Craig artisans show style at Mother’s Day Makers Market
Leading up to a big holiday, the second annual Mother’s Day Makers Market attracted hundreds of shoppers to Yampa Avenue on Saturday, May 3.
A group of nine artisan businesses — Winters’ Blessings Soap Co, Sidekick Nursery, Revolt Designs, LCCH Jewelry, Touch of Glass, Krazy Klay Kreations, Suzi’s Baskets, Janele Husband Photography and Hawks Ridge Pottery — set up shop at The Giving Tree located at 525 Yampa Avenue.
“We’re all friends and we enjoy doing these things together,” Hawks Ridge Pottery owner Roberta Hawks said. “There’s a group of us that just pop up at different places at different times. This was a lot of fun last year so we thought we’d do it again.”
Hawks began selling pottery shortly after she retired from Moffat County School District seven years ago.
Pottery is a hobby turned business she picked up from a class at Colorado Northwestern Community College. Her favorite pottery pieces serve as a blank canvas for her to experiment with colorful floral designs.
The Makers Market is unique to Craig, she said, because it only sells handmade or handcrafted goods.
“We purposely focus on handmade handcrafted,” she said. “No franchise, no multi-level marketing, which is fine you have to have a place for that, but sometimes it’s hard as an artisan to compete with that.”
Suzi Kull, owner of Suzi Baskets, said shoppers need to know there is little comparison between her products and a basket purchased at Walmart.
A self-taught basket weaver of more than three decades, Kull uses quality reeds and woods to craft her woven masterpieces.
“I dye the reed myself and stain the baskets when I’m done,” she said.
A single basket takes Kull at least four hours to create. The hobby is something she stumbled upon in the early 1980s after her sister also picked up basket weaving, but Kull later learned baskets were a hobby of someone farther up her family tree.
“I have a grandfather I never met who wove baskets and did cane chair seats,” she said. “I never knew him and never met him. It really makes you wonder.”
Through her camera, Janele Husband, owner of Janele Husband Photography, said she hopes other people will be able to see and appreciate the untouched beauty of Moffat County.
“We have such a beautiful area here and so many people don’t get to see how gorgeous it is,” Husband said. “I want to share it, I don’t want it just sitting on my computer.”
When asked why Moffat County residents should support local artisans, David Morris, owner of Krazy Klay Kreations, said “because then otherwise local artists stave to death.”
Local artisans also plan to host the Holiday Artisan Market this December.
Hawks said the community at large would suffer without a strong artisan base.
“It builds community, all the research points to the fact that a strong vibrant art community makes for a strong vibrant business community as well,” she said.
With a show within a show, the actors of Craig Middle School are learning the value of stepping out of their comfort zones.