I Made It! Market at community center in O'Hara to feature crafts made by local artists

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

There's nothing like a homemade gift for the holidays, especially when it comes from a “cool indie craft group,” said Boyd Community Center Director Stephanie Flom.

Boyd is partnering with I Made It! Market to host a show from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the center on Powers Run Road in O'Hara.

Admission is free.

Organizers of the nomadic, pop-up showroom work to raise awareness of local artists, Flom said.

“It is truly a fun community event,” Flom said. “Talented artists create a festive environment for our community to come together around art and creativity and, of course, food.”

More than 40 vendors will be available with wares such as jewelry, soap, pottery and hand-knitted gloves.

“It supports people like me and it gets my name out there,” said Indiana Township resident and Boyd instructor Elizabeth Klevens, who will display her mosaic art at the holiday shop.

Klevens has been teaching students for years how to create large and small pieces from glass and tile. She said she looks forward to these types of shows as a way to highlight the skills of local artists.

And there will be plenty of locals, Flom said, including herself.

Flom plans to get behind the sales counter with fellow Boyd employee Barb Satler to show off their hand-thrown ceramics.

“I love to have my hands dirty, whether in the garden or in the clay studio,” she said.

After years of enrolling in various classes at the Center for the Arts in Shadyside, Flom said she took a wheel-throwing pottery course.

“With the encouragement of a board member who was concerned about my work/life balance, I registered and I was hooked,” she said. “Last year, we built a ceramics studio in our garage at home.”

Her forte is in intricate pieces such as Japanese-style cups, tea bowls and vases, she said.

Other local artists at the show will include Aspinwall metal smith Dianne Wright, who will sell organic copper and sterling jewelry.

Boyd staffer Luann McLaughlin plans to bake some sweet treats, proceeds of which will benefit the $7.5 million construction campaign for the new community center.

Claudia DeMartino, a sixth-grader at Fox Chapel Country Day School, will join friends to create fabric ornaments. They plan to donate their proceeds to the Free Care Fund at Children's Hospital, Flom said.

“While the (I Made It! Market) is bringing us many artists that are new to us, we are thrilled that local artists are involved,” Flom said.

“They have a special way of sharing their joy of creating as well as their technical skill.”

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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