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Pittsburgh is for crafters: Five local stops that highlight handmade

Pittsburgh gets some gushy, well-deserved love in a recent post on Handmade in PA, a blog devoted to supporting the arts and crafts in Pennsylvania.

The post, by Carrie Nardini of I Made It! Market and Pittsburgh Craft Collective, calls out "five stops [that] highlight some opportunities for making and selling, learning and experiencing craft hands-on."

1. The Society for Contemporary Craft in the Strip District "offers exhibitions, a juried gallery shop filled with beautifully handcrafted items, classes in their studios and short 'Try It' workshops where master artisans provide a taste of their craft in one session enabling participants walk away with a final product."

2. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside "offers classes in a variety of medium including ceramics, photography, metals and printmaking; holds a summer camp for kids; and features a gallery and juried shop."

3. Touchstone Center for Crafts, about an hour outside the city, "offers week and weekend long intensive classes for beginners and artists seeing to fine tune their skill set."

4. Wildcard, on Butler Street in Lawrenceville, sells "all handmade wares with a focus on items produced by local artists and makers."

5. I Made It! Market, "Pittsburgh's nomadic indie crafts marketplace," pops up six to eight times a year throughout the city. Next I Made It! is Sat., Feb. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Union Project in Highland Park.

Click here to read the complete Made in PA blog post.

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