Want to learn more about the artists and their work? Check out our artist bios here!
Want to learn more about the artists and their work? Check out our artist bios here!
My name is Darren and I am the owner of Adirondack Art Company. I am originally from the town of Tupper Lake, NY in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.
I moved to North Carolina in 1999 to teach elementary school but my soul will forever wander the mountains.
Since 2017, I've tried to capture nature's beauty in my unique style. I work exclusively with various species of wood and multiple artistic media including colored wood stains, acrylic paints,and wood burning.
Whether you live in the mountains or by the ocean, I can create a custom piece to enhance your home.
Hello there! My name is Mark and I am the owner and lead Blacksmith of Barn Cat Forge. Although originally from Maryland, I now reside in Chapel Hill with my wife and our two feline fur babies (the inspiration behind the name). I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands and was constantly searching for a creative outlet. In October of 2020, I took my first blacksmithing class and immediately fell in love with the art of moving metal with heat and a hammer. I rushed home, purchased a forge and anvil the next day, and started practicing what I’d learned in that first class. Since then, I have continued with my passion and am excited to bring my handmade metal creations to the community through Sawdust and Clay! Here at Barn Cat Forge, we specialize in home and garden decorative iron work. Each item is forged by hand, using traditional blacksmithing techniques dating back thousands of years! Our unique pieces are made to not only last a lifetime, but to be that perfect addition to your home or garden.
My name is Tammie, the British Bow Lady. As a Holly Springs local, I design and make beautiful hair bows, bow ties, and doggy bows all individually by hand: I am a mother of two girls under seven which lets me keep a finger on the pulse of
current kids' trends. If you're looking for unique, stylish and quirky fashion accessories, then I have you covered here at British Bow Lady.
Since March of 2022 British Bow Lady has been my sole focus. I love nothing more than to see children feeling empowered while wearing my bows. For Sawdust and Clay Collaborative I have curated two special collections for you. The first
collection is a 100% cork range made from Portuguese cork leather. The second collection is a wizard-themed collection
taking inspiration from popular movies and literature. Both collections have the added bonus of matching sibling sets, bow-ties and dog bows.
Create Creative Mindset - MixedMedia Art by Jessie Mangrubang
Art and the practice of creativity has been a consistent place of peace, strength, and stability for me.
I have worked in several mediums, but silversmithing, wood turning, and painting are where I have found the most happiness and joy. Not all these art forms came naturally, some feel like breathing and others are constant practice and hard work. Even with those challenges, when I am creating my mind is free and my mind thrives. Most of my current work involves alcohol ink in some form.
Painting does not come naturally to me! It is a craft that takes dedication and practice. I have combined painting with my all time favorite method of creating, jewelry making! While my jewelry creations are different than they used to be, I am incredibly proud of what I am creating now!
Originally from Washington State, my husband’s military career has taken us from coast to coast and some places in between! Becoming part of so many communities has given me the opportunity to meet so many inspiring people and grow as an individual and artist!
I feel like for many people, including myself, Covid-19 was a time for self reflection. I had sold my hair salon one month before it emerged and after a few months of being home decided I missed creating. I had been creating on a daily basis as a cosmetologist and now what? Well I had always been intrigued by resin so decided maybe I’d give it a try. Like anything there was definitely a learning curve and to say I threw away more than I wanted to admit was an understatement. The challenge of mastering this craft was what kept me so interested. There are so many ways to apply this permanent identity to objects and create beauty at the same time. My career of 35 years specializing in hair color definitely serves me well.
I began taking risks with out-of-the-box ways to see what would happen and in the meantime was learning so much about using more than just acrylic paint to create color. I started using things like cosmetic powder a.k.a. mica powder and whatever else around the house I thought could work as a coloring substance.
Once I saw the potential in creating texture and color I was totally hooked. What Started as a hobby giving my favorite pieces to friends and family has morphed into a full-time business. The desire and craving for creating beauty once again became the business name, Cravin to Create. There is a saying do what you love and it will never feel like work. I felt that way about my career as a cosmetologist and see myself continuing this as a Resin artist.
My art story is pretty simple. I’ve always been artistic, taking
after my mother who was a painter and pastel artist. I grew up in a military family with two brothers and lots of pets. We moved around the country all my childhood, uprooting every two or three years. Along with many other blessings, this “transient”
family lifestyle gave me an ability to see beauty and joy wherever I happened to land. I learned to craft, draw and paint along the way taking classes in high school, college and taught
myself new techniques with various mediums. My curiosity and love of nature & people is what drives my work.
It is my hope that the vibrant colors, rich textures, light, & flow, in my pieces will bring peace, light & joy to those who seethem.
One thing I love to do is to take something that has been
discarded and give it new life by turning it into art. This passion
is what inspired my Renewed Collection - Art created using
repurposed materials. The Renewed Collection symbolizes
people who’ve felt “thrown away” or deemed broken. We are all valuable and treasured; beautifully broken.
We have been created by a Master Artist, so I believe it is within us to naturally want to create. Everyone is an artist. Whether you create music, build things, cook delicious meals, create websites, draw, dance, teach, write, tell great stories, act, whatever you do, is some form of creativity. The key is to do it with joy.
Hi, I am Danielle Daniel, creator of Dee’s Burnt Trees, shortly after having my son I started to wood burn as a creative outlet for myself. It started as creating a couple artwork pieces for close friends and family but quickly grew into a full business. I am a self-taught artist that has always had a passion for the arts but I have really come to love wood burning. I love to work with all types of wood and create different whimsical scenes and functional artwork that can be used in everyday life. One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is seeing the joy it can bring to other people, I hope my hardwork and dedication can inspire you too!
"Earth Folk Apothecary is the home of slow beauty where Sri makes all the products for the mind, body and the spirit using hundreds of years old Ayurvedic recipes of her ancestors coupled with the wisdom of her experiences and modern day science. Unaltered plant and earth matter sourced from villages of India or from companies that are committed to fair trade and sustainable practices are used in the making of these magical goods! "
Bob Searles, the owner of Glass Explosions, began working in glass in 2005. He started working with stained glass, moving into glass slumping, fusing, flame working and traditional glass blowing. Each piece is carefully worked in the flame or kiln, then signed and numbered for your collection. “I enjoy working with glass, light, and the interactions between the two. You can stare into and through a piece of glass and see different things in different light. You can see sparkle and shine from the front of the piece on a nice, sunny day, and you can see through and into the glass on a cloudy day…. it’s ever changing.”
After successfully completing recent cancer treatments, which necessitated a short break, he realizedhow much he enjoys creating, and being in the studio. He nowcontributes a portion of his proceeds to the American Cancer Society.
Hi, I'm Tiffany! I've been a hairstylist locally for over a decade, but recently transitioned into stay-at-home mom life. I started dabbling in stained glass a few years back, and found myself really needing that creative outlet outside of parenting. Thus Heirloom Glass Co was born! I love the history of stained glass, but want to change our outdated perceptions of it. It's so much more than church windows. It's important to me to showcase stained glass as an art form, and I'm so excited to share it with this awesome community!
I am a self-taught watercolor artist and use the brightest watercolor paint and pens to create joyful, lively art that is fun and playful. Adding in circles in the background started as a meditative process and is now my signature style. I got my start as an artist while working nights in a hospital as a Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse. On my nights off work, when everyone else was sleeping, I would toil away in my home studio until the wee hours of the morning inspired to create bold, colorful art to brighten the dark studio. I currently live in North Carolina with my husband and our Mainecoon cat Wilson.
My name is Erica Wilson, and I am the owner and creator of Hope Clay. A little over four years ago, my husband and I started the journey to become parents. Little did we know that we would walk the very difficult road of infertility and miscarriage along the way. During that time, we clung to our faith and the Hope we had in the Lord. Hope Clay was born shortly after I quit my full time job as a nurse to be a stay at home mama to our two babies who were born 15 months apart during the pandemic. Although I had everything I had ever prayed for, I went through a huge identity shift during that time and really craved a creative outlet and something that was just for me. So here we are! Four years later, two babies, and a small business! I absolutely love what I do- creating beautiful works of art for YOU! Thank you all for being here and for your support. It means the world!
Originally from the UK, my husband and I moved to Fuquay Varina in 2016, after deciding to have another great adventure.
My background is in pattern drafting, garment construction and soft tailoring, with a focus on rejuvenating classic vintage designs.
Before moving to the US, I taught sewing at a local college and sold my children's clothing at a local consignment store.
My designs have a European flair to them, taking inspiration from traditional and modern design.
I don't make fast fashion, taking pride in ensuring that every garment is finished to the highest standards.
My collections range from baby onesies, booties and hats, girl’s dresses, t-shirts, dungarees, skirts, blouses and shorts.
I have been working with fabric designers to create unique fabrics, printed by a small independent company, using Organic American milled cotton and cotton jersey, to bring my customers not only a more environmentally friendly product but one that has been lovingly made in North Carolina.
John Murphy is a licensed mental health counselor with a background in ceramic sculpture, stuffed toy design, and illustration. He received his BA in ceramic sculpture and illustration from East Carolina University in 1998. He received his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in 2019. Between degrees, John’s career was marked by stuffed toy design, both custom and commercial, and the authoring of a book series about making stuffed toys from household items. John now works full time as a mental health counselor in Siler City, NC, and finds ceramic sculpture restorative and calming. Find out more about John’s books and where to find them on www.johnmurphy.institute.
Therapists are problem solvers and so are artists. I like function over expression, but both are nice. These days I enjoy experimenting with textures, especially nostalgic surfaces like corrugated cardboard, crumpled paper, and bubble wrap. I made tons of monsters during my undergrad studies in ceramics, and the love for those doesn’t go away, thus num
I have always been a "crafter," whatever that means. Sewing was my first love, though. I like to quilt in my spare time, but I started making bandanas for my dog for special occasions. My bandanas have a scooped neck so they don't bunch as much and sizes up to my sister's gentle giant of a pup. They've been a hit with friends and family for some time now so I hope you and your pup love them too!
Meraki Handcrafted Goods, founded by the artistic duo of Eric and Hayley, resides in Apex, North Carolina. This married couple, whose companionship has thrived since 1990, synergizes their individual artistic strengths to create designs that encapsulate their shared enthusiasm for the marvels of nature and their deep-rooted fondness for the great outdoors. Their work radiates an appreciation for the world's innate beauty. Eric's connection to woodworking runs through his family lineage, with his late grandfather and father kindling his enduring passion. He skillfully transforms locally sourced wood, shaping, carving, and molding it into singular pieces that pay homage to the very trees from which the wood originates. In her jewelry creations, Hayley showcases fair trade gemstones in their purest forms, exalting the splendor inherent in our world. She meticulously selects gemstones through fair trade avenues, endorsing responsible business practices and fostering conscious consumerism. Meraki Handcrafted Goods' assortment of home accent pieces seamlessly melds Eric and Hayley's individual talents. Collaborating harmoniously, they produce items that infuse warmth and delight into your living space. With each changing season, their curated collections infuse a festive spirit into your treasured holiday moments.
Hello! My name is Kathy and I am the owner and creator of New Leaf Creations.
The idea to start my business came from my decision to retire from the dental field and follow my passions. My love for crafting developed over the years where many nights were spent DIYing around the kitchen table making memories with my children and family friends. It is through the love and support from my friends, family and husband that made New Leaf Creations possible.
All products are made in our home shop in the heart of North Carolina. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction through maintaining and providing the highest possible quality and service. We thoroughly hope you enjoy our creations!
Hey there, my name is Johana and I’m a fiber artist. I have been “turning strings into things” since I was a little girl. I’m a veteran and a former LEO, but my real passion is to knit, crochet, and macrame. I’d love to introduce the art of crochet and macrame to others, and my dream is to bring the community together “one stitch or knot at a time”.
I live in Fuquay-Varina where I handcraft all my products. Attention to detail, utmost care, and exceptional quality are put into every step. I take my time with no rush and no deadlines. I love what I do, and I do what I love. And I hope you love it too. Thank you for supporting small businesses!
Having grown up in a family of artists and scientific minds, the
art of ceramics was a perfect fit for local artist, Ryan Young.
In 2021 Ryan dove deeper into the field of ceramics and grew
to love not only the art of making ceramics but the science that goes into glazing and firing.
"Creating pottery is a long.
process, and a lot goes into it- but there is nothing more
rewarding than going through that process and ending up
with a beautiful piece of art." Utilizing a variety of methods,
including wheel-thrown and sculptural hand-building, Ryan
loves to create detailed functional wares that are still
whimsical and beautiful to look at. Ryan started her pottery
business, PotteRyRy in 2022, where you can now find her
bright rainbows, drippy glazes, whimsical planters, and
psychedelic swirls online or in-store at Saw Dust & Clay
Collin and Jen are a husband-wife duo that started their business from their love of plants. Owning a plant shop was always just a far off dream but in 2020 they decided to give it a shot! Wanting to create something unique they decided they wanted to bring plants to people, providing more one on one attention to individual specific needs. That is where the bus came in! Plants are all unique and beautiful yet a majority of people feel like they can’t keep them alive. Let’s change that! Rooted Plant Supply wants to be a place where you can learn and build your confidence in your green thumb!
Silver Prophecy Jewelry is owned by Erin Sabatine, a resident of Pittsboro, North Carolina. Erin has made all forms of jewelry her whole life, and the last couple of years has focused on silver jewelry. The mission of Silver Prophecy Jewelry is to empower those who know what they want. Erin seeks to do this by creating lightweight, quality jewelry that is subtle yet as unique as the person wearing it.
Guided by traditional material and processes, using contemporary industrial furniture design methods, Travis Hyatt is a craftsman. His work blends his lived experiences with his craft-design interests. Using non-literal representations, his furniture seeks to reflect his personal memories in subtle fashions. These can be found in the details, materials and profiles that he uses. Staying curious in the present, he is constantly reminded of where he comes from, which guides where his work goes. He has a unique story to tell and is constantly evolving toward an authentic voice from which his pieces aim to exhibit. His work intends to blur the spectrum of art and design.
From foster youth to veteran adulthood, he has overcome many trials and tribulations. Telling his story in a palatable manner, he works to implement his lessons and memories into his craftwork. First sketching through ideas and thinking of ways he can make functional furniture from them. Then puzzling through the design and craft process to execute those ideas into tangible objects.
His pieces on a superficial level, hope to display aesthetic beauty, but further investigation would reveal his niche story and elicit deeper curiosity.