Eastport Arts Center will host the 9th Annual Holiday Market from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday, November 27.  Vendors have reserved spaces to sell fine jewelry, wood burned gifts, glass art, handspun wool and knitwear, laser art, stained glass, felted hats, hooked rugs, goat cheese, soap, custom-roasted coffee and espresso drinks. In addition, EAC’s International Dinner Cookbook will be available for purchase during the event. A pop-up café with hot homemade soup will be open during the market; shoppers can purchase a takeout container to bring home. All proceeds from cookbook sales, the café and vendor fees will go towards EAC’s operating costs.

One artist who has registered for a space is Mandy Ramsdell, Lion’s Paw Jewelry and Glass Art.

My beads are made in the flame of a torch through a process called lampwork,” notes Mandy. “The glass is melted and wrapped around a thick wire so the beads are formed inside out. I use many different techniques to achieve fine details including pulling the glass into hair thin pieces to ‘draw’ or ‘paint’ on the bead. Some of my designs are encased for depth and dimension. Most of the glass I use is murano glass, produced in Italy. The majority of my pieces incorporate dichroic glass which has the magical effect of making the beads sparkle, glow and appear to have their own source of light.”
“When the beads are finished they are placed directly into the kiln where they are kept hot for a period of time and then slowly cooled. This process gives them strength and durability. My designs are always changing and I’m always experimenting with new techniques and types of glass. Though I have a few signature designs most of my designs change and evolve over time, resulting in pieces that are truly unique. Because of the nature of glass and the process I use each individual piece is unique and one of a kind, even if it is the same design made in the same week.”

Check out Lion’s Paw Jewelry and Glass Art’s Mandy Ramsdell at work in this video!

Plan to check out Mandy’s wares and all of the other vendor booths for one-stop holiday shopping at EAC’s Holiday Market, where you’re sure to enjoy a ‘not stuck in the Bay day’!

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport. At this time, patrons are required to wear masks inside the EAC building.