Shop People Pop-Up: A One Stop Valentine's Shop

     Hosting a Pop-Up is hard work, but so much fun! This past weekend I had the pleasure of helping arrange and participate in Shop People's Pop- Up: A One Stop Valentine's Day shop. The whole experience made me hope for a retail space even more. Not only was it an opportunity to release new products, but it forced my to clean up my space and finally get some help installing shelving! Seeing as the space is pretty bare bones industrial we offered the blank walls to a local lettering collective called , "Huge Big Thank You" to come and liven the space up. The partnership of Raine Frederickson and Laura Burke was a colorful success. This was just the start of what we hope to be a widely connected and collaborative makers community. Our vendors were super rad (Listed below. Click the name to visit their sites)!

Shop People 

Margaret & Beau

Maja Made

Bramble Floral Design

Dash-n-Dart

Trailhead Coffee Roasters

Ranger Chocolate

Essie Day jewelry

Madge & Co

Age of Earth 

Jamie Noel

Shannon Dunlop

Flume Leather Co. 

Taylor Makesccby Henry & Sean Mintoc

August Design

This show I featured some larger vases from my "Maps series" , as well as new hanging planters, larger mugs, and candles! This was actually my first round of candles, and I loved the results. My current scents are Cedar as well as Lavender/Cucumber/Sage. Being a single lady potter, who lives with three other women, we need something to smell like fresh clean man around the house. 

The next two weeks are going to be some of my busiest so far, as I have a quick turn around for another pop-up February 27th from 1-4 at West Elm in NW Portland. I will also be making mugs for one of my favorite coffee shops in town, Cup & Bar, the collaboration of Trailhead Coffee Roasters and Ranger chocolates is a match made in heaven. If you haven't been in to check out the space and enjoy their perfectly paired coffee and chocolates, make a date ASAP. They also do chocolate and wine pairings and delicious toast in the mornings. The Goat cheese with Cacoa nibs is a favorite. 

As always with shows, one of the things I look most forward to is the trading that happens afterwards. It's always an honor, and I feel like I'm blushing, when other makers who's work I really like and respect want to take home some of my pieces in exchange for theirs. There's something really special about knowing the makers who grace your walls and cabinets, etc whether that was meeting them in person as a customer or working alongside them as their peer. Each piece has a story, and they make my house feel so much more like a home. I can't believe this is my wheel life sometimes. Thankful for your support online and in person. More details to come on West Elm as well as other collaborations in the works.

Start dreaming, get making, love the work. 

- Rachael