11 Handcrafted Northeast Treasures and Their Makers

For her 50 States of Handmade series, designer Laurie March shares 12 handmade treasures and their makers, one from each state in the Northeast.
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August 07, 2015

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

Maine: Matt and Grace Staudenmaier of Conversation Glass

Matt and Grace Staudenmaier’s Etsy store, Conversation Glass, was inspired by a toast and a great conversation. They turn cast off bottles into stunning, conversation-worthy glass pieces for home and business. Each glass is hand-cut, hand-sanded and one of a kind. 

Maine: Wine Bottle Tealight Holders by Conversation Glass

The Staudenmeiers upcycled old wine bottles into elegant tea light holders for use in the family room of DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2015. These unique treasures are both beautiful and functional with a notch at the bottom for proper air circulation.

Maryland: Rachel Miller of Slow Down Productions

Baltimore based artist, Rachel Miller, is a fine artist by trade and a maker of everything. She started Slow Down Productions so that her macramé pieces could add color and beauty to people’s homes. 

Maryland: Hand-Dyed Macramé Wall Hanging by Slow Down Productions

Tight knots form the top of Rachel Miller's hand-dyed woven cotton wall hanging, which is featured in the Zen loft of DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2015.

Pennsylvania: Artist and Photographer Brandi Fitzgerald

Brandi Fitzgerald is an artist and entrepreneur with a background in computers and corporate finance. She started her Etsy store in 2011. Now her work can be found in thousands of retail stores nationwide, on the walls of many major hotel chains, as well as online. She is represented by Main Line Art & Design Agency.

Pennsylvania: Handmade Throw Pillows by Brandi Fitzgerald

To create these one-of-a-kind pillows for the Zen loft of DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2015, Brandi Fitzgerald photographed rust, sand and metal up close then transformed those photos into functional textile art pieces. 

New Jersey: Amy DiPalma of Forage Workshop

Nature, especially trees, is the inspiration for most of Forage Workshop’s pieces. Owner Amy DiPalma uses mainly natural materials including downed tree limbs and organic botanicals. A self-taught pyrographer, Amy donates a portion of every sale to the Arbor Day Foundation. The donations go specifically toward planting trees in our National Forests.

New Jersey: Driftwood Coasters by Forage Workshop

Crafted from fallen driftwood limbs found on the Atlantic Ocean, these coasters by Forage Workshop are velvety smooth to the touch. These unique treasures were handpicked for use in the kitchen of DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2015.

New York: Keri Chubb of Eva Design Studio

In 2012, artist Keri Chubb left the corporate design world and started her own studio, Eva Design Studio, where she aims to inspire people through art.

New York: Geometric Animal Prints by Eva Design Studio

Keri Chubb transformed traditional animal shapes into tonal geometry to create this wall art featured in DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2015.

Connecticut: Charest Studios

Charest Studios is known for it's handmade, country-rustic style wire baskets. But here you will also find an eclectic mix of modern art, folk art, digital art, mobiles, baskets, mixed media, sculptures, lighting and more. 

Connecticut: Steel Wire Hanging Baskets by Charest Studios

Annealed steel was intrcately handwoven to create these Charest Studios sphere planters which hang in the family room of DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2015.

Rhode Island: Hilal Minda of New Moon Studio

As a child in Turkey, New Moon Studio owner, Hilal Minda, made miniature cups and bowls from garden soil. Now she creates collections of functional and decorative ceramics, porcelain and stoneware inspired by the organic lines of natural elements and the use of contrasting colors, textures and patterns.

Rhode Island: Berry-Picking Bowl by New Moon Studio

Hilal Minda created this charming berry-picking bowl from high fire stoneware and layered it with a watery green glaze. The design is a perfect fit in the rustic kitchen of DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2015.

Vermont: Wooden Pencil Co.

Owner Suwachi is an artist, designer, entrepreneur and mother of two cats. Originally from Kyoto, Japan, her cross-cultural life and design experience led her to start the Vermont based Wooden Pencil Company on Etsy.

Vermont: Cutthroat Trout and Mountain Bluebird Map Art by Wooden Pencil Co.

Made from vintage state maps, these Cutthroat Trout and Mountain Bluebird (Idaho's state fish and bird) prints hang outside the laundry room of DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2015 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

New Hampshire: Jennifer Pennington of HookedOnHelping

Owner Jennifer Pennington grew up watching her mother and grandmother sew, quilt, crochet and cross-stitch. An affiliate of Hooking for the Homeless, HookedOnHelping uses a portion of their proceeds to combat hunger, poverty and homelessness in NH.

New Hampshire: Crochet Basket by HookedOnHelping

Jennifer Pennington interlaced jute fibers in a sturdy, single crochet pattern to make this unique crocheted basket which sits outside the laundry room of DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2015.

Massachusetts: Rachel Switzer of Cape Cod Shibori

Artist Rachel Switzer has always been interested in creating textiles—embroidery, rug hooking, weaving and especially, Shibori. She opened her Etsy shop, Cape Cod Shibori, after becoming an empty nester. She now happily creates small batch, hand dyed fabrics everyday.

Massachusetts: Shibori Fabric Pillows by Cape Cod Shibori

Shibori is the ancient Japanese art of creating intricate patterns by folding, wrapping and binding fabric, then submerging it in dye. Rachel Switzer used this techinque to create these beautiful, handmade pillows for the kids' bunk room of DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2015. 

Delaware: Philip Braselton of PNB Studio

PNB Studio owner, Philip Braselton, is a 2nd-generation artist and only started sculpting in 2012. His goal is to produce art that people can both enjoy and afford. 

Delaware: Fishing Float Sculpture by PNB Studio

Featured in the powder room of DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2015, this vintage glass fishing float sculpture is set in striking iron and still bears the marks from its creation.

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