Cleveland Handmade Last Minute Market

Together with our friends, I Made It! Pittsburgh and The Screw Factory Artists, Cleveland Handmade is once again enabling holiday shopping procrastination. The Last Minute Handmade Market will be on Saturday, December 19th, 2009 from 10am-6pm at the Lake Erie Building at the Templar Industrial Park.

Cleveland Handmade is a collective of area artists that sell their work nationally through Etsy. They will be displaying work on the 2nd floor of the building. Works include jewelry, metals, ceramics, textiles, mixed media, paintings, clothing, accessories and more. Visit Cleveland Handmade’s site for a complete list of participating artists.

The Lake Erie Building houses over 20 artist studios on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Nestled in the historic Birdtown area of Lakewood this group of artists opens their studios twice a year to the public. The Screw Factory Artists are opening their doors one more time before Christmas for this special event. A complete list of participating studios will be posted on this site.

I Made It! is a regularly occurring, nomadic Market that provides the opportunity for entrepreneurs to establish their businesses and to enjoy low barriers for bringing their wares to market in order to create successful businesses built on arts and crafts. The Market is an inclusive happening that welcomes artists or other “makers” in the Pittsburgh region to meet like-minded individuals, to create new opportunities, or to find a receptive environment in which to sell new art.

The Lake Erie Building is located at:
13000 Athens Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio, 44107

For more information on the open studio portion of this event contact Gina DeSantis at or 440.785.5409. For more information on Cleveland Handmade and the Last Minute Market contact Kathy Patton at or 216.570.7626.

You can share links about the Markets from Cleveland Handmade Market’s Facebook page, too.

Cleveland Scene coverage

of this weekend’s upcoming event:

Thanks to ample space and a welcoming atmosphere, the community of artists at the Templar Industrial Park (which they refer to as the Screw Factory) has grown to include dozens of people — from established fine artists like Phyllis Kohring Fannin to younger artists like Christine Mason. Some focus on craft (knitter Shannon Okey) or even industrial design (glass artist Marc Konys). Northeast Ohio’s blitz of holiday arts-and-crafts fairs begins in a few weeks, but the Screw Factory artists’ open house gives you a jump on the season today. There’s also music by emo-rockers Casual Encounters and jazz guitarist Mark Kleinhaut. It takes place from 3-9 p.m. at the Templar Industrial Park (13000 Athens Ave., Lakewood, 216.521.0088). Admission is free.

Cool Cleveland thinks we’re HOT!

See you this weekend at Open Studios! From Cool Cleveland:

HOT Lake Erie Bldg Holiday Open Studio The former home of the Lake Erie Screw Corp. has been transformed into a vibrant artist community. This giant industrial warehouse located in Lakewood’s historic Birdtown houses dozens of artists’ studios and teaching spaces. Check out the studios (and this awesome re-use of an old building) on Sat 11/7 from 3 – 9PM at 13000 Athens Ave. in Lakewood. Resident artists include Shannon Okey, Arabella Proffer-Vendetta, Gina DeSantis and other cool folk. Live music provided. After-party at Grafton St. Pub.

Read more about what’s happening in Cleveland this week in the Cool Cleveland email archive here.

Congrats, Lake Erie building!

The building in which our studios are located just won ‘Best Re-use of an Industrial Building’ in the 2009 Cleveland Scene Best Of awards!

The former home of the Lake Erie Screw Corporation in Lakewood’s Bird Town was left empty when the company moved to Indiana. But building manager Ralph Lukich wasn’t going to let the concrete behemoth just sit there. Starting with printmaker Phyllis Fannin and a few other noted Cleveland artists, Lukich constructed artisan studios in the building and, in the process, built an active community of more than 20 people creating everything from custom cabinetry to messenger bags. The artists not only work there, they also invite visitors to frequent open houses, so you can see them in action.

In addition, Shannon Okey & Arabella Proffer, whose studio is on the second floor, won ‘Best Dynamic Duo’ in the same issue. The building has been getting quite a bit of attention lately; 3rd floor ceramics artist Gina DeSantis, who coordinates the open studios, got a mention for her classes in the Scene this summer.

November Open Studios event

The artists of the Lake Erie Building are hosting an open studio event on Saturday, November 7th from 3-9pm. Included are works in glass, ceramics, mosaics, jewelry, fiber art, prints and paintings as well as clothing.

If you’d like to RSVP on Facebook or invite your friends there to attend, the event link is here.

The Lake Erie Building Holiday Open Studio includes work from over 20 resident artists including: Ann Brown, Gina DeSantis, Robert Durr, Michael Hudecek, Peter Jennings, Karen Jewell-Kett, Phyllis Kohring Fannin, Chad Hansen, Marc Konys, Chrissy Lapossy, Level Design, Christine Mason, Michelle Mowery, M.C. Nagel, Mary Beth Norton, Nadine Norton, Shannon Okey, Steve Ollay, Ann Onusko, Arabella Proffer-Vendetta, Dan Pruitt, Kari Sanford & Kate Tobin.

Visiting artists include: Elizabeth Emery, Frank’n stuff, Mallorie Freeman, Erika Kleinhart, Kylee Koszela, Deborah Pinter, Sandy Millman, Alicia Nagel, Suzanne Sebold, Second Saturday Artists, Ruth Sholtis-Furyes, Small Screen Designs, Nancy Spotts, Udella Spotts, Bart Virtunski & Cheryl Weinstein.

Live music from Casual Encounters & Mark Kleinhaut.

After party at the Grafton St. Pub. located at 13603 Madison Ave, Lakewood.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

New ceramics class announced

A class announcement from artist Gina DeSantis:

Hand building Workshop: Form and Surface

I will be hosting a ceramics workshop at my studio will focus on creating hand built clay vessels (both functional and sculptural). We will also integrate texture and pattern to create one of a kind pieces. Topics will include carving, sprigging, stamping, inlaying, stencils, and sgraffito. This class is designed for all levels of ceramics artists from beginners to more seasoned students.

Dates: Tues evenings 7-9pm, Aug 4th-25th (4 weeks)
Fee: $105 (The class fee includes one 25lb bag of clay, all glazes and firings.)
Payment is due one week before session begins.

Contact Gina DeSantis at or (440) 785-5409 for more information and to register.

Lakewood Sun News article

New building tenants Arabella Proffer and Shannon Okey made the cover of the Lakewood Sun Post with this article about their event this weekend. Longtime building tenant Gina DeSantis got a mention, too!

In addition, the event was featured in the Cleveland Scene’s Get Out arts blog and the print edition — thanks to the Sun Post and the Scene!

Arabella Proffer / Knitgrrl Studio launch party

Painter Arabella Proffer and fiber artist Shannon Okey, aka Knitgrrl, are hosting a launch party for their new space on the 2nd floor (C288) 11 July from 7:00-10:00 p.m. If you’re on Facebook, you can RSVP here.

Proffer will be previewing paintings from her upcoming show in Washington, D.C. and Okey is kicking off a new series of classes (including knitting, spinning, felting and dyeing) as well as opening her shop to the public.

As seen in the Scene

Recently in the Cleveland Scene:

The Lake Erie Screw Factory (13000 Athens Ave., Lakewood) has taken an artistic turn since the departure of the Lake Erie Screw Corporation, with a couple of dozen artists and artisans working in studios there. The former industrial space is out of the way and has plenty of room for undisturbed work, unless the artists invite you in for open-studio days. Gina DeSantis is taking another tiny step in the building’s adaptive re-use, offering classes in her ceramics studio. She starts a five-week session Tuesday, in which she’ll teach hand-building techniques — building with coils and slabs — to make functional objects. Included in the $130 cost is a 25-pound bag of clay, plus the glazes and kiln time you’ll need during the class. Classes are from 7-9 p.m. through July 28. For information, call 440.785.5409 or go to

Gina’s page on our site is here.

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