Memphis is filled with talented makers. From craftsmen and jewelers to potters, food makers and artists, this town offers up a plethora of exquisite locally made goods. We’ve scoured the town to bring you some of the best in art, jewelry, pottery, home decor and more — all by local makers. Some are splurges, while others are more affordable — but can you really put a price on supporting a local maker? Here’s our August edition of FINDS celebrating these hometown creatives. Enjoy!
17 FINDS by Memphis Makers
Hoops & tassels
It’s the best of both worlds. These earrings by Tilton Street combine the classic hoop with the on-trend tassel and finish off the look with bold black and white stripes and a pop of gold and yellow. Each pair of vibrant Tilton Street “ear candy” is custom-made in Memphis with beads from all over the world, so each one has the unique charm of the human touch. Find Tilton Street jewelry at Oak Hall and The Stovall Collection, or find them for $70 at Tilton Street.
Up your “stone cold fox” quotient with this statement necklace, handmade by Memphis small-batch jewelry designer Urban Hardware Designs. African wooden beads and howlite comprise the necklace, which is finished off with an antique British horse brass pendant featuring a fox. Talk about boho-chic! Find it for $170 at spruce.
EllaJude earrings & rings
This sleek jewelry by EllaJude comes in architectural lines and geometric shapes that range from coppery to silver and brass to gold tones. This jewelry line is a Memphis-based family affair, and for each piece of hand-wrought artisan jewelry, the company gives 5% to The Hiding Place in Thailand, a mission focused on rescuing women and children from sex trafficking and ministering to HIV patients. Find the earrings, ranging from $35 to $39, and the rings, starting at $14, at Ménage Fine Stationery & Gifts.
Local watercolor art
This gorgeous locally made watercolor comes from Memphis artist Chelsea Fly. These are ideal for adding a subtle, yet statement-making masterpiece to any space. And, Chelsea’s beautiful watercolor collections will also soon be popping up at Blackberry Farm, in their guest room renovations! Find these assorted watercolors on paper for $35-$85 at Social.
“Wink at Pink”
Teresa Davis’ most recent works are inspired by her studio time in Paris earlier this summer. The interior designer and artist also has larger works; however, we love the striking colors and figures of these fearless pieces. The matted and framed original watercolor figure drawings are $150 for the 6-by-8-inch size and $200 for the 8-by-10-inch. And in the background, the pink watercolor-and-pastel 16-by-20-inch abstract, entitled “Wink at Pink,” is $595. Find these pieces and more at Post 31 Interiors.
Abstract painting by Shelley Hopkins
This vibrant painting by talented artist, Shelley Hopkins is bold and intriguing. Shelley is a local artist who has been featured in galleries across the Southeast including Nashville and Atlanta. This painting is a 36 X 36 mixed medium piece that can be found at DCI Home and Gallery for $950.
This fun painting, aptly titled “Château,” takes the concept of a wine bottle and seems to put it into a colorful hall of mirrors. Bold overlapping lines in acrylic paint suggest the wine bottle shape, while real labels hidden throughout the design add interest. Find this 36-by-48-inch work of art for $725 at Southern Avenue Company.
“Bridge the Gap”
This striking 36-by-48-inch abstract oil painting by local artist Sue Layman represents the differences in us all and how important it is to extend a hand and bridge those gaps. Says Sue, “Whether the differences deal with religion, race or politics, it’s all about finding common ground.” Find “Bridge the Gap” for $2,000 at Sue Layman Designs.
Tom Clifton, artist and co-owner of T Clifton Art Gallery, created mezzo fresco paintings that employ a technique similar to the 16th and 17th Century Venetian plasterers. His works focus on the fusion of color and texture, creating a mezzo fresco-sculpted plaster, featuring sheer, watery acrylics floating one hue over another. This 18-by-36-inch mezzo fresco on canvas, entitled “Tribal Union,” is $950.
Happy hour is not complete without a salty or savory crunch. Billie’s Pecans offers both, with 37 years of flavor perfection behind them. Enjoy lightly salted, toasted pecans for a traditional treat, or try the cheese crispies, which pack sharp cheddar and Southern heat into every crunchy bite. Place your next order at billiespecans.com or (800) 624-7404. These toasted pecans are available in a one-pound box for $29.95 or two-pound box for $41.25. The Cheese Crispies in a one-pound box for $29.95, a two-pound box for $44 or three eight-ounce bags for $43.50, and the Double Delight one-and-a-half-pound box of Cheese Cripsies and Toasted Peancs for $42.50.
Goat Hill Farm honey
Sweeten up your August with this locally made Goat Hill Farm honey from Millstone. This golden goodness is bottled by hand in Germantown on a small family farm from 11 hives, which are harvested about twice each year. Not only is this a delicious addition to your own kitchen, it’s also an adorable and thoughtful gift. Find it at Millstone Market and Nursery for $12 per bottle.
One of Chestnut Hall’s favorite design techniques is to use a small bench as a cocktail or coffee table where space is limited. Doing this with a piece that is both handmade and unexpected is a decorative delight, particularly in a small space. This bench, handcrafted by Ryan Pierce, works perfectly, and with a price of $395, it is a great value as well. Find this and other similarly clever coffee and cocktail tables at Chestnut Hall.
Kelly Nanney of Kelly’s Designer Drapes custom-designs high-quality and timeless curtains, shades, valances and more to fit each client’s functional needs and personal style. Each window treatment is a functional work of art that takes each room to the next level. This recently completed set of sheer draperies was custom-designed by Kelly’s Designer Drapes, including the hardware and professional installation. Contact Kelly’s Designer Drapes at (901) 626-3917 to schedule a consultation for your own custom-designed window treatments.
Luxurious local candles
Falling Into Place is a small-batch handmade candle company founded by local Mary Claire White. Her hand-poured candles with cotton-core wicks and skin-safe fragrance oils are made of 100% soy wax, so they burn slow, steady and clean. Each sale helps support the international child art foundation. You can also head to Mary Claire’s darling shop of the same name along Broad Avenue, where she teaches candle making classes monthly! Find these Memphis-made soy wax candles, $24 for a 7.5-ounce candle that burns for 50 to 55 hours, at Falling Into Place.
Palladio Crafted is Palladio Home & Garden’s in-house team of craftsmen and artisans who custom-design and build exquisite furniture, tailor-made to each client’s specifications and style. This farm table by Palladio Crafted features cabriole legs made from bleacher material reclaimed from the Fairview gymnasium. SPLURGE ALERT: This stunning 35.5-by-84-inch dining room piece is available for $3,195 at Palladio Home & Garden, or call Frank Roberts of Palladio Crafted at (901) 514-4007 to discuss your dream project.
Paper & Clay
The modern, handmade ceramics of Memphis-based Paper & Clay incorporate the simplified, deconstructed look of Scandinavian design and use carefully scratched glazes to create a suite of colors that can effortlessly mix and match. The gorgeous designs have garnered the attention of Garden & Gun and New York Magazine, among others. And what’s more, the company is committed to a sustainable model for the long haul. Find Paper & Clay’s beautiful and functional pieces, ranging from $36 to $100, at City & State.
Samuels Designs pottery
Memphis potter Samuels Designs’ whimsical pottery comes in a variety of fun shapes, sizes and color combinations and interesting glazes. These diverse pieces can serve as jewelry dishes, catchalls for keys and what not, statement fruit and veggie bowls in the kitchen or intriguing coffee table pieces. Find them, ranging from $13 to $120, at Dazzle.
Now get out there and shop local making sure to support our uber-talented Memphis makers!
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