Thursday, November 11, 2021

 Welcome to the 9th Annual Handmade Hamilton!

While this show is a bit different from those in the past we still are featuring some of the cities best makers and artists of clay, fashion, jewelry, fine art, textile, craft and design.

We have created a simple shopping process that allows you to shop from one site, and have everything delivered from Studio Beulah right to your door in a timely fashion!

We can't wait to see you when we go live at 5:00 pm on November 25!

ALTR Soaps
Angora Springs
Anna Muzzin Pottery
Clay Tulips By C
Colour Culture Crochet
Cornelia Peckart
Crown Point Candles
Glib Designs
Hitoko Okada
Hound Corner
Janet Horne Cozens
Keep Calm
Leslie Cline Art
Max Makes Art
Moonruddle Designs
My Dad and Me Everyday Ornaments
Nancy Benoy Art
Nomura Photography
RedHead Weaver
Rob Raeside Glass
Steph K Everyday
Sunfire Herbals
Upcycled Design

All purchases will be shipped from Studio Beulah by December 6.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lisa at

Monday, October 25, 2021

Call for Vendors: Handmade Hamilton Online 2021

Handmade Hamilton had humble beginnings in 2012 at James North Studio, an Artist Collective just past Barton Street. Artistic Director and Multidisciplinary Artist Lisa Pijuan-Nomura had just moved to Hamilton and missed her show Movies and Makers at the Fox Theatre, so she decided to create a similar show in Hamilton.  In 2014, Handmade Hamilton moved to The Staircase Theatre and entered a wonderful partnership with Collette Kendall.  It was a popular show that featured 32 artisans selling textile art, clay, jewellry, fine art, paper crafts, and more. With each year that passed we had more visitors with our largest audience of 1400+ attendees over 2 days. In 2020, after Covid 19 hit we pivoted online to host a small online boutique show that featured 14 different artisans.  This year we are happy to announce that we are inviting 20 artisans to join us for our 9th Handmade Hamilton Online Show and Sale.  

We are currently looking for vendors to be a part of this excellent show.



November 25 to December 4


20 of the finest vendors offering their art and craft online at

How much?


This fee would include:

*An online shop on featuring 12 to 15 items from November 25 to December 4

*Online Promo on social media sites as well as posters in numerous downtown Hamilton locations

*You will receive professional photos from Nomura Photography of all of the product that you used in the show. You will be able to use them however you choose.

*Instagram Lives at least 7 times during the 11 days which include interview opportunities for artisans.

The time line would be as follows:


All vendors Notified by November 1.

All Items to be delivered to us by November 13.

Websites Built and populated by November 23.

Show goes live on November 25.

Show closes on December 4.

All deliveries and shipments made by December 6th.


We are well aware at the short amount of turn around for this vendor call so we are making the application as simple as possible.

Please send us your

• Company Name

* Primary Contact

• Address

• Phone Number

• Email Contact

• Detailed Description of what you create (250 word maximum)

• Price Range of Goods of what you would like to sell at Handmade Hamilton

Website Link (Etsy, Instagram, Blog, etc)



If you have any questions please feel free to email Artistic Director Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at

We look forward to your applications.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Call For Vendors: HANDMADE HAMILTON 2019

A Holiday Arts and Craft Show at the Staircase Theatre Wants You!

When? Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 8, 2019
11 am to 5 pm.

Where? The Staircase CafĂ© Theatre in the popular Strathcona
 neighbourhood of downtown Hamilton.  

What? A one of a kind show that celebrates 32 of the finest local 
makers of art and craft.

Handmade Hamilton celebrates it's 7th year in Hamilton and it's 5th year at the Staircase.

The show is organized by The Staircase Cafe  Theatre and Lisa Pijuan-Nomura of GirlCanCreate.  Pijuan-Nomura is the founder of Movies and Makers in Toronto, one of the co-founders of Queen and Jackson in Hamilton and is especially interested in bringing together the best creative makers in beautiful vintage buildings.  Along with the hospitality of The Staircase Cafe, Handmade Hamilton showcases great makers, local community and good food, all under one roof.

Handmade Hamilton is looking for a variety of makers. Whether you make jewelry, clothes, art, stuffies, zines, buttons…we want you.

Please note that we cannot accept any makers of food or drink due to building health codes.


The deadline for applications is midnight on June 15, 2019.

All applicants will be notified of participation by July 1, 2019.

Please email all applications to curator 
Lisa Pijuan Nomura:

Applicants must submit the following:
• Company Name
*  Primary Contact
• Address
• Phone Number
• Email Contact
• Detailed Description of what you create (250 word maximum)
• Price Range of Goods

• 3 to 5 digital images of your work
(please keep files under 500k in JPEG or GIF format.)
These photos might be used for as on screen promotion at the Staircase Theatre. If you have a logo please include that.

• Website Link (Etsy, Shopify, Blog, etc)

• Table Request
6ftx2.5ft table-$195
4ft x 2ft table-$155
Please note that there are 3 separate rooms in the building that 
will be used for the show. Unfortunately the building is not fully 
accessible, only partially accessible.

Upon receipt of your application you will receive an email confirmation.
We will contact all applicants by email by July 1, 2019.

Once accepted all vendor payments must be submitted by July 15, 2019. If payment is not received by this date acceptance will be withdrawn. If accepted payment info will be sent out along with your acceptance letter.

Once accepted into Handmade Hamilton and your payment has been submitted, your participation fee is non-refundable.

Questions/Contact Information
Contact Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at with any questions.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Vendor Profile #15 - Wild Blue Yonder

I began crafting jewelry from wood back in 2014 - simply because I wanted a wood pendant and couldn't find anything I liked. So I began experimenting with found wood, lichens, and epoxy resin. As I wore my handmade pieces, friends and family began asking for similar ones, so I happily obliged. Pushing my craft and expanding my networks has allowed my to begin my own company, Wild Blue Yonder, in the spring of 2016. Based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, my jewelry is available in several stores, and is displayed regularly at events throughout the region.

WBY jewelry is created using reclaimed materials, unused lumber scraps, or fragments of wood, bark, and lichen found on hikes and travels through the forest. Little details, often unnoticed in nature, are readily on display in my pieces. My jewelry is designed to inspire its wearer with a love for nature, and all the intricacies that lie therein. 

Amber, founder of Wild Blue Yonder.

Vendor Profile #14 - Frances Ward Ceramics

 Frances Ward (visual artist, poet, editor/publisher) was born in Manchester, U.K. but has spent most of her adult years in Hamilton area (Ontario, Canada) where as a mixed and multi-media artist she has created 2 & 3 dimensional works with paint, collage, assemblage, printmaking, photography and, most recently, clay. 

She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions over the years and her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections. In addition to being awarded several Ontario Arts Council grants, she is also winner of the 2015 Emerging Ceramic Artist (Kaleidoscope, Art Gallery of Burlington 2015), 2014 Fusion Award for Best in show (Kaleidoscope, AGB 2014), Agnes Tassie Award for Sculpture (2012, DVSA Annual Juried Show, Dundas), First Prize Winner in the Wegway International Juried Show (2005, Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto), and a Purchase Prize winner for Scarfone Hawkins Law Firm (2004, Hamilton). 

The author of three solo collections of poetry, she was also publisher/editor of “Hammered Out” (a literary journal, 2003 to 2008), “road work ahead” (an anthology of poetry & images, 2010) and “Travelling Light” (haiku & paintings, 2012).

Vendor Profile #13 - Frayed Knot Fibre

Tell us about your work and what we can expect to see at this years Handmade Hamilton?

        Frayed Knot Fibre is all about fibre, some of which is from our own alpacas. We love colour and yarn and the fibre arts. We will have a big range of handpainted luxury yarns and spinning and felting fibres as well as our new focus on unique handspun yarns that are easy for you to use to create one of a kind items.

What are your inspirations?

           My colour inspirations come from everywhere, nature astounds me, so do the little things and it all comes together in the way colour and texture can convey emotion, identity and comfort. I am also a visual artist and I use my         studies and finished work as inspiration for colourways as well. I am also inspired by potential, and I find that creating these things which are intended for creations themselves, inspiring and a good reminder of my own         potential. 

What are your favourite books? Movies? Music?

        I have a thing for good Sci Fi books and the occasional mystery. Some of my favorite authors are John Scalzi and Lois McMaster Bujold. I love music that takes me somewhere new, like Kishi Bashi and Andrew Bird, or bands that remind me of good times like Throwing Muses or Forest for the Trees.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Vendor Profile #12: ALTR Soaps

ALTR creates hand-made bar soap with local, wildcrafted botanicals.  We seek to change popular soap culture by offering products that showcase only local plants, and, in this way, elevate the seemingly mundane task of washing oneself into a ritual reconnection to the land that sustains us all. 

All of the main botanical elements are wildcrafted by us from local wild areas and are then brewed into a nourishing infusion that acts as a base for each bar. 
Our soap is 100% natural, made with organic ingredients, palm oil free and vegan. We make each product with great care and hope that our soap will inspire people to take care of themselves and reincorporate the natural world back into their daily rituals.