Shining the spotlight on Minnesota’s best makers and artisans, “At The Maker’s Table” is a weekly Instagram Live series led by Minnesota Monthly’s very own aesthetic editor Jerrod Sumner. Every Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. CST, we’ll take a candid peak into different local makers’ studios and workspaces to talk about how they got started, what they’re working on now, and together, define the meaning behind their making.

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Yes, there is an Addington behind the brand and his name is Chip. A lifelong outdoorsman and tinkerer he understands the demands of nature’s elements on each piece he crafts. As a boy, all it took was a sketch pad and the great outdoors to entertain Chip.  Always a maker, doodler and crafter he set up a miniature forge to hone his blacksmithing skills at the age of 12. His love of nature and need for gear led him to make his first bag in 2013. In 2014, he opened the current studio and set out on this journey.  Chip picked up his sewing skills at an early age from his Grandmother but the bag making is self-taught. While Chip loves to be leading a trek up North or basking in the quiet solitude of a canoe, the studio and his work bench have set him forth on a journey building these luxe bags of refined ruggedness.  A full day starts with the drive to the studio, brewing coffee, and some sketching with the first cup of coffee. From there it is feet to the ground with sewing, emails and shipping.  Evenings and weekends are spent outdoors or working on his 1915 stone house he shares with his wife near Lake Phalen.


 JUNITA’S STORY | Much more than a survivor of domestic abuse, Junita’s story is one of resilience and love. She found strength baking the recipes of her childhood, which led to a purpose filled business. Junita was not only determined to create a better life for herself and her family, she also made a commitment to embrace hope for others. A portion of Junita’s Jar profits is donated to support education and awareness initiatives dedicated to ending relationship violence. So, when you buy these deliciously wholesome cookies, you become a part of our mission to help women live their best lives.

VISION | MISSION | VALUES: To be a social impact leader delivering the ingredients needed to put an end to dating and domestic violence. Bake hope into every cookie purchase, helping women live their best lives. We believe in the unconditional love of FAMILY, respecting its many diverse shapes and forms. We’re committed to inspiring the COURAGE needed to conquer limiting fears and challenges. We RESPECT individuals and organizations who have made it their mission to become true ambassadors of hope.


Hennepin Made co-founders Jackson Schwartz and Joe Limpert launched their business in 2011, driven by a desire to build something sustainable and transformative for their field. Skilled artists and glassblowers, the duo saw an opportunity to connect their passion for glass with lighting design – and quickly made a national name for themselves.

In 2016, still growing rapidly, the crew purchased, renovated, and moved operations into a 30,000-square-foot former industrial warehouse in Minneapolis’ rising North Loop. Today, the Hennepin Made headquarters is home to seven full-time glassblowers with more than 80 years of collective experience among them, working alongside a team of 10 additional staff.


I am the one-woman show behind Fringe and Fettle Ceramics, every little part of the business is done by me. In 2011 I was working full time when I took a blind leap and quit my job to pursue pottery. I moved up to the north woods of Wisconsin to my family’s cabin and did nothing but make pots for the next 6 months. It was fantastic. Now I am living in the Schmidt Artists Lofts in St. Paul, MN in a community of artists.  And everyday I get to do what I love more than anything else, create.
I make things that I love. That’s the secret. It sounds kind of dumb and simple, but it’s true. I think for a while I was really caught up in trying to make what other people wanted, what would sell well. But it wasn’t until I threw that out the window and started making things that I wanted, that I loved, that I really found my style. I think one of the things I love the most is finding the balance between form and function.  I love the challenge of trying to make something beautiful but also works really well.  My pots are meant to be used and well loved.  I make bowls to be your favorite bowl because it fits the curve of your palm like no other.  Grooves for nice grip and clean edges for good pouring.  My food-focused pieces are influenced by my love of cooking, and made to become an essential piece of your kitchen. I think my pieces have a gentleness to them, a subtleness that is very inviting.  I love the movement that goes into making a pot, the spinning of the wheel, the push and pull of the clay.  My pots are simple and clean, a frozen moment captured in my delicate white porcelain shapes.


Art is an outlet for me because it is a safe place to store honest feelings. Because of this my illustrative characters often carry grief. In other paintings, blessings and joy bleed out of the frame. Pastel colors may mask suspicious character’s twisted thoughts or harsh scratchy line quality can outline innocent animal friends. It’s a mischievous battle between grisly critters and sweet furry folk.


I discovered I really loved making things in 2014. This was about the same time I discovered the things I loved making were things people wanted to buy. I started with furniture, but it was the mosaic wall art that I made from the scraps of my furniture projects that really took off, quickly becoming a full-time business for me and my husband, Nathanael. 

Now, we’ve expanded our team to six (not including our two shop dogs), and we’ve been able to build a life around providing warmth, comfort and inspiration for others.

Yes, we’re big dreamers. Yes, we’re risk takers. But we’re not chasing money. Success, to us, is a life spent loving what we do. It’s in creating a gathering place for our community at our shop. And it’s in bringing calm and simplicity to every life we can. 


Adam Turman is an illustrator from Minneapolis, MN, whose bold style offers colorful takes on beloved landmarks and the great outdoors. Adam’s murals can be found throughout the Midwest, and his prints in private collections worldwide. He works with major brands, independent businesses, and private collectors to make art part of our everyday.

Adam grew up in the Twin Cities and got his start as an artist by making gig posters for bands coming through popular Twin Cities venues. He drew influence from the bold, graphic style of 80s art and comics. Adam started his professional studio practice in 2003, and since then has become one of Minnesota’s most popular artists.

Approaching projects from a graphic design perspective, Adam connects with art lovers through his collection of colorful art screen prints and creates commissioned pieces in the form of logos, illustrations, murals, and paintings. Clients use his work to advertise events, connect with local audiences, and celebrate their organizations. He has worked with businesses including Indian Motorcycles, Founders Brewing, Beam Suntory, SPAM/Hormel, MN State Fair and the Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota, just to name a few.


R&R Cultivation is dedicated to working toward a culture that cares where its food comes from. As a society, we have become increasingly distanced from our food with most people not eating food at all but rather eating food like substances. R&R Cultivation is beginning this journey by being a local grower of many different types of mushrooms including shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, and many others. As they grow and scale, they will continue to strive to do their part to fulfill their mission and inspire others to live happier and more sustainable lives.

Owner Nick Robinson is a Twin Cities native with a passion for growing fresh, gourmet mushrooms. After getting married in 2012 Nick lived in Shanghai, China for 3 years and visited 12 different countries to explore more of what the world had to offer. After returning home, he started finding ways to give back to his community in a local and meaningful way. After working in education for 3 years and serving on a school board, he was drawn into the world of sustainable living and urban farming through his friend, Lance Ramm. This was where the idea for R&R Cultivation began.


Heidi Skoog is the proprietor of Serious Jam. After nearly two decades as an award-winning florist, she swapped blooms for an apron to pursue her passion for food. A self-taught jam-maker, Heidi combines traditional methods and a flair for experimenting with flavor combinations and unusual ingredients. The result is a well-balanced, vibrant preserve that has a lot of love and story in every jar. Unexpected flavor combinations, such as Blueberry Bourbon Sage, Chai Spiced Pear Butter, and Meyer Lemon Earl Grey Marmalade have put Serious Jam on the culinary map.

In addition to being serious about jam, Heidi is equally committed to teaching others to preserve the harvest, using food and herbs to heal, and testing her theories of kitchen-witchery on her super swell husband Kern and eager friends. Heidi and Kern can often be found slinging jam at farmer’s markets together. They live in St. Paul, MN surrounded by meaningful, hand-chosen objects from their adventures around the globe. 


Sparked around a Minnesota campfire, the idea of a flavorful, better-for-you marshmallow inspired us to create North Mallow marshmallows. 

As camp counselors, we have some serious s’more-making skills and recognized that the simple act of roasting marshmallows created joy and connections among our campers – experiences that would last a lifetime. 

Together as a husband and wife team, we want to share the joyful moments we experienced at camp and successfully improve upon the classic to deliver a delicious line of mallows that roast to the perfect, gooey consistency and that we can feel good about sharing with our family, friends, and campers. 

We believe food should be made with simple, real ingredients. Unlike traditional marshmallows, we never use high fructose corn syrup, chemical preservatives, or anything artificial. That way, North Mallow is a flavorful, feel-good treat that everyone can enjoy.  


Redhead Creamery made our first batch of cheese in 2013 and by the end of 2014 we had built and opened up our own cheese making facility right here on our family farm, Jer-Lindy Farms.  But the ridiculously good cheese you taste today in our cheese shop is the culmination of years of study, trips to artisan cheese plants, funding campaigns, testing, waiting, sampling and starting over.


With over 50 years of professional cooking experience between them, sisters Jule Vranian and Hope Klocker are particular about what they produce. Growing up in a restaurant family, the standards for food quality were high. From early on they learned how to “cook what you cook with pride and excellence,” and there were no better teachers than a large family of expert chefs and serious foodies who have traveled the world and experienced truly authentic gastronomy. No short cuts, no compromise, use real ingredients; make the kind of candy YOU want to eat, they advised. And so we did. Sweet Jules Caramels are the product of many years of testing, family critiquing, loving encouragement, and high expectations.

In 2009, Jule and Hope introduced “Sweet Jules Caramels” to the public, launching their new business venture. Now you too can have a piece of the family history with each sweet morsel.


The Hobby Farmer Canning Company is a company that produces a variety of pickles, pickled beets, hot peppers, & an Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger, and Honey based beverage called Switchel. We started out making everything by hand from family recipes that are over 100 years old. Some come with a modern twist that we developed to satisfy current trends and tastes, others are produced just like great grandma made them in the old country.

We want our products to give people a good feeling. A feeling that they are eating well, and we want them to share that enjoyment with others. We see the excitement our products bring to the faces of our customers, and we listen to them tell stories of Grandma, and Mother, canning every summer….the familiar smells and flavors bring back pleasant memories of family, and the days of their youth. Recipes that remind them of the times when their relatives canned and shared their love of good, home-made food. It’s amazing to see how something as familiar and simple as a pickle can bring a smile to a face of someone when they least expect it. It is something that gets people talking, and gets them excited for the next bite, the next flavor, or the next meal. Our pickles, beets, peppers, and Switchel make a great gift, a thoughtful gesture to a neighbor, a pick me up for a co-worker, or an excellent holiday, or housewarming present.


They don’t call Martha Rossini Olson “sweet” for nothing. St. Paul native Martha (you may know her as Sweet Martha) and her three business partners – Gary Olson and Neil & Brenda O’Leary – have been selling fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies for over 40 years. And to think it was part luck, as Martha says.

What is now a cookie empire, producing 3 million cookies per day of the Minnesota State Fair, began humbly, with one 9×11 booth in 1979. Now, 40+ years later, you can find Sweet Martha’s at Twin Cities’ events, as well as our frozen cookie dough in area grocery stores, and, of course, every summer at the Minnesota State Fair. 

Try a cone, or perhaps a pail, of cookies for yourself. As Martha says, “Some say our cookies taste better than Mom’s…”


With a background in the arts, Sumner understands the creative process from start to finish. He loves the power of sharing through storytelling and thoughtful design. He is the talker and the dreamer with a playful attitude and a streak of snarkiness. Sumner tells it like it is and believes that makers and artisans are not made by just those who work on it but by those who experience it!


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