Pittsburgh Maker Feature Story – Calamityware

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It started with a traditional blue willow-style porcelain plate design, add a few volcanoes, pirates, and flying monkeys, then BOOM! Calamityware dinner plates were born!

 


Pittsburgher Don Moyer’s calamity-based dinnerware does not disappoint. Taking his love of drawing and creativity, Don ventured into the Kickstarter realm to see what it would be like to bring his ideas to life!

Fifteen successful projects later…Calamityware has grown to feature amazing puzzles, BADbandannas, several plate designs, fantastically fun coffee mugs called Things- Could-Be-Worse,

and now his newest Kickstarter, the “Uninvited Guests!”

 

Moyer has reached into his bag of tricks and pulled out his 16th winning Kickstarter! Yes, “Uninvited Guests” launched March 1st and doubled its funding in two days!

These beautifully designed bowls and small dessert plates go perfectly with his dinnerware and mugs making for a great conversation piece at any dinner party!
Utilizing the same in-glaze technique as his plates and Thing-Could-Be-Worse mugs, these are food, dishwater and microwave safe plates and bowls made of high quality porcelain with a smooth finish.

Don loves to hide calamities within his plates to add even more pizzazz! These beautiful shallow bowls and plates are infested with a swarm of plump black flies and meandering ants, who will make sure you never have to dine alone! Great for kids to find the hidden calamities, or finish that bowl of soup to see the fly! Or my personal favorite – place in front of grandma during dinner and see if she will jump start that pace maker!

Please take a moment and check out the Kickstarter!, view the video and become a Calaminatic!

Small Business Resource Fair

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Join us for a Small Business Resource Fair tailored to makers and other small creative businesses hosted by the City of Pittsburgh, KIVA, the URA, Alloy 26 and I Made It! Market.

Have you been running your maker business from home and selling at markets and pop-up events? Are you considering opening your own space or hiring employees, but unsure if you’re ready? What strategies and support professionals should you have in place before you take that step?

Come to the Small Business Resource Fair: Maker Edition to connect with resource providers and hear from a panel of business owners who have made the transition.

Speakers include Carrie Nardini of I Made It! Market, Brandon & Carly Grbach of Steel City Cotton Works, and Jessica Graves of Una Biologicals.

Exhibitors include local non-profits, financial institutions, professionals that serve small businesses, and business consultants that can connect you with designers, business advisers, financing, mentorship, and other great resources for new and established business owners.

Most services offered are free, very low cost, or begin with a free consultation. Attendance at the Small Business Resource Fair is free and refreshments will be provided. We look forward to helping you take your business to the next level!

For more information and updates, RSVP on Facebook.

 

 

Maker Mail

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I Made It! Market has a long list of events coming your way in 2016. Be the first to learn when new opportunities open to application by signing up for Maker Mail, our email newsletter dedicated to artists and makers.

Just click here 

 

 

Love is in the air at I Made It! Mine

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Roses are red, violets are blue, we’ve got handmade gifts just for you! Shop our 7th annual Valentine’s Day market, I Made It! Mine on Saturday, February 6th from noon – 5 pm (check out our Facebook Event Page for updates, meet our artists).  We’ll be popping up inside two storefronts in the Waterfront, near the AMC Theater. We are welcoming 65+ talented local artists who will be stocked and ready with all sorts of sweet handmade goodies for yourself or to share. Spread some love this Valentine’s Day with a gift that was made with love❤️

Need gift ideas? We can help with that! We have so many talented artists who will be providing an array on handmade sweetness. From jewelry to bath and body, ceramics, household wares, “man stuff”, and everything in between, you are certain to find that special gift. If you’re still unsure about what exactly to get, you can’t go wrong with chocolate.  Don’t fret, we’ll have that, too!

 

 

To give you just a few ideas, we’ve compiled a little list of giftables all available at I Made It! Mine. We know that finding the perfect gift can be tricky so no worries, we’re here to help! Without further ado, we present a handy dandy gift giving guide for even the most difficult to shop for person!

 

 

Bath and Body

You simply cannot go wrong gifting in this category.  We all like to smell nice, right? And who doesn’t love smooth skin? We are thrilled to have several amazing bath and body artists, each offering a range of delightful handmade wares. From soaps to skincare and everything in between, you are sure to find something your sweetie will love!

 

 

Jewelry

Fact-women love jewelry. There, I said it.  Even a jeans and hoodie loving girl like myself loves jewelry.  And since we have THE MOST TALENTED jewelry artists joining us at the market, you can’t lose in this category. Take note, all jewelry is NOT the same.  There’s the blingy kind, vintage, silver, glass, minimalist, flowery-OK, you get the point. No matter your style, we will certainly have something to please. And ladies, guys like jewelry, too. My husband happens to hoard watches. We’ve got the fellas covered!

 

 

Housewares

In the interest of keeping it real, let’s be honest, once you hit a certain age you live for housewares. Whether it be a painting, sign, candles, clocks, or planters-grown ups NEED it.  At least I do. Forget the big box stores with the same old hum drum stuff, who needs it? Get your love something unique that was handmade with love. We’ve got plenty of seriously cool stuff to check out. Don’t take my word for it, come see for yourself!

 

 

Fiber

This is a no brainer. We all like clothes. Even if you don’t like them you still have to wear them. Scarves, hats, mittens, ear muffs, sweaters, purses, makeup pouches, and more. Easy peasy!

 

 

Photography/Prints

We all love this stuff. Seriously. This category is so cool it doesn’t even require an explanation. Just to give you a taste of what we’ll have to offer, here goes. Fine art prints of Pittsburgh landmarks, original watercolor paintings, paper cut artwork, and so so much more.

 

Well there you have it! That’s just a tip of the iceberg but I think you get the point. We will have so much handmade coolness that everyone on your shopping list will love you even more. We even have the kids and the furry kids covered. Don’t make shopping for a Valentine’s Day gift any harder than it has to be. Visit our artist’s page for a complete listing of all that’s available at I Made It! Mine. While you’re at it, like our facebook event for updates! We can’t wait to see you at the Market<3

Meet our I Made It! Mine Artists

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Meet the Makers!

We’re looking forward to seeing you on February 6th at The Waterfront in Homestead. Find more than 65 artists inside two spaces by Starbucks in the Town Center next to The Children’s Place and Carter’s. Join us on our Facebook event page for updates.

Artist Spotlight :: Go Shout Love

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Go Shout Love started with a vision of doing amazing things for amazing people. They feature a different family every month who has a child suffering from a rare illness and spend all month long shouting love for them and celebrating them in big ways. They believe in the power of being loud and hope you will join them in making some noise for these families. Half of everything they earn each month goes straight to their featured families to help with medical costs and related expenses! Head over to I Made It! for the Holidays this Friday + Saturday where you can purchase some pretty amazing apparel inspired by their featured families!

Black Friday ~ 12-8pm
Small Business Saturday ~ 11am-6pm
Nova Place ~ 100 S. Commons, Pgh 15212

 

 

Make those lists!

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This holiday season, tell friends and family what you’re wishing for with a FREE giftbug registry.  All of your gift ideas are in one place, it’s available year-round, and you can add items from anywhere on the web, or even upload your own images.  And giftbug was created right here in Pittsburgh!

This year giftbug has worked with some of our artists to create a gift registry full of items from our holiday market! Take a peek at giftbug.co/imi to see some of the amazing items that will be available at  I Made It! for the HolidaysDon’t forget to create your own FREE registry at giftbug.co! Shopping for the perfect gift has never been easier!

Get busy, we’re only a few days away from the market! We’ll see you at Nova Place – 100 S. Commons, Pgh 15212 – on Black Friday from 12 – 8 pm and Small Business Saturday from 11 am –  6 pm!

 

Save some room for a food truck roundup!

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After you’ve had your fill of turkey and stuffing, make your way down to I Made It! for the Holidays for a food truck roundup with Pittsburgh’s finest! FRIDAY we welcome Uncle Charley’s + Square Cafe Brunch Truck, Randita’s, Franktuary, South Side BBQ Company, and Happy Camper Cakes. SATURDAY we are joined by Miss Meatball, Randita’s, Franktuary, South Side BBQ Company, Mac & Gold, and Happy Camper Cakes. Come hungry!

Nova Place – 11.27 + 11.28 – Black Friday + Small business Saturday