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Amy Meya
rainbow of blooming ceramic wall flowers by Amy Meya

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the indigenous leaflet ~ November 2020 

The season of giving is here. What we work towards year-round. Despite the unusual year, we still have the warmth of the holiday season to look forward to ~ even if celebrations may be smaller or distant, the joys of sharing with friends and family are still so 

John Matz
new sparklies ~ stained glass panels and art glass boxes by John Matz
Our joy comes from appreciating and sharing the works of our skilled artists and makers. The indigenous family of artists has been busy creating new work to delight and inspire you. We're doing our best to put on quite the holiday show - with an eclectic variety of creative designs that offers something for everybody! Since the last indigenous leaflet, we have added the talents of TEN new artists with ceramics, glass, prints, fiber arts, ornaments and jewelry.
Shop early for best selection and ease in social distancing. 

We are back to being 
Monday - Saturday 10-6 & Sunday 12-5

Join us for our annual 
Holiday Thank You Weekend 
as we'll help Trim Your Tree with a 
FREE handmade ornament 
(with $50+ purchase). It's our way of saying Thank You for supporting us throughout the year. Larry Mack of Holland, Ohio created the colorful blown-glass gift ornaments for this year's event. Don't miss your chance to get one! 

If you're not ready to visit indigenous yet, but still need the perfect gifts from our artists, send us a message on social media, email us at - or call during open hours - 513.321.3750. We will do our best to help. Peruse our latest Facebook posts & albums, but keep in mind, nothing beats seeing our vast selection in person. We can send gift-packaged gift certificates as well - give the gift of shopping local.

We are especially grateful for your continued support of our little brick & mortar business in the arts, now more than ever.

artful happenings ~

Holiday Thank You Weekend ~November 20, 21, & 22
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FREE Larry Mack 
blown glass ornament
Kick-off your holiday shopping in style with our 
Thank You Holiday Weekend!
Friday, November 20, 10-6
Saturday, November 21, 10-6
Sunday, November 22, 12-5

We are excited to share our handmade for the holidays collection created by 150+ local and regional artists so you can have first dibs on wonderful gifts. Make it a handcrafted holiday as we will help Trim Your Tree 
with a FREE handcrafted ornament
 (with any $50+ purchase) created by Ohio glass artist,
Larry Mack
Enjoy as our Thank You for supporting us - especially through this wild year! Mark your calendar to shop this special weekend for a free gift with purchase (while supplies last)!

introducing new talent to indigenous ~

Kristi & Chris Thorndike-Kent
Kristi Thorndike
Please welcome Kristi & Chris Thorndike-Kent to the indigenous family of artists. Chris & Kristi have added a medley of colorful whimsy to our collection - garden stakes and suncatchers / ornaments - sweet designs in bright, perky colors.

"I have loved glass for many years (looks like candy!), and started working with glass in 2006. It's a lot of trial and error at first until you learn exactly what works -- and, more importantly, what doesn't. I enjoy creating fun and bright things that make people happy or laugh."   ~Kristi

Erik Haagensen
Erik Haagensen
Erik Haagensen
Please welcome new potter, Erik Haagensen, to the indigenous family of artists. Erik adds color and full-fledged fun to our ceramic offerings - cups, mugs, yunomi, dishes, lidded jars, and bowls all filled with his happy-go-lucky, doodle-style characters. Whether in a parade, at a birthday party or playing some seriously silly jazz, every piece is just all about the fun (and function, of course!).

"Through all of my adult life, I have been experimenting in the arts. My work has included books of poetry, small-scale metal sculpture, photocopy art, outdoor sculptural installations, radio broadcast performances, handmade books, collage, digital art, and photography. Much of this has been rather silly and absurd, or Dada as they would have taught me to say in grad school.

I graduated from a liberal arts university where I studied theology, philosophy, psychology and business. It was a course of study that was perfect training for a young tel-Evangelist, although this was not my intent. I also took some art history and studio art and enjoyed the many fine art museums of Washington DC. Then, for most of the 90's, I had exhilarating day jobs in the fascinating world of enterprise software applications. When done waiting on the senior executives (not tables) all day, I would go home and make art.

In 2001 my principal focus shifted to clay, as my sweetie and I began to chase the dream of creating a large community art studio dedicated to clay. We founded MudFire Clayworks in Atlanta, where for over ten years we shared space with over 100 artists and students at a time, taught every day, produced monthly gallery exhibits, and hosted artists from around the world for workshops.
In 2013, we got tired of the big city, sold the studio to a group of artist friends, moved to an old farm in Appalachia to making pots full-time and give farm life a try. We're having the time of our lives."     -Eric

Luke Adams
Luke Adams
With the lovely fall season comes new artists! Introducing new glass ornament artist, Luke Adams, to the indigenous family of artists. Luke adds his creative take on the hanging glass orb with colorful tree-like forms inside. Each ornament / suncatcher includes a WISH - for luck, happiness, strength and more. Find your favorites and send (or embrace) just the right message.

Tasha McKelvey
Tasha McKelvey
Please welcome new ceramic artist, Tasha McKelvey, to the indigenous family of artists. Tasha has added a medley of adorable little bowls and tiny dishes accented with wee birdies, nests, mushrooms, and squirrels. Perfect place to drop your favorite rings at night or for a small serving of delightful sweets.

Stephanie Hug
Stephanie Hug has been a fan and a customer for as long as we can remember. So it's a special honor to now welcome her to our indigenous family of artists! Stephanie joins us with a festive collection of one-of-a-kind Christmas stockings with classic and quirky colors in a medley of different fabrics and special details.

Andrea & James Stanford
Adding to our creative collection of blown glass are the works by new artists, James & Andrea Stanford. Lovely, sweet and detailed ornaments and sculptural, hanging jellyfish are their featured designs made with flameworking glass using borosilicate (pyrex). We also received a few of their "fireball" candleholders that come to life with a little tea light. "When blowing glass, I am able to breathe life into my imagination"   ~James

Linnea Campbell
Linnea Campbell
Linnea Campbell
Linnea Campbell
Linnea Campbell
Please help us welcome Linnea Campbell to the indigenous family of artists. Linnea joins us with her nature-inspired pottery in her fresh, yet tranquil glazes showcasing her illustrations. Complimenting the pottery are her printed tea towels featuring some of the same imagery - moths of the midwest, kitchen herbs, bees, metamorphosis, etc., Linnea finds her inspiration locally, including her experience at the Moth-apalooza at Shawnee Lookout.

The natural world, insects, and the organization of their habits and communities inform and inspire the process of Linnea Campbell's work. The organic life around us is a direct source of relation back to our lives. The most microscopic organic life is also what essentially allows us to exist and sustain our own lives. Organization and habitual routines are a big part of our daily lives, and seeing that happen in nature excites Linnea and motivates her work. She is specifically drawn to the ecosystem of the soil and, specifically, the role of the microarthropods in growth and decay. They work methodically together repairing and preparing the soil to nourish plant life, which in return nourishes our life. Linnea's work aims to shed light on these tiny creatures and the large impact they have on our world.

Sue Koetz
Adding more natural beauty to our collection are the works from our newest artist to join the indigenous family, Sue Koetz. Her unique pine cone jewelry and specimens make lovely gifts for any nature-lover!

"What nature has brought to life, I present to you as a piece of wearable art or d├ęcor. When I was introduced to these small wonders of the earth, also known as the seeds of life, I felt instantly connected and totally absorbed by their beauty. So much so, that I took two years to research and use trial-and-error learning to bring these to fruition. These are extracted from one of the oldest and densest pinecones in the world. After months of curing, sand blasting, precise cross-section cutting, dry and wet sanding, applying multiple coatings and buffing, they magically come to life. Each medallion, earring or mantlepiece bears its own unique markings. Similar to the human fingerprint, each cutting embodies a one-of-a-kind print, even when the cutting comes from the same cone."  ~Sue

Scott Simmons
Starting the season off early by introducing a new art glass ornament maker to indigenous, Scott Simmons! These are the first going up in our infamous ornament window . . .  which is almost full as of the day we're sending this newsletter!

These brilliantly colored hanging glass teardrops make a beautiful color accent hanging in a sunny window or on a garden trellis. They are impervious to the weather and are safe outside summer and winter. As they are larger than most of our other ornaments, they are best suited on a larger tree - or hang anywhere year-round!

more exciting & new ~

Marisa Wilfong
Marisa Wilfong
Marisa Wilfong has impressed us again with her beautiful new fiber arts! She just delivered a fresh, seasonal collection - handbags in a variety of sizes and styles, wallets, cross-body bags and knitted shawls. Each are unique and meticulously crafted with great color and texture combinations that are sure to wow you too!

Amy Meya

Amy Meya
Beautiful ceramic sculptures from Amy Meya have just arrived at indigenous. Find a blooming garden of wall flowers along with wonderful new aspen tree branches.

"The most important part of my work is the medium, I am passionate about clay itself - taking a lump of mud and forming it into an object - as it fills a primal urge for me. The intimate and personal nature of ceramic objects stands out against other mediums in my soul. I believe it is a mirror to our past and the human history of clay can be seen in museums throughout the world. Much of my work is directly inspired by hiking in the woods, camping with my family and my love of gardening. I spent many years as a professional florist, and the flowers are forever in my mind and spirit."    ~Amy

Marcie Brooks
Celeste in Marcie Brooks
Jenn in Marcie Brooks
One of our local skilled seamstresses, Marcie, is keeping quite busy these days with making sure we are stocked with her masks - well-constructed, reversible with adjustable ear loops in a variety of cool fabrics and now she has added hats & tote bags to the mix! Find the lovely collection of fine, fancy, felted wool hats and fun, reversible tote bags in store. Those windy winter nights are coming soon and you'll be happy to have one of these pretties to help keep you warm. And let's face it, we can always use another handy tote and a spare, fresh mask!

Bryce Dimitruk
Captivating new blown glass works by Bryce Dimitruk have arrived! Lush colors with refined iridescent finishes in shapely vases, ornaments and perfume bottles. Our window FULL of glass ornaments  is almost complete - along with our four trees of ornaments, so its definitely time for a visit!

Melissa Moss
Melissa Moss
Ohio native, Melissa Moss, sent a fresh batch of her imaginative prints including many colorful new designs. 
Her newest "seedlings" collection was inspired by the tenacity of nature and how, even in the worst of conditions, a tree or tiny flower will sprout up.

Feeling sad and frustrated about the news in this country and around the world, Melissa started working on these to give her an escape. They are hopeful and tenacious "seedlings" in search of a better world.  A little something to help get through the pandemic with titles like Strange Day Indeed, Still Connected, Hibernating, Alone Together, Our Little Cocoon, Peaceful Protest, Safe With You and more.

Jonathan Simons
Jonathan Simons
Jonathan Simons keeps indigenous stocked with a great variety of clever cherry wood serving pieces ~ cheese boards, utensils, salad sets, tea strainers, honey sticks, chopstick sets, folding tongs and more - including his signature Lazy Spoon designed to rest on the edge of a pot. All pieces are finely crafted and fully functional. ***Plus - cherry wood is naturally antimicrobial!

"Originally I fervently made my spoons from every kind of wood I could find, which includes lilac, honeysuckle and fruit woods. As years went by I found I was just as interested in the invention of a wooden spoon and how it functions as I am in the art and feel of the spoon itself. This is why I use Cherry wood. It makes a beautiful spoonwood and is plentiful in my home state of Pennsylvania."   ~Jonathan

Michael Macone
Michael Macone
Michael Macone
Michael Macone
With our sparkling holiday trees and the sun shining through the windows, it doesn't seem like we need more light - but we do! We like keeping it bright & cheerful at indigenous. Enjoy the variety of the newest designs from Michael Macone - classic ceramic table lamps and cool mood lamps.

Kerin Houseberg
Kerin Houseberg
Kerin Houseberg
Kerin Houseberg
Kerin Houseberg
Wonderful new art dolls from Kerin Houseberg have arrived - Three Santas, a flock of fairies and a trio of large dragons - one is even wearable! Find these among the imaginative, fantasy inspired collection of angles, Spirit Riders, horse, unicorns, kitties, giraffe, zebra, and more! Experience her creativity in person or see a few more when you click on Santa's happy face above. 

let art be part of your nature ~

John Matz
more sparklies from John Matz
Thank you so much for choosing to shop small, handmade and local at indigenous. We truly appreciate that you are able to shop safely in-person and support our brick & mortar business along with the local creative community.

We're not quite back to our pre-pandemic hours, but we have stepped it up to 
Monday - Saturday 10-6 & Sunday 12-5

Artfully yours,
from the whole crafty crew ~    
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Katie Swartz
Adorable clay works by Katie Swartz arrived Friday!

reminder about easy parking available:
6 free spots in front of the gallery on Madison 
15 free spots on Madison just across the street
6 meters on the side on Moorman Street

3 lots in the neighborhood less than a block away~
-next to O Pie O on Madison
-next to Woodburn Brewery on Woodburn
-behind Suzie Wong's on Woodburn

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