MountainMade Artists | Handmade Crafts

New from WVU Ceramics Studio

posted: 36 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  1 Comment ;

Before West Virginia University broke for Spring Break, MountainMade stopped in at the Ceramics Studio and discovered a treasure trove of affordable, functional pieces for you. The WVU Ceramics program is a 3-year intensive program dedicated to teaching traditional pottery making and providing their students with the techniques and skills needed to work as potters.

We selected a few place settings offering dinner and luncheon plates as well as a selection of bowls, cups, mugs, ramekins, mugs and bake ware. These student made pieces are functional, beautiful and just feel good in your hands. Complimentary glazes allow for a few select “sets’, but eclectic collections that you will enjoy using as much as we do. All pieces are sturdy, stoneware pieces that are dishwasher, oven and microwave safe.

This IS the next generation of potters. Built with the integrity and character that can only be found in West Virginia. Enjoy and use well!

New pottery from WVU Ceramics Studio.

New pottery from WVU Ceramics Studio.

MountainMade welcomes Paul Lucchesi

posted: 38 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

MountainMade is very excited to welcome sculptor and painter Paul Lucchesi to the list of amazing artisans juried into our Gallery. Paul is a sculptor and painter who is inspired by Italian Renaissance and Baroque sculpture. He is known all over the world as a fine artist and instructor who loves teaching the art of making sculpture in a fun setting.

Mountain Made currently has 9 of Paul’s oil based paintings including the full serious of “NewYork/NewYork” which Paul painted after the events of 9/11 while he was living in New York.

Paul left the city life and is now a resident of Thomas where he is a very active member of the artisan community and is welcomed at every turn. Paul has been quoted, “Why wouldn’t anyone want to live here. It is beautiful.” Paul already started to share his teaching talents, and those of other artisan friends, with the community by doing his first workshop in his new hometown last summer. I must say it was a beautiful and inspiring site to drive down Front Street, on a beautiful sunny day, and see an art class in full swing down by the river.

We encourage you all to come in the Gallery and see some of this incredibly talented gentleman’s work.

Shaena Parsons
3 of the 5 "New York/New York" paintings by Paul Lucchesi

Tuesday after Cyber Monday

posted: 39 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

MountainMade’s elves are busy updating its website daily adding new products and restocking items. We’re featuring lively handmade holiday items like the Snowflake Snowman, beautiful and functional pieces such as the wooden jewelry case created by Thom and Sue Anne Kellam and a whimsical Duck Dish by Herb Weaver.

Our staff hopes you will find our website easy to navigate and the source of many holiday treasures. If you should have a question about a product, please give us a call and one of us will be glad to assist you.

From now until December 20, MountainMade is offering FREE UPS Standard Ground Shipping except for furniture purchases. Rich has packed and shipped our artisan works domestically and internationally pleasing both the gift giver and receiver. If you ordered over the weekend, the package was on its way Monday.

Make your holiday giving special with a gift of West Virginia fine arts and crafts from MountanMade. West Virginia artisans appreciate your support.
cyber monday

Packing up and Heading to Fairmont

posted: 40 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  1 Comment ;

Rich and Carrie are busy picking out and packing up its artisan products for the Holiday Market this weekend at the historic High Gate Carriage House in Fairmont.

For those of you who can’t make it to Thomas to do your holiday shopping, come to High Gate Friday and Saturday November 19 and 20 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

We’re bringing a selection of product specifically chosen for Fairmont including popular potters Tygart River Pottery, Lambros, and Brian Van Nostrand among others; and glass pieces by Blenko, Ron Hinkle, Appalachian Glass, and Lynn Gundry. Other artisan products will also be available including holiday items, bath and beauty products, toys, photographs, original art works, wooden bowls and utensils, food items and music. We’ll also have a few pieces by Mary Olive Jones.

If you can’t make it to Fairmont or Thomas, we’ll be in Morgantown at Arts Mon

A sampling of the artisan works coming to Fairmont.

A sampling of the artisan works coming to Fairmont.

on High Street December 9-11. Happy Shopping.

Amanda Beckman’s unique perspecitve

posted: 41 month ago by Heidi Haldeen  |  No Comments ;

Berkley Springs, West Virginia photographer Amanda Beckman is the featured artist in the MountainMade Gallery in Thomas through October 2010.

Her perspective is unique. Amanda captures a place (i.e.Long Road Home) or scenes (i.e. Greg’s Lantern or Pumpkin) that are poignant to her. She shoots digitally with her Canon and goes to work developing each image with Photoshop. Beckman plays with color… many images (i.e. Farmall 100 or Valley Forge 2) are poignant black and whites that may offer a burst of color (i.e. Academy Lane or Buttercup)

Her husband Rhett builds beautiful frames: fine finished oak and reclaimed barn wood that compliments her work and gives it a genuine warmth that speaks of them both.

A few of Amanda's incredible photographs.

A few of Amanda's incredible photographs.