Get Creative with Baltimore’s Maker Community
Discover some of the artisans behind Baltimore's growing maker community, find out how to learn some new skills and make memories to take home.
Creative makers are thriving in Baltimore, supported by our arts culture and entrepreneurial spirit. Read on to learn more about this innovative group of small business owners, find out where to shop for their unique wares or sign up for a class to try your own hand at creating something new.
Annie Howe Papercuts
Annie Howe is giving the ancient art of paper cutting new life through the workshops she teaches at her studio and at locations across the Mid-Atlantic. Students of all skill levels, ages 13 and up, are welcome to learn how to create and cut their own design out of paper. Annie also sells her custom designs as framed artwork, Christmas ornaments, greeting cards, home décor and book covers.
All experience levels are welcome at Baltimore Clayworks, where you can take a class on a range of techniques, including throwing pottery, sculpture and glazing. Youth classes are regularly available as well as one-time sessions for those who just want to play with clay.
Baltimore Print Studios
The husband-and-wife team behind Baltimore Print Studios, Kyle Van Horn and Kim Bentley, bonded over their mutual love of printmaking. They offer monthly workshops in the art of letterpress and screen printing and encourage students to return to the public-access studio to print works of their own.
In an increasingly technology-dependent world, Liz Vayda, owner of B. Willow, aims to help reconnect us with nature by bringing a little bit of it indoors. Learn about plant care and create your own terrarium or plant hanger through one of the workshops offered on site.
Corradetti Glassblowing Studio & Gallery
Anthony Corradetti, an established glass blower of more than 30 years, opened his studio in Woodberry in 2005. Corradetti offers classes in the art of glassblowing, as well as mini-workshops; you’ll walk away with a blown-glass pumpkin, flower, ornament or paperweight made in about an hour.
This small, family-owned company created Winecream, the delicious combination of fruit wine and ice cream. Visit the Crossroad Company production facility just north of Carroll Park to learn how Winecream is made, and finish your tour with a tasting.
Drama MaMa Bookshop
Alisa Brock is passionate about the written word and through her laser-cut journals and notebooks, she hopes to inspire more people to put pen to paper. Visit her shop, Drama MaMa, to browse for a notebook or sign up for one of her “wine and bind” events to customize a wooden or flower-pressed cover.
Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
When the iconic brewer Guinness decided to open their first American brewery in Baltimore, they wanted to make sure it stayed connected to the community. Head brewer Hollie Stephenson is tasked with creating experimental craft brews using locally sourced ingredients. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Open Gate Brewery, which culminates in a tasting in the facility’s taproom.
Hex Ferments uses the traditional method of fermentation to preserve and transform local, organic produce into nourishing foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha. Hex is committed to reducing waste and allows you to refill your empties for a discounted price.
KSM Candle Co.
This artisanal candle company makes all natural, hand poured soy candles with classic scents. Browse KSM Candle Co.’s selection at the shop in Mount Vernon, shared with Keepers Vintage, or sign up for a workshop in Woodberry to make your own your own wax and custom fragrance in under an hour.
Local Color Flowers
Local Color Flowers sources their stems from farmers within a 50-mile radius. Come through during the weekly studio hours to put together your own bouquet, or sign up for a floral design class with seasonal theme.
Made in Baltimore
Made in Baltimore shines a spotlight on local makers and manufacturers through online promotion and a brick and mortar store in Station North. Visit their website to discover where you can find local goods and the stories behind them.
Mobtown Fermentation Wild Kombucha
Mobtown Fermentation started as three friends selling kombucha out of the side of a juice shop. Today, their primary product, Wild Kombucha, is available in 700 stores across five states. Proceeds from every bottle of kombucha sold helps protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the ecosystems it supports.
Natasha's Just Brittle
Owner Natasha Wainwright, a Baltimore native, has been cooking up delicious treats since she was 12 years old. Now she offers handmade brittle, popcorn and chocolate confections at her store Natasha’s Just Brittle. On Fridays and Saturdays she holds public classes teaching children how to make brittle and decorate cakes. And for adults she offers brittle and wine tasting workshops.
Old Line Spirits
Arch Watkins and Mark McLaughlin distribute single malt American whiskey made at their distillery right here in Baltimore. Stop by for a drink or two at The Ready Room, where bartenders serve cocktails made with Old Line Spirits whiskey and aged Caribbean rum, and stay for a tour and tasting at the distillery. You can also book a private tour for four, which comes with a complimentary cocktail in a souvenir Old Line glass.
One of Baltimore’s many maker spaces is Open Works, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making tools, technology and the knowledge to use them accessible to all. Memberships and classes are available for adults, teens and children to learn about things like 3-D printing, drones, embroidery, woodworking, welding and Photoshop.
Jamyla Bennu had trouble finding products for her highly textured hair that were natural and organic so she decided to make her own. That hobby grew into Oyin Handmade, which she runs with her partner, Pierre. Their flagship store in the Barclay neighborhood just north of Penn Station, is open on Saturdays for visitors to sample products and consult with staff on the perfect regimen for achieving healthy, natural hair.
SoBotanical is the only custom aromatherapy bar in the tri-state area with 100% pure and genuine essential oils that are grown free of chemicals. The shop also offers hand-crafted skin, hair and pet care products. Stop in to consult with an aromatherapist who can create a personalized blend of essential oils for any ailment.
Station North Tool Library
The Station North Tool Library wants you to make something of your own. This nonprofit maker space has more than 3,000 tools in its lending inventory and offers regular skills-building workshops to help you hone your craft. Class programming has included: woodworking, knitting, soapmaking and upcycling old skateboards.
Treason Toting Company
Started by two friends from Baltimore, Treason celebrates the art of craftsmanship with handmade leather and canvas bags and accessories. Guests at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in downtown Baltimore can rent Treason products free of charge during their stay, or order a custom bag in Treason’s online store.
Union Craft Brewing
In 2018 Union Collective was launched by the founders of Union Craft Brewing, Kevin Blodger, Adam Benesch and Jon Zerivitz. Besides brewing great beer, Union Collective provides space for local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Stop by for a tasting tour of: Union Craft Brewery beer, ice cream from The Charmery, pours from Baltimore Spirits Co. and speciality coffee from Vent Coffee Roasters.
A Workshop of Our Own
This woodworking workshop was started by Sarah Marriage to promote women and gender nonconforming craftspeople. A Workshop of Our Own offers drop-in classes and private instruction for all skill levels.
Since owner Thomas Rhodes first opened his stand at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar in November 2005, it has become a local household name. This family-run roasters does small batches and often collaborates with other food entrepreneurs to create unique blends like the Zeke’s Coffee Porter from The Brewer’s Art.