Elf Market2018-11-27T12:22:43+00:00

12th Annual Elf Market

Saturday, December 1st, 2018 • 10AM – 4:30PM

The Elf Market is The ArtsCenter’s annual holiday craft market which takes place on the first Saturday in December. Vendors from Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and the Triangle area gather to sell handmade goods such as clothing, body products, food items, fine art, children’s toys, ceramic pieces, and jewelry. The bar will be open, and there will be hands-on craft activities for children and their families. Elf Market is the place to shop local for your holiday gifts on Small Business Saturday this year! This event is family-friendly and free to attend.

Amy Richards Illustration

Amy’s playful and whimsical watercolor line of stationery is inspired by vintage children’s book illustration. Amy strives to create greeting cards, art prints, stickers, calendars, notecards, button pins and mugs that are gift-able for just about any person and/or occasion.

Beatrice Visual Art

Beatrice is an Italian artist and Art teacher. She mostly paints with acrylics and exhibits her artworks in the Triangle Area. For this event Beatrice works on small and affordable artworks such as rocks, small watercolor and acrylics paintings, bookmarks, cards and wood ornaments. All of the pieces are originally handmade by the artist and they are inspired by colors, places, memories that Beatrice collects during her Summer traveling.

Brilliant Handmade

Brilliant Handmade is created by Kara LaFleur. Her love of vintage fabric and bright color combinations is obvious in her work. Her children are the inspiration and testers for all her goods. She is currently selling Kitty Creatures, party garland, bibs, lunchbox napkins, totes, skirts and quilted blankets for babies, kids and the young at heart. This is Kara’s 10th year as a vendor at Elf Fair. More information can be found on her facebook page: www.facebook.com/brillianthandmade.

Ariana Gabier

Ariana Gabier is a 16 year old student who is passionate about the arts from theatre, to ceramics, to acrylic painting. She enjoys playing with the interaction of color in her fluid acrylic pour paintings.

The B Press & Fine Art

After working at a boutique greeting card company for almost ten years, Jenn Adams realized that she wanted to pursue fine art and received her MA in Studio Art/ Photography from New York University and the International Center for Photography in 2003. A few years later, she took her first letterpress workshop and from there began to explore printmaking and bookbinding. She never lost her passion for greeting cards and has been designing and printing her own work since 2008. Her passion for books, ephemera, and animals, all find their way into her whimsical letterpress notecard designs and prints.

Ashley Mortenson Art

I started drawing on our backyard fence a few years ago for fun and as a stress release from my job as a physician. I picked up my old Rembrandt pastels left over from the 80’s, and rediscovered the joy of working in pastels. I draw on reclaimed fence wood and on paper. I have a special process where I clean up the wood, re-weather it using tea and “ironed vinegar”, and then prepare it so that I can use it as a canvas. I enjoy drawing farm animals, especially chickens and cows, old trucks and scenes from the Virginia countryside.

CaravanSerai Perfumery & Glass Apothecary

CaravanSerai Perfumery are custom blenders of Precious Essences Oils & Amber. Creators of Artisan Shea Body Butters & Soaps. Offering one of a kind scents in freeblown glassware. Creating a unique experience inspired by places & people of the world. New this year, Perfume Vessel Necklaces!

ArtsCenter Ceramics Studio Assistants

We are the dedicated volunteers who work at the Ceramics Studio at the ArtsCenter. As a group, we all share a love of making pottery, and our work includes wheel thrown and hand built pottery. Most of our work is functional and includes mugs, bowls, plates, platters, and some decorative pieces. As a group, we represent a tremendous talent and variety of work. The assistants use the money raised for further education of the group as well as supplying special purchases needed in the studio.

Constanza Wears

I learned to crochet thanks to my sister and my mom. We were taking a 14 hour family road trip and my sister asked my mom to teach her to knit to pass the time. Watching her inspired me to want to learn too. I found crocheting to be fun, relaxing and it opened up a creativity that had been dormant since high school art classes. I started out reading patterns and soon began to come up with my own designs. In coming up with my designs, I was focusing on a stylish design that is warm and soft and often quirky and fun.

Earthtones Pottery

My work as a potter is inspired by nature, history, function. The earth tones of my home state of North Carolina are present in my pallet, reflecting the swirling reds, blues, greens, and browns of nature. The tradition of pottery throughout history as well as today’s society influence my choice of forms. Some pieces, for example, are inspired by traditional vase shapes and others by contemporary environmental needs reflected in my functional ware. For me, each piece of pottery is deeply connected to the four classical elements–earth, water, fire, and air–and to the powers of the creative process that blend them together into a form reflective of both art and function.

Gayle Murrell Jewelry

Gayle Murrell is a Carrboro based metalsmith. She creates use sterling silver, brass, copper and semi-precious stones to make earring and pendants.

Fairy Hair Flare

We install beautiful glittery strands into peoples’ hair and they stay in until the hair we attach them to, is shed. They can be bleached, dyed, flat ironed (up to 450°), permed and brushed. For more info please visit our Facebook page www.fairyhairflare.com.

Full Flower Herbs

In her Durham-based kitchen and home apothecary, herbalist Lindsay Perry of Full Flower Herbs crafts healing medicinal extracts with integrity and intention, from nature’s gentle yet potent medicine: flowers, leaves, roots, berries, and bark. This is medicine of the earth, carefully gathered with thanks, songs and offerings, like a sprinkle of special river water, and generally infused with the magic of small batch, handmade medicine. An hour spent filling a basket with honeysuckle flowers. Pocketfuls of precious pipsissewa leaves, collected taking just one or two leaves from each plant. A modest basket of goldenrod taken from a meadow’s edge. Roots grown from seed, nourished with compost, and lovingly tended through seasons by local farmer partners. Dandelion seeds blown over garden beds and left to grow thick, deep, gnarled roots. This slow and thoughtful process results in potent, truly sustainable, ecologically friendly medicine for body and soul.


Eleanor’s love of henna art began when she got her first henna tattoo at an art walk in Kansas City. Shortly thereafter, she knew she wanted to do it herself and has been practicing henna ever since, gradually improving in artistry and recipe quality. She is inspired by nature, the beautiful designs of other artists and especially by the lacy intricacy of the traditional Indian style. An ancient art form practiced in a variety of ways across many cultures in addition to India, Mehndi is the temporary reddish-brown staining of the skin with paste derived from the henna plant and essential oils in beautiful patterns. These temporary tattoos usually last 1-2 weeks, gradually fading.

Jewelry by Rowan

Rowan is the 7 year old creative force behind Jewelry by Rowan. Her favorite color is purple and she loves cats. She will be selling her bright and fun necklaces, bracelets and backpack fobs.


End grain and crotch vessels, many with stone and shell inlays. Abstract wood sculpture.

Indigo Arts

Art has been a part of my life for as long as I remember. I grew up in my mother’s pottery studio and have had a passion for arts and crafts for my entire life! I am ceramic artist/jewelry maker, photographer, and soap maker, but I have dabbled in so may other wonderful arts! I really think have a wide background and interest in the arts makes your primary work even more unique and interesting. My ceramic work ranges from small succulent planters, to ornaments, to jewelry. This year I started making my own soap and have added ceramic soap dishes to my line as well. I use melted glass in my ceramic pieces, making each piece a one-of-a-kind little treasure!

George Kelly

George Kelly is a furniture maker who also makes bowls, boxes, spoons, cutting boards, and random shapes of wood.

Joyful Alternative

I will be selling three different holiday items this year. First, I will have vegan and mostly raw desserts for sale including treats such as almond truffles, chocolate bliss balls, lemon bars and more! They are healthy holiday treats that you can indulge in without the guilt. All treats are made with lots of love! My partner will be selling beautiful wire art spheres that you can hang from trees in the yard, let them dazzle in the sun on your porch or display inside your home for holiday or year-round decor. Lastly, I will also have handmade hula hoops of many colors and sizes. These are a great gift for adults and kids alike. A simple and fun toy for everyone to get active and play during one of the busiest times of the year.

Keith Knight, Gentleman Cartoonist

Keith Knight is the award-winning creator behind 3 comic strips: The Knight Life, (th)ink, and the K Chronicles. His work can be seen in the Washington Post, MAD, the New Yorker, the Funny Times, the Nib, Mc Sweeney’s, and many more. His work addressing race issues has earned him a grant from the Belle Foundation, and an NAACP History Maker award. He lives in Carrboro.

La Chicharra

La chicharra is influenced by nature with an emphasis on insects. The majority of art, household items and accessories are made from found, repurposed, or remnant materials salvaged from nature, local businesses and studios.

Lauren Sumner Pottery

Lauren Sumner Pottery is designed and created in North Carolina. The Pottery is handmade either by handbuilding or on the wheel. Pieces are individually hand-carved and glazed in gorgeous glaze combinations, making each piece one-of-a-kind. Popular pieces include Monstera leaf bowls, air plant wall hangings, planters, hand-carved mugs, and holiday ornaments.

Little Bird Yarn Company

I create hand-spun yarn from locally hand-dyed fiber for one of a kind projects. A love of slow processes, knitting, fiber, and the woolly animals that produce it led me to learn to spin my own yarn. Since then, my trusty Ashford Traveler wheel and I have traveled miles and created miles of hand-spun yarn. I love to share the history of spinning and fiber arts with others, as well as the joys of creating with hand-spun.

Lo & Behold Naturals

Lo & Behold is a 100% natural body care company based in Durham, NC. I design all the products using my background in herbalism and natural perfumery studies. Each product is handmade in small batches using locally grown and certified organic ingredients. The products are never tested on animals and are free of parabens, sulfates, petroleum, and all synthetic ingredients like artificial fragrances and preservatives. Lo & Behold offers a wide range of items in a variety of lovely scents using therapeutic grade essential oils. We have recently released new Minted Hair & Body Oil and are putting out two new facial care products this fall. Lo & Behold features original local artwork on all the labels, and partners with non-profit Partners for Youth Opportunity to employ high school students affected by incarceration, poverty and immigration, helping students gain professional experience and save for college. Our versatile products are gentle, nourishing and therapeutic, and made with love.


MakeShift designs are handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces that are made from repurposed beads and findings. Beads are collected from thrift stores and travels around the world and remixed into contemporary, original pieces. Haley Garvis, creator of MakeShift is a maker and art educator living in Durham, NC. She is inspired by women, plants, geometry, and traveling.

Mark & Amy Woodturning

Mark and Amy Woodturning creates turned crafts and one of a kind gifts, using a lathe. Products are turned with laminated wood blanks, exotic woods, hand made resin blanks, and polymer clay. Our main products are our pens and pencils. We also turn wine bottle stoppers, seam rippers, ice cream scoops, cell phone stands, ring holders, light pulls, key chains, and bottle openers. This year, we have also added hand sewn leather pen cases, which is an added touch for customers purchasing a pen as a gift.

Michelle Fairholm

Michelle Fairholm is a potter and instructor who lives in Chapel Hill. She works out of her studio at home and she teaches ceramics at Carolina Friends School and the Chapel Hill Community Clay Studio. She thoroughly enjoys spending her day covered in mud. Michelle’s works are primarily functional pieces including baking dishes, bowls, mugs, and vases that are decorated with modern, whimsical designs in slip and glaze. They are unique enough to be display pieces but well-made to withstand daily use.

Palm & Pine Candle Co.

A girl from the coast of Northern California and a boy from the hills of Carolina met in Memphis and the rest is history. Well the rest is our story, a story full of ups, downs, memories, and deep seeded emotions. Somewhere along the way, on a whim, he made her a candle for Christmas and a new hobby was born. The hobby became a shared pastime, a passion and now a business. Mostly our candles tell our story. They are each thought of and hand-crafted with an experience and a piece of our history in mind. We certainly hope you enjoy the aromas along the way, we sure have. We’re a young couple based based in RDU and we make scented soy container candles that share our memories and tell our stories. We have a variety of containers including tin, glass, and handmade ceramic by a local potter.

The Paisley Elm

The Paisley Elm makes handcrafted pieces for imaginative play. Emily was inspired to start sewing when her oldest daughter was a baby to provide her with unique, quality toys. Emily loves to make toys that will be loved by a child, that will bring out a child’s imagination. She loves to use a mixture of vintage and new fabrics, adding fun details with hand embroidery, vintage trims, and fabric paint. She has sold all over the Triangle region at craft fairs and local art galleries.

Pamut Apparel

I created Pamut Apparel because I believe that clothing should be organic, versatile, comfortable, and long-lasting. I sew, dye, and print all Pamut garments in Raleigh in small batches. The Pamut line is divided into tees and higher end woven items, so there is a wide range of price points that make the line accessible to everybody. Each tee is dyed by hand using low-impact dyes, and many are printed with hand-drawn designs inspired by nature. The Pamut woven items are made from 100% organic cotton, which is pre-washed and shrunk for easy wear. I love injecting a bit of fun into the line with pops of color and hand-carved block prints. This season, I’ll be including a line of easy reversible sweatshirts and long-sleeve wovens for winter.


Based outside of Pittsboro, Reciprocities strives to create unique, up-cycled jewelry and art. From natural gem stones pendants, to collage and home goods, each work is one-of-a-kind.

RIVTAK Handmade

RIVTAK, short for founder River Takada-Capel’s name, is the progression of River’s creative mind. Rooted in all her work is a reclaimed story, an element of preloved beauty.  All products and packaging are made from remnant and salvage material, so most items are completely waste free! River is always coming up with new product lines, completely inspired by the materials she finds, creating small batch, limited edition clothing, decor, prints and accessories. River’s main focus is in textiles, sewing, dyeing and printing; but after many years of sitting behind a sewing machine, River has also released a limited edition line of decor including hand drawn Celestial Calendars and Mixed Media Mobiles.

The Salvage Sign

I have been creating hand painted signs out of old salvaged wood for the past 8 years. My signs tend to be very colorful and geared towards decorating children’s rooms and playrooms. I also create a lot of local themed signs. With town names and a North Carolina theme.

Shibui South

Home goods and accessories handmade from fabrics that explore the similar textile traditions of Asia and the Southern United States. While studying for a BFA in textiles, artist Anna Nickles was drawn to the textile traditions of Japan, China, Korea, and India and struck by how many elements felt familiar. So many things were made with the same fabrics, colors, processes, or style as the textile pieces made by her own family here in North Carolina. It seemed only natural to create a company that explored and celebrated these connections through the lens of her own aesthetic and style. The Fall 2018 line includes hand-dyed cotton and linen scarves, indigo dyed handbags, and sumptuous down pillows.


If you have ever wanted a sweet representation of your furry family friend, be sure to shop here. I hand draw/paint each piece from your favorite photos using colored pencil, Acrylic paint or watercolor. StudioTails was originally started with dog portraiture for my love of dogs and inspired by my own two dogs. It has recently grown into a shop designed for custom paintings/drawings and artwork. My business is a way of sharing my art with others and preserving memories in a unique way.


I’m an artist and maker in Durham, NC. I craft and sell paintings, drawings, polymer clay jewelry, screen prints, t-shirts, patches, stickers, zines, pins and digital prints. My work is often centered around womxn as well as my love for sci-fi and fantasy. I draw a lot of bodies that are alien like and make comics that relate to feminist issues. My art can be described as weird, witty and brightly colored.

Suzanne Love Jewelry

I have been metalsmithing for 9 years and have taken classes in many different techniques. I gravitated to enamels because of the experimental and unpredictable nature of the technique. Much of the techniques I use are self taught. I am constantly inspired by the colors and patterns that surround me. My jewelry is fairly simple in form but detail with color and technique is what makes my jewelry unique. It is handcrafted from start to finish and I love to make beautiful pieces that brings pleasure to the wearer. Every piece I create is unique which is so important in this world of imported mass productions. Pieces are hand cut and shaped from copper or fine silver. Powdered glass, enamel, is sifted on the surface and kiln fired to 1500’ melting the grains into glass. White liquid enamel is fired with a torch for an organic look with copper oxides pushing through, creating color. Ear wires are sterling and handmade as well as pendant settings and chains.

That’s Nature’s Way

Beautiful, naturally-preserved, real butterflies & unique insects framed in handcrafted wood shadowboxes. All of our displays are 100% handmade in the USA; displayed to the highest museum standards and quality. About the butterflies and insects that we use: All of our butterflies and insects used in our framed shadowbox displays have been raised on natural cruelty-free tropical butterfly farms around the world. No endangered species are ever used. The educational farms, aviaries, and co-ops provide a real source of income for native people who would otherwise have to sell trees from their rainforest land or raise cattle which are both ecologically disastrous. Tropical insects are important members of these fragile ecosystems, and if their natural habitats are allowed to disappear, then the butterflies will vanish forever as well. Everything possible must be done to preserve them!

The Textile Creative

Diana Cathcart is a Durham-based textile artist who seeks to strengthen the human-earth connection one stitch at a time. With a background in costume production and clothing design, Diana spends the majority of her time making clothing for people of all ages. Her goal is to source natural fibers, to highlight local and regional production, and to produce high quality goods that will be cherished long after people outgrow them. When she’s not creating or teaching, she can be found tending her garden, playing with her sweet boys, sapling in her other small beeswax candle business, or grooming her beloved German angora rabbit, Otto.

Thirty Seven Stars

Geeky and cute crochet figures and accessories with inspiration ranging from pop culture to the natural world. Each piece is great for the young and the young at heart.

Triangle Weavers Guild

The best way to experience fiber arts in the Triangle area of North Carolina is through the Triangle Weavers Guild. Members will have handwoven and hand-dyed textiles for sale. Items will include scarves, shawls, table linens, and towels. There will also be handspun yarn for sale. We will also bring floor looms for people to try weaving.

Wind Blown Jewelry

I have been crafting and creating jewelry since I was 8 years old. It has been a dream come true to be able to turn that passion into my full time job! Wind Blown is minimal brass and gold jewelry meant for everyday wear. All pieces are hand-sawed, soldered, textured and forged out of my studio in Wake Forest, NC.

Winged Willow Press

I am an artist, author, publisher and the creator of the Unwind Time coloring app for iPad. I create environments that are lush and surreal, rich with color, texture and pattern. I believe my creations are the best part of me. Art is where I go for refuge, replenishing, and how I pay homage to what sustains me. I currently reside in Hillsborough, NC, in the woods, on the edge of a meadow, surrounded by my gardens, with my Great Dane, Fiona Fig, and Pitt/Boxer, Marmalade Moon. Many of my works contain sculpted papier-mâché features and beadwork, which push my 2-D work into a 3-D realm. My artwork includes 3-dimensional oil on canvas paintings, cold wax and oil paint abstracts, papier-mâché sculptures, lace runes, and pen and ink drawings. Winged Willow Press is my small independent publishing house that was established in 1998 and publishes my children’s books, coloring books, notecards, greeting cards, divinity cards, and other publications featuring my original artwork.

Petite Bonfire

Tracy Tritten is a artist and musician currently based in Wilmington NC who creates beautiful purses and wallets out of leather and vintage fabric and balianese silk.

Lauren DeSerres, Proud Chicken Studio: Nicholson Gallery Artist

Lauren works in acrylic paint on wood and prints. She explores themes of humor and nature in her work – from woodland creatures playing Bluegrass to vivid depictions of medicinal herbs and flowers. Lauren enjoys telling stories and making people laugh through her work. Lauren’s work will be on display in the Nicholson Gallery during the month of December.

Wayland House: Nicholson Gallery Artist

The creation of woodblock prints; carved from veneer plywood. Each print is hand rubbed & printed on Asian printing paper. “The wood grain in the master plate gives my art its uniqueness in color variations & print tonality.” Subject Matter: * “The Aspirations & Dreams of Our Youth series” * “Spiritual Images” ** “West African Village Landscape Scenes” *   * “Zodiac Symbolism” * Education: B.A. degree, Avila Univ., Kansas City, MO., M.F.A. degree, Howard Univ., Washington, D.C. Received a study grant in printmaking from the Univ. of   Memphis, on location at the Univ. of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Jade Wu: Nicholson Gallery Artist

Jade Wu is originally from Beijing, and by way of a few places around the world, has happily found her home in Durham. Some of her favorite things are: wildlife, mountains, water, sun and stone, large kitchens, books, paper, wood, clay, cloth, dogs. Jade studied drawing at the Beijing Art Academy as a child, and later was introduced to acrylic and oil painting by Taiwanese artist Hank Ma during her teens. She has since developed her own styles in oil and watercolor, which emphasizes stillness in wildlife. Her work is primarily representational, with aesthetic influences from traditional Chinese painting, including the use of negative space, calligraphy, and minimalist compositions. She has exhibited in Beijing, Toronto, Ithaca, Boston, and Chapel Hill.

Maria Frati: Nicholson Gallery Artist

Maria Frati creates relief woodcarvings inspired by natural elements. She is interested in representing personal narratives about regional environment. Maria has been an artist in residence for the National Parks System and the city of Gainesville, Florida. She earned an MA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and has exhibited artwork in Seattle, Baltimore, Portland, Maine and New York City.

John Harrison: Nicholson Gallery Artist

The deadline to apply for the 2018 Elf Market has passed.

Each year, the Elf Market application becomes available online in early-mid September, and applicants are notified about their acceptance in mid-October.

Contact Jesse Hollars at jhollars@artscenterlive.org with questions about the event.