A look forward and back…

JOEY-KENNEDY-HMA-2013-0031Don’t miss out on this year’s fun. Mark your calendars with the following dates! 

  • Sponsorship opportunities NOW available!
  • July 16th: Applications for vendors and hands-on handmade artists open
  • September 3rd: Applications close
  • Early October: Accepted vendors and artists notified
  • DECEMBER 6, 2014: HANDMADE ARCADE at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center!

Check out our image gallery from last year’s event.
All photographs taken by the talented Joey Kennedy. 

Thank You Pittsburgh!

WHAT A DAY! A day that could not have been possible without the efforts of so many artists and makers, Hands-on Handmaders, sponsors, volunteers, Convention Center staffers, music makers and curators, entertainers, and, of course, shoppers! We are so thankful for everyone who was a part of our massive 10th show. Stay tuned for images of the days events and the announcement of HA:2014’s date!


Handmade Arcade to be featured on Creative Briefs podcast!

Submit your questions for Jessica, Al & Elizabeth today!

Creative Briefs is a podcast for designers and creatives focused on what inspires and motivates people in their fields. Hosts John DeGore & Carl Huelsman of AIGA Pittsburgh create a dialogue between creative professionals, encouraging the design community to help pick the brains of their guests using social media. Suggest topics & questions via Twitter: @CreativeBriefs.

Submit your questions here.


Join us for our next DIY Day on Sunday, November 10

DIY Days with Lynne Kropinak of Charmed by Nature

On Sunday November 10th, go on a free upcycling adventure with Canonsburg crafter, Lynne Kropinak at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Place: Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
Sign for the FREE workshop hereThis workshop is recommended for high school students or craft artists ages 14 and up. Space is limited. 

11_10Lynne has a passion for finding beauty in unusual objects and fashioning them into art to wear. After a show -and-tell of some of her own work and describing how the necklaces were inspired and constructed, Lynne will guide you in the creation of your own show-stopper of a necklace using materials you will look at in a whole new light.

Besides making upcycled jewelry, Lynne is the mom to Tronny, the Pittsburgh Craft-O-Tron machine.




Hands-on Handmade Applications CLOSED

hoha2012Do you want to teach or demonstrate a craft in on Hands-on Handmade area during our December 7 event?
The deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 13, and notification of acceptance will be sent by October 27.

About Hands-on Handmade
Situated on-site, our welcoming Hands-on Handmade area features a variety of drop-in, short, and day-long interactive programs ­— including craft demonstrations, mini-tutorials, make-and-take activities, craft competitions, and art installations — all designed to bridge the gap between consumers and creators. Hands-on Handmade provides a wonderful opportunity for partnerships with local artists and nonprofit arts organizations.


October 20: DIY Days With Handmade Arcade and Jason Kirker

kirkatureJoin craftsman Jason Kirker, of Kirkiture at Assemble, for a hands on workshop.  Participants will have the opportunity to create an original pendant lighting fixture using one of Kirker’s newest designs as a model for inspiration and structure. Through the use of shape and repetition participants will design and construct their own hanging fixture from mat board.

Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Place: Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1636
Sign for the free workshop here. Space is limited. 

DIY Days with Handmade Arcade

In celebration of our Decade of DIY, Handmade Arcade is hosting three hands-on, interactive learning workshops. Recommended high school students or craft artists ages 14 and up.

Sunday, September 22: Screen Printing with Allison Glancey of strawberryluna
Sunday, October 20: Custom woodworking with Jason Kirker of Kirkiture
Sunday November 10: J
ewelry-making with Lynne Kropinak, of Charmed by Nature and the Travelling Pittsburgh Craft-O-Tron


September 22: Join HA as we host Pittsburgh based designer, illustrator and screen printer Allison Glancey, of strawberryluna*, at Artists Image Resource (AIR) for a workshop in screen printing. During the workshop, Allison will demonstrate the art of screen printing, and discuss her business and work as an artist.  You will learn to print Allison’s custom designs on coasters, and will design and screen print your own single color design on both paper and fabric (shirt provided by Handmade Arcade; or bring your own plain t-shirt to ensure fit).

Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Place: Artists Image Resource (AIR), 518 Foreland St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
The workshops are recommended high school students or craft artists ages 14 and up.
strawberryluna is Allison Glancey & Craig Seder – a pair of designers, illustrators, and screen printers as well as music and film nerds based in Pittsburgh, PA.


kirkatureOctober 20: Join HA as we host artist Jason Kirker, of Kirkiture at Assemble Gallery, in Garfield. Jason will demonstrate his creative process using reclaimed wood to create original housewares, such as lamps and custom woodworking projects. You will gain insight into Jason’s techniques while creating a piece of functional art.

Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Place: Assemble Gallery, 5125 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1636
Sign Up Coming Soon

charmedbynatureNovember 10: HA hosts Canonsburg-based artist Lynne Kropinak, of Charmed by Nature and the Travelling Pittsburgh Craft-O-Tron, at Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. Participants will explore the art of jewelry-making using recycled and repurposed items.

Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Place: Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
214 North Lexington Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Sign Up Coming Soon