7 Reasons To Buy Handmade Gifts

As we get closer to the holidays, buying gifts for your family and friends will most certainly come to mind (as long as they’re not on the naughty list, right?).

For many people buying gifts can be pretty challenging because it may seem like your family and friends already have everything.

This holiday season, consider buying something handmade by a local maker. Here are just a few reasons to buy handmade gifts this year.

  1. Local Economics. When you buy something handmade from my local maker you support the local economy. After all, small businesses are the backbone of our national economy.
  2. Community Development. Buying handmade products naturally builds a local community. Every handmade item becomes a conversation piece.
  3. Cyclical Re-investment. Most of the time local makers are buying their supplies locally which helps other small businesses and families.
  4. The Next New Thing. Handmade items are contemporary, new, and often the origin of modern trends.
  5. Who Made It? You can put a face to where your items come from compared to having no clue if mass produced products are safe for your home until a recall is ordered. Local makers know the origin of their materials.
  6. Customer Service. (One of my favorites) by visiting a local makers gift shop you get to avoid the self check out and have your purchases bagged or even gift wrapped. And many makers are even offering free shipping these days!
  7. Quality & Safety. Handmade items are typically made using durable, high-quality materials and not estrogen or chemical rich supplies.

So this year visit some local makers and buy something unique that will be genuinely appreciated.

Does someone in your life enjoy home decor? Find a handmade painting made by a local painter, or sculpture made by a local sculptor.

Do you have a coffee or tea drinker in your life? Find that local potter and buy them a mug or two.

Need something custom made? Big box stores aren’t the place to go!

To see handmade items in our shop, click here!

The Ashes Still Speak

Support the arts & buy what you like here!

After the fire completely consumed his family’s house in the Oakland, CA area the only thing that remained were their white porcelain pots. During a brief phone interview Tsuruta shared that his Japanese family had specific uses for their pots depending on what the meal was.

Takemi Tsuruta remembers that the glaze on these porcelain dishes were still fully intact, despite temperatures exceeding 2000°F while burning his family’s house to the ground. In their household, their white porcelain dishes were used for spaghetti dinners and were the only items that survived the catastrophe. This stuck with Tsuruta throughout his educational years.

And even though at the time Takemi was just in junior high school, this experience formed a lasting artistic influence in his work even today.

Takemi’s work has been described as “a perfect blend of artful & practical,” “essential”, “striking”, “beautiful both empty & full”, “edgy & modern” just to reference a few of his clients’ remarks.

I personally find Tsuruta’s work refreshing in its simplicity, care and sleekness in a world that seems to lust over hyper complex approaches and developments to art, business, technology, and life. To be in the presence of such work is tranquilizing and certainly relaxing.

If you never thought a set of porcelain cups could be akin to sitting on a cool beach void of people, technology, and the hustle & bustle of the rat race, I invite you then into the artwork of Takemi Tsuruta where it is one of his design elements.

Takemi currently practices his craft in the San Francisco area of Clayton, California and can be found on Instagram via @tsurutastudio.

*For purchase & pricing information, please visit the online shop. Shipping is free.

*Work is fired to cone 11-12 and is dinnerware safe.

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New Coffee Mugs Hitting The Shelves This Week

Do you prefer a one-finger or two/three-finger handled coffee mug?
A couple have just been uploaded to the online shop and more to follow in the next couple of days!
Come learn how to make your own by joining us in pottery class!

Bonsai Pots

Getting some custom bonsai pots made today in the studio between pottery classes and firing kilns.

It’s been SUPER busy around here just running the day-to-day not including building renovations too!

Stop in next time you’re in downtown Humboldt to see some student work made during this last pottery class in Humboldt, TN!

#facebookdown, But We’re Not

#facebookdown

Facebook, Instagram and its other platforms may still be down, but we’re not! What would you do if ALL social media platforms collapsed?!

Think about it.

It is possible.

One thing you could learn to do is a craft! And biased as I am, I would recommend one of the longest running crafts in human history, pottery!

Check out our Pottery Class page for details. Learning a craft can keep you sane in a social media absent world.