AIGA Mosiac Workshop

This summer Johannah led a mosaic workshop coordinated by the local AIGA chapter, a community of creative professionals with an emphasis on design. We had about 20 people, so we spread out on the big steel tables that usually serve as workspace for metalworking projects at Phoenix Handcraft.

This fantastic group hung out for about two hours, making small spontaneous mosaics with a variety of materials. Though most were new to mosaics, the results were wonderful! Johannah’s favorite students are those who declare themselves “not creative” or “not artistic.” Given a little direction and lots of freedom to explore, those inner artists can really start to show themselves.

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You can see more photos of our fun event on the AIGA Richmond website.

Holiday Show Schedule

We may be biased, but we have to say, this year we have a really incredible holiday show schedule. Can you believe this is our 5th year participating in Richmond holiday shows? Neither can we! We look forward to these shows all year as a great way to connect with folks in real life as well as stock up on personal, handmade gifts. This year we have a nice round-up of our classic favorites, as well as some exciting additions to the places you can shop for our work in person, including our first-ever Holiday Studio Sale.


First up, we have two ongoing gallery shows opening the first weekend in December.

>> Gallery Flux 6th Annual Miniature Show

Johannah has several mosaic pieces accepted into this annual show featuring a variety of art from paintings to mixed media to sculpture. This show offers clients a chance to invest in Fine Art at affordable prices from compelling local and regional artists. All artwork featured in this show will be priced $400 or less and 8" x 8" or smaller.

WHEN: Opening reception Friday Nov. 30, 5:30 to 8 pm // Stop by the gallery in person or online through December 30.
WHERE: Gallery Flux, 307B England St., Ashland, VA 23005

>>Art 180's Atlas Holiday Market

We're excited to return to the Atlas Holiday Market. Art and handmade crafts made by local artists will be on display and for sale just in time for the holidays, along with products developed by ART 180. All art will be sold for under $500 and will go as low as $5!!! Sale proceeds will be split between the artists and ART 180.

WHEN: Opening reception Friday Dec. 1, 6-9 pm // Show is open weekdays 10 am - 5 pm Dec. 4 through 14.
WHERE: Art 180 at Atlas, 114 W Marshall St., RVA 23220

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Throughout the month you can find us at several weekend craft shows, and we'll wind it all up with our first-ever Holiday Studio Sale where you can pick up those last-minute gifts straight from our Scott's Addition studios.

>>Richmond Craft Mafia's Handmade Holiday
WHEN: Saturday Dec. 2 (10-6) and Sunday Dec. 3 (11-6)
WHERE: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Ln., RVA  23220

>>Carytown Artisan Market
WHEN: Sunday Dec. 10 (10-5)
WHERE: 3201 W. Cary St., RVA 23221

>>Holiday Studio Sale

Join Phoenix Handcraft and Sweet Cheeks for last-minute holiday shopping in our Scott's Addition studios! We'll have all our customer favorites to pamper yourself or a friend. Our doors are open all day! Stop by and pick up a handmade gift while you run those last-minute holiday errands.

WHEN: Saturday Dec. 23 (10-5)
WHERE: 1607 Altamont Ave, RVA 23230

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Hope you can join us at one or more of these events. We'd love to see you!

Fixtures for Vasen Brewing Company

This summer we've been working on a series of fixtures for our friends and neighbors at Vasen Brewing Company. Their beautiful new taproom features the fine work of many local Richmond companies and makers. Stop by to take it all in and grab a pint of one of their specialty farmhouse ales!

We worked with lighting designer Wendy Umanoff to create this large, forged steel chandelier that hangs in the entrance of the taproom. Scroll though the photos to see a few our process shots.

Forged steel chandelier by Umanoff Design and Phoenix Handcraft. Photo by Umanoff Design

When it came time to create a sign for the brewery, our signature folded steel bowls and wall sculptures provided just the right inspiration.

Forged sign on reclaimed wood at the Vasen tasting room

Our next project for the taproom was a foot rail for the bar. We forged the foot rail from heavily textured solid steel round bar, along with coordinating brackets to hold it in place.

Forged steel footrail at the Vasen tasting room bar

Forged steel footrail at the Vasen tasting room bar

And last but certainly not least, we forged steel brackets to support the live-edge drink rails created by our friends at Surface Architectural. Bonus peek of the talented Emily Herr's mural in the background.

Forged bar brackets in the Vasen tasting room

Forged bar brackets in the Vasen tasting room