Curious about where and how artists make their incredible work? We are asking seven Baltimore Craft Week marketplace artists to offer a visual and narrative tour of their studios. Each tour will feature an "Ask Me Anything" component and will be released between April 12–18 on the Craft Week site. Submit your questions here!
Amara Hark-Weber of Hark Weber Handmade Shoes
Amara has been making custom shoes for the past nine years. She makes the entire shoe in her workshop, from fitting the last to final polish, using no pre-made components. For Baltimore Craft Week, she has created a unique line of her favorite styles to share with others.
"Shoemaking shops are magical workspaces, with rolls of rich colorful leathers, lots of hand tools, and many many lasts hanging from the ceiling. I will walk you through the space, answering any questions about the process, materials, or tools that may arise."
Robert & Tor Erickson of Erickson Woodworking
Located far from the nearest power line, deep in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, father and son Robert and Tor Erickson design and build custom, ergonomic seating and one-of-a-kind tables and desks.
"In our shop tour, we'll look at some of the foundational techniques that we use on a daily basis to build our furniture. Our work requires that we switch back and forth between sculpting and fine joinery, and we'll examine the techniques we use for both."
Kristina McConnico of Lacson Ravello
Lacson Ravello was started in 2015 after Kristina McConnico worked in the apparel industry for twenty years and battled breast cancer. It gave her the freedom to create a thoughtful and casual aesthetic, to connect with amazing women through fashion, and to build a business that was born out of passion and authenticity. Lacson Ravello is a sustainable fashion brand that is easy, effortless, and elevated. Small batches are cut and sewn in the SF Bay Area using earth-friendly and responsibly-sourced fabrics.
Carly Owens is a hand embroidery artist based in Boulder, Colorado. She handcrafts contemporary jewelry pieces and wearables, often inspired by maximalist, historical objects. In her practice, Carly primarily utilizes the metal-based embroidery technique of goldwork.
"In my studio tour, I will show you around my workspace located within the artist collective House of Serein. I will also give you a glimpse into my practice, illustrating my design process and how I craft my embroideries."
Hilary Pfeifer is a craft-influenced sculptor who’s more often found scouring hardware stores for materials than traditional art supply stores. Her work explores the natural world through object, collage, installation, and public art.
"My tour will be in my studio, a former garage that I've converted over the years into a cozy workspace. I'll be showing my tools and equipment, some process shots, and a sneak preview of the work I'll be including in Baltimore Craft Week."
Gillian Preston of Broken Plates
Gillian Preston is a glass artist working out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she creates her line of glass jewelry, Broken Plates. This line of contemporary glass wearables combines traditional blown glass techniques with modern CNC technologies.
"I purchased an old Printing Press built in 1890 to transform into my showroom and studio space two years ago. Along with our newly renovated showroom, I'll be walking us through my cold shop, glass workshop, and jewelry studio."
Rob Spiece & Larissa Huff of Lohr Woodworking Studio
Rob Spiece and Larissa Huff collaborate under the Lohr Woodworking Studio moniker. They focus on making functional and visually striking furniture using the raw materials of Pennsylvania forests. They make all types of interior furniture from large tables to small boxes and also host classes in their workshop.
"We’ll take you on a tour of our current work in progress. Currently, we have a large community table, a coffee table, and a jewelry cabinet in various stages of completion."