10 Reasons Why it is Good to Own Local Arts & Crafts

August 26th, 2010 | 10 Comments

 
 
 
 
 

 

1.  Uniqueness – locally crafted work is unique. Unlike items made in a far off factory; local crafts people make work that is individual and one-of-a-kind. This does not just apply to a magnificent vase or a glass bowl. Even with a humble coffee mug, every one has a very slight difference. 

CAT MUG

Humble Cat Mug - Very Rare!

 When just one person or a husband & wife team make an item the numbers are by the nature of the process – small. It’s great to have or give as a gift something that is genuinely unique.

 

WESTERN MAPLE SALAD BOWL

WESTERN MAPLE SALAD BOWL

2.  Quality artists always take a personal pride in their hand-made work. I have yet to meet an artist who was not passionate about their work. From potters to glass artists to textile makers – this is their life and they are justly proud of their work. If treated well much of this work can last a lifetime.  How many things can you say that about in our society today?

 

GIVERNY GLASS BOWL

GIVERNY GLASS BOWL

3. Value for money – Contrary to what many people still believe, buying directly from the artist or their local retailer can most often cost less than buying some mass produced item from a department store. Reduced transportation costs, no middle men and low advertising helps to keep costs down.

 

4. Excellent after purchase service. The artists really do care about their work! Artists are available to repair, alter, clean or replace your purchase. They are interested to help if there is ever a problem. You never need to speak with some remote Customer Service line.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

CARNIVAL PEARL NECKLACE, EARRINGS & BRACELET

CARNIVAL PEARL NECKLACE, EARRINGS & BRACELET

5. Personal service – many artists will custom -make work to your specification. If you need a gift for a special occasion then very often, provided that you allow enough time, the artist will make to your requirements.

 

 

6.  Availability – Most ranges are always available so that you can add to your range or just collect individual pieces  over time.  Not just for pottery but jewellery or even glass.

 

 

COPPER RUBY VASE

COPPER RUBY VASE

7.  Help your local economy!  Shopping locally helps your local economy, by supporting local artists it keeps money in the community and  ensures that hard learned skills are alive for future generations.

 

BABY WOOL SLIPPERS

BABY WOOL SLIPPERS

8.  Help the environment! Local arts & crafts produce a minimal carbon footprint – little transportation is involved. Conservation is important to all of us. Much of what local artists use is recycled – including what little packaging is ever used!

 

 

9. Fun and Learning. It really can be a fun shopping experience – you get to meet the artist and find out about their skills, how they make their work, the huge time and effort that goes into a single piece. 

CHARLES VAN SANDWYK ANIMAL WISDOM BOOK

CHARLES VAN SANDWYK ANIMAL WISDOM BOOK

 

10.  Support you local Community. A locally handmade gift reflects the community and region in which it was created. It has greater relevance for the person who purchased it or the person to whom the gift is given.

APPLE DESIGN CASSEROLE

APPLE DESIGN CASSEROLE

 Side Street Studio has been supporting local artists for over 26 years. More than 300 local artists from pottery, jewellery, textiles, glass art, wood turnings, aromatherpy, cards, books, and lots more. Shipping is world wide with FedEx and Canada Post. www.sidestreetstudio.com

BRONZE JAPANESE STYLE NEOLITHIC JAR

BRONZE JAPANESE STYLE NEOLITHIC JAR

10 Comments

01.

Cristy

August 27, 2010

I totally agree! I love to shop locally for gifts, because I usually am willing to spend more on someone else than on myself!

Oh, and by the way, I love your jewelry. I wear the pair of earrings Laura got me ALL the time!


02.

Simone

September 3, 2010

Comment Lovely site. I live in London, UK, and try to support home industry, like pottery and jewellery. And whenever we go on holiday, either home or abroad, I make a point of only bringing home gifts and food from the area, made in the area, where we have been. Cheers.


03.

JoyfulDSign

September 5, 2010

Comment
Thanks for sharing the link on twitter! I enjoyed reading and I enjoy creating and buying handmade, something that was instilled in me as a child!


04.

Ann

September 6, 2010

Comment Just about sums it up beautifully! Agree with all the points, but most particularly the passion. I have never met an artisan who didn’t live, breath and dream their work!


05.

Deborah

September 11, 2010

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Deborah

September 11, 2010

Comment I have handmade jewelry since the tender age of 9. I love to share it with the world.


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เกมส์

September 15, 2010

Thnk you sir.


08.

Constantinos

September 18, 2010

Agree with all the points….
i share the link on twiter and facebook
http://www.facebook.com/rintintinskg
http://twitter.com/rintintin_skg


09.

Bevin Farkas

September 28, 2010

Love this article. Some of these creations are amazing! Handmade gifts are the best. I love the Animal Wisdom Book – beautiful calligraphy!


10.

admin

September 28, 2010

Many thanks indeed for your kind comment! Charles Van Sandwyk really does create beautiful work!


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