1871 Project

1871 Project

1871 PROJECT

1871 Project started with a creative passion and love for Birmingham. Alex Joganic is a Birmingham graphic designer and uses '1871' as his creative outlet. He and his wife screen print everything they sell. Creative thought and effort is put into each and every detail resulting in high quality, hand-made shirts and hats and other keepsake items. With love for the Magic City and its rich history, 1871 Project strives to be a symbol of inspiration to others. Their roots lie in the simplicity of artisan craftsmanship and the incredible city that is Birmingham!

Alabama Designer Craftsmen

Alabama Designer Craftsmen

ALABAMA DESIGNER CRAFTSMEN

The mission of the Alabama Designer Craftsmen is to provide an organization for inspiration, cooperation, and exchange of information among Alabama craftsmen and others interested in fine crafts. To encourage a wide appreciation and preservation of traditional crafts along with an appreciation of contemporary crafts. To encourage creative and personally expressive design using traditional craft media as well as contemporary craft media. To promote appreciation of the aesthetic value of crafts as well as the utilitarian function. To promote and maintain high standards of design and craftsmanship and to encourage growth in these areas. To provide a Standards Committee committed to upholding and maintaining the above stated purposes.

Anita Bice Art

Anita Bice Art

ANITA BICE ART

Local artist, Anita Bice is a freelance artist/illustrator, working in the Birmingham area for move than 30 years. Still working as an architectural illustrator, she now also shows as a fine artist in acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Subject matter includes brightly colored/reflective pots and pans, kitchen compositions, warm floral, and interpretive landscapes.

Ashley McCullars Art

Ashley McCullars Art

ASHLEY McCULLARS ART

Birmingham born and raised, this local artist now resides in the Homewood community with her family. A natural artist, Ashley McCullars primarily paints with watercolors and acrylic, creating both still life and abstract pieces. Additionally, Ashley also paints custom pieces like "first homes" portraits.

Awake My Soul

Awake My Soul

AWAKE MY SOUL

Everything has a past and a beautiful future. Alabama artist, Chris Barentz takes pieces with a story and creates their beautiful future. While she became an accomplished faux finisher, Chris never lost her love of finding old pieces and giving them new life... awakening their soul and writing their beautiful future. 

The Backyard Pantry

The Backyard Pantry

THE BACKYARD PANTRY

The Backyard Pantry specializes in hand-made, custom raised beds created to fit your space. Made to order, delivered and installed, this locally-owned business solves your gardening issues. John Decker will provide everything you need - from drip irrigation to underground sprinklers - you decide! Made in three sizes, you can pick out which raised bed works best for your space.

Batik by Laura Stacy

Batik by Laura Stacy

BATIK BY LAURA STACY

Birmingham's Laura Stacy creates vibrant batik designs on natural fiber fabrics. She then transforms the two dimensional fabric designs into wearable art. From messenger bags, evening clutches and daily wear purses to diaper bags - no two are ever exactly alike.

Laura tells us that the inspiration for her batik designs was born during the 1970's. A creative friend taught her the magical- but time consuming art- of batik and she's loved it ever since.

A member of Alabama Designer/Craftsmen, Laura continues to hone her skill, producing beautiful, nature inspired batik art.

Beads By Me For You

Beads By Me For You

BEADS BY ME FOR YOU

Birmingham area artist Lee Anne Jones creates wearable and decorative art using polymer clay. Polymer clay is synthetic clay that comes in a variety of colors. She builds canes using various techniques. The canes are then sliced and used to make earrings, necklaces, bangles and small ring dishes. She also uses the canes to cover an assortment of odd shape glass vessels and small metal cans. Lee Anne and husband Randy make items for everyday use, creating colorful and interesting patterns.

Birmingham Henna

Birmingham Henna

BIRMINGHAM HENNA

Birmingham Henna provides traditional and modern henna tattoos as well as craft henna supplies to Alabama and across the U.S. Adrianne Morrison Hogan, owner of Birmingham Henna, is Alabama's own Internationally Certified Natural Henna artist. Adrianne is passionate about henna as a craft, and she is always exploring the limits of what henna can do. Birmingham Henna's craft henna paste includes innovative yet recognizably Southern ingredients such as beetroot and red clay. You can catch Adrianne Morrison Hogan and Birmingham Henna doing henna body art, teaching about henna, and selling natural henna in easy-to-use kits at markets around Alabama.

Bison Art Studios

Bison Art Studios

Professor, cowboy camp cook, actor, artisan and owner of Bison Art Studio. David Byland leads a western life right in the heart of the south.

Just like everything else he does, David works hard to perfect his art and continues to develop his craft as a master leather smith.

He makes custom leather notebooks, portfolios, accessories, hand-sewn leather bound books and western and cowboy goods. He has worked in various media over the years, like wood, photography and digital art. But he says when he discovered leatherwork, he knew he'd found the medium that united all of his passions.

David is a member of the Alabama Designer Craftsmen and is a true Alabama maker.

The Blind Dog Biscuit Company

The Blind Dog Biscuit Company

THE BLIND DOG BISCUIT COMPANY

The Blind Dog Biscuit Company was founded with the purpose of making all-natural treats for dogs. Each biscuit is rolled by hand and baked in small batches with love in the Baker's family kitchen!

Bluefire Stoneware

Bluefire Stoneware

BLUEFIRE STONEWARE

Wendy Conover, owner of Bluefire Stoneware, is a stoneware artist from Sterrett, Alabama. This Shelby County potter specialized in creating beautiful stoneware using the Japanese style. This method calls on Wendy to use local clays and made from scratch glazes. Her pieces are baked in very high heat - 2,350 degrees F with a low oxygen atmosphere in a gas fueled kiln. After 48 hours of firing and cooling, the results are breathtakingly beautiful. Wendy's method produces deep, rich colors that can vary from browns and greys to blues of every hue. The colors vary depending on where they are placed in the kiln and what kind of glaze is used. The happy result of all this amazing sculpted, wheel thrown stoneware is that it is as beautiful as it is useful!

BlueMoon Studios

BlueMoon Studios

BLUEMOON STUDIOS

Butch Oglesby has been taking photos since he was a kid. His early memories are of using his family's "brownie hawkeye" camera to photograph his friends, family and the nature surrounding his home in South Alabama. Butch's love of photographing was something he never outgrew. After traveling and living around the USA, Butch also spent time in Europe. He honed his skills and after a decade overseas, returned to his home state. Butch set up BlueMoon Studios in the Bluff Park area of town and loves photographing city scenes. His photos of Birmingham capture the beauty of the Magic City!

Bonnybee Designs

Bonnybee Designs

BONNYBEE DESIGNS

For years, Bonnie has enjoyed adding color and style to whatever you're wearing! She enjoys catching up with returning customers as well as meeting new ones!

Botaniko Skin

Botaniko Skin

BOTANIKO SKIN

After over 30 years of experience in the aesthetic, cosmetic, and medi-spa industries, Deborah Stone founded Stone Hollow Farmstead. The farmstead began as a small European Horse Breeding facility. When not busy with the horses, Deborah was developing her skills in product formulating, creating a line of skin and body care products while growing her own organic botanicals to include in her formulas. By growing, harvesting, and processing her own natural ingredients, she would be assured of the quality of products being produced. Botaniko Skin was born from this desire to produce pure, natural skincare products. Deborah takes her herbal and floral extracts and further enhances them with the inclusion of cosmeceuticals such as Retinol, Alpha Hydroxy, DMAE, Vitamins A, C, and E and other powerful antioxidants. Botaniko Skin is the perfect balance of botanicals and cosmeceuticals. Botaniko Skin is luxurious, effective, and beautifully aromatic.

Bourbon Pens

Bourbon Pens

BOURBON PENS

Joel Lockridge, owner of Bourbon Pens, says he is addicted to woodworking. His love of crafting has led him to create his own line of wood-inspired pens. Joel says all wood tells a story - where it has been, what it was made from, what it was before it was a pen. He loves what he calls "story woods" and each pen he makes has its own unique story to tell. He says that when you hold one of his pens, you are holding history in your hand. From barrel woods used in whiskey making to olive wood grown in Israel to ancient bog oak (older than the Pyramids), Joel offers unusual wooden pens handmade just for you. His finished pens have been called "stunning" and "amazing". Colors and styles vary from dark browns to deep blacks. Joel crafts modern roller pens as well as old fashioned fountain pens. He incorporates unusual styling as well, from skull topped pens to bolt action bullet pens.

CahaBones

CahaBones

CahaBones

All natural, all Alabama dog treats made in the heart of Birmingham. CahaBones was founded in 2013 as a fundraising project for clean up work around the Cahaba River. CahaBones currently has six regular varieties and two additional rotating/seasonal varieties. All of their treats are made with ingredients sourced directly from farms within the state of Alabama - with the exception of coconut oil, of course!

Cottage Industry Soap Company

Cottage Industry Soap Company

COTTAGE INDUSTRY SOAP COMPANY

Cottage Industry Soap Company was founded in 2012 in Prattville, Alabama. Rae Ann Wright spent nearly a decade creating, experimenting, learning and giving away tons of soaps and bath and body products before bringing them to market. All of Cottage Industry's products are handmade locally in small batches using the finest ingredients. Rae Ann believes that you deserve the luxury of handcrafted perfection!

D & D Creations

D & D Creations

D & D Creations

At just nine years old Deb Ashworth learned to sew on the sewing machine. Her first attempt? Homemade barbie clothes! She says she never dreamed that twenty years later she would have begun a business based on her love for sewing. Deb enjoys working with colors and different textures, as the color combinations in her work are her own design! She is quick to admit that everyone affectionately knows her as "The Bow Lady" - she says she takes the name as a compliment as 2015 marked her 24th year of business!

DaySprings Pottery

DaySprings Pottery

DAYSPRINGS POTTERY

Opelika, Alabama's DaySprings Pottery Dianne Benefield creates hand built pottery using real leaves. She presses the leaves deeply into her clay and the results are lovely. Although she was a wheel potter for many years, hand building with clay allows her more freedom of expression. Dianne enjoys using odd or unusual leaves as well as those that grow in her garden and flower beds. Each leaf is a one of a kind creation. They are all high fired using food safe glazes. Dianne wants people to enjoy using the leaves so they are also microwave and dishwasher safe. Dianne says the French theatre instructor, Delsarte (1811-1871) said it best, "The object of art is to crystallize emotions into thoughts and fix them in form."

Deep Roots Apotheke and Clinic

Deep Roots Apotheke and Clinic

DEEP ROOTS APOTHEKE AND CLINIC

Cameron Strouss is a clinical herbalist, medicine maker, wild crafter, and teacher. The Homewood native is dedicated to educating and empowering people in reclaiming their health through herbal medicine and whole foods. Always ready to consult with folks about their health, Cameron keeps two offices for her business, Deep Roots Apotheke and Clinic - one in the Birmingham area and one in Calera. She also enjoys teaching and can be found at various venues around the area such as Petals From The PastThe Golden Temple, and Organic Harvest. Cameron prepares and sells tinctures, teas, salves, medicinal jams, glycerites, and other lovely medicinal products.

Designs by R & R

Designs by R & R

DESIGNS BY R & R

Roger and Renae Poer are artistic designers of contemporary jewelry. Their small Birmingham family business is home grown and original. These jewelry makers offer a unique blend of form, function and style by using many different metal-smith techniques such as forging, fusing, kiln firing and wire wrapping. The results are pieces that are not cookie cutter or mass produced, but unique and thoughtful!

Earth Creations

Earth Creations

Earth Creations

Earth Creations evolved from an ordinary bike ride. One day after a storm, Joy took her mountain bike out for some off-roading and ended up covered with Alabama red dirt. Despite many tumbles through the washing machine, the shirt, socks, and shoes remained stubbornly stained by that mud! When Joy and Martin met years later, Martin was intrigued by the strength of that red clay. Where most people saw ruined clothes, Martin saw potential. Armed with his background in chemistry, concern for the environment, and a natural curiosity, Martin began experimenting with the clay as a dye for T-shirts. That was 20 years ago. Earth Creations' garments are still colored with natural clay dyes using the process Martin originally developed and made just outside Birmingham, Alabama. From the first "Alabama Dirt Shirt" tinted with that infamous red clay, Earth Creations has grown into a full line of organic T-shirts dyed in a rainbow of colors for men, women, and children. They also have a complete casual wear line for women made from sustainable fibers.

Earth Garden Naturals

Earth Garden Naturals

EARTH GARDEN NATURALS

Laura and Michael have attend The Market at Pepper Place for more than a decade! They recently opened the doors to their store, Earthly Delights in the Crestwood neighborhood of Irondale. The two have always loved finding their creative mode and continue to expand their all-natural product line by formulating incredible new things for your skin and health.

EarthShip Tie Dye & Fiber Arts

EarthShip Tie Dye & Fiber Arts

EarthShip Tie Dye and Fiber Arts

Victoria Tuggey found tie-dying in the 1980s while living in the Florida Keys. She started working with cold water dyes on tees, rayon and silk. She thought she had several good techniques and ideas but didn't stick with the craft. After an injury sidelined her years later, Victoria rediscovered tie-dying. Vibrant, happy colors and designs that connect with nature are her signature looks. Victoria's works are beautiful to look at and fun to wear!

FETCH

FETCH

FETCH

Fetch is a treat and ice cream truck for dogs. The FETCH truck is the first of its kind in Alabama. The Fetch teams proudly specializes in healthy and delicious treats for dogs of all sizes, breeds and dietary needs. The handmade treats are painstakingly selected to meet the highest standards for quality and nutrition. They offer many flavors of lactose-free ice creams as well as wholesome gourmet bakery goods and bulk dog treats. Grain-free and other allergen-free treats are offered and product ingredient lists are available at the truck and website. This dog-loving team proudly serves products made with ingredients from local bakers.

Freedom Soap Company

Freedom Soap Company

FREEDOM SOAP COMPANY

Freedom Soap Company is a small batch, all natural soap and skin-care company owned and operated by Chasity Curtis in Birmingham, Alabama. Each Freedom Soap Company product is formulated and made from scratch with only therapeutic grade essential oils, natural plant materials and clays. Local ingredients are used whenever possible, whether it's from their home garden or fellow local farmers, beekeepers, breweries and the like.


The Fun Company

The Fun Company

THE FUN COMPANY

The Fun Company has been a family owned business for over 30 years. Brian and Paige Greer, the current owners and operators, create and sell this unique and beautiful coin jewelry all across America. They travel to over 30 craft shows and festivals each year, selling thousands of coin jewelry pieces, making many new friends and fans wherever they go. Their business philosophy of "if it isn't fun, don't do it", closely mirrors their life philosophy of "love, laughter, fun, and play", and they enjoy every minute of their time working together!

Great Bear Wax Company

Great Bear Wax Company

GREAT BEAR WAX CO.

Their mission is simple - to provide customers with the highest quality products while fostering a healthy and inclusive local community. Their process? The Great Bear team takes high quality American-grown soy wax, an all-natural braided cotton wick, and the highest quality essential oils on the market and combine them to make a candle that will add ambiance to any room. The inspiration behind each fragrance ranges from old memories to their own passions such as the outdoors.


The Green Bottle Candle Company

The Green Bottle Candle Company

THE GREEN BOTTLE CANDLE COMPANY

The Green Bottle Candle Company repurposes used wine bottled from local restaurants and creates natural soy candles. Each candle is handcrafted and poured in small batches. From the cutting and polishing of the bottles, to the pouring of the candle wax, to applying their custom-made labels, human hands do every step of the process! The Green Bottle Candle Company's goal is to offer elegant, natural candles all the while minimizing the amount of wine bottle's that end up in landfills everyday. 

Green Mountain Ceramics

Green Mountain Ceramics

GREEN MOUNTAIN CERAMICS

Adam Snyder is a ceramic artist running a small business called Green Mountain Ceramics. The "Green Mountain" in the same signifies Vermont, where he and his wife lived for many years. Since 2007, Adam has made Homewood, Alabama his home and has his studio there. Adam's work is mostly in porcelain and some stoneware, with either colored slip designs, covered by a clear glaze, or multiple and accented glaze designs. All functional work is food, dishwasher and microwave safe. His aim is to make work that is both beautiful as well as functional, so his pieces can be displayed when not being used, and bring pleasure to the eye, and colorful design into the home.

Here A Chick, There A Chick

Here A Chick, There A Chick

HERE A CHICK, THERE A CHICK

Kerry Leasure has always had a passion for all things old and long forgotten, and a love for the thrill of the hunt. She founded Here A Chick There A Chick in 2012, initially as an antiques dealer, and started offering her vintage jewlry finds to followers on Facebook. She immediately began playing around with the broken, unsaleable, and odd bits to create one of a kind pieces. As her passion for creating jewelry, and her clientele grew, eventually her booths were put aside in favor of working in her studio, and selling her work at cintage and art shows. Each next step has been an adventure, and like all the best ones, never in a straight line. It's been her joy to discover that her best find has been Herself.

Kerry's jewelry line is hand made from antique, vintage and found objects. Her desire to surprise and delight her clientele. A snip of humor, a splash of symbolism, a glint of sparkle, a wink of mischief. Each bit begins its life as one story, she writes them a new one, and the story then finds it's owner. Kerry creates in her studio in the 1902 Alabama home where she lives with her husband and their three "chicks". 

iiis

iiis

iiis. an optical shop.

The owner of an optical shop in Birmingham's 5 Points South, Kris Childs has been at the helm of iiis since 1993. She has been able to observe the design elements connected to the eye wear industry and fill in where no one has created. Kris has developed her own line of eyeglass cords which she calls "hangers". She custom creates and hand assembles two ways to suspend eyeglasses. Her cords are colorful and creative. She uses a variety of materials from leather and rubber to metal and nylon. Her designs are simple, clean and minimal. 

Impressions by Misty

Impressions by Misty

Impressions by Misty

Misty Bevis Kimbrough focuses her talents on using the palette-knife style of painting. Her style is a sculpture type of artwork that creates texture by layering paint onto canvas. Misty is a self-taught artist who enjoys learning and trying out different mediums. Currently she is experimenting in clay and glass on wood. Misty lives north of Birmingham and shows at markets, art shows and festivals around the area.

Infinite Soaps

Infinite Soaps

INFINITE SOAPS

Infinite Soaps was founded in Tuscaloosa in 2013 by Christopher Funderburk. While attending the University of Alabama, Chris began making his own hand-crafted soaps. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, he moved to Birmingham. Chris continued to refine his recipes and in 2016, he branched out to sell at markets and other public outlets. Infinite Soaps is a small batch, artisan bath and body business that makes all of their products by hand to ensure the highest quality. Infinite Soaps uses nourishing coconut, olive and avocado oils to ensure your skin is as moist and smooth as can be.

Inspirals

Inspirals

Inspirals

Each Inspirals handcrafted pieces emanates the themes of the natural world - inspiring energy, empowerment, renewal, beauty and self-healing. The spiral design found in every piece has many interpretations. A single spiral represents the sun and water, elements essential for life. The spiral also represents the cycles of life and eternal renewal. The three separate signature spirals featured in many Inspirals pieces represents the triple goddess of the three stages of womanhood. The precious stones are believed to have unique healing properties that lift the spirit and inspire self-confidence.

J. Lizzie Jewelry

J. Lizzie Jewelry

J. LIZZIE JEWELRY

J. Lizzie Jewelry was created in 2010 after a life-long love of jewelry. Jayne Elizabeth Vinsant decided to name her business after her childhood nickname "J Lizzie".

Jayne has developed a style all her own and enjoys creating one of a kind pieces for her clients. She specializes in devising and crafting pieces that preserve cherished memorabilia - like scraps of family lace, photographs or other keepsakes.

Jayne and her husband travel the country now, showing her works at some of the nation's finest craft shows. When she's in town, she can be found at The Market at Pepper Place, displaying her special designs.

Jill Marlar Art

Jill Marlar Art

JILL MARLAR ART

Local artist, Jill Marlar is a teacher, artist and small business owner. Her business teaches agter school art, drama and music classes to children ages 3 to 10 at local schools. Her primary art focus is intaglio printmaking. Jill returned to school in her mid-thirties to study printmaking; and she embraced the process for several reasons: one of which being it's long tradition in method. Most of her work reflects images from the mid-twentieth century. Jill typically works from found photos - sometimes combining images to create a desired image. The images in her work are often glimpses into the past, recalling those experiences personal through recollection or family stories.

Lana B. Hobbs Pottery

Lana B. Hobbs Pottery

LANA B. HOBBS POTTERY

As a clay artist, Lana Hobbs works mainly on the wheel, but also enjoys hand building and sculpture. In her wheel thrown work, Lana says she likes to explore the connection between function and beauty and the tension of an ancient art form with modern surface design. In her sculpture work, she often works with pattern and repetition to create large wall mounted pieces. As a clay teacher, Lana loves working with students of all ages and skill levels. Not only is it her goal to introduce her students to clay, but to equip them to develop their own voice within the medium of clay.

Lavender and Cotton

Lavender and Cotton

LAVENDER AND COTTON

Birmingham's Heather and Haley Nock are sisters who grew up in a creative family. Their mother is a local artist and she nurtured a creative environment for the girls as they were growing up together. The sisters started Lavender + Cotton about a year ago painting mostly nature inspired watercolor pieces. They have evolved their style over the last several months and are starting to work more with acrylic. Their works are now taking on a more abstract quality, with a look that makes one think of marble and feathers.

Leah Dodd Design

Leah Dodd Design

LEAH DODD DESIGN

Leah Dodd's mom says that her daughter was born with crayons in her hands. Maybe that's why at age three, Leah colored on the framed painting over the family couch. Luckily, Leah's mom saw this as creative behavior... Leah's been making stuff and coloring outside the lines ever since!

Leah is a graphic designer by day, but enjoys making jewelry in her spare time. She twists and turns sterling wire to form detailed, beaded rings. These rings have an unusual style - one might call them organized chaos. She also mixes patterned and colored papers to form resin jewelry pieces. These pieces are fun, often mismatched and sometimes you can see an art deco influence.

Lindsey Kelly Pottery

Lindsey Kelly Pottery

LINDSEY KELLY POTTERY

Lindsey Kelly is a rising young artist from Birmingham, Alabama who has recently received her BFA from Auburn University. An internship at the Shelby County Arts Council in Columbiana, Alabama is where she experienced a working community studio. Her work was shown in the "Heartbreak Hotel Student Art Exhibit", and "Strange Assortment Art Exhibit". The Moss Rock Festival and the Birmingham Artwalk are two events where she has exhibited her work. Lindsey plans to continue making functional pottery that is aesthetically pleasing and brings joy to everyone that encounters her and her work.

Lovely Lettering Co.

Lovely Lettering Co.

LOVELY LETTERING CO.

Sarah, born and raised in sweet home Alabama, proudly calls the city of Birmingham home. Graduating from the University of Alabama in 2012, she pursued a career in the world of non-profits. Taking calligraphy jobs on the side, she found she felt most fulfilled while creating and designing. Taking a leap of faith at the beginning of 2014, Sarah pursued her dream of becoming a full time calligrapher and designer. She enjoys creating wedding stationary and her work has been featured on The Birmingham Bride, The Bridal Theory, and Reverie Gallery. She also designs a line of holiday cards for the Birmingham based company Dixie Design Collective.

Sarah created Lovely Lettering Co. in the summer of 2015 with a purpose to create beautifully lettered products that would bring encouragement and joy. Not only does she want to create products that are attractive, but thought it most important that they be practical and purposeful. Lovely Lettering Co. will exist for many purposes, she says, but most of all, in the midst of the day to day, the truths on the products will add a little "lovely" to it. When she doesn't have a pen in hand, Sarah loves road tripped with her husband, Andrew, and their pup Ellie-Mae.

Lula Woodworks

Lula Woodworks

LULA WOODWORKS

 Local artist, Craig Skowronek says no designs or templates are ever used when he creates his artisan boards; he never makes the same piece twice. Craig says it's simply impossible because every piece of wood is different. He starts by looking at what he has, then it tells him where it wants to go. He likes to say he works for Mother Nature, that she created the beauty of the wood. His job is to simply not mess that up! There is never a need for stains or dyes because the natural colors of the wood need nothing more than a coat of mineral oil to make them pop. 

Max and Mila

Max and Mila

MAX AND MILA

Artist and graphic designer Amanda Nicholson has extensive experience in both creative and business world. But after the birth of her first child, she began looking for ways to express her creativity while staying at home. After experimenting with different genres, Max and Mila was born. What began as a simple creative outlet has now grown into a full time, at-home business. Amanda says the success she has found through this home-based venture, never fails to amaze her. With an online Etsy store, sales at local farmers markets and art fairs, Max and Mila has kept Amanda busy and has been financially rewarding! Amanda designs posters and prints for framing, greeting cards, invitations and logo designs; calendars and other paper goods. Her inventory is constantly changing and developing. Her highly designed, simple presentation appeals to a wide range of tastes.

Meme's Crochet Creations

Meme's Crochet Creations

MEME'S CROCHET CREATIONS

Lynn McCann's dorm friend taught her how to crochet in 1969. She began only crocheting afghans. Lynn took a short break from her new hobby and, after her daughter was a year old, Lynn began crocheting again in 1974. Her daughter loved hats, so the new mom naturally decided to learn how to crochet them. Lynn quickly honed her skill for crocheting beanie hats and ponchos. After another break and taking on new ventures, she decided to take up her hobby again after her granddaughters were born... and the rest is history!

Lynn is well known by locals for her hand crocheted owl and bug hats. Today, she has six granddaughters and it's safe to say that they all h ave plenty of hats to wear! She says she enjoys selling them at The Market at Pepper Place and is thankful for the opportunity it's given her to showcase what she loves to do!

Obsessions Jewelry

Obsessions Jewelry

OBSESSIONS JEWELRY

With an early passion for beautiful jewelry and expereince in her late father's business, Debbie Melichar transformed that inspiration into Obsessions. With her business partner and friend, Betty Kimbrel they started their business in 2004 designing unique jewelry made with natural materials and semi-precious stones. With access to vendors from all over the world, Obsessions offers a wealth of creative jewelry choices at affordable prices. Debbie and Betty are well know with The Market customers and have been a part of Pepper Place Market since the 2006 season!

Original B'ham

Original B'ham

ORIGINAL B'HAM

Created on a whim, the Original B'ham logo made its first appearance as a bumper sticker in 2013. It was an instant hit as a bold, fun and instantly recognizable reference to the city's popular nickname. The Original B'ham logo is more than a play on a nickname and much more than a funny bumper sticker. The good folks at Original B'ham believe pride in their community is vital to the success of the revitalization of Birmingham. Their desire is to celebrate the city and contribute in their own unique way to the ongoing effort to make Birmingham better than ever!

Prodigal Pottery

Prodigal Pottery

PRODIGAL POTTERY

Prodigal Pottery is handmade at King's Home (formerly Hannah Home and King's Ranch) by women fleeing domestic abuse and homelessness. Prodigal Pottery provides full-time employment to five women from their domestic abuse shelter who are unable to find stable emplyment elsewhere. The mission of Prodigal Pottery is to foster artistic expression in each member of the King's Home family by equipping them with skills in the field of pottery and ceramics in a Christ-centered, safe, and therapeutic environment. 100% of the proceeds from Prodigal Pottery directly supports the women who craft the pieces, as well as support for the ministry of King's Home as a whole.

Sally Chew Knits

Sally Chew Knits

SALLY CHEW KNITS

Birmingham born and raised, Sally Chew's pride and joy is knitting. She hand knits garments and accessories that are unique and show have a fine handmade look. Most of Sally's yarns are all natural, wool and cotton. Everything sold is meticulously handmade, never using any machinery. All hand-knit scarves are unique in design, color and weight - the styles are her own!

Smoky Mountain Bow Knife

Smoky Mountain Bow Knife

SMOKY MOUNTAIN BOW KNIFE

Approximately 100 years ago, the people living in the Appalachian Mountains crafted various "bows" to make a variety of knives and saws. Harold Collins' craft is a time honored legacy of the people who live in the Appalachian Mountains. Living in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains himself naturally increases his interest in the colorful heritage of the region.

Harold handcrafts a very unique "bow knife" using a technique that is steeped in tradition. His handcrafted bow knife can be used to cut hot bread, crusty bread, and bagels with ease. It can also be used for vegetables, fruits, cheese, prepared and boneless meats. The blade is made of stainless steel. Because of the design of the blade, it never needs sharpening!

A variety of domestic hardwoods are used to make the bow handle for the knife, including: black walnut, cherry, oak, and mahogany. Because of the bow design, no pressure has to be applied like you would need with a conventional knife. You use the bow knife as you would use a saw, with a back-and-forth sawing motion.

Harold designs and cuts the bow knife handle using a variety of saws, sanders, and a drill press. He also uses a hand sander to sand each one to a smooth, satin finish, then applies a non-toxic coating to seal and enhance the wood. He hand buffs each to bring out the natural grain and beauty of the solid woods. The knife is a very functional kitchen utensil that will last for years. It compliments all kitchen-types, making for a great gift and conversation piece!

Harold also hand-makes crumb trays for cutting bread; the tray can be used as a serving tray by removing the slatted insert. The removed insert may be used as a trivet for hot foods.

Southern Natural Soap

Southern Natural Soap

SOUTHERN NATURAL SOAP

Southern Natural Soap, located in Blount County, produces natural goat's milk soap and bath and body products. This small, family business uses their goat's milk for all products. Southern Natural's products are great for those who suffer with dry, sensitive skin. The Huffstutler's mission is to produce natural skin care products for both normal and sensitive skin, because they know that what you put on your skin matters!

The Spoon Man

The Spoon Man

THE SPOON MAN

Steven Cordero began working with wood when he was very young. He tried his hand at different things, such as ceramics, painting and clay. His work started out as a past time and over the years has worked its way to being a full time passion. Steven, also known affectionately as "The Spoon Man", has been part of The Market since the very beginning in 2000!

Susan Gordon Pottery

Susan Gordon Pottery

SUSAN GORDON POTTERY

Artist Susan Gordon specializes in small batch pottery. Her studio is full of her special collections of dinnerware, serving ware, decorative accents, and handmade jewelry. Her work has an organic quality that is detailed, modern and timeless. A firm believer in the restorative power of beauty, Susan finds joy in creating small objects which will become part of someone's daily life. Her work can be found in boutique retailers in cities across the country and also in Canada, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

Sweet Woodworks

Sweet Woodworks

SWEET WOODWORKS

Alan Sweet started working with wood over 20 years ago. His early work focused primarily on furniture and cabinets. It started as a hobby and he enjoyed making things for family and friends - chest of drawers, valences, tables, cabinets and jewelry boxes. About ten years ago, the lathe caught his attention as a means of turning out decorative parts for some furniture. This led Alan to eventually start making useful house hold items like salt and pepper shakers, holiday ornaments, pens and vases. But it was the style and shape of kitchen items that hooked Alan. He was drawn to the flowing lines and distinctive curves of the lowly pepper mills, coffee grinder and vase.

Sweetsap

Sweetsap

SWEETSAP

Sweetsap is the work of Shana Sweet and Forrest Millsap. The two artists produce what they call "life accessories". Many of their handmade items are inspired by nature and the great outdoors. This creative duo enjoys working with concrete and agate, and use these substances in many of their handmade planters. Shana and Forrest's products also include beautiful handmade knives, stained glass pieces and various cast and forged pieces: no two are alike!

Swirl Girl Art

Swirl Girl Art

SWIRL GIRL ART

For more than 20 years Birmingham artist, Allison Bohorfoush has been making jewelry and traveling to shows throughout the Southeast. Chisel and repose techniques are used most. The more intricate sheet metal pieces are hand cut with jewelr's saw, pierced, filed, etc. All designs are inspired by nature; and by using recycled materials, Allison hopes to honor and preserve natural resources while making functional, wearable art for all to enjoy. The copper sheet metal used in these pieces is recycled from the scraps of another artist. All pieces are one of a kind artwork!

Taproot

Taproot

TAPROOT

Mike "Taproot" Tapley has been making custom cutlery for 35 years as a serious hobbyist. Orders are made to specifications of the client and each knife is truly one of a kind. In addition to custom knives, Taproot also hand hews bowls out of reclaimed trees from the farm using hand adzes. A limited number of the maker's top selling designs in knives will be available at Makers Village, or clients can order one made to their specifications and cutting application. Bowls in maple, cherry, and sugar berry will also be for sale. Mike is a graduate of Auburn University and a retired marketing consultant. He is an avid bow hunter, who lives with his wife, Vickie, live on a farm in rural Elmore County where they manage timber and wildlife.

Transformed Design

Transformed Design

TRANSFORMED DESIGN

Dan Jett comes from a long line of woodworkers. Both grandfathers built furniture and home decor pieces for fun. He learned woodworking techniques from both men, starting when he was just a kid. Dan says he always had a project going. Dan's father also worked with wood and actually built most of the furniture in Dan's childhood home. Dan now has his own woodworking company and says he still takes pleasure in seeing a piece of raw wood turn into something beautiful and useful. His other joy is passing along the craft to his young son. Dan says he takes great pride and pleasure in teaching his boy the same techniques and methods he learned from his father and grandfathers.

Twisted Tiara

Twisted Tiara

TWISTED TIARA

In 1973, Joye Hehn's life as a "maker" began with a special public school curriculum for the artistically gifted. This same year she also made her first sale as a fiber artist - a mixed media tapestry of a sunset reflecting on the ocean.

Color and texture continue to invigorate her today! heavily influenced by her travels, Joye's dye-work explores variations found in nature, such as the ebb and flow of the tide on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico; the swaying fields of wildflowers in France; and the moon rising over the mountains of Northern Italy.

Joye; aka Twisted Tiara, enjoys combining ladies fashion with traditional tie dye patterns to create an explosion of color and texture on canvases of organic cotton and soft rayon garments. Her signature look - soft lines and flowing colors - is done with a low-impact dye process.

Joye is proudly based in Birmingham, where the hot and humid climate enriches the depth of color in her artwork.

Windy's By Linda

Windy's By Linda

WINDY'S BY LINDA

Birmingham-based artisan, Linda Holt makes handmade wind chimes and lamps using re-purposed items. Linda's main focus is using found vintage kitchen items. She uses silver plate flatware because they make a beautiful sound! Her lamps are also made from vintage kitchen items; her favorite lamp base are silver teapots.

Wykoff Woodworks

Wykoff Woodworks

WYKOFF WOODWORKS

Don Wykoff spent his formative years watching in awe of his father's skilled craftsmanship and precision. His teenage years were filled with the same intrigue, along with his father's guidance. He recalls his father's encouragement to participate in the planning and execution of various projects. Don says his father always instilled in him the importance of safety, mathematics, precision and quality.

Using this solid foundation, Don financed his college education as he formed and ran "Wykoff Contractors, Inc.". Construction of new homes and renovations on existing homes filled his days for more than 30 years. Upon his father's passing in 2001, he retired.

Fast-forward to today and fifteen years later, he finds himself creating and using the talents and skills that he says both God and his father blessed him with. After creating "Wykoff Woodworks", he finds himself enjoyably sharing his skills with his friend Robert "Bubba" Tampling. The duos use of new and reclaimed wood products can be found at markets in Birmingham!

Zkano

Zkano

ZKANO

Zkano is the offspring of small family sock manufacturing business that has been making socks in Fort Payne, Alabama since 1991. Spearheaded by Gina Locklear, Zkano offers various styles of mens and womens footwear, all of which are made with 100% certified organic cotton. Zkano socks are great for performance or everyday wear, while offering the utmost in quality and comfort. Their socks are sweatshop free and finished without the use of heavy metal dyes. All products are made in the Locklear family's company, Emi-G Knitting, located in Fort Payne, Alabama, formerly known as "the sock capital of the world".