Potters Market returns December 1st-4th
The 45th Annual Pottery Market, the largest pottery market of its kind in the country, is back after a two-year Covid break and in time for the bank holidays. December 1-4, more than 120 Michigan and Midwest artists — including 55 artists new to the event — will come together to offer approximately 35,000 pieces of ceramics across 17,000 square feet at the Southfield Pavilion, part of the Southfield Urban Complex. Newcomers include Mingjie Zhang, known for her “porcelain works with amazing glazes,” and Holly and Richard Purcell, who recently founded the Clawson Clay Guild, a large community studio. “We are delighted to be returning to the Southfield Pavilion,” said Bridget Blosser, Manager of the Annual Potters Market. “We know that artists are keen to show off their latest work, and our visitors have waited a long time to shop for the artistic gifts they love to give for the holidays.” Hours are 10-8 Fri, 10-7 Sat and 10-5 Sun. A special $10 preview and presale is on Thursdays. from 6 to 9. Visit thepottersmarket.com
Birmingham welcomes Serena & Lily
Winter may be coming, but all is warm and bright at Serena & Lily’s new store, which opened last weekend on Maple Road in central Birmingham. The two-storey store, on the site of the former Linda Dresner, is one of 17 design stores across the country and will showcase “the sophisticated coastal aesthetic of the design-led luxury house brand and a relaxed yet sophisticated approach to furniture, bedding, home accessories and interior design,” according to a press release. Known for its modern interpretations of classic influences and an appealing palette, the 6,000 square meter store will showcase the brand’s indoor and outdoor furniture, including furniture, linens, rugs, cushions, wallpaper, lighting and more. Original artwork by Michigan artists is included, as are free design services and in-house consultants. The Birmingham Design Shop is located at 299 W Maple Road; Visit serenaandlily.com.
The Detroit Urban Craft Fair returns
Now in the 17thth The state’s longest-running independent craft fair returns to Detroit’s historic Masonic Temple December 2-4. Founded and organized by Handmade Detroit, the annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair brings together more than 100 vendors offering handmade goods, vintage clothing, home decor and more. “We love supporting small businesses and talented makers and raising money locally to support people in the arts,” said Carey Gustafson of Handmade Detroit, event organizer and noted stained glass artist. “Our voting process at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair looks really closely at price points. We want shoppers to know that if they bring their shopping list, they can walk away with a dozen or more perfect gifts, not just 2 or 3!” As well as being able to cross people off your gift list, you’ll also find Music, take-home workshops, giveaways, kid-friendly crafts and more. Visit handmadedetroit.com.
The Great Decorate helps care for teenagers
Start your holiday shopping and help start a good cause on Giving Tuesday, November 29th. The Great Decorate: Fostering Hope for the Holidays is a local program that raises money to be donated to support teens who will soon be out of the system and living alone. The Great Decorate organizers work with small businesses across downtown Birmingham aAsk 40+ business owners to create a Christmas tree or display. Throughout the season, visitors to thegreatdecorate.com can “vote” their favorite exhibits by making a donation. Each company is paired with a foster youth in need. At the end of the year, all donations are added up and divided equally among the local youth; Everyone receives a check on their 18th birthday. The program has raised more than $150,000 to date; This year’s program begins on November 29 when youth, organizers and Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange officials gather at 3:00 pm at Hazel’s and visit participating downtown locations. Visit thegreatdecorate.com.
Jake Arnold launches a carpet collection
Warm up your home and floors with rugs from interior designer and entrepreneur Jake Arnold, who recently launched a new signature collection with Lulu and Georgia. British-born, LA-based Arnold, co-founder of The Expert, is a member of the AD 100 and has designed the likes of Katy Perry, John Legend and Rashida Jones. Luxurious, tactile and organic, the rugs are neutral in color and can be layered. Nine styles include solids and stripes ranging in price from $98 to $4,698 and designs that are sure to complement a variety of interiors. Visit luluandgeorgia.com.