Pittsburgh Makers

The term "Made in Pittsburgh" is becoming more mainstream thanks to Pittsburgh’s amazing maker community. Local artists and makers are redefining the city’s craft manufacturing scene.

From handmade jewelry to pottery and even steel-era inspired gifts, you’ll find great makers and products in Pittsburgh. No matter what you’re looking to buy, it’s very likely someone in Pittsburgh is making it! 

Designing and redesigning products made from its own post-production materials, Knotzland Bowties creates low-waste, high-fashion bowties and other sustainable treasures. Founded by Nisha Blackwell, Knotzland has rescued more than 3,400 pounds of fabric and offset 11,000 pounds of carbon emissions while creating vibrant, wearable art. Also supporting the community is Pip & Lola’s Everything Homemade, which donates one bar of soap to domestic violence shelters and charities for every two items purchased. Pip & Lola’s Everything Homemade specializes in handcrafted vegan and vegetarian scented body bars, facial soaps and solid shampoo bars.

Knotzland Bowtie Co.

Pittsburgh features various brick-and-mortars throughout the city carrying maker goods. With a location in Downtown Pittsburgh and Mount Washington, love, Pittsburgh sells a curated collection of gifts that represent more than 100 different artists and makers living in the Pittsburgh region. Items include candles, cards, t-shirts, notebooks, ceramics, themed gift sets and more. Also located Downtown is PG&H, a workshop and retail space that unites Pittsburgh’s maker community. The flagship store features more than 50 makers and offers private shopping experiences. Small Mall, owned by Casey Droege Cultural Productions, is an artist run and woman-owned business with a goal of strengthening the arts economy in Pittsburgh. The shop rotates products seasonally and includes works from artists, designers and makers. 

Throughout the year, there are plenty of events and pop-up markets to connect with the maker community. I Made It! Market is a nomadic indie crafts marketplace that partners with local nonprofits, arts organizations and community groups to make a positive impact. Celebrating the cutting edge of craft and connecting creators and consumers is Handmade Arcade. This nonprofit organization hosts an annual convention featuring more than 200 makers, a Show and Sell spring event, a virtual marketplace and various other opportunities throughout the year promoting the maker community in the region. During the holidays, the Peoples Gas Holiday Market® is a must-visit, featuring local and international makers, musicians and holiday festivities. 

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