Artists and Producers - Products
Netherwallop Trading Company
Tadé Pays de Levant
Big Dipper Wax Works
Anthony Stoneware was founded in 1966 by Paul Anthony whose vision and passion was centered on the production of functional ceramic ware of the highest material integrity and pleasing aesthetic design. What began as Paul’s whimsical decision to satisfy an elective requirement while working on his degree in architecture has evolved today into a collection of functional ceramic designs that can be found in the finest craft galleries and shops throughout the United States
His years of architectural training and professional practice have strongly influenced the design of the pieces he creates. They are generated from simple forms that evolve into beautiful functional items. His creations have purpose and are crafted to be used with the hope they will enrich not only those who use them but also the purpose for which they were designed.
As the true beauty of handmade goods rapidly becomes an unknown due to global mass production, the studio of Anthony Stoneware, where the art of ceramics still thrive, is aptly named "SOLSTITIUM", Latin for, "where the sun stands still".
Netherwallop Trading Company
Six years ago, Jane Vere-Hodge had the rather clever idea of making wooden toys and tools for family birthday presents and wedding anniversaries. Her interest led to an enrollment in evening woodworking classes and finding success and popularity in her initial efforts, Jane forged ahead to start a business based in Hampshire, U.K.
Jane has become best known for her newspaper pot maker, which allows you to easily transform newspapers into pots for your garden and flower bed seedlings.
Today, she employs craftspeople in the U.K. and throughout Europe who collectively manufacture a selection of innovative products for the garden and home from sustainable Forest Stewardship Council woods.
Tadé Pays de Levant
Tadé Pays de Levant began when Thaddee de Slizewiez, a geographer fascinated by history, visited the Near East and returned inspired by a culture still devoted in many ways to its ancient traditions. The wonderful soaps are crafted in the spirit of heat and steam, the most renowned element of the 'hamman' or Turkish bath and their recycled tire products, which are all individually hand stitched, are modeled after ancient leather originals.
Tadé’s beautiful products have been crafted with ecology and fair trade as an integral part of their creation. Ecologically conscious design and sustainable raw materials remain at the heart of their business and Tadé works directly with craftsmen giving priority to traditional skills and choosing only 100% natural ingredients. This includes all soaps which are 100% pure and guaranteed to be free of any chemical product or synthetic derivative which is especially important for those with sensitive skin. They are never tested on animals and are made in conformity with fair trade requirements.
In 1922 the first spool of Nutscene twine was sold to a local nursery by jute merchants Robertson Ireland Ltd, based in Dundee Scotland. The durable and natural eco-friendly product fast became the string of choice for gardeners throughout the UK.
Nutscene’s product line today is considerably larger then it was in the early days of the 20th century. As they expanded their partnerships with other British craftsmen and women throughout the UK, an informal co-operative of rural business throughout the country was formed with products that now range from oak plant labels to natural pot brushes. With that said, they are still legendary for their famous green twine which when tied around garden plants cannot be seen, thus “Not Seen”.
Nutscene strives to use raw materials harvested from renewable and sustainable sources. All the jute twines (and twine holder) are biodegradable and all wooden products are manufactured from environmentally managed forests in the UK.
Iris Hantverk of Nassjo, Sweden employs visually impaired craftsmen to make a wonderful range of all natural, multipurpose brushes. They are fashioned by craftsmen attaching each individual bundle of bristles to the base of the brush by hand, using many of the same techniques that have been employed in this art for over 100 years.
Today, there are 30 employees from many different countries within the company and all work is carried out manually with stringent quality requirements. Recognizing fine craftsmanship and great design go hand-in-hand, Iris Hantverk also employees’ top Swedish designers including Lovisa Wattman and Anna Doll to ensure the brushes are as pleasing to the eye as they are the hand. These beautiful, functional and much coveted brushes will help make everyday life a little bit brighter and if you care for them well, they will age beautifully. They are easy to clean with some soap or dishwashing liquid and warm water. Then simply hang or stand them on the bristles to keep the wood from splitting. Just as you would a fine cutting board, you may also apply a light coating of mineral oil every few months to help seal the wood.
Big Dipper Wax Works
It was the summer of 1993 when Brent Roose was first struck with the idea of making candles while out hiking with his good buddy along the rugged shoreline of the Olympic Peninsula. During the first evening on the trail as their gaze turned towards the emerging stars, Brent’s focus settled on the most recognizable beacon in the northern sky, "The Big Dipper”. Suddenly the future flashed before his eyes; he would use elements of nature, which he greatly respects, to create a natural source of light. And so the magnificent, hand dipped beeswax candles of the Big Dipper Wax Works were born.
Naturally aromatic and the purest of all candle waxes, beeswax is nontoxic, non-allergenic and burns clean and soot free. While burning, negative ions are released just as at the seashore or during rainstorms which help improve air quality by eliminating pollutants and allergens. Beeswax candles and beeswax tealights are the ultimate in beauty and luxury and are the natural choice for people who care about their health and the health of the environment.
In this day and age of mass marketed and decidedly artificial scented petroleum candles, Big Dipper remains dedicated to their values and proudly continues to make the best all natural candles available.
In 1930 two brothers from Europe brought a wonderful coffee making process to America. Understanding how important their coffee was to their customers, they demanded it live up to the highest standards especially as coffee was, for many, the only luxury item that could be afforded during the Great Depression. For three generations Baronet has continued to focus on what brought them success and during that time greatly expanded their product line and customer base.
One of their expansions was to partner with Fair Trade, run by TransFair USA. This socially responsible society represents the growers of coffee from countries around the world. As a non-profit organization that certifies and promotes Fair Trade Coffees, TransFair USA helps farmers in Asia, South America and Indonesia to earn a decent living wage and provides them access to food, housing, healthcare and education. These efforts help growers remain independent and benefit the environment by keeping the forest intact for its non-human inhabitants through the promotion of organic farming.
Locally, Baronet also replaced its older delivery fleet vehicles with the more fuel efficient Scion Xb and at their facility in Hartford, CT, installed high-efficiency lighting and a modified air circulation system that captures heat from the roasters to heat their packing center and offices to help reduce energy consumption. Also, by recycling their jute and burlap green coffee bean bags they are helping keep these multipurpose sacks out of the waste stream.