Steel of the Week: TechShop Membership

This week’s Steel of the Week is truly a steal: membership to TechShop at over 50% off regular price. What exactly is TechShop you may be wondering?

“TechShop is a community based workshop and prototyping studio with locations nation-wide. Our seventh and newest location,TechShop Pittsburgh, offers the Pittsburgh maker community more than 16,000 square feet of workshops equipped with world class tools and equipment, computers loaded with design software featuring the Autodesk Design Suite, hundreds of classes each month, and the support and camaraderie of a community of like-minded makers.”


TechShop is more than just a workspace: it’s a community center where makers of all types can come together and celebrating the creation of new products. The professional tools and instruction the shop offers are unique to the space. We recently featured SolePower, a Pittsburgh startup that has their workspace at TechShop, and we’ve also talked about it here and here.

The steel is available on Amazon Local and LivingSocial (for only 6 more days!) and is for a one-month membership and one Choice class. These classes include in-depth instruction for a specific project, which vary from jewelry making, robot building, art installation, and many other areas. From the long list of classes offered are bound to find your dream DIY project!

If you have an item you would like featured as our Steel of the Week, submit to!


Shop Handmade at Bakery Square Dec. 2 & 3

Wow – we have been getting lots of visits from people checking out our posts on Small Businesses we love and Pittsburgh Cyber Monday Deals.  Be sure to take another look at the Cyber Monday Deals post – many of those shops are offering savings all week and all month long.

You have another opportunity to pick up some gifts this Friday and Saturday.  The folks who put together I Made It Market have partnered with Bakery Square to bring you a huge market this weekend.

Over 80 vendors will be at Bakery Square on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon – lots of great gifts – all handmade.

Holiday Market @ Bakery Square
December 2nd, 5 – 10 pm &
December 3rd, 11 am – 6 pm
80+ LOCAL artists (meet them here)
RSVP on Facebook

Here is a sampling of items we selected from some of the vendors who will be at the I Made It Market this weekend:

Owl & Leaves Cotton Sca…


Black Friday Cyber Mon…


Christmas Soap, Gingerb…


i love you Pittsburgh P…


Red Handmade Ceramic Mu…


Antique Post Office Doo…


Graphic Stencil Reclaim…


Pittsburgh Steelers Ski…


A Brick Wall – Zipper P…


Custom Folded Book Art …


Custom Gemstone Wrapped…


Pittsburgh Stoffbuch


Hammered Sterling Cuff …


party dress celebration…


Easy as cake earrings


Deep Fuchsia Fabric sho…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Crafting and Storytelling – Pittsburgh Screening of "Handmade Nation"

Handmade Nation Screening, Baltimore, MD
Image by tigerlillyshop via Flickr

Handmade Nation is a documentary film about the rise of all things handmade and crafty by artist and filmmaker Faythe Levine.   I first learned about this film at the Craft Congress – a meeting of craft fair organizers – that was first held in Pittsburgh in 2007.  You can read more about the Craft Congress in this New York Times article from December 16, 2007.  Again my path crossed with this film at the Art Activist & Equity symposium which was held at the New Hazlett Theater in 2008. [Read more…]

Beer + Ceramics = Make Your Own Stein Workshop

Christmas Ale, Anchor Brewing.
Image by mismisimos via Flickr

This looks like a fun way to spend an afternoon and support the Union Project and East End Brewing too.

Saturday October 17 & 24 3:00PM-5:30PM – $40/person $65/couple

This workshop includes selecting a handmade stein design, funky or classic, then glazing it with high fire glazes. After we fire it for you, come back to crack open the kiln and test out your seasonal creation with a beer on us! We are partnering with East End Brewery for this event!

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I Made It! For the Holidays – Support Handmade this Holiday

Happy Holidays from I Made It! Market

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to purchase unique and few-of-a-kind handmade holiday gifts created by more than 50 local artists. This Market is produced in partnership with the Steel Valley Arts Council – visit artists in SVAC’s Artspace 105 during the Market. For more information, visit

I Made It! For the Holidays * Saturday, December 8 *2 – 8 pm

Homestead Owls Club, 108 W. 8th Avenue, Homestead

(end of Homestead Grays Bridge by the Waterfront – parking on 7th and 8th Avenues)

food, drinks, mingling, fun