It’s been a while since we’ve talked about all the makers Pittsburgh is home to (see here and here!) So we thought it was past time to share a few of the artisans we’ve been keeping an eye on lately – from ceramics to clothing and accessories to hand-forged knives and rings, there’s literally something for everyone in this list!
If you love vintage designs and super soft t-shirts, you’ll want to shop at Steel City. We love um, well, everything they make, to be honest. From Mr. Rogers to Eat’N’Park to Pittsburgh Dad, it’s truly a Pittsburgh collection.
You can tell every item at Bombabird Ceramics is wheel-thrown and finished with custom glazes. It’s all *gorgeous* – which makes sense because everything is designed to make the simple moments in your day feel special.
At the other end of the ceramics spectrum is Pittsburgh Pottery. We love their yinzer designs (although they have some amazing non-Pittsburgh stuff, too), and has there ever been a better time for a “worsh” soap dispenser? We don’t think so.
Keystone Steel Co.
Keystone Steel Co. is the perfect place to look if you’re redecorating around the home. And, let’s be honest, aren’t we all doing a little of that now? We love how their simple and classic designs make a statement. The only thing we’re currently debating is if it’s too early to start buying Christmas ornaments (we think it’s never too early.)
Borealis Candle Co.
If you follow us on Instagram, you saw we just teamed up with Norah from Borealis Candle Co. in support of her new scent line (hint: use code MADEINPGH for 15% off your next order!) But did you also know these candles are made of clean burning soy-coconut wax? They’re all natural with NO harmful phthalates, dyes, preservatives, or lead, and we just can’t get enough of them.
With items that say things like “I would cross three rivers for you” and “You’re not interesting, I’m just nebby” we feel like Luluz Design really gets us. Their other patterns are so much fun, too, but can we get one of everything in the “Won’t yinz be my neighbor” print??
The Bellie Brand
The Bellie Brand is full of fun and sassy mugs, stickers, and shirts. We think these make the perfect gift, or a fun little treat for yourself! We also think their wrap bracelets will be the perfect accessory when we’re wearing something a little less pajama-like 😉
Would you ever think to make bowties made from textile discards? We seriously love Knotzland, and they’re doing just that – taking high-end materials that would otherwise be thrown out, and turning them into stylish bowties. Support a local artisan and help reduce waste, all at the same time!
So, not only does Stitchburgh Boutique sell hand-made cross stitch and embroidery, they also sell patterns. So if you’re looking for a new hobby…wink, nudge. We love their fun designs and how many Parks and Rec items there are!
Pip and Lola
If you’re sensitive to heavily scented soaps, Pip and Lola is your dream come true. They’re crafting the best vegan and vegetarian barely-scented soaps possible. And they’re currently giving 25% off every order to encourage good hand-washing practices. Yes, please!
Andy Alm Knives
We love watching all kinds of reality shows, including Forged in Fire. And one of our very own makers – Andy Alm – was a competitor! He specializes in railroad spike knives, but we’re keeping an eye out for when the charcuterie set comes back in stock.
The Barefoot Forge
Fun fact: Pittsburgh is home to more than one blacksmith. The Barefoot Forge specializes in damascus rings – like wedding bands. They also offer blacksmithing classes and make-your-own-ring options, and we think that sounds like a perfect post-social-distancing activity.
Pittsburgh has SO MANY makers, that it’s impossible to list them all here. Give a shout out to your favorites in the comments! And also check out places like I Made It! Market, Small Mall, Make + Matter, and love, Pittsburgh to shop lots of local makers all in one place.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.