The O-town Scene

December 6, 2012

The O-town Scene - Oneonta, NY

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SHOP NAME: Ollie Pots TAGLINE: Eclectic handmade pottery, functional and decorative MAKER: Amy Clark of Oneonta THE STORY: "With an artist for a mom, and a poet for a dad, I couldn't help but love art of all kinds while growing up! That love has stayed with me my whole life. Fortunately, I have a great husband who encourages me at every turn to pursue my passion. Our daughter works side by side with me in the studio. She is an inspiration to me with her out of the box thinking and tenaciously zealous spirit! I named my business after my grandmother, Ollie Mae." THE GOODS: Clark creates simple, beautiful ceramic goods with earthy finishes, including sets of heartshaped nesting dishes and "manly" shaving mugs. THE PRICES: $12 for a business card holder; $69 for a casserole dish clean-looking designs and an appealing color palette. THE PRICES: $9 for a ponytail holder; $30 for a set of Christmas ornaments SHOP NAME: discomedusa TAGLINE: Industrial tribal jewelry MAKER: Caitlyn Davey of Delhi THE STORY: "I specialize in industrial / tribal designs, including my original 'blade' earring designs ('standard' gauge earrings as well as thicker gauge jewelry!) Custom inquiries are always welcome!" THE GOODS: Davey's designs are at once raw and earthy while also giving off a sleek and futuristic vibe. Beautifully photographed and styled, her jewelry ranges from the bold and arresting to the delicate and beautiful. THE PRICES: $4 for a single sterling silver earring (on sale); $900 for a silver bracelet, but many items between $25-$100. SHOP NAME: Blackbird and Peacock SHOP NAME: Sweet Hill Wood TAGLINE: Geek and retro tees, stationery and MAKER: AJ and Mary Harris of Milford journals THE STORY: "Cutting Boards, Furniture and CabiMAKER: Hope (and Joe) Von Stengel of Oneonta nets, Traditional CraftmanTHE STORY: "Ten years ship, ready made or custom ago in Eugene, OR an artsy built Functional Art for your fartsy NY grad student met a home. Sweet Hill Wood newly graduated mama from means Quality. PA and fell in love. From the "Our goal is to bring the moment they started dating, high quality and unique creative sparks flew. Over style of our products to a time, their interests merged, broader audience. Almost and Blackbird and Peacock everything we make is one was born. of a kind and of our own "Hope creates almost all design. We believe the of the items here, unless Joe environment is important joins in the fun. She stamps, to us all and our children, silkscreens, makes handso we use only responsibly made paper, and designs Contributed harvested hardwoods and new items. Some of her artnever waste a scrap. Custom work is featured in the shop End-grain cutting board by Sweet Hill work is available. too. Joe is the super talented Wood, $33. THE GOODS: A small but artist behind the scenes, pleasing selection of handsome hardwood cutting often making art that Hope turns into designs. His boards, plus one big-ticket item — a solid wood artwork has been shown in galleries all around the chess board (not veneer). US, as well as internationally." THE PRICES: $13.99 for a cheese board; $37.50 THE GOODS: The Von Stengels' designs comfor a large, decorative cutting board. (The chess bine whimsy and humor with a sophistication that board is $295.) ensures they are never cheesy. Geeky men and women alike will delight in their zombie T-shirts, SHOP NAME: Sweet Meadows Botanica printed Moleskine journals and tongue-in-cheek MAKER: Donna Lamour of Norwich holiday cards. THE GOODS: Lamour creates beautiful goat's milk THE PRICES: $3.50 for a single card; $120 for a soaps in the shapes of flowers, angels, pebbles and set of 50 printed invitations. pears that are sure to elicit "oohs" and "aahs" when they are unwrapped. SHOP NAME: Fish Hollow THE PRICES: $4 for a Zen-etched soap with actiTAGLINE: Felted wool crafts vated charcoal; $8 for a set of "Spice Flower" soaps MAKER: Deb Hughes of Walton brushed with gold mica. THE STORY: "Welcome to Fish Hollow based on a little farm in upstate New York where I try to be WANT MORE? sustainable with my hand crafted wool items made Several local Etsians will be at the Holiday Pop from my farm raised happy sheep and locally found Shop on Dec. 15 and 16 at the Wilber Mansion in upcycled clothing. Enjoy!!" Oneonta. Or go to and click the link for THE GOODS: Hughes' needle felted crafts feature Shop Local to look for Etsians in your town. simple motifs such as flowers, stars and spheres in Etsy offerings: Crocheted toddler caplelet and hair clip by Fuzzy Lumpkin Crochet, $40, above. Retro gaming Christmas cards by Blackbird and Peacock, $28, left. Contributed Dec. 6, 2012 O-Town Scene 13

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