Friday, December 13, 2013

Why Handmade: The 2013 Boston Handmade Holiday Gallery, Housewares and Jewelry!

by Lynn Mohney of Prunella’s Workshop

I know many of you have stopped into the Boston HandmadeHoliday Gallery, because I see you there. I also know some of you haven’t had a chance to stop by yet. These wonderful items are selling like hotcakes, and we are constantly adding new inventory. If you’ve already been in, we’d love to see you again, and you can see all the great things we’ve added to replace what you bought last time! To tempt you, I have taken many pictures of the wonderful items I’ve seen, and I have more artists I want to tell you about.

Let’s talk jewelry. Yes, I know. It’s a bit of a favorite topic for me, being one of the jewelry artists, but I am so excited about the amazing artists we have showing! Bev from Linkouture is exhibiting her elegant and modern chainmail jewelry. She weaves jump-rings together to create amazing intricate designs. In addition, we have Liz from Lush Beads selling her fun industrial line of jewelry made from new and repurposed hardware. Make sure you check out her Morse code necklaces. What better way to say “I love you” than with a necklace that says it in code! We are pleased to also have Cristina Hurley Jewelry Design showing her sterling silver artistry. I keep hinting loudly to my husband about one of her necklaces, but I don’t believe he’s listening. Last but not least, I am there from Prunella’s Workshop with my brand new line of funky copper earrings. I love the deep warmth and earthiness
of this metal, and I am sure you will too.

I am intrigued by the beautiful handmade housewares we can find in the gallery as well. Early Bird Designs has brought us lovely handcrafted and painted porcelain using the Korean technique called
mishima. Aron Leaman Glass is selling elegant unique blown glass designs, sculpture and functional art. If you have a glass collector in your family (I do!) you must check out his pieces. The way the lights reflect in the glass is breath taking. Trope Pillows has come to the gallery as well with lovely pillows made from vintage and reclaimed fabrics. I love these pillows that have a pocket where you can place a special photo. You can gift a pillow with a picture of a favorite family member or pet.

The pets were not forgotten! Kerry from Cody’s Creations is selling her thoughtful and fun pet supplies, including dog collars in every color and size. Every pet deserves a hand designed collar and leash.   Maisonwares has fantastic catnip toys for your favorite cat. I know my cat needs a catnip moustache, pizza and French fries too!

Maisonwares brought items for people too, including, but not limited to soy candles and light switch plate covers. Urban Kitchens brought delicious smelling soaps, candles and other sweet smelling items. I must tell you, if you are looking for these nice items, you better hurry. We can’t keep it on the shelves!

Are you overwhelmed yet? I haven’t told you about the stationary and wall hangings! Sarah from Egg-A-Go-Go brings us illustrated cards and wall hangings with her beautiful watercolors. She also has fun baby clothes. Jessica Burko is selling one-of-a-kind art and encaustic collage. Kerry Hawkins Photography has beautiful art photography from around the world. You can feel her bright personality in each and every picture. Lucie WickerPhotography is there too. She has fantastic photos of the Red Sox and Fenway Park for all of you baseball fans! Last, bet definitely not least, we have the beautiful prints from Dana at Patterned Peacock. I have already bought a beautiful print with carousel horses for my baby girl’s wall.

And why aren’t you in your car driving to the gallery yet?

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