Makers in the USA: Best Home & Garden (2017)


"Home" means many things to many different people. Whether you rent a modern studio apartment or live in a centuries old family estate, the space you call home will be enhanced by the creations of these 10 makers in the USA, nominated by a panel of expert in the makers movement and voted the best in the nation by 10Best readers.

  • Coco Chispa

    Coco Chispa

    Santa Cruz-based Coco Chispa makes a collection of mugs, plates and bowls with hand-painted and carved elements inspired by the diverse landscapes of California.
    Photo courtesy of Coco Chispa

  • Tierra Sol Studio

    Tierra Sol Studio
    Ceramics and Hand Grown Cacti

    Tierra Sol Studio makes products "for plant killers who are plant lovers." Minimal ceramic planters, studio-grown cacti and terrariums empower those with the brownest thumbs to bring plant life into the home.
    Photo courtesy of Tierra Sol Studio

  • Black Rhino Ceramics

    Black Rhino Ceramics

    Elyse Royce of Black Rhino Ceramics loves to create functional, minimalist pieces where portions are left unglazed as a way of paying tribute to the clay. Her ceramics line includes dish ware, planters, ring holders and vases.
    Photo courtesy of Black Rhino Ceramics

  • Johnathon Q Swanson

    Johnathon Q Swanson
    Industrial and Modern Decor

    Johnathon Q Swanson hand makes industrial and modern decor for the home from salvaged and reclaimed materials – geometric tables, planters, mirrors, and more.
    Photo courtesy of Johnathon Q Swanson

  • Box Sparrow Studio

    Box Sparrow Studio

    The primarily wheel-thrown pottery pieces from Box Sparrow Studio take inspiration from childhood, Georgia and gathering around the table. Made with a soft and neutral color pallet, the collection includes ring dishes, vases, mugs, bowls and planters.
    Photo courtesy of Box Sparrow Studio / Etsy

  • Blackjack Wax Co.

    Blackjack Wax Co.
    Soy Wax Candles

    Operated by husband and wife team Patrick & Courtney Trawick, Blackjack Wax Co. specializes in long-lasting, fragrant soy candles, hand-poured in small batches of 10 or less. 
    Photo courtesy of Blackjack Wax Co. / Etsy

  • Jessica Wertz Ceramics

    Jessica Wertz Ceramics

    Based in Portland, Oregon, Jessica Wertz specializes in functional pottery – mugs, bowls, candle stick holders, vases, jars and bottles – with cooling colors and bold patterns.
    Photo courtesy of Jessica Wertz Ceramics

  • Mary Tawfall

    Mary Tawfall
    Clay Decor

    Born in Bangkok and raised in California and Missouri, Mary Tawfall creates clay pieces inspired by the urban and wild landscapes she loves. 
    Photo courtesy of Mary Tawfall

  • Willowvane

    Clay Mugs

    Hong Kong-born Erica Chan Tuomi founded Willowvane in her home in Durham. Her line of handmade speckled clay mugs are food, microwave and dishwasher safe.
    Photo courtesy of Willowvane

  • Basik Candle Co.

    Basik Candle Co.
    Coconut Wax Candles

    Each coconut wax candle from Basik Candle Co. in San Francisco is hand-fragranced, hand-poured and hand packaged. Unisex scents include Grapefruit + Mangosteen, Teakwood + Leather, Blood Orange + Bergamot or Mediterranean Fig Tree.
    Photo courtesy of Basik Candle Co.


The top 10 winners in the category Best Home & Garden Maker are as follows:

  1. Coco Chispa - Ceramics
  2. Tierra Sol Studio - Ceramics and Hand Grown Cacti
  3. Black Rhino Ceramics - Ceramics
  4. Johnathon Q Swanson - Industrial and Modern Decor
  5. Box Sparrow Studio - Ceramics
  6. Blackjack Wax Co. - Soy Wax Candles
  7. Jessica Wertz Ceramics - Ceramics
  8. Mary Tawfall - Clay Decor
  9. Willowvane - Clay Mugs
  10. Basik Candle Co. - Coconut Wax Candles

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts AmyAnn Cadwell (The Good Trade), Suzy Ekman (Makers Market) and Erin Godbey (Makers Collective) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of maker movement in the USA.

Congratulations to all these winning American makers!

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