers and shapes — very excited about the combination of the leather and the skateboards!

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? I am always interested in learning more. I feel that you should never stop learning. If you can’t use the new skill now, you will have it in your toolbox for later. I would really like to take a stone setting class to help enhance my technical skill set. I hopefully will be able to take a two-week concentration next summer.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share?  New PopRoxx Arc Necklace.

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? Vesta’s Natural Apothecary and Casey Seawell Freeman Ceramics.

What was your first concert and all-time favorite concert? First: Jimmy Buffett at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater, Favorite: Sting

Be sure to visit Tara and check out her incredible nothing-like-it-anywhere jewelry at The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 8.  That’s in just a few days, folks!!

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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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