Handmade Arcade 2019





VOLUNTEER and attend the Friday Preview Party for FREE!


Visit the David L. Lawrence Convention Center website for directions.
The David L. Lawrence Convention Center is located at 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

The three closet garages to the Convention Center are:

David L. Lawrence Convention Center Parking Garage
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Event rate: $13

Grant Street Transportation Center
55 11th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Friday after 4 PM and Saturday: $5 flat fee

Smithfield Liberty Garage
629 Smithfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Friday after 4 PM and Saturday: $6 flat fee

Download the ParkPGH app for real-time parking availability. (Does not include Convention Center parking garage.)

Friday Night Preview Party:
5:30 – 8 p.m. /
DJ Jeff Bower

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. / Formosa (Stephanie Tsong)
Formosa (Stephanie Tsong) is a dj, music curator, visual artist and one-third of the queer Pittsburgh dance party, Jellyfish. Her obsession with dance music started in her college years where she spent most of her time in record stores and gay clubs in D.C. and Baltimore. Sonically, her sets vary from synth pop, Italo, Afro-boogie, freestyle, Japanese city-pop and anything you can move your body to.

1:30 – 4 p.m. / Pete Spynda (Pandemic)
Pandemic Pete is a global music DJ guru mixing genres from Latin America, Africa, the Balkans and beyond. His Pandemic global dance party has been going strong for more than 14 years in Pittsburgh.

4 -7 p.m. / Dave Zak
Dave can be found DJing in Pittsburgh at Diamond Life — an inclusive, monthly dance party held every fourth Friday at Spirit. He’s also the former DJ @ The Cure For Restless Legs.

Are you a Handmade Arcade vendor looking for information?
Visit the Vendor Information page.

Handmade Arcade returns to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center’s Hall B  in Downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, 2019.


Handmade Arcade is expanding our programming into the LOBBY to include:

  • Coat Check: Check your winter coat for more comfortable shopping. Planning on doing a lot of shopping? Check your shopping bags too! Each checked item is $1. (No in and out privileges.)
  • Pop-Up Makers Mart powered by EdCorps: Handmade Arcade is thrilled to expand its youth maker programming by welcoming 9 maker groups from area schools. These young entrepreneurs in grades 3 through 12 are ready to leave the classroom and enter the marketplace to showcase their innovative products to the public!
  • The Hatch Nest: Shopping with young children? Looking for a place to take a break? Handmade Arcade is excited to announce a NEW AREA where children ages 6 and under can find a quiet place to play, relax and rest from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Hatch Nest welcomes nursing moms. NOTE: Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.
  • Need a break? Tables and chairs will be available in the lobby during the event for all Handmade Arcade attendees to take a break from shopping and making.

Friday Night Preview Party / December 6 / 5:30 to 8 PM

Online tickets are closed. Get your ticket at the door.

Cash preferred for faster and easier processing.

$20 ticket includes 2.5 hours of crowd-free shopping the night before the doors open to the public, a cash bar, art raffles, a make-your-own-crafty-swag-bag activity station and more.

December 7 / 10 to 11 a.m.

NEXTpittsburgh is the proud sponsor of the Early Birdie Shopping Hour


2019 VENDOR LIST / Sponsors, Youth Makers, Emerging Makers, Returning Vendors and more

Those listed have a table in the marketplace.

Artsmiths of Pittsburgh Arts and Cultural Center + hosting an activity in Hands-on Handmade
Artists and Craftsman Supply – Pittsburgh + hosting an activity in Hands-on Handmade
Commonwealth Press
Construction Junction
Contemporary Craft + hosting an activity in Hands-on Handmade
Film Pittsburgh
Green Mountain Energy
Honest Amish
Matt’s Maker Space
ProtoType PGH + hosting an activity in Hands-on Handmade
Skelton Jewelry
Sub Rosa Tea
The Wild Rose
Una Biologicals
YWCA Westmoreland County

Sponsored by Honest Amish
Those listed have a table in the marketplace.

Artist Image Resource (AIR) and CAPA High School
Bat Cat Press
Brashear High School
LaVerne Kemp
Songbird Artistry

Sponsored by Matt’s Maker Space

Black Box Art
Jack of All Trades
Jesse Sommer Forge
Kin of Duncan
O.O.T.W creations
Purple Eagle Ventures Limited
– Deadboy
– Natalia’s Naturals
– ScorchedEarth
Skapa Turnings
Trippy Tee’s & More!

powered by EdCorps (Located in the lobby)

Shameless Audacity / Austin Area High School
Hampton Creates / Hampton Middle School / 7th & 8th graders
Northgate Flameworks Studio / Northgate Middle School / 7th & 8th graders
HP Makers Co / Holiday Park Elementary, Plum / 5th & 6th graders
The iSH Company / Elizabeth Forward High School
TJ3D / Jefferson Hills Intermediate / 3rd, 4th & 5th graders
Phillips Green Machines / Phillips Elementary, Pittsburgh Public Schools / 3rd & 4th graders
The Squad / South Fayette Intermediate / 3rd, 4th & 5th graders
Golden Oaks / Keystone Oaks High School


Allegheny Metals Collective
As the Crow Flies & Co
BlakBird Jewelry *PG&H Sponsored Artist
bel monili
Broken Plates
Cleveland Street Glass
Collarbone Jewelry
Fall Hill Bead and Gem
Frost Finery
Hannah Hoffman
Hanover Designs
Kardelens Fiber Arts
Lily In Flux
Lines and Shapes Jewelry Shop
Lumen Electronic Jewelry
Maia Leppo
Mod Evil Studio
Oceanne Jewelry
Old Blood Jewelry & Wears
Ragtrader Vintage
Sorcery Science
Splishy Splash Craft
Studebaker Metals
Vandalia Metal
With Wild Blood


Adey Designs *PG&H Sponsored Artist
Array Of Happiness
Artifact Metalworks
Audra Azoury Jewelry & Gifts
Crafty Intentions
Cuppa Stitches
Deer Jerk *PG&H Sponsored Artist
Karen Krieger Studio
Keystone Steel Co.
Kitty Lou Handmade
Little Evelyn
Lock House *PG&H Sponsored Artist
MeganCrafts / Cold Friends Clothing Co.
PGH Zine Fair
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
Protohaven Maker Group: Daggerfish Gear / Grove Avenue Design / Lizzee Solomon
Stitch Party
The Barefoot Forge
Things by Al
Vintage Robot
Workshop PGH
Yurko Stitch


3D Origami Art Studio / String Art Studio
Amelia Kieras Paper Arts
Cannibal Paper Goods
Eunoia Artworks
Free Period Press
Gingerly Press
Letterpress Jess
Oddball Press
Questionable Press


Black Walnut Woodworking
Elevated Woodworking
From These Woods
Naked Geometry
Reconstruct Wood
Riverwood Trading
Rustbelt Workshop
The Robot Consortium
Wood-N-You Like It


Bridging the gap between consumers and creators

One of Handmade Arcade’s most popular components is the on-site Hands-on Handmade Activity Area. This FREE “craft lab” environment offers a variety of innovative art, craft and tech activities, from yarn bombing to screen-printing to creative reuse projects. Participate in tutorials, public art projects, games, large-scale installations, hands-on workshops and much more!

Hands-On Handmade is curated and designed to be accessible for all. Serving more than 4,000 participants, Hands-on Handmade believes in:

  • craft and making as a catalyst for community engagement
  • the power of making things by hand
  • collaboration, cooperative learning and creative expression
  • educating the public about the importance of craft-based techniques and materials

Honest Amish is the proud sponsor of the Hands-on Handmade Activity Area

11 AM to 6:45 PM

Silk Screen and Gift Wrap Station with Artists Image Resource
Work alongside AIR and students from CAPA to silkscreen a unique print to create your own piece of wrapping paper. You can take your new art home, or use on site to wrap up a new gift you purchased in the Handmade Arcade Vendor area. 

Typewriter Expo! with BatCat Press
What’s that tapping sound? It’s our collection of vintage manual typewriters! Participants will be invited to test out our machines, and can stay awhile to write out a thank-you note, a poem, a shopping list, or whatever else comes to mind. Adults and children alike will be fascinated by these snappy machines.

Popsicle Quilt with Every Child, INC
Decorate a popsicle stick with acrylic paint, markers, and more, then add it to a collaborative popsicle quilt creation. The Every Child team will glue these creations into a pattern — creating a large-scale wooden quilt. Participants are also welcome to join in on the construction of the quilt. Want to take a small creation home? Additional popsicle sticks will be provided for make-and-take purposes.

Monster Magnets with Songbird Artistry
Create friendly monster magnets using upcycled materials! What color is your monster going to be? Get creative and make a fun new friend to liven up your kitchen fridge! Materials provided. All skill levels welcome.

Collaborative Clay Photobooth with Union Project
Join Union Project teaching artists to learn about ceramic hand-building skills, and get your hands messy experimenting and expressing yourself in clay. Create a clay sculpture to contribute to a temporary collaborative clay and mixed-media installation on sit. When you’re done, document your experience by snapping a fun photo-booth image with your creation!

11 AM to 2:30 PM

LED Bracelets with Assemble 
Join Assemble to make your own LED bracelet! Work with LEDs,UV beads, and learn about circuitry to make your own wearable electronic jewelry!

Black-out Poetry with Bookish In The ‘Burgh, Pittsburgh’s Teen Book Festival, which is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presented by Riverstone Books
Alongside the Teen Ambassadors of Bookish in the ‘Burgh, participants will create their own poetry creations using the pages of secondhand young-adult books, such as Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hunger Games, Maniac Magee, and many more.

Paper Weaving Recycled Postcards with Contemporary Craft
Give Contemporary Craft’s postcards from past exhibitions new life through paper weaving! Paper weaving is a fun and simple art, with countless potential using pattern and color. After the participants finish with the paper weaving, they can turn the piece into a holiday ornament or a coaster. Once learned, paper weaving is something that can be done at home with magazines, junk mail and more.

CNC Vinyl Cutting with Prototype PGH
Create stickers using a CNC vinyl cutter! Participants will learn a new skill, understand how approachable CNC equipment can be, learn how to use a vinyl cutter and be inspired to try other CNC equipment. 

Mural Demo by Sandy Kessler Kaminski
Pittsburgh mural artist Sandy Kessler Kaminski is bringing sections of a large-scale painting, drawn and labeled, ready to paint. Participants will be able to work in a paint-by-number process on the canvas. Once completed, Kessler will add more color and detail to finish the work. The finished piece(s) will be auctioned online once completed. 

3  to 6:30 PM

Paper Ornament Marbling with Artist & Craftsman Supply
Make your own marbled-paper ornament with Artist & Craftsman Supply! Learn the paper-marbling process start to finish: adding your own colors, creating unique patterns and applying designs to create your own unique ornament to take home

Keychain Making with The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh Arts and Cultural Center
Using basic jewelry skills, students will learn how to design and finish a handmade keychain. Participants will learn techniques using hand tools and crimp beads that can be applied to other forms of basic handmade jewelry making and crafting. 

Fabric Dyeing with Textile Artist LaVerne Kemp Studios
Get inspired to create your own fabric art creations with this fast and easy technique for dyeing fabrics using Sharpie markers and alcohol.  Participants will draw colorful designs on pre-washed and ironed cotton fabric using Sharpie markers and then spray their creation with rubbing alcohol. As the fabric soaks up the alcohol, the color spreads – resulting in a beautiful and unique fabric dyeing technique.

Recycled Holiday Card Decorations with Millvale Library
Don’t know what to do with your old Christmas cards? Join the Millvale Library and learn how to recycle Christmas cards and other materials from nature to create a holiday decoration. Participants will demonstrate creative thinking and learn about recycling and reuse to create art.

Metal Stamping with Touchstone Center for Crafts
Learn the process of stamping metal, and create a metal charm with a Touchstone Teasel image by one of Touchstone Center for Craft artists. Participants will gain an understanding of the metal-stamping process and how it may be used in other applications. 


Hot Wheels fueled by Pittsburgh Glass Center
All day activity / Located near the entrance of Hall B
We’ll blow your mind! Hot Wheels, Pittsburgh Glass Center’s traveling glass studio, is rolling into Handmade Arcade and bringing furnace-fired fun and glass-blowing demonstrations to everyone. Have a front-row seat as glass artists twist and twirl the molten magma making fiery works of art.  

The Hatch Nest presented by Hatch Art Studio
Open from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM / Located in the lobby

Shopping with a little one? Looking for a place to take a break? This year Handmade Arcade is excited to announce a NEW AREA located in the lobby where little ones ages 6 and under can find a quiet place to play, relax and rest. The Hatch Nest welcomes nursing moms. NOTE: This is NOT a babysitting service. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Framer’s Market presented by Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
All day activity / Located in the marketplace across from concessions
Stop by the annual Framer’s Market at Handmade Arcade for a discounted picture frame! The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council will be selling frames of all sizes at super low prices! First come, first served, while supplies last. A portion of all frame sales will benefit Handmade Arcade’s Youth Maker Scholarship.

Frame Prices:

  • Small Frames: $5.00
  • Small Frames with glass: $10.00
  • Small Frames with matting glass: $15.00
  • Medium Frames: $10.00
  • Medium Frames with glass: $15.00
  • Medium Frames with matting glass: $20.00


Handmade Arcade sponsors support creativity and sustainability in our community. THANK YOU to our GENEROUS 2019 sponsors.

Honest Amish
Proudly presents Handmade Arcade’s
Hands-on Handmade Activity Area

WESA 90.5 FM
WYEP 91.3 FM
Media Sponsors

Proudly presents Handmade Arcade’s
Early Birdie Shopping Hour

Commonwealth Press
Proudly presents Handmade Arcade’s
Craft Corridor

Matt’s Maker Space
Proudly presents Handmade Arcade’s
Youth Maker Alley

Media Sponsor

Handmade Arcade’s 2019
Branding Art Designer

Media Sponsor

Handmade Arcade receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.