Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Finally time to announce on here that I have opened a NEW Bricks-and-mortar Handmade Studio and Shop right in downtown Peterborough, NH. It is still a work in progress, but is a little shop and workspace where I can make things, have custom order and private appointments, and where I am selling handmade pieces by me and other fellow artisans! Peterborough has so many wonderful galleries and shops already, but I wanted to be able to offer some things of mine and some things by others (mostly from New England) who's work isn't already represented here. It is located right at 43 Grove St. inside the Grove Village Shops with Ava Marie's Handmade Chocolates and Ice Cream, and other fun little shops and offices. I love that I can easily walk to the post office, the park, little restaurants and shops, and even home! As many know, I spent many years managing retail shops designing displays and visual merchandising, along with teaching classes before starting this business, so this venture will hopefully encompass all of my interests in a challenging and fun new way.
I will still be doing some shows, including Twist Fair VI in Northampton, MA on May 6th and 7th and Concord Arts Market, Concord, NH in June, and of course will be selling in stores across the US and in my Etsy shop. Since so much of my business is in custom work, this location will allow for me to meet with customers to go through vintage and antique maps, select the perfect button for a custom-sized ring, or even work on more elaborate art pieces that my previous work spaces have not. Hours are varying until May, so keep up with changes and updates on my Facebook page!
This is an exciting new venture which I hope brings more options for people in creating custom works, more exposure for creative handmade artisans I know, and a better work/life balance for me! Stay tuned for the various steps in the process. Until then, here are a few pics to tide you over!