Meet the Artists
The Handy Cupboard has a unique selection of various items that are handmade by locals: Woodworking, Wood Burning, Crocheting, and Pottery. Here is a list of the artists and a little bit about them.
Wood Burning and Crocheting by Jennifer Ball. All the wood burned and crocheted items were done by hand by the owner of The Handy Cupboard, Jen. She first started wood burning in early 2016 and created a company called Country Roads Pyrography a year later selling a vast range of home decor items online and at local craft shows. The Handy Cupboard reflects all of the kitchen related items that Jen makes. If you'd like to see the other wide range of items she wood burns, check out her Facebook, Instagram, or Etsy shop (CountryRoadsPyro). In addition, Jen has been crocheting since 2019 and has displayed some of the crocheted items along with the wood burnings at craft shows.
Woodworking by Dan Scott and Patrick Allen. Most of the items that are wood burned on were made by local woodworker Dan Scott. The utensil holders and recipe boxes were made by him while the wood burned designs were done by Jen. Dan and Jen met at their local woodworking club (Valley Woodworkers of West Virginia) in 2018 and exchange projects. Dan currently specializes in making boxes and has an Etsy shop called Blue Sky Heartwood. You can also contact him via Facebook under that shop name.
The wooden spatulas and signs are made by Jen's husband, Patrick.
Pottery by Mandee Wilson. Everything pottery was done by local artisan Mandee Wilson. Mandee has been practicing on the wheel since 2018 after her husband signed them both up for pottery classes as an anniversary gift. She enjoys using pottery to express herself artistically, is influenced greatly by nature and utilizes the act of throwing clay as a meditative benefit. She was asked to display her work in 2019 at the Charleston Art Walk, however when COVID happened, the Art Walk did not happen. Luckily, the wonderful people in the Capital Center building on Capital Street are continuing to display her work in their window front and it is also for sale there as well.