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What happens to wine barrels when wineries are finished using them? Brothers Ron and Loren Ballard have come up with an array of creative uses that keep this amazing wood out of landfills: they reclaim the barrels, incorporating metalwork with the luscious naturally wine stained woods for wine racks, wine glass holders, lazy Susans, and more.
 

After he retired, Loren was searching for a project when a friend asked him to build a wine barrel cabinet. It was an idea that spurned a new business venture, one that Ron later joined.

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Pike Place Market is welcoming some amazing new crafters! Among them are:

Kate Endle, an internationally known children's book author and illustrator. She and her husband, Chris Ballew, lead singer of The Presidents of the United States of America, are the minds behind Kaspar Babypants, a popular line of children's music and books. Kate, with a background in graphic design, is masterfully able to create a fully expressive character out of the simplest of shapes. 

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Tlingit artist Harmony Hoss has sold her work at Pike Place Market since 2007. A Seattle native, Harmony is entirely self-taught and her intricate prints and beadwork are drawn freehand using pen and ink, acrylic paint, and colored pencils. Amazingly, she doesn't use any rulers or straight edges in her work.

Harmony got started as an artist in 1994 selling T-shirts with her designs at the Daybreak Star Center Seafair Pow-Wow. "This experience was amazing and I knew it was something I wanted to continue to be a part of," she says.

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Thirty years ago, Haley Land and his wife Leanne Clarke opened their craft stall, Haleyanne Jewelry, in Pike Place Market with the dream to make a living off their talents as artists. Today, they continue to live that dream in the Market, which is now shared by their daughter, Addie. "Our stall is so much more than just a business to support us financially," says Haley. "It has always been a family affair. I know that every day I spend here in the Market with my wife and daughter will be one filled with intelligence and fun."

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Mia Allen's patterned, knitted gloves and beanies stand out in their own right, but the story behind them is unique, too.

Allen is a "second generation" Pike Place Market artisan; her parents Jeff and Kathi have sold art tile in the market since 2004.

Mia crafts her items with wool yarn and bamboo fibers. Her wool is sourced from a family-owned mill in Mitchell, Nebraska. "The family has been on this same land for over 100 years and have worked hard to run a ‘green’ business," Mia says. "They buy all of their wool directly from the growers. I chose this company because they create a beautiful USA-made product from start to finish." Her bamboo is harder to source, though she's able to get Canadian-spun bamboo that is dyed in the U.S.

Mia also sets herself apart through the use of vintage machines from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. She's recently acquired an antique sock machine that is more than 100 years old.

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Pike Place Market artisan and blacksmith Erica Gordon is teaching a jewelry-making class at Pratt Fine Arts Center as part of their "Women In Metal" series. Erica likes to "flip the script and use blacksmithing techniques to make jewelry" including earrings, belt buckles, and necklaces. Her two-day workshop at Pratt will be held on May 23 and 24 and each student will create and take home "wearable steel." Learn more here: http://www.pratt.org/classes/wim
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