12 Artists of Christmas

On the First Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me: Handmade Holiday Treasures, of Local Artistry

Forget the big scary online retailer that rhymes with Schmamazon. Are you truly looking for the perfect gift? Follow the glow of Rudolph’s nose to The Launchpad, where Carbondale Arts is once again hosting its annual Deck the Walls Artisan Market inside the R2 Gallery this month. Unique, high quality treasures abound in this tastefully curated assortment of goods made entirely by more than 50 artists and craftspeople from across the Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado. This is as easy as shopping local gets, folks. For a preview of what Deck the Walls offers, check out the 12 Carbondale-based artisans we’ve spotlighted here.

Thea DeRudder, Toymaker

By day, Thea DeRudder is a Handwork teacher at Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork; after school, she creates dolls and toys made from natural and recycled fibers. Her specialties include pocket dolls, cashmere bunnies, heavy babies, and Waldorf-style dolls.

Mathew Jinks of Jinks & Grey

Ceramic artist Mathew Jinks offers striking Japanese-influenced minimalist tableware, including hand thrown plates, cups, bowls, and bowl candles like the one pictured here. His work often features bespoke mixed glazes with distressed surfaces and gold accents.

Bailey Haines, Printmaker

In her professional life, graphic designer Bailey Haines has worked on numerous projects throughout the valley, including Carbondale Creative District wayfinding and branding. She also makes lovely botanical artwork featuring hand-colored woodcuts and monoprints. Both original pieces and prints will be available at Deck the Walls.

Linda Halloran, Glass Artist

Beauty meets utility in Linda Halloran’s bright kiln glass work, which she sells locally and nationally. Her functional pieces are created with the belief that we need beauty in our everyday lives; her ornamental work is made to honor beauty existing for its own sake.

Reina Katzenberger of The Project Shop

Valley native Reina Katzenberger specializes in graphic and digital arts, painting, drawing, print, and mixed media installations. Since 2014 she has also run The Project Shop inside S.A.W. (Studio for Arts and Works), a creative space providing tools, instruction, and access for pros and beginners alike. At Deck the Walls, look for goods that local artists have produced in the shop, including hand printed aprons, bags, tea towels, postcards, ornaments, and more.

Ulysses Lopez of Ulver Crafts

A woodcarver specializing in ornate spoons and other cookware, Ulysses Lopez crafts his pieces using traditional techniques with 99-percent reclaimed wood. Lopez says that through his work he hopes to “address the issue of single-use disposable plastics by providing a reusable, beautiful alternative.”

Abigail Mandel of Cocoa Tree Chocolates

What could be more festive than a gift box of fine, small-batch chocolates dappled and splashed with vibrant strokes of color? Chocolatier Abby Mandel dreams up unique flavor combos (think Ginger with Toasted Sesame, Banana Bread, and Mango Coconut Curry) and makes each confection by hand.

Ali O’Neal of Thimble Fox

Ali O’Neal worked for a decade as an environmental educator before founding her brand, and uses ethically-sourced and natural fiber fabrics to create screen printed napkins, pillow plush animals, clothing, and more. 

Jan Schubert of Bee Happy Candles

Jan Schubert’s sumptuous candles are made from 100-percent beeswax, and will burn almost twice as long as mass market paraffin-based products. She cleans the raw wax, designs and makes the individual molds, and hand pours each one-of-a-kind candle herself.

Kimberly Trenchard of Star Lux Jewels

A former interior designer, Kimberly Trenchard began dabbling in jewelry-making nearly 15 years ago. Now she has kicked her passion into high gear as owner of Star Lux Jewels, creating designs with turquoise, feathers, geometric shapes, and other boho elements. She says of her work, “I literally dream about making jewelry. I can feel myself smiling in my sleep.”

Lea Tyler of tylerWARE

Lea Tyler is a maker at heart, whether she’s baking sourdough and brewing kombucha at home or throwing pottery at the wheel in her studio. Her Deck the Walls pieces include mugs, small bowls and plates, porcelain mason jars, vases, stemless wine cups, and more. She'll also have handmade peanut butter and caramel cups.

Katy VanNostrand of Argus Art Studio

Inspired by the natural world, Katy VanNostrand is a watercolor artist (and nurse!) whose notecards, prints, and mini ornaments feature holiday scenes, botanicals, and dynamic skies over many recognizable Roaring Fork Valley landscapes.

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R2 Gallery at The Launchpad

76 South 4th Street, Carbondale

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays

Through December 28

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Don’t miss the special Holiday Farmers Market Pop-Up on December 21 & 22 during regular gallery hours. Find traditional eastern European breads, Christmas cookies, pies, cakes, dinner rolls, and many other seasonal treats.

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