a visit with: Katie & Mark of Buffalo Craft Company

Over the next few months leading up to our November market, Tuesday through Thursday we'll be showcasing one of our 2012 market artists, their work, and a little peek at where they make the magic happen. We hope you'll enjoy this new series, where we'll ask the same questions of each of our makers. 

You'll get to know a little bit about our talented makers and what inspires them, read about their favorite ways to recharge their creativity, and learn what experience has shown them to be an invaluable piece of the puzzle in selling their work. Come November, won't it be great to walk into a room filled with inspiring, familiar faces? We think so, too!

For our first post this morning we're visiting with talented jewelry designers and returning Second Storie vendors Katie Sallander and Mark Farrell...

a visit with:

- Katie, in their studio - 

What first inspired you to create/make what you do now?
When Kate first started doing shows she had gone through the jewelry program at Buffalo State College. She was doing very different work than what we do today. After a year of shows and heavily competing with other jewelers with similar products, she decided to start making work that she wasn't seeing at shows. That is when she started the etched metal jewelry. 

From there we've crafted what you see today. The etched metal allows us to make very unique pieces of jewelry. The process also lets us create a piece from start to finish. We make all of our own designs and etch all of our own metal.

Your advice for someone just starting out
and wanting to sell their work?
Just go for it! If you think it's a good product, other people will too. Make things that you like! People always want to get something the artist is passionate about over something made to make a quick buck. 

- Mark, in their studio -

Three things or people who inspire you?
Kate's father, Dennis Sallander, a self taught jeweler from AZ in the 70's. Blain Lewis. His support, connections, and skills are amazing! Street art as a whole; tags, murals, and the cutting edge of outsider fringe art.

- their work -

Favorite way to take a break/recharge your creative batteries?
Walk to one of the two coffee shops near our house in downtown Buffalo. Mark gets a large redeye with an extra shot and Kate gets a medium skim latte.

Get to know more about Katie and Mark here:


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