With wedding season underway, you may have gifts to buy — maybe you even know one off-the-registry couple who would appreciate a handmade present. Here are 10 sources for durable, sustainably produced gifts to show your love.
An abstract artist, Heather Dahl makes vases, dishes, teapots, and other objects from slip-cast, wheel-thrown, or hand-built clay that she then glazes using colors she mixes herself.
• Shown: Modern Stripe Bottle Vase, $40
One Sydney Road:
Piper Toth runs this shop out of Cleveland, Ohio. She describes herself as "an indie design devotee," and she's got a great selection of handmade housewares.
• Shown: E.A.T. Table Linens, $48
Based out of Toronto, Schoolyard Studio is the brainchild of designers Katy Chan and Hilary Dennis. They sell a mix of hand-printed kitchen textiles, wearable stuff, and stationery.
• Shown: Table Napkins, $24
Based out of Brooklyn, this ceramic studio makes gorgeous modern dishes, vases, and housewares. All pieces are made in the USA from earthenware with non-toxic, food-safe glazes.
• Shown: Stacking Cups, $10 each
Pigeon Toe Ceramics:
Portland-based Pigeon Toe Ceramics believes that "memories should be created, not collected." Their line of modern handmade pottery includes dishes, lighting, votives, and housewares.
• Shown: Kerr Votive Lantern, $30
This mortar-and-brick store in Chicago is the permanent incarnation of the uber-popular Renegade Craft Fair, and they sell artwork and housewares by over 300 artists.
• Shown: Paulova Ceramics, $34 - $48
This SoHO shop is the brainchild of Ochre founder Andrew Corrie. Like its sister shop, Canvas has a highly edited selection of beautiful modern products, many of them handmade.
• Shown: Handmade Wood Cutting Boards, $48
Mother/daughter team Mary and Shelly Klein started their small company six years ago in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with the idea to make a high-quality customizeable pillows, artwork, and textiles.
• Shown: Couple's Series Tote, $48
As one of the largest online retailers of handmade and vintage goods, Etsy is a huge resource for artist-made objects, craft supplies, fabrics, and vintage housewares.
• Shown: Be Glad for This Moment Tiny Text Bowl by Palomas Nest, $28
This aggregator site carries modern handmade goods by independent designers. Like Etsy, it connects sellers with buyers, but it's a much smaller site with a more curated selection.
• Shown: 10 Speed Fleece Blanket, $45