it's really absolutely stunning work. images on-line do it no justice. thanks diana for all of your hard work. i know there were a number of bumps along the road to create our few beautiful pieces and we appreciate it. well worth the wait.
if you haven't heard of her or seen her work, you've got to get into openhouse this week and check it out. the process she uses is very labor intensive and can include up to 13 steps per piece from beginning to end. her work is all hand built with the use of handmade molds. all of her drawings are her own freehand originals on stoneware, using lead free materials. no two pieces are the same.
and here's a reminder from handmade.org why you should by handmade this holiday season and always! support your local businesses (openhouse as well as all small businesses), support the artists and designers in your community and around the country and the world. let's get back to the basics! enjoy.
Why buy handmade?
Buying Handmade makes for better gift-giving.
The giver of a handmade gift has avoided the parking lots and long lines of the big chain stores in favor of something more meaningful. If the giver has purchased the gift, s/he feels the satisfaction of supporting an artist or crafter directly. The recipient of the handmade gift receives something that is one-of-a-kind, and made with care and attention that canbe seen and touched. It is the result of skill and craftsmanship that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing.
Buying handmade is better for people.
The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. We are encouraged to be consumers, not producers, of our own culture. Our ties to the local and human sources of our goods have been lost. Buying handmade helps us reconnect.
Buying handmade is better for the environment.
The accumulating environmental effects of mass production are a major cause of global warming and the poisoning of our air, water and soil. Every item you make or purchase from a small-scale independent artist or crafter strikes a small blow to the forces of mass production.
so if you have someone on your list you just can't seem to find the right thing for, come on by and nab some sweet deals on some one-of-a-kind wares.
also, in the spirit of supporting local businesses and local designers, there's a nice article actually on newsstands by Brent Baldwin. it mentions some other nice shops carrying indie designers (sadly missing openhouse) and gives you statistical data as to why buying local is better. enjoy.
the Visual Arts Center will unveil its completed renovation this weekend, december 7-9, 2007! from creating a large creature from plastic bottles to viewing the significant retrospective of sculptor Elizabeth King's work to dancing the night away, Re:Open! offers something to appeal to every friend, student and supporter. Don't miss it!
or, head on down to historic broad street for first fridays artwalk. check out the cool holiday inspired window and light displays at a number of galleries and businesses. grab a cup of coffee at Lift to keep you warm. maybe a bite at the newly expanded Tarrant's Cafe. people watch and enjoy being a part of the city. bundle up, though, it's expected to be a cold one and possibly drizzly. but why let a little bad weather keep you in on one of the most interesting nights of the month! we'll be out and about, hitting all three of these, so we'll see you. k&m
we were charmed immediately by his description of the paper:
but here, thanks to erica over at off the record..., is a list of upcoming markets:
17th street farmer's market holiday show, 5-9pm, 17th st farmers market
chop suey holiday bizarre market, Grand Opening (6-9pm)
a month-long local handmade consignment store in the upstairs of chop suey books originale
richmond craft mafia's 3rd annual handmade holiday sale
4025 MacArthur Ave
the 14 local crafty businesses of the Richmond Craft Mafia selling everything from housewares to handbags to original art. join them for a fun and relaxed evening of shopping. free holiday refreshments.
friday 12/7 & saturday 12/8
virginia craft-n-istas winter craft-n-art market
2519 Hermitage Rd
local & regional craftswomen showcase their wares.
christmas on macArthur
4000 block of MacArthur Ave
holiday block party featuring the mom & pop businesses on MacArthur as well as local craft vendors (find many of the RCM ladies here too!). holiday family fun!
homegrown art & craft show
benefits the Patrick Henry Charter School.
happy shopping! k&m
check it out here or on newsstands now!
openhouse is so very excited to announce that we will be carrying some absolutely beautiful hand blown glass ornaments from two of Richmond's own. ryan gothrup and keith mendak are the artists behind the holiday treats and we hope to have more from them in future. we only nabbed a dozen or so, so make sure you get by the shop and grab them before they are gone. At $20 a piece they make for a beautiful gift to a friend, hostess or yourself ;o)
[French Black Painted Oak Wood Cabinet with Glass Doors and Brass Details, 1940s, Coconut Company]
[Bartolucci table, Lost City Arts]
very excited to have angela liguori join the openhouse family. she came to us through kathleen over at cake & pie and we're lucky to be the only US retailer to carry her beautiful letterpressed holiday cards. she designed the cards in collaboration with British artist susy pilgrim waters and printed them on Fabriano Medioevalis paper together with shelley of Albertine Press. a true artistic collaboration! we only managed to nab a small order, so make sure you get in and get yours soon! you can email us if you're out of town and just have to have 1 or 5!
we've been eyeing dermond peterson's exquisite textiles for quite a while. their line of holiday tea towels, guest towels and dinner napkins seemed the perfect way to introduce them. hopefully just the start of a beautiful friendship :o)
saturday, november 10 - the handmade parade: hosted by the Norfolk Craft Mafia, it's an annual holiday bazaar showcasing quality, local artists and crafters. Handmade Parade will provide great holiday shopping for those who are looking for one-of-a-kind gifts while avoiding the mass-produced and supporting independent entrepreneurs instead! they will offer a wide variety of fine art, accessories, jewelry, pottery, house wares, baked goods, baby items, clothing and more.
grace just posted a great guide to throws and blankets over at design*sponge. perfect timing on a chilly and gray day like this. everything we have in stock made the list! but we thought we'd narrow it down for you to see just the openhouse highlights [clockwise from top left]: tracks plaid blankets from ratzer [$428], windows blanket from looolo [$495], child's plaid throw from ratzer [$250], handknit popcorn throw from twinkle living [$250], and the hand quilted tucks blanket from john robshaw textiles [$600 for full/queen].
Crate & Barrel’s new Christmas items will be featured at the event and 10% of their sales, as well as all proceeds from ticket sales, will benefit Children’s Hospital Foundation. ticket holders will receive a special prize ticket for drawings that include Crate & Barrel gift baskets, gift certificates and much more. each ticket holder will also receive coupons from participating restaurants and a great gift.
anything from Eva Zeisel's Classic Century collection.