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.

The Handmade Market Is Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow from 10 am to 5 pm at Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh’s City Market for a jam-packed day of shopping with more than 50 independent artists, designers, and crafters from around the city, state, and region! It’s the perfect time and place to shop for all of the mothers and graduates in your life — plus the first 500 shoppers will get free goody bags!

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We’ll have early bird shopping again from 10 am to 11 am — for just $5 (cash only), you get an entire quiet, laid-back hour to browse and chat with the artists. Give it a try!

At 11 am, admission to The Handmade Market is free. In lieu of admission, consider supporting the featured charity, Triangle Pets Alive, with a raffle ticket purchase. Your donation gets you a chance to win one of several gift baskets full of goodies from our awesomely generous Charity Sponsors.

We’ll also have homemade treats and coffee from Sweet T, Event Espresso, and Monster Cookies. So grab a friend and head down to Cobblestone Hall for The Handmade Market — tomorrow from 10 am to 5 pm!



Artist Spotlight: Holdfast Printworks

Asheville, North Carolina based artists Courtney Leigh Johnson and husband, Gabriel Latini, are the talent driving Holdfast Printworks. Since 2012, their company has grown by leaps and bounds from just a couple of screens and squeegees to a thriving business which is outgrowing their home. Holdfast Printworks’ philosophy is to make a product their customers are proud to wear. All items are hand printed in their home studio with water based, eco-friendly inks free of harmful chemicals. Courtney Leigh and Gabriel love what they do and are psyched to spend time designing and printing new work.

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? We strive to make a product that people can be proud of wearing. All items are hand printed in our studio with water based, environmentally friendly inks that are free of harmful chemicals. We love what we do and are psyched to spend our time printing and designing new items.

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 am a very hard worker (Capricorn born), but I think the best way to get through busy and intense times is to take a step back. I like to take a break and go rock climbing or for a hike, or have tea with friends in West Asheville. I need to step back to realize I can actually get the work done, instead of having a mini nervous breakdown, ha.

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? Both! I do love me some instagram and love connecting with other artists on there. It’s a great way to see other crafters work and to connect. Living in Asheville, I’ve also had the benefit of having a large network of artists around me to collaborate with and inspire me.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? I love this tank! A photographer friend had an idea for a “MERICA” tank a few months ago, and I thought I’d throw a southern spin on it. These tanks will be available mid- May, just in time for summertime and the fourth of July. They are available for pre-order in our etsy shop.

What’s your favorite tv show to binge-watch? Well, I don’t actually own a tv … but I have been binge watching the X-Files and a little Twin Peaks online.

Which actor would play you in the movie version of your life? In a movie about my life, Claire Danes would play me.

We’ll see you this Saturday, May 3 at The Handmade Market. Be sure to visit Holdfast Printworks – check out the “MERICA” tank as well the other very cool wearables they produce. 

Music, Food, and Drinks at The Handmade Market on Saturday

It’s almost time for The Handmade Market. Come Saturday, Cobblestone Hall will be packed with talented artists, handcrafted wares, delicious food and drinks, and feel-good tunes!

Once again DJ Suggadelic – aka Erik Sugg or Mr. Erik Storytimes – is taking a break from library rock-and-roll storytime host and his metal band, Demon Eye, to DJ at The Handmade Market. He’ll be spinning a fantastic mix of ’60s soul, ’60s “miniskirt” pop, and ’70s funk.


As always, we’ll have a variety of food and drinks on hand in case you need to refresh or refuel. Tammy Calaway will be back with her Sweet T Cakery treats. Tammy’s known for her cupcakes and whoopie pies, and her confections always include organic, seasonal ingredients. We love that she offers a few options that are vegan and/or gluten-free for those of us with food allergies or restrictions.


Michelle Stees and Jenny Carpenter will be out front at their Monster Cookies table. Have you tried one of these things? They’re huge and scrumptious and include 16 different mouth-watering flavors — some of our favorites are Sweet Tea with Lemon, Chocolate Orange, Happy Trails, and Mocha.

New to The Handmade Market is Event Espresso. Their “coffeehouse on wheels” features made-to-order coffee, including specialty drinks and teas.

Head down to Cobblestone Hall at City Market in downtown Raleigh on Saturday and get your shopping, snacking, and groove on with us! We promise it will be another excellent — and tasty — show!

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!