Come join us for a handful of lovely Market days this year in 2022
( MAY 22nd, AUG 21st, NOV 13th and DEC 11th)
These Markets are filled with handcrafted items
that are made to perfection from local Makers, Artists and
Creators. Lets Meet these amazing Makers now.
Would you like to become a
Makerspace market vendor?
Fill out your 2022 Application HERE
Spring Lake Woods
My love for wood and bowl making goes back 10 years, when I took my first class at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais. I am the maker of wooden bowls and spoons. Most of my work is the making of practical tools for the kitchen - bowls, scrapers, salad spoons, and spreaders. They are very functional, food-safe, and last for years. It makes me happy when I imagine someone using my bowls for breakfast each morning! In addition to being useful and functional, my bowls and spoons are beautiful. They are treated with walnut oil and beeswax. I’m proud of my “artistic” bowls, as they bring beauty to your home as well. Sometimes finished with food-safe water-based shellac, sometimes embellished with milk paint, carving, and pyrography, they reflect the beauty of the wood, which might be birch, cherry, hackberry, oak, box elder, maple, or a variety of wood species from our region.
The Seventh Oak
Shayna Swiers is a Mankato MN artist and jeweler who has been honing her craft for over a decade. She achieved her Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) and Masters of Arts (MA) degrees from MN State University, Mankato. Shayna is the Sole proprietor of The Seventh Oak, specializing in wire weaving techniques and metaphysical crystal meanings, healing and lore. Pairing the healing energies of copper, crystals and Intention to create energetic companion jewelry that will aid and guide her clients along their life's travels.
“I find serenity while working on a new piece, the repetitive weaving of the wires is my favorite kind of meditative practice. That “energetic flow” helps connect me to the healing message that the crystals wishes to convey."
Living in Texas making beaded jewelry for many years I was ready for a change. Moving to MN, I got here as soon as I could, metalsmithing became my passion. As an artist, working with metals to create shapes, textures, 3D techniques and colors is very appealing. I love pounding on metal!!!! Using recycled materials, such as coins, vintage elements, adds another dimension. As an instructor, introducing students to the tools, metals, torches is very satisfying. Hopefully, you'll like my jewelry and much as I like making it!
Fox Pointe Publishing
Amy Gregg is the Minnesota Book Award-nominated author of Relic Chosen: Magic and Madness from North Star Press. She is also the author of Through the Woods and Next Weekend, from Lulu Publishing. She began her writing journey in middle school and never thought to stop. Save for those four years while attending Concordia University, St. Paul to get her B.A. in Psychology. And that handful of years to start a family. Somewhere in there, she sleeps. When not writing she enjoys watching movies, reading, spending time with family, and spirited discussions of all things Marvel. A native Minnesotan who grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, this “city girl” lives with her daughter and 15lb cat west of the Twin Cities. Amy is currently working on a rural cozy mystery series soon to be released from Fox Pointe Publishing.
Shelley Caldwell is a local artist and plant enthusiast who produces mixed media works on paper. Her work combines observational drawing of botanical and other subjects from nature with formal abstraction, emphasizing line and color using a variety of processes and materials such as Micron pen, India ink, collage, and masking techniques. She is an MSU, Mankato graduate with a BFA and MA in Drawing and Installation and has also served as adjunct faculty for the university and as a Visiting Instructor at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Shelley’s work has been shown extensively throughout the region with upcoming exhibitions in Faribault and Austin. She has received grants from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, Springboard for the Arts, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Compelled by the surrounding landscape, she presently works from her family farm in Faribault County.
Lakota Tile Studio
Catherine Elva Rosengren
My love of clay reflects and utilizes all my various art training and self taught exploration through years of restlessness and curiosity of mediums. I love carving for the movement and texture and because color is life to my mind which is the basis I start to create with.
Handmade Antler Home Decor and Vintage Silverware Jewerly
Dave Johnson born and raised in southern Minnesota. After 40+ years working in manufacturing and now retired took a trip out West and became interested in antler décor/creations. He used antler sheds to make his designs. During another trip out West Dave became interested in jewelry-making using vintage silverware. Since vintage silverware doesn’t appeal to some people, Dave can take the old family pieces and give new life to it in the form of bracelets, necklaces and rings. There’s something very enjoyable about wearing jewelry from the box of silverware your grandma or mother had.
Dave is self-taught with his designs leaning on his manufacturing background. He looks forward to meeting you at Makerspace Market.
Flame In Hand
Dustin Swiers started glass lampworking back in 2008 when he moved to Mankato for schooling. Swiers received two degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato, a BFA and an MA, both focused on ceramics and sculpture. He created Flame in Hand Glass as the sole proprietor in 2010. Swiers has moved his studio set-up to work out of the non-profit Mankato MakerSpace, so he can be accessible to teach classes and create while volunteering his time as a Shop Lead. Dustin's work ranges from functional to decorative, blending disciplines of Lampworking, Off- Hand Glassworking and Stained glass techniques with Metalworking, Electroplating and Lapidary to create jewelry, custom blades, vessels and sculptures.
“As with many artists, the process is what keeps me engaged and pushes me to make. My greatest pursuit is discovery in the act of creating; simultaneously learning about my materials, craft, and self.” Dustin Swiers
"Most people have never experienced a shoe made specifically for their foot. Nothing pinches; nothing rubs. If you easily find shoes that fit at the "marts", you are not looking for me. A properly fit shoe makes walking easier; does not cause back problem; lasts a long time and is repairable. I make beautiful shoes and boots to fit a specific person's feet. Leather that breathes and craftsmanship that endures combine for an unique experience. Educating people that these are still valued qualities still practiced is why I demonstrate the Art and Mystery of a Cordwainer. The Gentle Art of shoe making is still done. At the Mankato Makerspace, I teach classes in both Shoemaking and general leatherwork." -Pegeen
Electronic technician, artist, maker and professional in-home appliance repairman by trade, Jeremy Kuznia found an eye for art while attending college for electronics in 2002. He uses an array of materials including disassembled machinery and electronics, aerosols, slime, and acrylic paints, to capture chaos and it's artifacts in his work.
A 3D printing enthusiast, Kuznia has built and modified six 3D printers. Using FDM or mSLA technologies, prints knickknacks, doohickeys and jewelry.
Kuznia has curated a dynamic mix of eye-catching, humorous, and at times explosive answers to the question, "What would happen if I...?".
Red Sky Forge
All my life I have been driven to create and perfect my crafts. I have been a wilderness survival instructor for many years and own the Minnesota Primitive Skills and Survival School. Being a survival instructor I know the value of good equipment that you can rely on in harsh conditions. I also know which styles, designs, and materials work the best from many years of experience. Everything I make is designed and crafted with durability, functionality, and quality for a lifetime of use.
100% homegrown corn fed Minnesota maker! I make (or at least attempt to) a large variety of things from weapons to instruments to visual art. Whatever I find interesting that month is what you’ll find me working on! No official training mostly self taught with some help from friends.
I make organic, minimal ingredient personal care products. I make the products that I use, and I started making these products initially because I could never find products that met my standards. I'm allergic to so many things, and most products I've tried in my life make my skin react violently, usually accompanied by sneezing and other allergy symptoms that come about from synthetic scents and questionable ingredients. I want to be in control of what I put on my skin and in my body, but everything seemed to have fillers, or toxic substances that I did not want in a product. All of my recipes and blends are my own. They have all been tweaked and perfected over the years of making them for my own use and for my family. Every ingredient has a purpose, every ingredient is high quality, and everything is formulated for sensitive skin types. From lotions, to soaps, balms, aromatherapy rollers, bath soaks, essential oil soy candles and more, I've got something for everyone.
Rick Stockwell Photography
I am a self taught macro nature photographer. I have amazing dragonfly photos. I also have these photos on ceramic tiles and mugs and greeting cards.
Blue Collar Burns
Kendrick is an aerosol mural artist and over all Maker. You have probably seen quite a few of his works around Mankato! He is indeed one of the founders of the Mankato Makerspace, and he oversees our finishing / paint room as a Shop Lead. He has recently been working on the Glowforge at the space to make wooden ornaments, magnets. jewelry, wall hangings and wall plates.
"I work all day and burn all night... Blue Collar Burns"
I have been making pottery at the Makerspace for just over a year. Prior to my time here, I had two years of pottery instruction in highschool. I originally joined the Makerspace because I was craving a creative outlet and had been itching to get back behind the pottery wheel since I graduated high school 10 years ago. As a stay-at-home-mom to three young children, it feels as if I live my life in a state of constant multitasking. My Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Makerspace have become a very important part of my weekly routine. It's a time for me decompress, relax, and focus my energy on one singular task. For me, pottery is a process driven art medium. I love making new forms on the wheel and experimenting with added textures and carving and glazes. The finished product is more than the product itself but really the journey it took to get there. Being able to sell the things I make is just the cherry on top of the whole artistic process for me. If you happen to find a pot that you love, I hope it brings you as much joy as the process of making it brought me
I'm a self taught jewelry and fiber artist. I've been creative all of my life and started making jewelry at age 10 and have been crocheting for over 15 years. I take inspiration from all aspects of my life; my children, my experiences along the way, nature; making wearable colorful art to be enjoyed by all ages.
Cindy’s Handcrafted Gifts LLC
I am recently retired from teaching which gives me a lot of time on my hands. So, I decided to put those hands to work on crafting items for sale. Crafting as a hobby has always been my passion from handmade jewelry, crochet and knit, to large home renovations. All of my items are made with love and care. As I am just starting out, my inventory is limited to mostly crocheted items such as bulky blankets, beanies, scarves, pillows, etc. but will be expanded over time. All items carry my special brand and can be personalized just for you and your preferred taste. Stop by my booth to see for yourself the quality of craftmanship put into each item.
Jennifer Ann Bailey
I love gemstones. I started loving them when I went to Hazelden in November of 2010. My counselor told me that I needed to start expressing myself with something artful. Being a nurse my whole life. I hadn't explored anything "artsy". After completing treatment, I moved into a sober house (I was 40 years old) and the owner was a jewelry maker. She took her time and showed me how to make earrings to start and then moved on to wrap bracelets. The reason I named my company "Jittery Jewels" is because my sober house owner and I would go out for coffee and then make jewelry. Hence, I named it "Jittery Jewels". I've been in recovery for 12 years. Making jewelry was a HUGE part of that.
Treat Me Too Dog Treats
Woof woof! I make bake and dehydrated dog treats made from human grade ingredients. I have a variety of dog treats that dog owners can choose for their doggie. I also have oil and acrylic dog paintings available. My inspiration comes from being a dog lover and owner. I enjoy making treats and decorating them knowing that someone’s pup will enjoy them. I have learned everything I know by self teaching.