Handmade Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Don’t just give any gift this Valentine’s Day, give the gift of handmade! Following are a few of my favorite handmade Valentine’s Day gift ideas.
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For more handmade Valentine’s Day gift ideas, be sure to check out my Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest!

A little local shopping and new handmade pottery.

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Yesterday I visited the Roanoke City Market for a little shopping. I bought some local peaches and squash, handmade bread and garlic cheese, a bottle of wine from a local winery and I was able to buy some handmade pottery bowls from a new vendor I discovered a few weeks ago.
If you know me, you realize I have a few addictions. Handmade soap, artisan tea, and handmade pottery. Currently I have an abundance of pottery packed away in boxes waiting for my eventual move into an apartment on my own. I’m boycotting regular dinnerware, and working on a full collection of unique cups, mugs, bowls and plates for my everyday dishes. I’m a little short on bowls and plates so I’m slowly building up my “inventory” of those. So I was super psyched to be able to pick up these two lovely porcelain bowls (pictured above) made by Jessica Wertz. She creates beautiful and functional pottery including bowls, cups, and some amazing teapots. After gaining and losing several great potters over the years at our local farmer’s market I was thrilled to find we gained a new potter in Jessica this year. I can’t wait for her to have her new website up and running. In the meantime, here are a few of my other new favorite artists I’ve recently discovered who are already online:
Gingko Dipping Dishes from Hope Johnson Ceramics
Tall Porcelain Beverage Cup from Stepanka Ceramics
Wave Cork Jar from Paulova
Cockroach Bowls from Village Clayworks
What have handmade goods have you purchased recently whether locally or online?

Plating your table with one of a kind pottery. My dream.

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When I got separated last May and then divorced this past January it forced me to move back home with my parents. I’ve been trying to get my life back together, but trying to do that with little to no money is a struggle. My ex had always been the breadwinner. If you’ve even been married and are now divorced, I’m sure you can relate on some level. Anyway, now that I have a part time job, things are starting to look up. It won’t be long until I’ll be able to move back out on my own again and get a tee tiny apartment that I can call mine.
Magpie with Turquoise Flowers on Yellow Platter, $85
One of my favorite things about having my own place is not just that I can decorate it anyway I like, but that I can use my own dishes again. After spending several years down on the local farmer’s market selling soap and buying from the local artists that also sold pottery there, not to mention quite a few etsy shopping sprees, I have accumulated a lovely collection of unique, one of a kind, handmade pottery pieces. Every piece is different and therefore special and unique. My goal at one point was to replace all of my glasses and traditional plates and bowls with pottery. I’m pretty set on mugs and canisters, but I am in need of more plates and bowls. Here are a few I found from pumphouse studios there are definitely going on my wish list. I love the fun designs and bright colors. They definitely give me something to look forward to when I finally do move out.
Martini Fish Appetizer Plate, $28
Yellow “27” Cow Plate, $32
Hedgehog Dish, $16
Magpie with Orange Dots on Chartreuse Platter, $85
Are you a fan of wheel thrown or hand sculpted pottery? If so, who’s your favorite artist?