Discover Downtown Middlesboro’s Makers Market will begin Friday April 11 at 10 a.m.with a demonstration by Jim Robinson of the Rookwood Pottery Company in Cincinnatti, Ohio.
Robinson recreates glazes from the late 1800’s which give Rookwood work a distinctive look.
Later this spring woodworker Steve McCarty will have his crafts on display at the Makers Market. His recycled pallet country style creations are made from pallet wood, natural dyes and other things found in nature.
“Our work can give people ideas and create a business with crafting. It’s all just our labor and ideas involved in it,” said McCarty.
The Makers Market provides an opportunity for local artists, craftspeople, musicians and food producers to demonstrate their skills and showcase their products.
Every Friday and Saturday through June, speakers who are experts in small town arts economies will also be invited to present at Makers Market events to share expertise around developing downtown in areas of arts and culture.
The Makers Market project addresses the long term goal of developing the local economy through the creation of small cultural businesses that can revitalize the downtown area.
“What we’re trying to do here is create an artisan economy in the city and that could really change things,” said DDM director Isaac Kremer.
The Makers Market is located at 2008 Cumberland Avenue. More information can be found online at www.discoverdowntownmiddlesboro.org.
Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.