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Category: Design & Crafts

Irons in the Fire, Maker Feature for Blackberry PopUp Shop


A graduate of Central Michigan University, Mark Kozma creates functional pottery and woodwork with a strong emphasis on surface design. He has been working in Durham now for four years but has been creating nearly his whole life. A former apprentice of Mark Hewitt, Mark now runs his own creative business Irons in the Fire. He likes to keep things fresh by working in a variety of mediums, switching from the functional nature of ceramics and woodworking, to the more whimsical practice of creating mixed media scultpures. Think his work looks familiar? Well, if you live in Durham you’re probably right. Mark makes all of the cups for Cocoa Cinnamon‘s great teas, coffees, and sipping chocolates. Come snag his work at Blackberry PopUp Shop this weekend!

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Grace Montgomery, Maker Feature for Blackberry PopUp Shop

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Grace Montgomery and I have sold together at a few markets around Durham, and we’ve done a jewelry collaboration (with more to come), so you may have seen her work on here before. Lately, she’s been testing new styles and expanding the kinds of pieces she makes, so I’m really excited to see what she’ll be bringing to the Blackberry PopUp Shop!

Grace makes functional stoneware pottery right here in Durham, NC. her pieces explore a balance between texture, technique, and chance, engaging the senses as they are used. Her mugs, bowls, planters, and jars are meant to be enjoyed every day and transform daily rituals into sacred moments.

Come check out her work at Blackberry PopUp Shop next Saturday!

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Hamish Jackson, Maker Feature for Blackberry PopUp Shop


Hamish Jackson is a newcomer to the North Carolina craft scene. A glassblower and potter, Hamish is originally from England and moved here to apprentice with Mark Hewitt. His clay pieces are solid, but sleek, with a huge amount of presence and his glass work is colorful and fun. I especially love how the spherous shapes of his glass blowing transfers to his pottery and I can’t wait to see his work in person next Saturday. Living everywhere from Portland, OR to India, to England, he has soaked up a huge variety of influences. But I’m pretty glad he’s settled down in North Carolina, where he lives in Pittsboro and has plans to buy a variety of animals, including goats and chickens. A homesteader at heart, Hamish’s work plays to this urge to make things that are practical, and useful. Stop by the Blackberry PopUp Shop on July 18th to see more of his work and meet him in person!



Wind Blown Jewelry, Maker Feature for Blackberry PopUp Shop


For the next ten days, I’ll be featuring local makers as part of the promotion for Blackberry PopUp Shop, a PopUp Shop in downtown Durham with live music. It should be a really fun event, and if you live in the area you should definitely try to stop by! I’m very excited for my house to be full of beautiful things and people.

Today I’m featuring Wind Blown, the simple and classic jewelry line by Rachel Calhoun. Rachel is a Raleigh-based maker who has been making jewelry for about ten years. Her pieces are airy, clean, and simple. Extremely minimal, her work is easy to wear and full of effortless character. I especially love her rings, a healthy mix of statement pieces with oversized, long-cut stones in curvy shapes and her more delicate, wire geometric rings. In her own words, Rachel is “all about making a statement with jewelry,” but she likes to do so “in a manner that preserves the purity of the piece.” This purity is derived from the natural elements Rachel incorporates so easily into her work. Rather than chunky, heavy, rough-cut stones and gems, Rachel’s pieces are smooth, clean, and delicate.

You can almost always find Wind Blown jewelry at Sola Coffee’s PopUp maker fairs and various other markets in the area. You can also follow her on Instagram, and her website is set to launch very soon, so keep a sharp eye!

Of course, you can also catch her at the Blackberry PopUp Shop on Saturday, July 18th from 12-4pm.




Kalika Bowlby Pottery

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Kalika Bowlby is a potter living in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. She has studied and held residencies in ceramics in both the U.S. and Canada and has displayed her work all over both countries as well. And it’s no wonder. Her work is sleek and sinuous with soft, rounded edges and shapes. Often based on vintage shapes and patterns, she tends to keep her palette extremely neutral, which makes her work incredibly appealing and simple. Emotionally, her work has an incredibly calming and comforting feel to it that is timeless. In fact, her aim is to create pieces that will outlast the buyer, heirlooms that become a part of the family and pick up meaningful stories. She also her efforts into useful pieces, mostly having to do with food, an element that expresses her own love for cooking and sharing food with others. To see her work, check out her website. And don’t miss her killer Instagram, which features her more recent work.




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Fredericks & Mae


Fredericks & Mae has been the label of design team Jolie Mae Signorile and GabrielFredercks Cohen since 2007. They create beautiful game sets, like card decks, darts, and bocce, decorative objects, like tassels and vintage style arrows, and aesthetic practical objects, like brushes and broom. In addition, they make worry beads, cat toys, pendant lamps, and, oh yeah, kites. Seriously, there is nothing these two don’t touch and make infinitely more gorgeous, though their especial talent lies in recreating the nostalgic games of childhood. Self-described as “a project in pluralism,” Fredericks & Mae will try anything, creating “spaces, furniture, interiors, sets, zines, books, … events” and just about anything else that can be redesigned from their unique and colorful perspective. Their look is sleek, modern, graphic, and playful. They use colorful liberally and simple patterns to produce a clean shape imbued with a bit of quirk. Check out their online shop or follow their Instagram for more on this duo.









Murat and Asli Ozsaltik are the husband and wife duo behind Waen. Together, they make handmade geometric terrariums that manage to be modern and airy, and yet classically rustic, and solid. Working out of their home in Istanbul, Turkey their work is inspired by a love for geometry and gardening. Though they make all sorts of terrariums in different finishes, they specialize in copper, which is a personal favorite of mine. From their terrariums to their shop design, everything they touch has a gorgeous, clean look. It helps that they have jaw-dropping photography and a great eye for detail in their work. Take a look at their online shop or follow their Instagram account.







Bookhou & Kevin Patrick Brown


Bookhou is the collaborative shop by John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj. They emphasize natural, handmade materials made in small batches and specialize in a beautifully neutral color palette with simple, hand drawn and printed patterns. They make fabulous waxed canvas bags and pouches as well as stuffed rabbits for children, intricate wooden mobiles, and other decorative objects. Today they released a beautiful collaboration of hand dyed linen scarves that they made with Kevin Patrick Brown of Toronto. Dyed in indigo, each piece is one of a kind with unique and carefully constructed dye patterns. The scarves are huge, lightweight, and bold, perfect for summer layering. Oh yeah, and they’re selling out fast. Check out Bookhou’s online shop for the collection.





Brookes Boswell – Spring & Summer 2015


Oh man! Brookes Boswell has killed it again with her Spring & Summer 2015 collection. Full of light, airy, hats and caps for both men and women, the collection is fun and classic at the same time. She also always takes so much care to make her Lookbooks look really stellar, and she’s done a wonderful job with the minimal color palette and simple backgrounds in these photos.

I especially love her oversized sun hats as well as her little Fordhook caps in this collection. Boswell’s work uses vintage shapes, giving them a fantastically modern twist by playing with their structure, materials, and decorative details. She hand blocks all of her hats in her studio in Brooklyn and makes custom hats in addition to her wholesale collections. I’ve been writing about her for a while and have yet to be disappointed by her work. She has a real pulse for quirky but wearable accessories and is great at pairing materials and shapes with the season. Check out her website to see more of her work, or shop her latest collection.







Brita Nordgren


Brita Nordgren is a paper cut and silhouette artist I discovered today while doing some research at my job. Nordgren is based in Durham, and just so happens to be one of the co-owners of The Makery, a small shop in Durham that offers curated, handmade, local goods. Nordgren hand cuts her wonderful paper pieces, as well as creates prints from her cuttings. Her pieces are delightfully intricate. I especially love her beekeeper paper cut piece, as well as her delicate insect silhouettes (though I couldn’t find a usable picture of these). Take a look at her work on her Etsy shop, and keep up with Makery events on their Facebook page.