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Trivets and Coasters: Margaret Almon Mosaics at PA Guild Shop in Lancaster

Triangle Trivet by Margaret Almon
Pinwheel Coaster by Margaret Almon of Nutmeg Designs. Glass on wood, 6 inches.

I am pleased to be part of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s In the Kitchen:  Where Fine Food and Fine Craft Gather Together.  Come check out an array of 8″ mosaic trivets, inspired by quilt patterns, and the newly rechristened 6″ “coasters.”  I have been calling the smaller ones trivets, but a recent customer bought one as a “permanent coaster” to have by her chair in the living room, and at this weekend’s craft fair, a young woman informed me that if she could buy one it would be her most favorite coaster ever. So whether you have a wedding, housewarming, or a kitchen to transform, In the Kitchen will be the place to be.

250+ unique works from 25+ craftsmen. Cutting boards, wooden spoons, mugs, and of course, mosaic coasters and trivets.

 

A Car Load of Fine Crafts: Headed to Wilmington

Don't mess with spatial-guy. Captured this portrait of Stratoz, after his successful loading of a 10ftx10ft booth into the Honda Fit.  That’s 9 knock-down Pro Panels, 2 tables, tablecloths, tile stands, bubble wrap, 4 boxes of mosaics, a chair, lighting, and a cart to dolly it all in.

We are all settled in to booth #422, with Elizabeth’s Lace Tatted Jewelry next door, which is very cool since I’ve admired her work ever since Stratoz bought me a tatted lace pin for Christmas.

Jonathan’s Spoons is across the aisle.  I have an ergonomic spoon from him that is a delight to use.

And catty-corner are members of my chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Bucks Guild Group Booth.

Over at Stratoz:

After the Show

The Fit is Not Go

Handmade in PA!

Hip-button If you are looking to buy cool handmade items from the Keystone State, this site is the place to check out!  Handmade in PA is the brainchild of Tara Gentile, a lifelong  lover of all things handmade, and a Pennsylvanian, born & raised. Since the birth of her daughter, she has been involved in craft business promotion and supporting the handmade movement in Pennsylvania.

Tara has adeptly has pulled together artisans from all over PA in just a few weeks, and provides a venue for discovering what this state has to offer.  She is making is easier to buy handmade, and buy local.

 

Update:  Tara has gone on to start her own creative empireHandmade in PA was gracefully transferred to the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and has since added an Etsy Street Team–TeamHiP–of which I am member.

 

 

Finding Other Crafters: Bucks Guild of Craftsmen

When I first started making mosaics, I wanted to find others who made things. I went to some art leagues and art associations, and didn’t quite fit in because I didn’t do watercolor. At one meeting, a very nice gentlemen introduced himself and asked what I painted. Backs of mirror frames? Not the right kind of painting.

Then I remembered the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. The state-wide organization has regional chapters. Montgomery county did not have a chapter but someone suggested the Bucks Chapter.

From the first meeting, I knew I had found my people. We start with a brief business meeting, then a break for snacks, and finally a presentation by a crafter on their art and process. There have been informative and fascinating presentations by an array of craftspeople such as Tony Williams‘ wood sculpture & functional art furniture and Joyce Inderbitzin with her stoneware & raku pottery.

My first big show was at Tyler State Park, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Fall Show 2007, with Pegge Shannon stained glass jewelry, Cynthia Prediger fine metalwork jewelry, Don McGrath pottery, Donna Franchi clay tiles, and the gorgeous weavings of Amy Turner.

The Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30, in the Boy Scout Building, 1 Scout Way, Doylestown, PA(across from the Mercer Museum). There’s parking out front. Come in the main entrance and turn right, through the double doors into the Meeting Room. Hope to see you there!