Two fantastic ways to participate in Pittsburgh’s largest independent craft fair!


Applications are now open for Handmade Arcade’s 2018

Hands-on Handmade Activity Area
Saturday, December 8, 2018

  • Do you love sharing your passion for crafting, making, designing and dreaming with the public?
  • Have a crafty skill or creative project to share with others?

Get crafty, be a maker and celebrate D.I.Y. culture at Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair!

Handmade Arcade is now seeking craft-based artists, makers, arts groups, collectives and educators to lead interactive and innovative projects for the public on Saturday, December 8, 2018, as part of our dynamic Hands-on Handmade Activity Area (HOHA).

Free to all, HOHA is designed to connect creators and consumers, engage attendees and vendors in a shared creative process, increase awareness about handmade locally produced goods, and encourage everyone to make things by hand.

Learn more and apply here today!

Notification of acceptance for Hands-on Handmade will be rolling until all spots are filled. Please note: vendor applications for Handmade Arcade 2018 will open in June.


  • Are you a craft-based artist, maker or designer aged 16 to 18 — or do you know someone who is?
  • Want to sell your original products at Pittsburgh’s largest independent craft fair?
  • Excited to share your new product lines with the public?
  • Looking for new opportunities to develop your ideas and business plan and gain exposure?

The Handmade Arcade Youth Scholarship Program returns in 2018 to empower craft-based artists, makers and entrepreneurs ages 16 to 18! This unique program provides free vendor space for a limited number of youth to share and sell original products in Handmade Arcade’s Youth Maker Alley on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. From the application process to product development to being showcased at one of the country’s leading maker events, participants will learn the value of enterprise, innovation, collaboration and making things by hand.

Support for HA Youth Makers includes: sessions and mentoring with Handmade Arcade, an invitation to join HA’s Vendor Facebook Group, press coverage and more!

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.

You’ll Love Hands-On Handmade If … 5 Kinds of People Who Will Love Our (Free!) Activity Area


– By Jolene Miklas Schneider

Don’t just stand there! Let’s get creative! One of the most exciting parts of Handmade Arcade is the Hands-On Handmade Activity Area, adjacent to the vendor marketplace and chock-full of drop-in projects, make-and-take activities, demonstrations, games, workshops, community art projects, and more.

We can think of at least five kinds of people who will absolutely love it. Which kind(s) are you?

You’ll love Hands-On Handmade if …

… you like giving gifts from the heart.

Contemporary Craft (3 – 6 P.M.) will bring stamping tools so you can hammer names, messages and textures onto copper pendants. Make one for yourself or create a personalized gift for a loved one. BatCat Press will be with us all day (11 A.M. – 7 P.M.) with a vast variety of papers and art supplies so you can make pins — the perfect pop of personalized art for a friend’s jacket or backpack.

… you’re an artist.

Ready to get swept up in a surge of creative energy? Groups like Pop Craft will provide the perfect outlet for your artsy impulses. Join them from 11 A.M. – 3 P.M. to print one-of-a-kind holiday cards from hand-carved linoleum blocks and ink. Or, sit down with the Union Project (11 A.M. – 7 P.M.) to make a unique blossom out of clay. They’ll fire it in a kiln and “plant” it in an outdoor community art garden, where it will bloom all year long for the public to enjoy!

… you’re not an artist.

Think you’re not the creative type? Bring your left brain and surprise yourself, especially when art, science and tech converge! Learn about simple circuits with Assemble (11 A.M. – 3 P.M.) while you create wearable flowers that light up and glow. Prototype PGH (3 – 7 P.M.) will show you how to design in Adobe Illustrator, then will send your original images to a computer numerical control (CNC) vinyl cutter to be turned into stickers! And Sarah Heinz House (3 – 7 P.M.) will be on hand to show you that anyone can engineer, and use wire, tools and LEDs to create spectacular holiday decorations.

… you care about the planet.

Sit down with Earth Girl (3 – 7 P.M.) to learn the art of recycling and reuse. She’ll show you how to turn plastic bottles into decorative flowers and vines that are far too lovely for a landfill. Join Pittsburgh Public Schools, Gifted Center (11 A.M. – 3 P.M.) for Reuse-a-Palooza. These talented students will share what they learned about upcycling, and will help you try your hand at designing and creating your own uniquely repurposed items.

… you like FREE stuff!

All of the Hands-on Handmade activities are free and fun for all ages!

Hands-on Handmade is sponsored by The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh, a 10,000-square-foot arts and cultural center featuring local art, classes, exhibits and more. Its mission is to promote and strengthen art appreciation in the South Hills of Pittsburgh through education of the public and mentorship of its artists.

The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh supports the creativity of Greater Pittsburgh’s artists and the public to further the understanding of a wide variety of art processes, media and concepts; inspire individuals to explore and deepen their own creativity; encourage people to get to know their neighbors and community; foster collaboration among between the city’s artists, art organizations and businesses; and support the magnitude of amazing things happening right here in the Pittsburgh region.

Handmade Arcade is grateful for the generous support of The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh!