Counting down the days until Kentucky Crafted: The Market? So are we! The Market only comes once a year and it’s the only opportunity to discover work by such a wide array of Kentucky artists! The majority of artists at The Market live and work in Kentucky, and create and sell work under the Kentucky Crafted brand.
Because we know you are just as excited as we are to get on The Market floor and shop until your heart’s content, we’re offering a sneak preview of Kentucky Crafted artists who will exhibit with us for the first time. Read on to discover your new favorite Kentucky Crafted artists and add them to your list of must-sees during your Market adventure!
Susan Vanstone’s journey into jewelry design started when she found a kit to make a Steampunk necklace for her granddaughter. This self-taught artist, who runs her business Steampunk and More from Richmond, says what sets her work apart is that she has incorporated chainmail into her jewelry designs.
“My work is a combination of Steampunk/Victorian, although I do each as separate disciplines along with a combo,” Vanstone says.
Vanstone says she is “honored and humbled” to be working under the Kentucky Crafted brand and is hoping to show a broad audience of art consumers how unique Steampunk style is and how aesthetically pleasing it is to the eye.
A lifelong resident of Louisville, Paul Brown, the owner of EarthyBrowns Natural Products, has been a beekeeper making products from honey for 20 years. He started out making balms for his family, friends and coworkers and gradually built a business.
Brown says he has become one of the biggest natural beekeepers in the Louisville area and has a two-year waiting list of customers to purchase bees he has bred.
“My products are all natural and organic. I will never use GMOs,” Brown says. “I use my soapbox to educate about what we should put in and on our bodies.”
Brown’s products are sold in more than 60 retail outlets.
Meet these artists and 200 others at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, open to the public March 7-8 at the Lexington Convention Center. Tickets are bought at the door. One-day tickets are $10, two-day tickets are $15 and children’s tickets (age 15 and under) get in for free.