Thursday, April 24, 2014
All this week I will be posting a gift guide once a day. I hope they help you with everyone who is on your list. Check out Monday’s post on gift ideas for your best friend here, Tuesday’s post for your significant other here, and Wednesday’s post for your aspiring farmer or young animal lover here.
Part #4: Your Sibling, "The Grow Your Own-er"
Help his or her collection of ceramics with pretty handmade pieces from some of Maine’s artists.
Kari Radasch teaches ceramics at Southern Maine Community College. Lately she has become interested in assertive acts of decorating: graffiti, stickers, tattoos and piercing’s. “They seem unequivocal and self-assured in there desire to adorn,” Radasch said. “The physical nature of these acts alone shows conviction. I like that confidence. I like to think that every time I decorate I am instigating a deliberate and significant act of “Making Special”. I decorate therefore I am.” Price range $40- and up Don’t miss her Online Holiday Mug Sale Tuesday, December 10 at noon. Fast shipping turnaround, gift wrapping option and local pickup available.
Ayumi Horie’s work is in various collections throughout the U.S., including the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. Learn about her unique process called “dry throwing” here. Pieces shown: Beaver cup is earthenware, $76. Bear match striker, $106. Check out this fun video Horie did showing how the match striker works.
Michele Michael, the creative force behind Elephant Ceramics has been a decorating editor for the U.S.’s House & Garden magazine and her work has been featured in every publication from Elle Décor to Martha Stewart Living. She updates her online shop four or five times a year with new pieces. Her holiday sale is Sunday, December 8 at 6 p.m. (it usually sells out within the hour). For sale details go here. Prices will range from $48. to $200.
Jody Johnstone apprenticed with the legendary potter (and Japanese national treasure) Isezaki Jun for two years. In 1996 she moved to Maine and began the design and construction of a 24-foot long Anagama tunnel kiln. Learn more about the kiln, which holds about 800 pots made over a period of three to four month, here.
If he or she focuses on growing edibles, gift a floral CSA from Broadturn Farm – Flora Bliss to help brighten the table. For 14 weeks, members will receive large bouquets of seasonal, cut flowers from the flower garden. Cuts will start in June and continue into September. Members can expect to find zinnia, snapdragons, celosias, batchelor's buttons, sunflowers, dahlias, delphinium, digitalis, rudebeckia, salvia, yarrow, amaranth, ammi, gomphrena, strawflower and other assorted blooms in their bouquets throughout the season. CSA membership is $180, details here.
A custom-made set of 8 screwdrivers in 4 sizes, with a flat head and a Phillips head in each length. Wood handle carved in Maine. Steel blades with black oxide finish, forged and treated in Massachusetts. Hand assembled by a family-run company in Michigan. Only available from Kaufmann Mercantile, $64.95.
Put together a gift basket any baker is sure to soon over. Suggestions include Maine grown and milled flours from Maine Grains.
A handcrafted 12” round bread board from Warren, Maine based Mystic Woodworks, $56.
Portland Trading Company utensils made in Maine, contact for pricing. (207) 899-0228.
Portland based designers Linda and John Meyers produced their debut collection of one-of-kind candles earlier this year. Candles are poured by hand in small, carefully crafted batches. Boxes are made from 100% recycled paper and glasses from recycled glass. Scents range from burning pine and a whisper of patchouli (Mainely Manly) to farm-fresh milk and sweet cream with hints of brown sugar (Milky Way). Sold at Portland Trading Company and Home Remedies in Portland and on their online store, $28.50.
A gift certificate to Gathering of Stitches, a fiber and textile craft space in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood, created by Samantha Lindgren. Upcoming classes include An Introduction to Modern Quilting, Make Your First Sweater, Sewing Machine ABC’s, Hand Paint Your Yarn, and Screen Print Study. Class prices range from $30 – 250, go here for more information.
Sharon Kitchens is a neo-homesteader learning the ins and outs of country living by luck and pluck and a lot of expert advice. She writes about bees for The Huffington Post and stuff she loves on her personal blog, deliciousmusings.com.
When she is not writing, she enjoys edible gardening, reading books on food and/or thinking about food, hanging out by her beehives and patiently tracking down her chickens in the woods behind her old farmhouse.
In her blog, Sharon profiles farm families, reports on farm-based education and internships, conducts Q&A's with master beekeepers, offers tips on picking a CSA, and much more.