By Laura Childers
No matter how advanced we become as an economy, there will always be something special about handcrafted goods. They take time, skills, and passion to bring to life. They embody human connection and experience. Where our grandparents made their own furnishings and apparel out of necessity, today’s craftsmen do it because they demand higher quality, love the craft, or have stories inside that need telling.
Here in Chattanooga, champions of the “new handmade” can be found in home studios, garage workshops, local craft markets, and small warehouses filled with imported goods. Often quiet and unobtrusive, they breathe color and life into the forgotten and overlooked places in our world.
The products featured here are just a few of thousands made or developed by people in our city who are passionate about quality craftsmanship. Some are made by local artisans themselves. Others are designed locally, made abroad, and sold worldwide. All embody the heart of people who care about creating something truly meaningful.