Join us for our first trunk show/ Guest Artist Appearance in our new location. Come meet Rachel Sherman and hear the inspiration behind her work.
With these last few weeks of summer flying by we thought putting in our semi annual order of @blackwing supplies was in order. We are so happy we did as they are flying off our shelves along with these DC made leather pencil cases from @stitch.and.rivet. All their leathers come from a tannery right here in Maine! Pop by the shop and check out some of the other handmade back to school items we have in stock. Remember this weekend is our annual trunk show with artist @malaguetahandmade on Saturday from 11 -6. #contemporarycraft #trunkshow #guestartistappearence #clothing #contemporaryclothing #maine #philly #stitchandrivet #blackwing #pencil #sharpener #backtoschool #endofsummer
“Cyber meets bohemian” was one review of Sherman’s work while she was in undergrad @moorecollegeart in Philly. We are over the moon 🌝 to have her back for the third consecutive year, but this time our new 6 State Street location. This Saturday join us 11 -7 to see Sherman’s work and hear a bit about the impetus behind her work.
Studio shot of this weekends Guest Artist Appearance, textile designer @malaguetahandmade. Come check out her clothing and home goods at our new 6 State Street location in downtown Ellsworth. Stay tuned this week for images of her clothing; we assure you her work is off the hook and well worth a look. Event will take place on Saturday 11-6 link in our profile. #contemporarycraft #maine #philly #craft #clothing #textiles #skirt #handmadeclothing #mystyle #kot #ellsworth #studiostilllife #noscrapleftbehind #zerowaste
We all need a special place for our keepsakes. How about this handmade jar by artist @racheladonner available now in our online shop and brick & mortar. We are open Tuesday - Saturday from 11 to 6 pop by for a visit and lunch at Serendib, the award winning Sir Lankan restaurant on our block.🇱🇰 #contemporarycraft #keepsakes #jewelry #ceramics #pokadots #yellow #kotcraft #kot #contemporaryceramics #maine #racheldonner #shopsmall #mainstreet #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #craft #treatyourself #decorate #sunshine
Good Monday morning! We are still plugging away at being fully set up on 6 State Street but we are open Tues - Sat 11 - 6. This happened thanks to @david1146. From concept to completion he makes all our daydreams come true with total ease. Our shop looks so gorgeous because of him. Someday this space will be 100% dialed so he can get back to making some of the most fabulous furniture you’ve evah seen! Stay tuned for images of the piece of his fine woodworking we have in the shop. . . . #shopsmall #ourmister #contemporarycraft #kot #craft #sinage #mainstreet #staging #sundayworkday #slowleybutsurely #movingin #kotcontemporarycraft #maine #thewaylifeshoukdbe #mainething #maine #downeast #ellsworthmaine #ellsworth #unionriverretail
We may be closed for a day off but doesn’t mean we are not proud our our greeting card selection and collection of serving pieces from @ericaemoody . You may recognize that pie server on the left from one of your earlier editions of @bonappetitmag . While Moody is not a Mainer we sure are proud she’s calllen’ here home while killin’ it creating flatware and serving pieces. She’s gaining national notoriety for her craftsmanship and approach to her work. This food movement in Maine is real, on every level.
This weekender duffle is perfect for a short getaway to vacation land! Made by American bag company @stitch.and.rivet and sold on our web store and in our brick & mortar shop. Pop by our store today to see other colors we have in stock. Open today from 11 to 7, we would love to show you around our newly renovated space. Don’t forget our reopening party Aug 23rd and our other guest artist 👩🎨 appearances this month. For a full listing visit our events page - link in profile.
So many complements yesterday sporting our favorite #brooch from the @instakatecusack collection. Honored to have Kate’s work in the shop this year. Her work is such a wonder to people who are new to the #contemporaryjewelry scene. It’s gonna be another steamy day here in Downeast, prayen’ for rain 👇🏼it’s dry and the river is low! .
#contemporarycraft #shopsmall #mainstreet #gallery #shop #zipperjewelry #kot #kotcraft
Another view of 6 State Street interior. This spot in our shop houses the two mediums we are addicted to - metal and clay. Double tap for makers! As much as we love the brick (blood & sweat for sure) it’s harder to display on than we anticipated. The gorgeous necklaces hanging from our circular displays disappear so thanks to local artist Chris Leath a solution is on the way. For now we are just going to relax and enjoy the fine tuning phase of this project. After all, there is sooooo much beauty in the process if we just remember to pay attention.
Fresh off the rock some of us call home, MDI woodworker, teacher and artist @danielle_rose_byrd work is back in the shop this summer. These shrink pots are made from green wood that is worked and left to dry creating a super snug fit between vessel and lid. Byrd has created a textured surface by tooling the wood and painting it just that perfect gold that has all of us spinning! Next Thursday the 23rd of August we are having a party 🎊 and we want you all to come, visit us in our forever home! Festivities get under way at 4pm and go till 7, hope to see you all here!
Good Sunday morning to ya! We are not open today but wanted to ensure your insta feed is full of beauty. Like these two amazing artists @loziloo with her on point patina and druzy 💎 brooch and @dang_craft cotton and linen handwoven 🧣 scarf. Both makers have a few things in common; obvious talent and proficiency of their medium, passion for what they make and both are artists making a living from their craft. We are super passionate about supporting studio artists so they can continue to focus energy on furthering their studio practice and mastering their chosen medium. Our partnership with American craft artists is the back bone of (KōT). When you purchase from us know you are supporting American made and the creative economy.
One of the sweetest corners of our shop right here! As many of you know these brick walls were a labor of love as they were all covered up with 4 layers of crud. So much work went into making them shine - be all they wanted to be. Ever wonder who the artists are that make up our shop, double tap for links!
We are starting to settle into a groove here @kotcraft so much so that we are having time to post and the pressure is real guys - photos gotta be on point, creative and simple enough to highlight each piece and it’s natural beauty. It’s so easy for us to source amazing work like this piece from potter @lizpechacek her work is just our style, we are beyond proud to represent! What’s not easy for us is the quality photos that this part of the business demands. In the past we were spoiled to have the talented @share.studios create our entire website that desperately needs some updating; we will get it it - promise. For now we are going to watch a bunch of YouTube videos for some direction and ask each of you to comment here if you have any pointers you want to share with us - Thanks in advance!
Haven’t been by yet to see the shop? We are happy to give you a virtual tour over the course of the next few days/ weeks. We pride ourselves on representing artists who are making a living from their craft, making work in small batches one piece at a time. Stop by Tuesday - Saturday 11 to 6 for a visit.
These stunners by 💎 jeweler @taralocklear are so fun to wear. Constructed from retired skateboards and metal they are the perfect show stopper 🛑 for any occasion! We are open for the week Tue-Sat 11-6
These sweet owl 🦉 pillows are just too cute to keep to ourselves! They make the best gifts for newborns or even yourself if you have an owl fetish. We are closed today but will reopen on Tuesday at 11 - 6 pm. • • • #shopsmall #owl #craft #frenchlaundry #textile #galbrithandpaul #mainstreet #ellsworth #maine #addiepeetdesign #floorcloth #kotcraft #passionproject #contemporarycraft #shop #revitalize
Another corner of our little sweet shop. We are closed for the weekend - reopening Tuesday @11 am for the week. We hope to see you soon!
New work in our shop by Philly maker @jerarosepetal this collection is a twist, (intentional pun haha) on other bodies of her work. One ☝️ of the best parts of this collection, it was hand delivered with so much ❤️ lotsa conversation and maybe a late night 🍸 martini or two! In person Artist deliveries 📦 encouraged, we love seeing all of you!
We have been waiting for years to “grow up” and become a big girl shop - ya know curbside, complete With windows to decorate allowing us to showcase the work of American makers. It’s raining here in Downeast Maine today but what a perfect way to celebrate summer in Maine - visit us to see whats new in the world of American craft!