Buying Handmade

I love owning/buying/having things that are made by people I know. It makes the item that I wanted that much more special. It reminds me of how great it is to have creative people in my life.

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Through the Fire, 2013. Show I co-hosted at CoRK, Jacksonville, FL.

As I delve deeper into this creative life, I am discovering so much.

How lucky are we to be able to receive a created thing – something made with skill and passion?

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How lucky are we to be able to take that creative delight, that inspiration, and share it with our friends and families.

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How lucky are we, that we get invited – invited – to see what the creators see, glimpses of their hearts and minds?

The original drawings
The original drawings

I say this from both the creator’s and the buyer’s experience. We should really promote what is handmade because it’s more than just making something to sell. The creator is making something they love. They will make it whether it is purchased or not. What they make, a lot of times, makes the world we live in better – more thoughtful, more cared for, more connected, and better crafted.

I am grateful to be a creator, and I am happy to be a buyer of creations.

Outside my studio at CoRK.
Outside my studio at CoRK.

 

Some of my co-creators. I am so lucky.

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Kirin and I, playing with glass
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Explore Santa Fe with Ted Sawyer, October 2013. Bullseye Glass
Explore New York with Ted Sawyer, October 2014. Bullseye Glass
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Life Drawing at CoRK Jacksonville, FL
Shifting Perspectives with Carrie Iverson and Jeremy Scidmore, North Lands Creative.
Shifting Perspectives with Carrie Iverson and Jeremy Scidmore, North Lands Creative.