Missing artists at the market? We are!
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our art market is online only for the season. Instead of having 4-5 local artists at the market each week, we will be featuring them on our blog, our Instagram stories @mcfarmersmkt and through a new digital art market email newsletter (click to subscribe!). Each week, find unique gifts, kitchenware and and other handmade items from MCFM artists.
This week, we are featuring woodworkers who vend at Mill City Farmers Market. Ranging from laser cut coasters to handmade kitchenware to custom furniture, these artists have something for everyone.
This week’s picks:
Create Laser ARts
Create Laser Arts is the collaboration of three local artists to make imaginative laser-engraved goods and hand-made functional wares in wood, paper, leather, stone and acrylic. Owners Celestine Pueringer and Mark Knierim make items that reflect their artistic vision using reclaimed materials. They make unique wood coasters, jewelry, magnets, small boxes, salt cellars, cabin wares, trivets and more. They also provide laser engraving and cutting services to artists, individuals and small businesses seeking to customize products and objects (including MCFM’s staff name tags!). Create Laser Arts is based in the Seward neighborhood of South Minneapolis.
This season, Create Laser Arts is also making and selling cotton face masks with filter pocket, nose wire and adjustable straps. Use code MCFM to get 10% off any purchase from their online store.
You can consider Stirsby a Mill City Farmers Market staple. What better way to prepare your farmers market finds than in a stew, omelet or stir fry? This artist-made cooking utensil (‘useful art’) is ideal to use with non-stick pans and woks, while also being a pleasure to hold. The curved edge is made for scraping that last spoonful from your pan!
John Daničič, the creator, has been making Stirsbys and Stirsby products since 2001. What started as a use for scrap wood from building tables, chairs and couches has progressed into a full line of handmade kitchen accessories. In his garage in Edina, John makes toast tongs, trivets, several sizes of cutting boards, and more. They’re perfect for weddings, birthdays and hostess gifts and each comes with a label identifying the species of wood used from working end to the handle’s tip.
“I see each one as ‘art that works’, with one side having a bright and bold ‘look at me!’ design and the flip side having a single ‘look at what’s ON me!’ vaneer. I use an mdf core that is clad in the finest veneers from around the world, then given a food-safe finish.” – Dan Onkka
Old World Cabinet
Joel Nichols builds custom furniture and accessory items, available at the Mill City Farmers Market as Old World Cabinet. He uses materials ranging from reclaimed wood and metal to locally and sustainably harvested hardwoods. Everything from wooden utensils to furniture are handmade and designed by Joel in his Stillwater studio.