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.
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.
Community Development. Buying handmade products naturally builds a local community. Every handmade item becomes a conversation piece.
Cyclical Re-investment. Most of the time local makers are buying their supplies locally which helps other small businesses and families.
The Next New Thing. Handmade items are contemporary, new, and often the origin of modern trends.
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.
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!
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!
*covers lessons, all materials & tools, unlimited studio access outside class sessions, and unlimited clay
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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.
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.