It’s the end of an era: the Handmade Market, a bi-annual shopping event in Raleigh that showcases North Carolina’s finest artists, designers and crafters, will hold its last show this fall. The Market has allowed local artisans to sell their unique works to eager buyers in one place since 2006, fostering a strong community amid the region’s vibrant arts and crafts scene. Now, independent shops across the state have made buying and selling local artisan goods easier and more accessible than ever, thanks in no small part to the Handmade Market’s pioneering work. You still have one last chance to check out, in person, some of the talented local artists and crafters who have appeared at the Market over the years. And, though there won’t be this much-loved, all-inclusive meeting of makers and buyers going forward, the work from your favorite artisans will remain just a click way.
Twenty Two West
Using classic techniques of weaving, ceramics and woodworking, Mary Hamby creates eclectic, one-of-a-kind jewelry for her Charlotte studio, Twenty Two West. The wearable art with a trendy, modern aesthetic includes woven necklaces, copper bracelets, ceramic earrings, felt bangles and more. twentytwowest.com
Beautiful clay plates, bowls, vases, cups and more are handcrafted by Doreen Jakob for Doora Ceramics. She works with each of her clients directly to help make the products tell their personal, unique stories, incorporating textiles and plants in beautiful, functional pieces that lend personality to any home. dooraceramics.com
Jeremy Tuttle crafts perhaps the most interesting lighting fixtures you’ve ever seen. His “steampunk lighting”—pipe fittings and up-cycled hardware crafted into indoor and outdoor lamps—is sure to make a statement in any home. etsy.com/shop/Tuttleworks
A small batch skincare brand out of Fuquay-Varina, Anne’s Apothecary specializes in clean, natural products that are preservative-free and packaged in sustainable PET plastic. From cleansers made with raw honey and activated charcoal to moisturizers, body scrubs and masks—even a natural deodorant made from essential oils and natural clays—Anne’s can help you rethink your beauty routine with products you can feel good about using. annesapothecary.com
Owner Jeff Wilson fashions maps into remarkable works of art, using vintage maps of old cities and buildings and making them over in his own unparalleled style. You can find maps of prominent cities like Chicago, New York and, of course, Raleigh, as well as marathon routes, subway lines, national parks, nautical charts and more. par-mar.net