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!

September Pottery Classes

September pottery classes are just around the corner and not trying to bring in the holiday season to soon or anything, but so is Christmas!

What better gift to give than one handmade from the heart. Take a class and you’re guaranteed to learn how to make great handmade gifts such as serving bowls, platters, & more!

Visit our Pottery Class page for class schedules and options soon because class spaces are limited.

August Pottery Classes

1319 E Main St, Humboldt, TN

Adult AUGUST Pottery Class = $200 (+) tax

*covers lessons, all materials & tools, unlimited studio access outside class sessions, and unlimited clay

SPACE IS LIMITED, SIGN-UP EARLY!!!

Description

Classes will meet once per week for 4 weeks. Each class is 2 hours per class session. Classes are designed for introductory level students, as well as those who have had previous experience who wish to further develop their skills. Students will also have access to the studio outside of class time to practice on their own similar to a gym membership. Students will learn the basics of both hand-building pottery methods as well as using the potter’s wheel. The 4th and final week of class, students will also be introduced to glazing their pottery.

Instructor

Pottery classes are taught by expert potter, Rob Alsobrook, who has taught ceramics and art courses at the college and high school levels over 10 years and has been a practicing artist since 2000. He holds 2 degrees; a Bachelors from Union University where he studied under artist Lee Benson. Rob holds the highest collegiate degree available (Master of Fine Arts, equivalent to a Ph.D) in sculpture & ceramics from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Rob has also worked with some of the most renowned ceramic artists of the day including, but not limited to, John Balistreri, Jun Kaneko, Don Reitz, and Jun Park. Rob and wife, Emily, started a cultural art exchange in China and Korea in 2014 and continue to advance dialog via the arts locally and internationally in the USA, China, North & South Korea.

Choose between 2 class times:

Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (August 6, 13, 20, 27)

Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (August 7, 14, 21, 28)

Location

1319 E Main St, Humboldt, TN 38343 which is convenient to local restaurants, shopping, and more!

Interested in painting classes too? Watch the website for upcoming art classes!

Questions

Call Rob Alsobrook at 731-388-7278 during the normal business hours of M-F, 8-5.

Email: info@alsobrookart.supply

Ready to enroll?

Shoot a text to 731-388-7278 with your email address for an online registration form to fill out!

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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Enrolling for June Pottery Classes!

Stop by during the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival here in Humboldt running all week long and check out some handmade pottery, paintings, and jewelry!

ALSO currently enrolling for the June pottery classes!

Check out the site for class details:

Pottery Classes

Our address is 1319 E Main St, Humboldt, TN 38343

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!

March’s Feature Artist

Garrett Jackson is an award winning artist and photographer based in Melissa, Texas, which is North of Plano and Dallas. Jackson’s abstract acrylic paintings  capture the climax of a motion or movement and stop it in its tracks for us to experience at our own pace and enjoyment.

Their layers and composition work perfectly together to establish dynamic and visually stimulating works perfect for the home or workplace.

Contact Alsobrook Art Supply at info@alsobrookart.supply for details and prices on these beautiful works!

Proceeds from each sale contribute towards cultural exchange efforts in Northeast Asia

“Ink #004”

“Purple Flight”. 12″x 24″

“Sunrise”. framed, 14″x 11″

“Pour Me Blue”.  10″x 10″

“Floating Ink”.  11″x 14″.  (print on wood frame)

*Follow Garrett Jackson on Instagram! @jacksonsartstudio

www.jacksonartstudio.com

Classes Have Commenced !!!

I am completely amazed at the interest there is for pottery classes here in Humboldt, Tennessee! People are already wanting to enroll for summer classes! What a blessing it is to be able to teach what I love, rejuvenate downtown Main St, and provide an experience people enjoy all at the same time!

If you’re interested taking a pottery class, please check out the Pottery Classes page. This page has the most up-to-date information on class schedules, costs, and more.

And if you already know how to make pots, paintings, or anything else and just want a studio membership, consider joining as a studio member for just $35/month! Why make art alone?