APPLICATIONS to Handmade Arcade are OPEN!


The crafty countdown is ON … HANDMADE ARCADE is calling all crafters, designers, makers and DIY artists. 

Apply today to be a part of Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, one of the city’s most anticipated annual events, held this year on Saturday, December 8.

Vendor applications are open now through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018.

Application Options:

We have some exciting new surprises in store for HA:18.

Keep up with all of our announcements and details by visiting our website and Facebook page, and following us on Instagram and Twitter.

Here’s a sneak peek:

  • Handmade Arcade is hosting its first-ever Friday-night fundraiser before our big event. The Cutting Edge: A Fundraiser for Handmade Arcade will take place on Friday, December 7, 2018, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., inside our event space at the convention center. This exciting opportunity will allow participating vendors to load-in early on Friday afternoon, sell their wares at no extra charge during our benefit, and mingle with HA shoppers, organizers, supporters and sponsors.
  • The event is returning to the upper-level floor of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Hall B offers natural light, expanded space, and access to a spacious lobby and balcony with river and city views.

Handmade Arcade 2017 was a record-breaking year. We:

  • Welcomed 10,000+ attendees
  • Hosted 172 exceptional vendors
  • Offered 17 Hands-on Handmade Activities for all ages
  • Piloted a new Youth Maker Scholarship Program mentoring seven high school students
  • Launched a Craft Corridor track for emerging artists
  • Sold-out of Early Birdie Passes earlier than ever before
  • Finalized our nonprofit status
  • Exceeded 10,000 followers on Facebook and 5,000 followers on Instagram
  • Participated in community outreach events
  • … and more!

We hope that you all have a sunny, happy and very crafty summer!
– Handmade Arcade Planning Committee

Handmade Arcade 2015, Hall C
photo by Joey Kennedy

April: Week two in a month of crafty happenings


With so many events happening this April, Handmade Arcade doesn’t want you to miss a thing. We compiled a list for this week, April 10 – 16, to keep you in the crafty loop. This is the second of four installments of HA’s April Crafty Happenings.

Out of Hand: Remix (7 – 10:30 p.m.)
Pittsburgh’s ultimate spring creative experience that you can’t miss! Join Contemporary Craft for a hands-on evening of art-making, art auctions, funky fashions, local cuisine, craft brews, eclectic tunes, freestyle dance moves and more!

Out of Hand is Contemporary Craft’s annual giving gala supporting free exhibitions, education and arts programming for all ages. Spin, mix, turn and twist the night away at this celebration of craft – an accessible art form perfectly suited for creative storytelling and personal discovery.

Saturday, April 14 is FILLED with worthwhile events to check out! Get up, get out and get creative with: 

Hammered Metal Jewelry with Lindsay Huff (10 a.m. -1 p.m.)
Hosted by The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh: Join artist and metalsmith Lindsay Huff of huffalo to learn to use letter stamps and texture hammers to create one-of-a-kind hammered jewelry.

Protecting it with Patents & Trademarks (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Hosted by Protohaven: Learn about patents, trademarks and copyrights in terms understandable to the non-specialist.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers Equipment Fair (1 – 6 p.m.)
Come one, come all to the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Equipment Fair! Snag some gear for sale at GREAT PRICES, including cameras, audio equipment, projectors and more.

This week in crafty classes and gatherings:

Cut & Sew Studio is a neighborhood sewing studio that hosts open studios and classes. This week’s classes include:

Assemble is dedicated to providing an on-ramp to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) in the community and hosts weekly events for youth makers in Pittsburgh.

Union Project hosts Mother of All Pottery Sales
Sunday, April 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Stop by the fifth annual Mother of All Pottery Sales, a clay celebration that brings ceramic artists and lovers together! Featuring hands-on activities, live demos and a sale featuring 30 ceramic artists.

Pittsburgh Glass Center presents Wine Glass Charms
Sunday, April 15, 1 – 3 p.m.
Make up to four different Moretti glass bead charms for your wine glasses. A variety of colors and designs will allow you and your friends to always find the right glass. For a list of all upcoming Pittsburgh Glass Center classes, visit their website.

Events and classes are being held all month at:

Construction Junction continues its Earth Month celebration! 

Visit their Facebook event page for a list of in-store happenings including demos, plant sales, composting classes, seed starting kits, and a Handmade Arcade Pop-Up shop with a hands-on activity on Saturday, April 28.



SouthSide Works Exposed vendor market applications are open. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this three-day celebration of local art, music and food. Vendor market hosted by Second Shift Crafters. Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 25. Artists will be selected and notified of their acceptance in May. 

Wings & Wildlife Call for Artists at The National Aviary
The National Aviary will showcase regional artists and makers at the Wings and Wildlife Art Show November 2-4, 2018.  For its fourth consecutive year, this juried exhibition and marketplace will feature artists representing a diverse variety of mediums whose work is centered on wildlife, nature, creative reuse, sustainability, or is otherwise tied to the conservation mission of the National Aviary. The weekend will open with a soiree and benefit auction on the evening of Friday, November 2 with a two-day public show to follow. Application Deadline: Monday, April 30. Approximately 40 artists will be selected and notified of their acceptance in May. 

Startable Pittsburgh applications are open for its summer camp!
This free eight-week summer program teaches students (ages 16-18) entrepreneurship and maker skills. (Applications are rolling until filled.)

Coming later this month . . .

  • FULLTIME Pittsburgh festival  (April 19 – 29)
  • Spring LUXE at Sweetwater Center for the Arts (April 26 – 28)
  • JFilm Festival (April 26 – May 6)
  • Handmade Arcade Pop-Up Shop at Construction Junction (April 28)
  • PGH Photo Fair at Carnegie Museum of Art (April 28 – 29)
  • Art All Night (April 28 – 29)
  • Art for Change: The Auction to Benefit Persad Center (April 30)
  • And more . . .

Have a crafty event, workshop or class that you would like us to include in next week’s list? Email Tricia at with details and links.

Fresh on the Scene: Youth Makers at Handmade Arcade 2017


– By Jolene Miklas Schneider

This year, we are extremely proud to debut our new Youth Maker Scholarship Program and present our 2017 scholarship recipients —  eight young artists with passion, talent, creativity and outstanding handmade products — who will be showcased in our new Youth Maker Alley at Handmade Arcade! As part of the new pilot program, each student is provided with free booth space and ongoing mentoring.

We’re so sure that you’ll love their work, and we are excited to share this sneak peek of what some of our youngest vendors will sell at Handmade Arcade:

Meet Jeramaya Gramby of Against the Odds Clothing Co. Jeramaya has big ambitions to pursue investment banking and start his own private equity firm. A junior at Shadyside Academy, he’s passionate about crafts and the maker community. He says, “I attended the Three Rivers Arts Festival earlier this year, and to see that the maker community follows their passion by producing high-quality products and takes the risk and responsibility to do so, amazed me.”

Kimari Young is excited to take her business, Allaure Textiles, to Atlanta, GA after graduating from Penn Hills High School in spring 2018. Kimari uses multiple techniques such as shibori and ashari dyeing, as well weaving, to create unique and beautiful textile pieces. For Kimari, ALLAURE symbolizes love, care and an artistic way for everyone to join together in unity to teach respect and appreciation to our neighbors and their cultures. From scarves, wall hangings and pillows, to matching skirt and top outfits, you’ll be proud to own a piece from ALLAURE!

B.Bourgeois is the creation of Angeleia Hall, a senior at the Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy. Whether it be a tiny backpack or a colorful zippered pouch, Angeleia loves the satisfaction of creating something of her very own. Stop by and see what amazing things Angeleia has created for Handmade Arcade.

Christina Miller of The Beauty Within Company is motivated. This dance major at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA) plans to study nursing and become a neonatal nurse one day. She’s already started her own business and sells clocks, wall decor and jewelry boxes containing motivational messages. Come see her laser-cut wooden pieces and take home a little inspiration!

Arianna Allen, a senior at Oakland Catholic, is passionate about the environment. She hopes to study Marine and Environmental Sciences and dedicate her life to preserving the planet for all living things. Nature plays a big role in her art. Arianna created Persephone Jewelry Co. when she couldn’t find affordable jewelry that she actually wanted to wear. Now, you can enjoy her one-of-a-kind pieces made from gemstones, bamboo, resin and more. Gaze into a moonstone pendant or ponder the calming properties of pink aventurine in a bamboo necklace.

Arianna shares a booth with her friend and fellow jewelry maker, Handuo Chen, of Chenamboo. Handuo, an 11th grade student at Montour High School, came to America from China two years ago. She’s proud to share a cultural influence via her work: bamboo jewelry laser-cut with Chinese patterns and greeting cards with drawings rich in cultural meaning. Minimalists will appreciate her simple bamboo stud earrings cut into geometric shapes. Flashier fashionistas can make an entrance wearing dangly bamboo earrings that make sweet, tinkling sounds!

Aaron Evangelista returns to Handmade Arcade with his company DuraNotebook. In 2016, Aaron was one of two youth makers selling at Handmade Arcade. Aaron graduated from Baldwin High School in June and is the 2017 regional Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner from Ernst & Young. Since graduation, Aaron has been busy growing his DuraNotebook business into a 3D printing company. Aaron is the recipient of a special Youth Maker Alley table sponsored by Modesto Studios. His notebooks feature “a living hinge” a solid piece of wood with staggered cuts that allows the wood to be flexible and strong. His covers feature designs from sacred geometry to lively doodles.  

Justine Szurley, a senior at Seneca Valley Senior High School, has something to say. So she created HMR (Hear Me Roar) Apparel a handmade clothing line that promotes gender equality and female empowerment. She says, “I grew up with hearing the word ‘girl’ used as an insult … ‘Girl’ should be used to mean strong, confident and capable.” Justine hopes to reach girls and young women who have faced discrimination and harassment to empower them with t-shirts emblazoned with messages like “Girl is Not an Insult,” “Alpha Female” and more.

All of this year’s Youth Maker Scholarship winners are graduates of Startable Pittsburgh’s summer program.

If you would like to receive updates about Handmade Arcade’s Youth Maker Scholarship Program, join our email list.