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.

artist spotlight: s tector metals

Sarah Tector is a Raleigh-based designer whose philosophy is “less is more.” She specializes in custom made, one-of-a-kind, limited edition, and production pieces of jewelry and small sculptural objects.

What new and exciting pieces are you bringing to The Handmade Market this spring? I’m bring favorites and some new experiments. New vinyl colors, new acrylic colors and shapes, new powder coated designs and colors, and new wood pieces as well : )

What’s your favorite thing to make right now? I’ve been having fun trying designs in different materials. For example taking patterns in vinyl and translating them into powder coated aluminum and wood.

How did you get started with your craft? I started in school. I was originally looking for schools based on commercial art/graphic design and found ECUs great fine arts program. Once there I was more intrigued by sculpture and creating 3 dimensionally, but had a hard time getting into the smaller classes as an underclassman. My advisor suggested I try metal design; he called it small scale sculpture. Two weeks into the semester I was hooked. I’ve had fun revisiting commercial design by bring graphic elements into my work too.

What are the best and worst aspects of having your own small business? Freedom is definitely one of the best aspects. I succeed and fail based largely on my decisions. That leaves room for a lot of experimentation with design; taking risks and being prepared to handle what happens with those risks. It might not always work, but when it does it’s amazing and why I love being an artist.

One of the hardest things to deal with in a small business is rejection. You might love the latest work you have created, but the buying market or juror may not. You have to learn to roll with it, take the time to absorb the feedback and use it to your benefit.

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? I’m looking forward to seeing the new Judah Ross line up close.

The Handmade Market is coming up super soon on May 12th! Make a point to swing by and see Sarah’s beautiful works.

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artist spotlight: yourmomdesigns

Rebekah Desloge (@yourmomdesigns) is a Durham-based crochet artist with a business called yourmomdesigns. Rebekah designs yarn and textile goods with families in mind. Everything is handmade by Rebekah and tested thoroughly by her two children. Her creations promote creative play and are designed to withstand lots of handling and washing.

What new and exciting pieces are you bringing to The Handmade Market this spring? There will definitely be a lot of color and and fun things for kiddos, and a few things that aren’t in my Etsy shop yet, including a pirate eye patch for dress-up.

What’s your favorite thing to make right now? I really dig making my roygbiv nesting bowls — they are made from up-cycled t-shirts, have such a unique texture, and are super rich in color. The whole process of finding the right t-shirts, constructing yarn, and turning it into something completely new is always exciting.

How did you get started with your craft? I learned how to crochet as a little girl with instruction from my mom and grandma. I really didn’t take off with it and understand the possibilities of what I could make until early adulthood, when I was completely inspired to make my little girl homemade goods.

What are the best and worst aspects of having your own small business? The best aspect for me is going at my own pace. My small business is a side gig while being a stay at home mom, and I’m inspired to create without feeling like I have to make it a huge success overnight. The worst at times is mass producing similar items while constantly feeling the itch to create something different and new.

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? I’m pretty excited to see my fellow crocheters, especially KnotWork and all their witty coffee mug covers.

The Handmade Market is on Saturday, May 12! Be sure to stop by yourmomdesigns‘ table and admire Rebekah’s fun, colorful (remember roygbiv?) creations.

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artist spotlight: burnt creative

Meet Jessica Jones (@burntcreative), the creative tour-de-force at the head of Burnt Creative Studio. Jessica’s studio in Blacksburg, VA specializes in fun desk- and table-top accessories. Her creations feature felt, buttons, beads, and loads of fun fabrics.

What new and exciting pieces are you bringing to The Handmade Market this spring? I’ll be bringing my desk sets, coasters, and napkin rings. I’ve toyed with cloth napkins in the past, and I’m working furiously these days to incorporate a full line of cloth napkins starting in May. I’ll be debuting them at The Handmade Market.

What’s your favorite thing to make right now? My favorite thing to make is my pencil cup. The X divider inside allows me to work with multiple fabric patterns/colors in one object, and the design makes it useful in lots of different ways. I’ve even used one to hold silverware during a backyard cookout!

How did you get started with your craft? I love fabric, and I love gadgets that organize my workspace. It was only a matter of time before I married the two. My background is actually as a painter, but I got bored creating beautiful things that didn’t serve a specific function. Creating usable art is much more fulfilling for me.

What are the best and worst aspects of having your own small business? Best: I am my own boss. Worst: I am my only employee. Some days, I could really use an assistant.

Which artist(s) are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? Judah Ross! I fell in love with her clothing and featured her on my blog a few weeks ago. I ended up buying a skirt from her after the feature went out, and I can’t wait to meet the lovely “maker” in person. I may even wear my pretty new skirt on the day of the Market.

The Handmade Market is on Saturday, May 12! Be sure to stop by Burnt Creative‘s table and pick up some cloth napkins or silverware organizers for your next cookout.

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artist spotlight: cephalopod ink

Once again, the lovely and talented Tanya Casteel of Cephalopod Ink is returning to The Handmade Market. Using her background in science and a love of the ocean, Tanya’s dishwasher safe, microwave safe ceramics are not only gorgeous but fully functional.
What new and exciting pieces are you bringing to The Handmade Market this spring? Brightly colored functional pottery with aquatic graphics.

What’s your favorite thing to make right now? I’ve always liked making mugs. I drink hot tea everyday so mugs are a practical and personal part of my day. I’ve started making more plates this year which I’m also really excited about. I also have many new ocean animal graphics for 2012!!!!!!!

How did you get started with your craft? All throughout my childhood and throughout my college education I used a variety of art mediums. The first time I used clay was in 3rd grade. I would create clay sculptures on my front porch. Then I remember taking a private sculpting class when I was in middle school. Then I really didn’t touch clay much until my 2nd year of college where I enrolled in a pottery throwing class. I absolutely loved it. I ended up majoring in photograpy, but I continued to take a clay class every semester. After graduating I was fortunate enough to work for an established potter for a year which helped get me on my feet.

What are the best and worst aspects of having your own small business? Best: I always have a job, I never get in trouble, and I have complete freedom! Worst: sometimes I get lonely because I work by myself everyday, and that’s why I love selling at craft shows so much; great social time!

Which artist(s) are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? Two Pounds Mustard. I’m excited to see them because I really need some mustard and theirs is the best!

What are your twitter and facebook names/links?

https://www.facebook.com/cephalopod.ink

The Handmade Market is on Saturday, May 12! Be sure to stop by to see Tanya and her new work (and new haircut!).

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Volunteer!

We are always looking for volunteers to assist with the production of the show. If you are interested in helping on May 12th, we’d love to have you! Click here for more instructions.

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