November 5, 2018
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Tuttleworks

Jeremy Tuttle from Tuttleworks

Tuttleworks
raffle donor
[indoor]

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

My heaviest style and influence is “steampunk”, a subgenre of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Inspiration hits me anytime I see something mechanical or complex. I absolutely love ambient lighting, which is the main reason I make lamps!

How did you learn your craft?:

I’ve always been a “maker” of sorts. I learned electronics very young by taking apart (and sometimes fixing!) my toys. I learned lamp wiring via YouTube! The best way to learn your craft is to dive in and learn along the way!

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:

Bicycle Trash! Their work is so creative and innovative and green. I love it!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:

I’m not able to put myself in the mood. I have to wait for it to arrive. It ebbs and flows. I create much better alone. I can work in a group setting, but you won’t hear much from me – I get very absorbed into my work! I prefer listening to music – usually alternative or swing jazz. Indoor.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t sell much online. The competition is overwhelming. Try various festivals and markets – people are much more likely to appreciate, and purchase, your work in person!

We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:

If you have sold or attended before, what’s your favorite Handmade Market memory or purchase?:

My very first Handmade Market was also my very first show, ever! I was so nervous that no one would “get” my work. It’s really tough to present your inner creativity to the world in such a grand setting. However, it went really great, and seeing people’s faces light up (literally and figuratively!) is my favorite part of the whole show!

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For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 10th!

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November 5, 2018
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The Last Handmade Market is this weekend!

Join us on Saturday for our 25th and  LAST Handmade Market!

Come spend the day shopping from over 50 independent artists, designers and makers from all around the city, state and region! It’s the perfect time and place to find that unique Holiday gift!

The doors open at 10 am and the event goes until 5 pm. Entrance to the show is $5.00 until 2 pm.

FREE ADMISSION begins at 2 pm and lasts until 5 pm.

Be sure to check out our site before you get there to read our artist spotlights. They are a great way to get some insight into the artists that will be there and may help you with your shopping list.

Want to know when, why, how and where to park? Here are some handy links for you:

Where it is

How to get there

Where to park

Who is going to be there

Come out to celebrate with us as The Handmaidens say goodbye to this long running event!

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November 4, 2018
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: The Pepper Mill Shop

Kelly Sweitzer from The Pepper Mill Shop

The Pepper Mill Shop
raffle donor
[indoor]

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

To say that my brain is always in pun-making-mode would be an understatement. I can’t talk to my husband without one slipping into the conversation somewhere. When they hit, I write them down, and let them simmer. And when I get around to bringing them to life through my simple, expressive, colorfully styled characters, it’s the thought of hearing someone laugh that makes me proudest of my work. 

Some of the newer items I’ve been carrying are the themed 8 piece magnet packs. My BRAND NEW one is full of puns for folks with a sweet tooth. I’ve very excited to bring it out!

How did you learn your craft?:

The puns? It’s how I’m wired. The physicality of bringing them to life? I have to thank the theatre program at UNCW, which led me to a job in the film industry as a scenic artist. Learning your way around a shop setting, how to use the tools, how to make a color, just how to use your hands – it was invaluable.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:

Excited that my fellow Wilmington babes, Cabin Girl Designs and River Organics joined for this last market. Always love to see what Liz Kelly’s brain came up with, and hand-bound books from Plum Umbrella are just too dang cute. Also, always dig what Gretchin Quinn and geekchic are doing.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:

I just moved into a huuuge studio space, straight outta my basement, and I’ve never been more productive. Stepping into the studio puts me in the mood. Uh, to be creative. By myself. Ha.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:

Your first market’s set up is going to be terrible. You will look back at photos of it (TAKE PHOTOS EVERY TIME!) and cringe. Trial and error are your best friends. And also, Murphys law is real.

Same advice I received when I was planning my wedding is something I still constantly say to myself….one thing at a time.

We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:

I should create an illustration that says “Lettuce turnip the beet” because it was JUUUUUST the funniest thing they’ve ever seen! As they stand in my booth. Surrounded by my work. That is full of funny things. Hmph. 

Also, I’m not drawing Kale just on principal at this point.

If you have sold or attended before, what’s your favorite Handmade Market memory or purchase?:

This will be my third time! The first Handmade Market I did, I was outside and it was cold. I was across the aisle from Rachel with Windblown Jewelry and, you know, ya chat with your neighbors. We got on the subject of having to wake up early for markets, and she suggested the BEST alarm app ever. I still use it every single day. And, of course, I also got a really fantastic ring from her.

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For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 10th!

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November 3, 2018
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: S. Tector Metals

Sarah Tector from S. Tector Metals

S. Tector Metals
raffle donor
[indoor]

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

Working with my hands has always been a natural fit and source of fulfillment. While deciding where to go in life and what to study I was fortunate enough to have parents that said to pick a field that would make me happy. Metalsmithing satisfied many parts of my creative brain; designing and making in 3D, using mixed materials, and fantastic tools. And while I have made silverware, bowls, and pendant lights amongst other things, jewelry is the most recognized form of what I can do. Treating it as small-scale sculpture, my pieces catch the eye when on the body or not. I create clean, geometric, and architecturally influenced pieces in sterling silver, cast bronze, powder coating, and other mixed materials. These are mainly one-of-a-kind, limited edition, and production pieces of jewelry and most recently collaborations, allowing me to push myself out of my creative comfort zone and the opportunity and challenge of artistic evolution. 

My most popular pieces depend on who is at the table in that moment, which is why I like to bring a variety of shapes, sizes, and color. There will be a mix of sterling and gold filled linear work along with powder coated pops of color.

How did you learn your craft?:

College provide my studio practice with a foundation of information and skills. From there workshops, play dates with other artists, books, and experimenting over the years on my own have taken my work, both wearable and installations, into different directions.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:

Honestly everyone. It’s a chance to catch up with vendor friends from years past and make new ones.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:

When I hunker down at my bench I’m usually cycling through multiple podcasts. My faves lately are Perceived Value, Armchair Expert, and My Dad Wrote A Porno. They’re insightful with a side of humor that’s always needed after hours of work.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:

Pick something that makes you happy.

If you have sold or attended before, what’s your favorite Handmade Market memory or purchase?:

I was asked to make a custom wedding set by a customer from a market years ago that has remained a good friend to this day : )

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For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 10th!

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November 2, 2018
by The Handmade Market
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Gretchen Quinn Pottery

Gretchen from Gretchen Quinn Pottery

Gretchen Quinn Pottery
raffle donor
[indoor]

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

I make functional ceramics with a clean modern feel. The inspiration for my work comes mainly from what I want to have and use in my own home. I’m definitely under the spell of well-made crafts and much of what I make spins out from my love of Danish Modern and Shaker designs where simplicity, utility, and honesty are among the guiding principles in their work.
My pottery is handmade out of a beautiful dark brown stoneware clay and glazed in glossy white. The pattern details are hand painted with gold luster or carved freehand. I never use pre-made patterns, templates or textures. To me, it’s the freehand markings that makes my pots feel fresh and modern and what tells the user that every piece is handmade.
All of my pottery is handmade in my Raleigh, NC studio and durably designed for everyday use.

How did you learn your craft?:

Clay has been a constant in my life. I was lucky to always have opportunities throughout school to make and explore the medium and I just knew it would always be there. It’s really hard to quit clay. I actually tried, but I just kept coming back to it again and again. After receiving my fine art degree, I have taken tons of clay classes in lots of different studios around the country. All of these clay instructors are somewhere in the pots I make today. I never walked away from a class where I didn’t take away a few new techniques that improved my making. Now as a clay instructor at The NCSU Crafts Center I’m sharing all of these skills with new eager potters and learning even more from watching how they make.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:

My advice is to make what you love and what you want to have and use in your daily life. You also need to be committed to working really hard and to be open to opportunities even if they are out of your comfort zone.

We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:

Make what YOU love and believe in it. If it isn’t a hit the first time out, give it time, maybe revisit and tweak, but don’t give up on it. Making what you love will show in your product.

If you have sold or attended before, what’s your favorite Handmade Market memory or purchase?:

Handmade Market is just the best! Being in this show has led to meeting and learning from so many great makers. It’s really nice to know you are not the only one working away in your studio at odd hours and that there are others pushing towards similar goals. The Handmaiden’s have brought together an amazing community of makers and lovers of handmade.

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For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 10th!

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