Betty Talbott, 60
Director, Ohio Craft Museum
1665 W. 5th Ave., Grandview
Included inside this museum are three gift shops with some lovely hidden gems. How long have the shops been around?
This building is our building, and it was purchased in 1993. I came here (in the later 90s) and saw such an opportunity. People were coming in to see our exhibitions, and you could see they wanted to take home something they saw.
Do people have to pay to get into either the museum or the shops?
No. The gift shops and the museum are free. Donations are always welcome.
So what can people find in the shops?
They can find handmade pottery, jewelry, prints, wood-turned bowls, cutting boards, hand-blown glass. And we do have some textiles - some fiber pieces. Gifts cards.
Are the majority of items in the shops are made by Ohio artists?
I'd say at least 80 percent. And the rest of them somehow have a connection to Ohio.
Some of my favorite goods in here were made by artists with mental or physical challenges. Would you talk about the two groups who make those items?
Passion Works is located in Athens, Ohio, and we have their passion flowers, tiles, prints and jewelry. And we have works from Open Door Art Studio right here in Grandview. They're ceramic garden totems. They're bright, and we have two different sizes.
You also support up-and-coming local artists, right?
We have some work in here from recent graduates from CCAD, because we try to support our young and upcoming artists.
All of these items are here on consignment, so the inventory rotates often, yes?
Yes. And that's what's so nice, because if something doesn't seem to be selling out of this space for the artist, we can just try a new product.
So what types of goodies have you taken home for your own house?
I was a fulltime studio artist (a potter) myself. I have hundreds and hundreds of pieces of pottery. I have pottery from many of these artists. I use them every day. We don't just display them; we use them.... I have lots of baskets. I love both the passion flowers and the totems, and they sure brighten up our garden at home. I don't have a thing that's not handmade in our house!
Kristy Eckert is the editor of Capital Style.