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Holiday Gift Guide: 4 Local Atlanta Boutiques

By: Stephanie Andrews

We’re officially down to the wire for holiday shopping. At this point, the best option for meaningful gifts is to shop local. For those of you outside of Atlanta who probably won’t be visiting these gems, SORRY! But fear not — we’ve included websites for you to browse and contact the helpful folks at each place. Our criteria: the physical store is within a few miles of our studio, handmade items only, and only items we would personally love to receive as gifts.  (We also can’t resist shamelessly plugging some of the beautifully curated items we have available in our gallery.)



Balance Design Atlanta: 1653 McLendon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
Plaid pillow: Urban cabin with a glamorous chartreuse velvet back. All of our pillows are made by our wonderful seamstress, Barbara, and down-filled with an invisible zipper. $95
Damask pillow: Our personal favorite pillow at the studio! Luxurious and timeless. $185
Wood inlaid bread/cheese board: Made by none other than Elisabeth’s dad, Joe Paulson, with native Wisconsin hardwoods. $45 (small) $55 (medium) $65 (large) 


Made Again: 299 N Highland Ave NE, Ste H2, Atlanta, GA 30307
2016 desk calendarThis letter press calendar is the perfect desk accessory, made by Cherry Laurel Studios. $28
Louise toteHand made leather tote by Atlanta’s own Neva Opet. Sure to be a fave for years and years. $255


Youngblood Boutique: 632 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Arcos earrings: Delicate yet strong, these beautiful earrings are hand-forged cast bronze. $82
Arch’s shadow cuff: Hand-cut brass wrapped in woven leather is just waiting to adorn your loved one. $59


Indie Craft Experience: 1390 McLendon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
Amy Roberson Ceramics: Decatur resident Amy Roberson creates ceramics with a beautiful color palette and plenty of style.
Charles Lybrand: We couldn’t find out much about this maker, but just look at this wooden inlaid skateboard! (More information to come after a visit to the Indie Craft Experience.)

From all of us at Balance Design, we wish you an incredible holiday season full of friends and family, local goodness, and the things that are most important to you!

More Than Just a Pretty Vase: Chelsea’s Pottery.



By: Danielle Cornely

Working in the arts since college has led me to meet many extremely talented artists and makers. At one workplace, I met Chelsea Goff, and we quickly bonded over our shared background in photography. The better I got to know her, the more I learned about her adventures in sculpting and pottery. When I found out she had her very own potter’s wheel in her two bedroom Atlanta apartment, I knew I had to see what she was creating. I was blown away by the skill and creativity of the pieces she created “just for fun.” More than just beautiful work, Chelsea’s pottery is a reflection of her experiences, personality quirks, and heartfelt interests.

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1. Tell us about your studio/work space.

“For now I have a small studio in my apartment. It has all the necessities — my boyfriend made a great work table and I have a wheel and shelves everywhere for storage. It’s my favorite room in the house because it’s flooded with natural light from all the windows. As far as firing and glazing, I’ve been enrolled at the Spruill Center for the Arts for a few years now. It’s a really great facility. They offer a lot of different clays and glazes to experiment with before you decide to invest in anything.”

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2. How did you get into your chosen medium?

“My grandfather has a pottery studio in the no-cell-phone-service region of West Virginia, so growing up we’d make coil pots and such. However, I didn’t really get invested until college when I signed up for a ceramics class. The first half of the class was devoted to handbuilding and the second to wheel-thrown pottery. From then on, I just kept taking classes. After graduating, I was able to spend a few months with my grandfather and learn more about the chemistry and technical aspects of clay and glazes.”

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3. Describe your favorite piece you’ve ever made.

“My favorite piece I’ve made is the Angry Birds piggy mug, primarily for sentimental reasons. I made the mug for my younger brother while at my grandfather’s just as a silly project, and it melted my little heart to see how excited he was when I gave it to him.”

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4. How would you describe your aesthetic?

“I consider my aesthetic very clean and elegant with a funky, messy moment. I think I’ve been really drawn to pottery as a medium because I can create really simple, elegant shapes while using an unexpected glaze as a contrast.”

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5. What are a few of your favorite things?

“Favorite life things: thick wool socks, floor to ceiling windows, and a really good burger.”

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6. So, what are you working on right now?

“Right now I work primarily in porcelain. I’m also in a skinny-neck vase phase — I could make them repeatedly and be content. Plus, Atlanta is known for its community of artists, with things like FAFATL (Free Art Friday: Atlanta), and I’m interested in becoming more involved with that. I’m woking on a few small, Atlanta themed pieces to start hiding around town as part of FAFATL. So keep an eye out for them!”

Chelsea is working on getting her Etsy shop up and running (seeabbottgo pottery), but can be reached by e-mailing chelseaagoff@gmail.com in the interim.