As the Craft Show continues online, so does the opportunity to find wonderful and unique holiday gifts while simultaneously supporting artists in these challenging times. We’ve put together a collection including gifts under $300, something for the culinary enthusiast, and wrapping it up with crafts that embrace HOME.
(Above: Bracelet by Holly Anne Mitchell, Ornament by Jason Howard, Handbag by Julia Hilbrandt, Necklace by Martha Collins)
$300 & UNDER
Within the 13 categories of the Show, there are many items by our artists that fall under $300. Starting off with great creativity, skill, and whimsy, we bring you the eclectic and eco-friendly jewelry of Holly Anne Mitchell. Holly uses the unlikely medium of newspaper, transformed into beads and turned into bracelets, necklaces, and more. Have fun perusing through her creations made from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, crossword puzzles, store coupons, and of course the quintessential Sunday funnies.
We couldn’t do a holiday gift guide and not have something holiday related, right? These beautiful ornaments by glass artist Jason Howard are not only for the tree, but also for year round decorating.
Martha Collins’ woodworking is a treat for the eyes and a brainteaser for the mind and she’s been at it for over four decades. Martha creates intricate jewelry pieces and tableware with 1000 pieces of wood using a process of lamination. She loves the variations and how they fit together with the natural color and grains of sustainable hardwoods and hand-dyed maple veneer and we do too!
Julia Hilbrandt’s handbags are constructed of industrial felt and are the ideal fashion forward and useful accessory whether carrying your laptop or your lipstick. Architectural in design, these lightweight and stylish handbags are ready for the road ahead.
(Above: Nesting bowls by Alexandra Geller, Plate by Three Wheels Studio, Knife by Harold Kalmus, Cookware by Yates Spencer)
Working in stoneware, earthenware, and porcelain, ceramics from Three Wheels Studio make the perfect holiday gift. With so many illustrations from flower patterns to the cutest little birds you ever saw, you’ll surely find something charming to wrap up with a bow.
Harold Kalmus’s knives are surely a treat for the kitchen; truly works of art and meant for every day use. Highly functional and beautifully crafted, Harold’s knives are constructed out of domestic and tropical hardwoods including maple, cherry, and walnut.
Alexandra Geller’s ceramics are a fresh foray into color and function. Known for her line of nesting bowls, her pieces are lightweight for ease of use and washing, and bring a creative flair to the culinary kitchen.
Yates Spencer began his metalwork journey at 12 years old when a local blacksmith took him under his wing. Fascinated by the process, it became a career over four decades of fabricating sculpture, architectural work, furniture, and jewelry. He eventually made his way to carbon steel cookware to the delight of many chefs around the country.
(Above: Lamp by Nick Moen, Bench by Christina Vincent, Axe-Handle Stool by Brad Smith, Stoneware by Kreg McCune)
Nick Moen is founder and owner of The Bright Angle, a porcelain design studio in Asheville NC, whose mission is to create intentionally-designed and well-crafted products that add meaning to life and combat disposable culture. Exploring the possibilities of using porcelain to diffuse light, Nick’s latest collection is lighting that utilizes a system he developed to create geometric vessels that glow when illuminated from within.
Bradford Smith’s furniture has a familiarity to it and that is not by accident. Raised on a Pennsylvania farm, Brad is known for incorporating farm related parts into his furniture such as his iconic Ax Handle Stool™. His concept is to make something special out of something ordinary, like an ax handle for a chair leg, or a pitchfork for a chair back. What a great concept to bring to your living room, kitchen, den, or home office!
Kreg McCune is a studio potter living in a farmhouse on Mt. Desert Island, Maine. His utilitarian work embodies elements of simple sophistication, beautifully crafted and visually appealing, making the ideal gift for multiple occasions.
Wrapping up our holiday gift guide is Christina Vincent, whose work ranges from cheese boards that are ideal for holiday treats to mirrors and furniture that would be a creative addition to the home. From a stunning bench inspired by the nature of Maine where she lives, to a live-edge tapered leg table that embodies luminescence, Christina’s work uses traditional joinery and the beauty of the natural wood to inform her designs.