Our Mission

The Handmade Effect is a community art program that explores the stories, processes, and traditions of making objects with human hands. We honor the art inherent in everyday life, as well as the art of moving through each day. The Handmade Effect develops skills and understanding to support the creation of objects that reflect the depth and breadth of human expression.


There was a time not so long ago when everything was recognizable not just as a cup or a coat, but as a cup made by so-and-so out of clay from this bank on the local river or woven by the guy in that house out of wool from sheep visible on the hills. Then objects were not purely material, mere commodities, but signs of processes, human and natural, pieces of a story, and the story as well as the stuff sustained life.

Rebecca Solnit, From the Faraway Nearby

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The Handmade Effect


17 Sterling St 

Peaks Island, ME 04108