Abby Wilcox

Excerpt from "The Etsy Marketplace: A Thriving Artistic Outlet"

If you haven't yet hopped on Etsy, you are missing out.

Etsy has burgeoned recently as an online marketplace for creatives to vend their handmade items...

Like a virtual flea market, on Etsy, you can find anything from vinyl wall decals to furniture made from cow hide to air plants! In fact, some venders make a solid living (more than 100k) selling their creations. Not a bad gig, huh?

We spent a little tlme selecting a few retro peices here to help appease your inner fashion guru:

Tired of the boring daily grind necktie? The detailed graphics on the neckties by Cyberoptix Tielab from Detroit are silkscreened to perfection and sent in a gift box, no matter what the occasion.
In conjunction with its 107th anniversary, Pewabic Pottery (Pewabic) is holding its annual “For the House & Garden” benefit show and sale June 4-6. During the special weekend, Pewabic will feature its newest tile and vase releases as well as the work of more than 70 ceramic artists.

New this year, three metro Detroit designers will feature fireplace vignettes highlighting custom Pewabic tile. Designers include Maddalena Design, Jones-Keena & Company and Rariden Schumacher Mio & Co. All designers are based in Birmingham, Mich.

The three-day event begins with the ticketed Preview Party on Thursday, June 3 from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds from the preview party will benefit Pewabic’s education and museum departments. For tickets, call Pewabic at (313) 822-0954, ext. 111. Tickets start at $75 per person.

Following the Preview Party, the weekend celebration continues with a show and sale that is free and open to the public 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Shoppers can enjoy facility tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., tilemaking demonstrations, museum and gallery exhibitions and talk to Pewabic designers. Additionally, door prizes will be given away each hour.

Pewabic Pottery is a non-profit arts ceramic education center, working pottery and National Historic Landmark; its mission is to engage people in learning experiences with contemporary ceramic art and artists while preserving its historic legacy.

Pewabic Pottery is open to the public year round and offers classes, workshops, lectures and tours to children and adults. Pewabic continues to create giftware and architectural tile and offers galleries that showcase over 70 ceramic artists and a museum store for purchasing ceramic giftware handmade at Pewabic.

Visitors are welcome, free of charge, during regular business hours Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. To learn more about Pewabic Pottery, call (313) 822-0954 or visit Pewabic Pottery can be found at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit across the street from Waterworks Park.