Jenna Vanden Brink Ceramics

Pittsburgh Glass Center
March 4
6 – 9 p.m.

We all receive them in the mail—sleek colorful catalogues filled with home decor like chandeliers, dishware and sculptures set amidst perfectly accented interiors. Have you ever wondered how these products are designed, sourced and sold, and how you can access them locally? Thanks to an innovative new initiative dubbed the Craft Business Accelerator (read more about the CBA in NEXTpittsburgh), the public can now participate in a first-of-its-kind showcase of locally produced and sourced home goods.

Bones and All
Bones and All

If you’re looking for a statement piece for that empty dining room table, are outfitting a new loft or are an artist looking to connect with new markets, then Friday’s Hand Crafted Home Show & Home Style Hot Jam is for you. Teaming up with the Pittsburgh Glass Center to present the free open house event is the community development and financial organization Brideway Capital, which assists startup entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofits, and launched the CBA in 2015.

Jam attendees will meet the talented local makers behind 15 craft businesses as well as numerous Pittsburgh-based glass artists who are focused on creating locally sourced, handmade items specifically for homes. Products showcased will include lighting, functional tableware, furniture and more.

Julian Maturino
Julian Maturino

In addition to meeting and mingling with local craftspeople, attendees will watch live demonstrations of glassblowing and ceramics techniques, peruse products for sale, learn about the process of making home goods and vie for glass art in the free raffle. A wide range of glass products and techniques will be highlighted, such as fused glass decor, functional glassware and lighting, custom tiles, stained glass and more.

Participating businesses include Bones and All, Reiko Yamamoto Studio, Jenna Vanden Brink Ceramics and STAK Ceramics. Featured glass artists are Shernise Allen, Drew Bayless, Sam Foreman, Jarrod Futscher, Drew Kail, Rocky Kindelberger, Julian Maturino, Becky Smith and Margaret Spacapan.

The event will also include the unveiling of a permanent installation showcasing hundreds of pendant lights made at Pittsbrgh Glass Center that are now gracing new properties around the city.

Infusing the same “buy local” spirit that drives the Pittsburgh’s vibrant farm to table movement, the Craft Business Accelerator also aims to develop new forms of micromanufacturing in the region and support small business growth.

Looking for more events? Read our 12 Pittsburgh events not to miss in March feature.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.