What do product designer-makers and the Walker Shop have in common, other than our mutual love of modern handmade goods? Open Call—an event hosted by Etsy Wholesale in Brooklyn this past July. This event gave us a chance to meet 30 handmade product designers. We had a wonderful time, met some wonderful people, and (we hope you’ll agree) grabbed some fabulous finds for the season of giving.
Brit McDaniel handmakes modern functional ceramics in her Memphis studio. Her custom-hued pieces are designed to be both beautiful and very usable, drawing inspiration from her love of Scandinavian design. Brit sources most of her materials locally, and all within the U.S.
This Minneapolis-based studio is passionate about making beautiful objects that seamlessly blend function and aesthetics. Nate and Erin, the husband/wife duo behind Tandem Made, met in the wood shop in college and have been inseparable in design and life ever since.
Toronto’s Shannon Kehler has a clever approach to jewelry-making: she combines polymer clay, metal, brass and gold in gorgeous color combinations that result in pieces that are mostly playful, often bold, and always fun and easy to wear.
Bethany Nelson of Milkhaus Design in Madison believes every item you own should be stylish. Bethany blends the beauty of natural materials with vibrant colors, custom mixing her dyes based on feeling to create happy and beautiful accidents.