By: Danielle Cornely
What is the Makers Movement? It stems from a growing desire to reclaim a mastery of craftsmanship that has started to fade away. Many people take an economic stance to promote the movement, stating that with a practical application of science, technology, and art, our future generations will have a competitive advantage in the global market. Others enjoy the integration of the human element that has long been absent in many of the products we purchase. So who are the movers and shakers in the Atlanta Makers Movement?
Atlanta MADE was started by a husband and wife who wanted to sustain and promote local makers in Atlanta. Located in the West Midtown Design District, their showroom includes locally made furniture, jewelry, accessories, art, and lighting. This lamp by Atlanta artist Gregor Turk, made of hundreds of layers of clay, is just one of the many functional but beautiful pieces that can be found at Atlanta MADE.
Ellijay, GA native Amy Roberson is a self-proclaimed lover of electronic dance music and candy. She finds inspiration in the bright, bold colors of candy and in the repetitive soundwaves of her favorite music, and incorporates these elements into her ceramic art. Beautiful ceramics inspired by candy and dancing? How can we resist!
Italian-born Marco Bogazzi is a custom furniture maker stationed in Peachtree City, GA. He makes gorgeous, hand-crafted chairs, tables, and beds, like this beautiful wooden console table. The best thing about Marco? He loves making custom pieces!
A graphic design graduate turned fine art encaustic artist, Penny Treese is an Atlanta artist exploring an intuitive approach to creating art. Beeswax, paint, photographs, and a hot iron combine to make breathtaking, abstracted portraits. In her figurative works, like “No Apologies – Fallen I” above, she explores the relationship between beauty and aging.
Clay McLaurin Studio in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta is truly inspirational. Only one year old, they already have fabric in ADAC’s Ainsworth-Noah showroom and Bungalow Classic, among others. Clay, who hand paints each design, draws inspiration from the natural world and his travels. What we really love about the studio is that while they hope to branch out into the New York design centers, keeping their work hand-made and high quality is firmly at the heart of their business.
There are so many skilled artists and crafters right in our backyard. Whether you’re in the heart of the city or out in the suburbs, there are local makers near you. Support them! Not only will you find beautiful and unique, handcrafted pieces for your life and home, you’ll also be supporting local makers and their families.