Attention Martha Stewart fans: For the very first time, the high priestess of holiday crafts will open up her annual sale (with gifts created by her employees and a few high-quality outside vendors) to the public this Saturday. Unfortunately, you'll need to make your way to Manhattan to physically snap up the fantastic creations; though there is an affiliated Web site, you won't be able to order from it.
Amber Watterson works at Martha Stewart as the Lead Retoucher for Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, and is also a passionate jewelry designer. "I have only been here seven months now, so this will be my first time experiencing the holiday sale. This year will be much bigger and includes approximately 50 vendors (there will be Martha Stewart employees and outside vendors). The holiday sale will be at the Martha Stewart offices (in the famous Clerestory, a beautiful loft-like section of the building). It is a one-day event this Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., and admission is free."
"Judging from the recent Martha Stewart employee art show, I'm sure the crafts will be stunning and one-of-a-kind," says Watterson. "Personally, I am creating a large assortment of beautiful handcrafted items including such items as vintage crystals and the use of metals such as silver, copper, brass, and titanium (which is my favorite because of the beautiful colors that are produced when using a color heating technique)." Also on offer will be handmade pottery, knitware, holiday decor, and gift items for all recipients.
Watterson's creations can be seen on her Amber Allena Jewelry blog and purchased from her Etsy shop.
Now a world-famous sculptor (Elton John owns one of his pieces), Brooklynite Marc Swanson cut his creative teeth as a freelance stylist at Martha Stewart magazine. Swanson says, "Martha Stewart has a real eye for hiring the most talented designers and craftspeople -- and visual artists -- out there. Many of the people I worked with there had been trained at art school. The crafts department was always a wonder. So many ideas would come out of those rooms and are all over her magazines each month and the TV show, too ... they use the same traditional materials to such fresh and surprising ends for their wares. I can't imagine a better place on earth to get handmade crafts than a Martha-employee sale. The things that people come up with will amaze you -- these aren't your grandmas TP cozies-these are true works of art."
The Martha Stewart Holiday Crafts Sale: Noon to 6 p.m., at the Starrett-Lehigh Building, 601 West 26th Street (between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues), 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001; call 212-389-4026 with any questions.