jessica rust ceramics

i nearly lost my mind when i saw these gorgeous porcelain and 14k gold luster pieces by minnesota artist jessica rust. they are simply stunning! each of these two styles is limited to 50 pieces and can be customized.





i love the gleam of the gold with the glossy white interior, dotted with jessica’s simple organic imagery. the fact that you can personalize these pieces to commemorate a special occasion is the cherry on the cake.

purchase these bowls and other beautiful pieces on jessica’s website. 

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final glimpse – renegade craft fair chicago!

you know i could go on and on with these round up posts, that’s how high the appeal of the goods were. but for now, please enjoy these last few notable artists from this past weekend event:



handmade books prints and journals from washington, dc artist moira mccauley’s bookish lady



felt creations from new york artist casey dwyer’s the candy thief



local artist gustav reyes simply wood rings (and puzzle boxes, bookmarks and jewelry boxes!)



brilliant multicolored letterpress stationery and screened prints from local artist kelly maron’s paper stories



2nd glimpse – renegade craft fair chicago!

more wonderful things from this weekend’s renegade craft fair in chicago:



sterling and resin belt buckles and jewelry from kurt van maarth’s swear jar design



fantastic silkscreen prints from montreal artist isabelle guimond’s sweet grognasse (who will also have an exhibition of her paintings at the allrise gallery here beginning september 21st)



screenprinted stationery and accessories from tennessee artist meg hunter-parrish’s paperbat




gorgeous bags and from chicago artist maria cicarelli’s kuketa



fun baby and home things from nikku design



organic sterling jewelry from massachusetts husband and wife artists rhonda and elijah wyman’s figs and ginger


mixed media pieces from michigan artist cat’s deadbird


intriguing prints from ashley alexander’s i’m smitten

1st glimpse – renegade craft fair chicago!

renegade_handmade_2007_1i was like a kid in a candy store when i walked crisp and sunny division street yesterday to peruse the renegade craft fair in chicago. this event was much larger than those in prior years, with spectacular, high quality items from 200 crafters and artists. bonus: the fair is still taking place today (sunday) and many of the artists have online shops or etsy stores, so you might not miss as much as you thought! may i present just a small sampling…


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fun jewelry from oklahoma husband and wife artists mike and mary



delightful textiles from michigan artist lisa price’s artgoodies



avant wood designs from the budding local designers at eight gang switch



playful tees from virginia artist david murray’s seibei



art, jewelry and trinkets from san francisco artist jenifer lake’s sprout studio



progressive art and functional porcelain from ohio artist guy michael davis

much love to my trusty hand model featured in some of these photos.

be sure to check back here later today and this week for more coverage of one of the city’s best, and most beloved, handmade art and craft fairs — there’s so much more!

s. tudyk artworks

i am becoming obsessed with this terrific artwork from oregon artist sam (aka shannon in certain circles) tudyk. she spends her days working hard at the wonderful egg press letterpress company, and her evenings in her studio at home. combine this drive with a mind’s eye that’s constantly fueled and filled with vintage papers, overheard conversation, found objects, numbers, letters and assorted other ephemera, and you’ll find the results below: a beautiful collection of pieces, crafted from thread, pencil, acrylic paint, and layers of paper.







shannon graduated from the savannah college of art and design with two bfa degrees in illustration and graphic design.

purchase these fabulous things on her etsy shop, and don’t forget to check her website to see her extraordinary portfolio!

ruth lyne glass art

look at these gorgeous handmade plates from uk artist ruth lyne. ruth makes kiln formed glass panels layered with metal leaf and colored frit, and crafts them into versatile shapes that can be functional dishware or wall tiles.



ruth is inspired by the colors and textures of the beach. her horizontal and vertical lines represent the sea and the cliffs on a quiet, sunny winter’s day.

find these beautiful things at her dawanda shop.

farm 21 straw screen

i have a friend with a curvy kohler bathtub who cannot bring herself to put a shower curtain around it for fear of hiding its sculptural lines. this screen from the uk’s farm21 just might change her mind. it has three sections, and is made from laminated rye straw and acrylic.


sasha sykes, the company’s founder, had a desire to bring contemporary furnishings with a rural flavor to fill an underserved niche in the market. most of the organic materials found in the collection come from her family’s farm in county carlow, ireland.

simply gorgeous.

find it and many other lovely pieces at their website.

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whimsical ceramics by nancy gardner

feast your eyes on these fabulous handbuilt and painted earthenware pieces by illinois artists (and husband-and-wife team) nancy gardner and burt isenstein. i knew nancy and burt since we sold their things at the shop years ago, but after we closed, i lost track of them. imagine my surprise and delight to discover them at the bucktown arts festival this past weekend!





nancy and burt are inspired by the history of decorative arts, global cultures, vintage paintings, fabric patterns and dishware. they use a pinch and coil method to create their pieces, and purposely underwork the clay for their signature look. each piece is formed, decorated with underglazes, covered with a final glaze and clearly one of a kind!




having seen (and sold out of!) nancy and burt’s prior collections, i can honestly say i am thrilled by the artistic evolution i am seeing. the consistently charming, handmade quality and energy in these pieces has been enhanced even more by the outstanding paint details in the current collection. to me, the work tells a enveloping, inspiring, complete story.

it is that kind of painstaking, loving attention to detail that sets their work apart from so many others in the same medium. and the cherry on the cake is that the pieces are functional as well as beautiful.

when they aren’t in their studio, nancy and burt sell their wares at select retail fairs around the country.

(please) go to their website for other designs, show schedule and contact info!

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