There's a certain feeling you get from a handcrafted item, of holding something carefully created by skillful hands—an item made by one person for another.
Crafters, builders, makers—their work tells stories about a place inasmuch as the place influences their work. Consider how the unique mix of Arizona's climate and soil creates the perfect environment for small-batch wine and varieties of lavender. Or the way many native animals and plants (like our iconic saguaro) inspire and adorn a number of products and art.
Arizona has no shortage of talented makers, craftsmen and culinary artisans. Fortunately, many also have workshops or retail spaces that you can visit and see for yourself these masters in action. Or, find their goods lining the shelves in boutique shops or at local farmers' markets across the state.
We're all seeking a little more authenticity these days. That's why we sought out several of the state's most notable makers to ask them about their work and what sets them apart. See below for more of their stories and to learn about the kinds of work being done only in Arizona.
Arts & Culture
Visitors to any of the 22 tribes in Arizona have a wonderful opportunity to buy handmade work directly from the artist or an approved retailer....