For her first annual American Made Awards, Martha Stewart transformed Grand Central Station in the heart of New York City, turning one of the main halls into a handmade market place and workshop. It was both a celebration of, as well as an opportunity to be inspired by, the ten American Made winners described by Martha Stewart as "rising stars in a new generation of small-business owners." Above: Martha speaks at the panel discussion on upcoming trends. The panel included Martha Stewart Living editor in chief Pilar Guzman, Erica Domasek of P.S. - I Made This, Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen, Apartment Therapy's own Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Stacy Morrison of BlogHer, and Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom.
Attendees who made their way through the throngs of commuters as well as those serendipitiously stumbling upon the event were treated to book signings (Emeril Lagasse was a big hit), panel discussions, and workshops and demonstrations on topics such as urban gardening and gluten free baking.
Visitors could check out the work of this year's winners, including vertical air plant gardens by Flora Grubb and pans made by metal sculptor Alisa Toninato.
"American Made" is a multimedia celebration of artists, artisans and entrepreneurs from the worlds of food, fashion, design, community, crafts and technology. Conceptualized and creative directed by Martha Stewart, this two-day artisanal fair is the culmination of a 4-month salute to the goods conceived, created and produced in the U.S., the people who make them and the vibrancy and spirit of American entrepreneurialism and small business.