Minnesota Made: It’s a Good Thing

Lately it seems that a “Made in China” sticker is adhered to just about everything we purchase at a big box store. While international manufacturing has its place, it’s important to step back and realize there are many creative makers we can support in our own backyard.

Martha Stewart’s American Made movement celebrates the individuals who keep the art of handmade craft alive. Now is your chance to help Minnesota makers receive national recognition.

38 Minnesota makers are nominated on Martha Stewart’s American Made website. We’re showcasing six local artisans who help make our homes a more beautiful place to live. Visit their pages and vote for your favorites! The winners will receive various prizes ranging from an editorial spread in Martha Stewart Living magazine to $10,000 to further his or her business. Public voting ends at midnight on September 13,2013.

Visit Martha Stewart’s American Made webpage for the full list of award nominees.
 

Roxiedoggie

Roxiedoggie’s modern elevated dog feeders are the brainchild of furniture and product designer Maya Khaira, who loves dogs as much as she loves design. 

Roxiedoggie

Photo by J.D. Havens, courtesy of Roxiedoggie.
 

Mercury Mosaics

Employing 18 workers called “Tile Elves,” Mercury Mosaics makes volume tile for residential and commercial projects all over the world.

Mercury Mosaics

Photo by Mercury Mosaics
 

Oh Dier 

Minnesota Monthly Style Editor, Katie Dohman and her husband, William Dohman describe their company, Oh Dier, as “cheeky.” With a selection of block bots and happy wood carved signs, it’s easy to see why.

Oh Dier Hello Sign

PHOTO BY OH DIER
 

Oak Tree Arts 

Kate Schiffler runs Oak Tree Arts, a one woman shop specializing in all different forms of rescued and re-purposed wood, including housewares and kids’ toys.

Oak Tree Arts

Photo by Oak Tree Arts
 

Wind and Willow Home

A pop of color to the kitchen is always a welcome sight! Araya Jensen is the creator of Wind and Willow Home, a line of wooden kitchen wares dipped in brightly colored synthetic rubber.

Wind and Willow Home

Photo by Araya Jensen
 

Tandem Made

Tandem Made is comprised of Erin and Nate Moren, a husband/wife design duo who make modern furniture, sculpture and household accessories.

Tandem Made

Photo by Tandem Made
 

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