Great Handmade Dad & Grad Gift Guide 2013

It’s June, and time to think about gifts for dear old Dad and that grad you love. You know they want something handmade – it makes all the difference! Check out our selection of gifts from American artists and craftspeople:


Father’s Day


The Charles Pen


The elegant “Charles Pen” by Phinney Studios is hand turned using bloodwood and maple hardwoods. Priced at $65.00, it uses a standard Parker refill.


Bowtie by Frittelli & Lockwood


Is Dad a bowtie-wearing kind of guy? Give him this handwoven tie and scarf set from Frittelli & Lockwood, made in their studio in Saratoga, NY. Tie is shown in navy/camel/coral handwoven in silk and cotton, $75 (available pre-tied or as a self tie bowtie); scarf is mushroom/peach handwoven in bamboo/rayon/silk, $115 – size 10″ x 66″.


Exotic Wood Business Card Holders


Give Dad an exotic wood business card holder by Creative Wood Designs by DAMI. Shown from top left: walnut, maple & bloodwood; hickory & purpleheart;  lacewood & bloodwood; zebrawood. Each priced at $30.00.


Belt Buckle by Randi Tannenbaum


Surprise Dad with this very cool mosaic belt buckle made of recycled industrial metals including license plates, street signs, containers by artist Randi Tannenbaum, $62.00. Buckle measures 3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. One of a kind.


"Kapalua" by Jennifer Beaudet


Does your father dream of retiring in paradise? Give him a little piece of it now. “Kapalua” original oil on canvas 20″ x 30″ by painter Jennifer Beaudet would be perfect for home or office. Priced at $1,200.00.


Beer Mugs by Art of Fire


Beer mugs – but not your ordinary type. These handblown glass mugs are made with pale or dark “ale” color already in them – and even have “foam” on top. Each measures approximately 7 inches tall and retails for $65.00.  Made by Todd Hansen, Josh Ries and Foster Holcombe at Art of Fire Contemporary Glassblowing Studio.

Dad Mug by Deb Babcock

Show Dad how much you love him with this heartfelt 16 oz. coffee mug by artist Deb Babcock of Blue Sky Pottery. Handbuilt from white stoneware clay, it has textured designs and is painted with ceramic stains and a clear glaze. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Sells for $28.00, with $11.50 shipping.


Shaving Scuttle


Pamper him on Father’s Day with this handmade “shaving scuttle” from Moon Star Pottery. With a double walled bowl designed to keep lather warm for a sensual shaving experience. Measures 5 1/2″ x 3″ deep, it comes with complete instructions and retails for $45.00.


Handcarved Sign


Does Dad love his garden? This exquisite handcarved redwood sign by artist Ron Ramsey could be just the thing to remind him of you while he’s working outside. Meaures 10″ x 22″. Sells for $450.00.


Tide Clock


Is Dad a boater? Give him this handmade tide clock by Mesolini Studio. Made of fused glass, it features carved design and tides. In cobalt & lime with dichroic glass edge details, it uses one AA battery. $250.00 retail; instructions included.


Cuff Links


For your man of steel, the perfect gift may be this set of cuff links made with real bullet casings from Lamplighter Jewelry. The pair measures just over 1/2″ in diameter and 1″ high, and sells for $30.00.


Art Glass


This handsome piece of art by Kymm Hughes of Prairie Glass Art Studio is from the “Wave Series” and is fused transparent and iridescent glass in an earthy palette. May be displayed on a table or hung on the wall. A stunning addition for his office, it measures 13″ x 16″ x 2″ and retails for $425.00.




Looking for Love


Unique contemporary ceramic wall art “Looking for Love” by Hawaiian artist Leslie Hagen is Picasso-inspired, and measures 9 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  Perfect for the grad’s new apartment! Retails for $58.00.


Picture Frame


A gift for the Math major. An old calculus book, recycled into a picture frame by Don and Carolyn Madvig of Sleeping Dogs Studio. Outside dimensions 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Sealed with resin for durability. Other themes available as well, such as sheet music for Music majors, recycled foreign language books, etc. $24.00 each.


Canyon Country Coyote


Add a little beauty to your grad’s life with this exquisite print by Kathryn Hansen, $12.00. Originally drawn in graphite, this print will appeal to any grad who loves wildlife. Measures 8 1/2″ x 11″, printed on high quality Epson photograph paper, and signed.


Art Glass Cube


Handmade of glass by artist Rhoda Powers, this 4″ x 4″ glass cube holds memories. As a graduation gift, cube features the letters from the grad’s name and photos, symbols, text from childhood and hopes for the future. Stands alone, or order upcycled metal and marble base. Sells for $150.00.


Latte Set


Start the new grad off with this hand thrown latte cup and saucer set from potter Althea Meade Hajduk. Made of stoneware, each cup holds 9 oz. to start each morning just right. $38 per cup and saucer.


"Finding Shakespeare"{ by photographer Mary Serantoni


A wonderful find for the literary grad, photographer Mary Serantoni’s print “Find Shakespeare” is a photo of a Paris bookstore which is an historical landmark for literature and theatre lovers. 8″ x 10″ print retails for $30.00.


Internet Journal by Jades Menagerie


Pretty and useful, this internet password book measures a portable 4 1/2″x6 1/4″ and retails for $14.00. Made by Wanda Allen of Jade’s Menagerie. Shown is dragonfly on Washi paper, but other designs are also available.


Pilsner Glass by Gottuso


Stunning Pilsner glass by James Gottuso is actually made of hand thrown porcelain decorated with colored slips and a shellac resist technique. Stands 7 1/4″ tall and holds 22 ounces. Sells for $70.00.


Business Card Holder by Lori Randall


Celebrate your grad’s launch into the business world with this clever and striking business card holder, hand built by potter Lori Randall of Chi Gallery, and glazed a vibrant blue green shade. Pick this gift up for $18.00.


Dragon Mug by  Lori Buff


Gift the grad with this wheel-thrown dragon mug, made of stoneware by Lori Buff of Future Relics Gallery. Measures approximately 4 1/2″” x 4 3/4″” x 3 1/4″ and is microwave and dishwasher safe. This mug sells for $36.00.


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  1. Thank you for including ‘Finding Shakespeare’ in your wonderful collection of artisan Gift ideas!
    Continued success to all 🙂

    Best regards,
    Mary Serantoni

  2. I’m so honored to be included in such a wonderful collection of gifts! Thank you so much! There’s such amazing talent in this collection with so many great gift ideas.

    Jennifer Beaudet

  3. what an awesome collection of art!! great ideas for anyone!!

  4. Thank you for including our Tide Clock in your ‘Gifts for Grads & Dads Guide’! We appreciate your support and promotion of our work and look forward to the conversations we will share with others about this unusual gift!

  5. What a wonderful collection of art and artists. Thanks so much for including my Picasso inspired wall mask!

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