Meet the Artisans of the DIY Makers Market


Karsten Cartright

How did you begin working with ceramics?

I have been doing ceramics for about 3 years. Actually, my mother and uncle were both potters so I thought I’d give it a shot while going to school for Engineering.

What is your favorite form?

Throwing is by far my favorite; you’ll see that most of my pieces and even the attachments are wheel thrown. I’ll avoid hand building if I can. I find a lot of inspiration from mid century modern artists like Edith Heath.

What types of pieces do you design?

I mostly make functional kitchenware or large decorative vases. I love making mugs because you use them everyday! I believe each day deserves its own special mug. I’ve made some pretty interesting teapots that break away from the typical look. I’ve also made a double walled handleless mug, which has an exoskeleton so the handle is virtually the outside of the mug.

What kind of pieces can Comrades expect to see at the market?

Comrades should be expecting to see large vases, bottled vases, large bowls, and mugs of many different variations.


Jonathan Oliff

How long have you been working with printing?

I studied art & design at college and then Graphic Communications at university. After, I worked as a graphic designer for over a decade. The last four years have been very rewarding by getting to know other artists at craft fairs and exhibitions. Other artists can be the most valuable resource there is for networking, knowledge, and inspiration. My work is currently on display at the Havasu Art Center on McCulloch Blvd where I am a member artist.

What are all of the mediums you use?

I work with illustration both hand drawn and digital which in turn inform my printmaking styles. I mainly make prints to frame and hang as wall art but I would like to try hand printing shirts and to design enamel pins and other more practical items. I also carve the linocut blocks with which to print is part of the process, and can be used again if needed, provided they are not part of a limited edition. I was once asked to create a print in collaboration with a poet for the launch of an educational bursary fund, that was a very different and rewarding project to work on.

Where do you find inspiration for your pieces?

A lot of my work is inspired by pop culture and my passions for movies, TV shows, music, and books, as well as places I have been from Arizona to Scandinavia. Sometimes it can take quite a while for an idea to push its way to the front and get made. Lately, I have been reading a lot of folktales from Scandinavia and Japan which may come out in my future work.

What kind of pieces can Comrades expect to see at the market?

Pop culture & landscape prints, Greetings cards and, of course, the opportunity to hand print your own Christmas card!


Jake Hoffman

What was your journey to become a woodworker?

My journey started 3 years ago when I made an oak ceiling in my VW bus with a friend. A few years after that I became very interested in making decorative bowls. After that, I slowly grew an interest in designing and building custom furniture. The first piece I ever made on my own was a wine rack that I gave to my sister.

Do you have any signature techniques/forms?

My favorite wood to work with is probably Mesquite. If I had to pick a technique or form that I stick to, it would be modern style furniture, but built in very traditional ways. A lot of the furniture bought from big manufacturers tend to be made out of cardboard and pressed wood. It just doesn’t last. That’s why I like to learn the old styles of cutting the wood so it fits together without screws or nails.

What was the very first piece you ever made?

The first piece I ever made on my own was a wine rack that I gave to my sister. The most unique commission I’ve ever received would be a couple of bar tables that went next to the pool. They don’t look extremely out of the ordinary, but it took a lot of time to figure out how to make these bars light, removable, strong, and also water and sun resistant.

What kind of pieces can Comrades expect to see at the market?

For the [DIY Market] I’ll be bringing some modern style cutting boards I built, maybe a chair if it gets finished in time, and one of my traditional Japanese wood art panels.

Aymie Spitzer