Vendor Spotlight: Tiny Cloud Ceramics

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Vendor Spotlight: Tiny Cloud Ceramics

THIS IS JUST ONE IN A SERIES OF VENDOR SPOTLIGHTS WHERE WE LET THOSE WHO WILL BE SHARING THEIR WARES SHINE A LIGHT ON WHAT IT IS THEY DO! WE ASKED MARY FROM TINY CLOUD CERAMICS TO INDULGE US BY ANSWERING A FEW QUESTIONS.

HERE'S WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY:

1). What's your name, where are you from and what is it that you make?

My name is Mary Clark and I was born and raised right here in Akron! I make brightly colored cute and snarky functional ceramic goodies with a main focus on mugs & cups right now, but I've got plans to expand to some new forms in the near future as well as do some surface experiments!

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2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?

I attended the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron from 2011-2016 and received my BFA in ceramics with help from many wonderful peers and professors! My original plan was to go to school for illustration, but fell in love with clay after taking an intro-level course and just ran with it.

3). What is your best seller?

It really all depends on the show, but I think the goofy dogs and cats usually tend to do a bit better than others. People see animals that remind them of their pets on my mugs and quickly fall in love with them. One of the few designs I've recreated a couple of times is a kitty cleaning its butt, because every cat does it and every cat owner seems to agree that its so very funny. I don't think I've ever had a show where I took one of those back home at the end.

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4). How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?

I have only been vending as Tiny Cloud Ceramics for about a year now. I started up all of a sudden after I graduated with the help of my sister Mori Clark of Memento Cat Studios. She had already been doing shows for a while and really helped me get off to a running start. I did the Crafty Mart Holiday Shop once with a group of students from Myers, and last winter I did my first solo Crafty Mart. It was a great experience and I'm glad to be doing more!

5). The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

To be honest, I haven't listened to either a whole whole lot. I guess The Rolling Stones.

THANKS, MARY! LOOK FOR TINY CLOUD CERAMICS AT CRAFTY MART OR SHOP ONLINE HERE.

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Vendor Spotlight: Visions and Vessels

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Vendor Spotlight: Visions and Vessels

THIS IS JUST ONE IN A SERIES OF VENDOR SPOTLIGHTS WHERE WE LET THOSE WHO WILL BE SHARING THEIR WARES SHINE A LIGHT ON WHAT IT IS THEY DO! WE ASKED KATHY FROM VISIONS AND VESSELS TO INDULGE US BY ANSWERING A FEW QUESTIONS.

HERE'S WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY:

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1). What's your name, where are you from and what is it that you make?

My name is Kathie Jandrey and I am a potter based in Richfield,Ohio. I create wheel thrown and hand built ceramic pieces.

2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?

My first exposure to pottery was at around age 8 when I asked Santa to bring me a pottery wheel for Christmas. Best present ever! I took ceramics classes in high school and college. In 2009 I registered for classes at a local pottery studio just for fun, and reignited my passion for clay. I opened my own studio in 2015.

3). What is your best seller?

Best sellers vary by season and location, but mugs are always a favorite. Items with unusual surface decoration, like sgraffito, or interesting glazes, are also attractive.

4). How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?

I have been vending for 3 years. Crafty Mart was my introduction to vending and I have participated in several Crafty Mart shows!

5). The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

That's a tough one, but I'll go with The Beatles!

THANKS, KATHY! LOOK FOR VISIONS AND VESSELS AT CRAFTY MART, OR FOLLOW THEM ON FACEBOOK ANYTIME.

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Supply Swap and Field Trip

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Supply Swap and Field Trip

This Sunday, April 23rd from Noon - 2pm we will be hosting a craft supply swap at Summit Artspace! 

Thanks to those who dropped off supplies! We had a great response, and are having fun sorting out all the great supplies into categories for your shopping pleasure!

Our friends at Champaign Paper designed some super cute canvas tote bags for the event! For $5, you get one and can fill it up with all the supplies you can handle!

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Then at 3pm, we're headed over to the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Branch for a tour of their Maker Space and Microbusiness Center! The library has some amazing resources that are free or super cheap to help small businesses grow.

The Microbusiness Center at the library is a free co-working space available to entrepreneurs!

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Sunday, April 23rd

Supply Swap: Noon - 2pm @ Summit Artspace / 2nd floor

Tech Zone Tour: 3pm at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Branch

RSVP on Facebook here!

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Vendor Spotlight: Maryssa Moczan Studios

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Vendor Spotlight: Maryssa Moczan Studios

THIS IS JUST ONE IN A SERIES OF VENDOR SPOTLIGHTS WHERE WE LET THOSE WHO WILL BE SHARING THEIR WARES SHINE A LIGHT ON WHAT IT IS THEY DO! WE ASKED MARYSSA FROM MARYSSA MOCZAN STUDIOS TO INDULGE US BY ANSWERING A FEW QUESTIONS.

HERE'S WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY:

1). What's your name, where are you from and what is it that you make?

My name is Maryssa Moczan. I'm a Pittsburgh native living in Tallmadge, Ohio. I make mainly wheel thrown functional pottery out of a cone 6 white stoneware. I've slowly become known for my Ohio mugs, but also love making mugs, bowls, and platters with textures.

2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?

I have always been artistic and have picked up plenty of art and craft skills over the years from printmaking to knitting to painting. I began college at Youngstown State University as a painting major, but fell in love with clay after taking my first class with Mike Moseley in 2009. I kept taking classes and eventually got a studio space at the Ward Bakery Building in Youngstown in 2015, where I continue to learn, experiment, and perfect my craft.

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3). What is your best seller?

My best selling is my night sky Ohio mug. Next to these, my hanging planters are always really popular.

4). How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?

I did a few craft shows off and on through college with the artists of the rust belt, but started doing them more regularly about two-three years ago. I have done several pop up crafty mart shows, as well as the 2016 Mom and Pop Shoppe and holiday show.

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5). The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

The Beatles is the only correct answer!

THANKS, MARYSSA. LOOK FOR MARYSSA MOCZAN STUDIOS AT CRAFTY MART!

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Vendor Spotlight: Girls Best Trend

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Vendor Spotlight: Girls Best Trend

THIS IS JUST ONE IN A SERIES OF VENDOR SPOTLIGHTS WHERE WE LET THOSE WHO WILL BE SHARING THEIR WARES SHINE A LIGHT ON WHAT IT IS THEY DO! WE ASKED JEN FROM GIRL'D Best Trend TO INDULGE US BY ANSWERING A FEW QUESTIONS.

HERE'S WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY:

1. What's your name, where are you from and what is it that you make? 

My name is Jen Buchanan, I live in Bay Village, a sweet little town on Lake Erie, and I make fun, funky and fabulous handbags from recycled/upcycled materials.  

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2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do? 

Creativity runs in my family, my mom, grandmother and aunt are all talented.  I am an Interior Designer by day and use my skills to mix fabrics, colors and patterns to create groovy and unique bags.

3.  What is your best seller?

My best seller is definitely my Happy Hour Clutch.  The perfect going out bag.  Wear the bangle to carry the clutch and keep your hands free for you cocktail.  It's a no brainer!

4. How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?  

I have been vending for about 7 years.  I have done the Craft Mart Holiday show before.  Akron is a great artsy town.

5.  The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

I am a huge, huge music fan.  I love the Stones, but for me, it's the Beatles all day long!  I saw Paul McCartney last summer and that was seriously one of the best moments of my life!

THANKS, JEN! LOOK FOR GIRL's BEST TREND AT CRAFTY MART!

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