by Lois Alter Mark for USA TODAY 10Best

10 Charleston artisans creating goods with a Southern accent

Charleston, S.C. is a hotbed for local artisans who are returning to old Southern traditions – and creating new ones. Here are ten of the city's best local makers (who you can shop online).

Corey Alston Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets

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Sweetgrass basket weaving is a proud tradition of the Gullah culture. A fifth generation weaver, Alston’s one-of-a-kind baskets, which he can customize for you, are pieces of art – and pieces of history.


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Raise a glass to these great-looking and great-smelling candles made by Adam Fetsch from hand-cut repurposed wine bottles, with custom fragrances to mimic the notes of popular varietals from cabernet and chardonnay to pinot grigio and zinfandel.

Brackish Bow Ties

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Ben Ross and Jeff Plotner personally choose each sustainably-sourced feather that goes into making the bow tie, and they work with a team of artisans who handcraft one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable works of art.

Add Libb

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Using materials that beg to be touched, Libby Mitchell can custom design a bag just for you, giving you the option of adding a chain, standard leather or adjustable leather strap, as well as gold, nickel or antique brass hardware.

Goldbug Collection from Croghan's Jewel Box

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Croghan’s Jewel Box is the oldest family-owned jewelry store in the city. Representing its fourth generation, Mini Hay designed a line of jewelry and accessories to honor Charleston’s unofficial mascot, the Palmetto bug.

Smithey Ironware

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Led by what he calls a "mild obsession" with vintage cast iron, Isaac Morton started Smithey because no one was making modern cast iron skillets with that same smooth surface finish he had come to admire and appreciate.

Lune Mer Porcelain

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Artists Rena Lasch and Ruth Ballou teamed up in 2014, and their delight in the unpredictable results of their collaboration – with both each other and the porcelain clay they use to create functional ceramics and sculpture – is infectious.

J. Stark

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Paying tribute to Jim Stark, James Dean’s iconic character in Rebel Without a Cause, Erik A. Holmberg creates timeless bags and wallets that become even more treasured with age, reflecting a life well-lived.

Hermosa Jewelry

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Haley Keisler has been designing jewelry since she was twelve years old. Hand-selected semi-precious gemstones, vintage finds and unique clasps are just a few of the ingredients she mixes together with a totally Southern flair.

CHI Design Indigo

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Textile designer and natural dyer Caroline Harper celebrates the revival of indigo production in South Carolina with beautiful hand-dyed clothing, pillows and table linens made with her own natural indigo dye.

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