meet the makers
The Spring Makers Markets at Arlene’s are scheduled to take place outside in the store’s parking lot on Saturday, May 8th and May 22nd, from 11am to 4 pm. Each day will feature 10 different Makers so make sure you come to both see everything that is offered. Check out below to learn more about the Makers that will be at the markets and we hope to see you there.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Allison Piracci, Solulu Handmade- handmade felt bags
Allison Piracci has always enjoyed making things. Using her hands to create brings a sense of peace and joy for her. Over the years, Piracci has made quilts and jewelry, She has dabbled in knitting, and has made my fair share of handmade halloween costumes for her daughters. Having always had an eye for handbags, Piracci is enjoying using her creativity to create her own designs. Although a busy full time working wife and mother, Piracci has taken her passion and created her small business, Solulu Handmade. Now she gets to share that passion with you, her customers.
Cheyenne Simmons, Great Exbaketations- baker
Cheyenne Simmons with Great Exbaketations Bakery is proud to create scratch-made, baked-to-order cakes featuring local Upstate NY liqueurs and artisanal products! "Your home for 'booze-infused' cakes in the Capital Region!"
Chris Conlon, Skulls and Sawdust- woodworker
Chris Conlon is a carpenter by trade, who picked up woodworking as an artistic outlet after leaving the tattoo artist profession. He enjoy making and designing many different projects with different materials.
Hannah Hutchinson, Just Noise Ceramics- potter/sculptor
Hannah Hutchinson is a sculptor from Schenectady, New York. She holds an Associate degree in Science from Hudson Valley Community College and a Bachelors in Fine Art with a concentration in sculpture from Purchase College. Her various ceramic work has been shown in locations across the Hudson Valley region such as LabSpace in Hillsdale, New York and the Athens Cultural Center in Athens, New York. She is currently completing a Master of Fine Art degree at the University at Albany, where she will mount her Thesis Exhibition in the University Art Museum this Spring.
Joy Iris Wilbanks, Moon Joy Creations- jeweler
Joy Iris-Wilbanks makes hand painted necklaces and earrings that shimmer and shine in the light. Joy turns mini watercolor paintings into stunning pieces of jewelry with themes that are celestial, nature, and artistically inspired. Each piece is unique and lovingly crafted. A gypsy who has found her way in Albany, NY who has always had an appreciation for nature and the arts. She has lived out west and in Asia, and now makes this region her home.
Kathy Klompas- printmaker
Kathy Klompas' processes are loose and fluid, a rhythmic layering of color and texture. Her main medium is printmaking, be it with dye on silk, or ink on paper. Look forward to one of kind affordable fashion accessories, note cards and fine art.
Kasmira Demyan- artist
Kasmira Demyan's body of work, reflects the unity of everything and connections to the divine and higher consciousness. This body of work relieves the interconnection of all forms of life, expressing that nothing in nature is sui generis but showing that the notion of consciousness arises from one. We are the divine, creating a web of divine life on this planet and beyond that is infinite and unbreakable.
Katie Nare, Katie Nare Jewelry- jeweler
Katie Nare’s is a bead artist, photographer, a homesteader, a traveller and landscape gardener. As a daughter of crafts people, she holds a BFA degree from Alfred University. Nare is also a mother of three living in the beauty of upstate NY. She pours intention and a celebration of human diversity into every piece created through the meditative nourishment of beading.
Rebecca A. Flis- artist
Rebecca Flis is an avid bowler who enjoys her summers by running a sculpture shop at a visual arts camp for children. She is fervently interested in a wide range of sculptural processes, but her specialty is the casting process. Most recently, she has been using non-traditional materials to explore sensory play, materiality, and the relationship between texture and form in her work. Rebecca has taught many workshops, both nationally and internationally, on dung-molding, a form of natural mold-making used in some ancient casting processes.
Ross Kunze- potter
Ross Kunze is a studio potter based in Troy, NY. After relocating to the Capital Region from the Midwest, Kunze joined the community at Saratoga Clay Arts Center. Following his time at SCAC, Kunze worked as a studio assistant to Brian R. Jones—Loudonville, NY. Working for Brian gave him an opportunity to explore slip-casting and glaze formulation while observing an established studio potter in his day to day operations. Kunze is currently making work out of his home studio using a variety of production methods with a focus on utilitarian forms for the home.
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Beth Joslin- potter
Beth Joslin makes functional and decorative high fire pottery. She enjoys making pieces people can use and treasure everyday. Joslin took her first pottery class in 1992 and fell in love with throwing on the wheel. She continued to develop her skills, assisting in classes and learning the ins and outs of the studio while raising my family. Now she has a home studio, sells her pottery at a variety of venues and teaches clay classes to children and adults.
Christine Ekstrom, Rise and Pine Candles- candlemaker
Christine Ekstrom grew up in the Capital Region, in Cohoes, NY. She got her Bachelors degree in graphic design and always wanted to use it to do something creative. In November of 2019 she started Rise and Pine Candle Co. Each candle has a personality of its own with a unique scent and label that is designed and printed by Christine.
Dan Beck- maker
Father. Husband. Drummer. Hugger. Beard Grower. Gluten Avoider. High Functioning Hoarder. Maker. Plant Daddy.
Dan Beck likes working with real materials that are readily available, relatively inexpensive, and really durable. He also enjoys the somewhat unpredictable nature of these materials. No two plant stands are exactly the same. He likes the minor imperfections and rough edges – it all adds to each piece's unique character. And yet, even with these minor imperfections, Beck knows that these stands are rock solid and will last a lifetime with minimal care.
Erin Eckler, EQWilbert-
EQWilbert products are hand made by owner/maker Erin using a wide range of mediums and techniques. From hand carved stamped fiber items to wire sculpted jewelry and decor, every piece is unique.
The guiding force behind EQWilbert designs is whimsy. Erin prides herself in bringing light and love into everything she does. A design is finished when it makes her smile–even better chuckle. These items are designed to be fun, whimsical, and stylish and bring our your inner unicorn!
Lisa Frazer- jeweler
Lisa Frazer with ZoePea jewelry. Gaining control of every aspect of a jewelry design truly gives the creator freedom. Frazer’s designs are exercises to teach her more ways to make metal do what she needs it to do. With that she hopes to raise a piece of jewelry to the level of art.
Noelle Adamoschek- mosaic artist
Noelle Adamoschek’s work is primarily stained glass mosaic designs that she puts on vintage windows, picture frames and custom frames. She puts the glass pieces directly on the glass in order to take advantage of natural light in my designs.
Paul Hergenrother- artist
Paul Hergenrother produces exceptional gift products, such as: postcards, ceramic mugs, greeting cards, magnets, marble coasters, prints, paintings, tote bags, silk-screened posters, key-chains bookmarks of historic architectural landmarks throughout the local area - with an emphasis on the Capital Region.
Sarah Haze, Round Designs- potter & illustrator
Sarah Haze (she/they) works as a full time potter & illustrator living and working in Chatham, NY with their spouse and two incredible cats. Sarah's studio is filled with laughter and she loves to spread those laughs around. Sarah holds a BFA in sculpture and philosophy from SUNY Potsdam and a BS in biology from UAlbany. Sarah enjoys teaching art at local libraries and art centers.