Thursday, August 10, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: Turned Write Handcrafted Art


Colin Schroeder of Turned Write Handcrafted Art creates stunning, high quality writing utensils that are sure to become an heirloom in your family. His wide variety of styles and patterns will appeal to anyone on your list. It is Colin's goal to bring more beauty to the products and utensils that we use every day, and we think he's definitely accomplished that!
Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Colin Schroeder, I am a woodworker located in Southeastern Minnesota and I specialize in functional art pieces you can use in your everyday life.

What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?

Recently I’ve been developing a pen using vintage postage stamps cast in acrylic resin. I use actual stamps from the 1930’s through the 1960’s to create a truly unique pen.

What do your customers love most about your product(s)?

They appreciate the idea that an item you use in your everyday life can be a beautiful work of art. The fact that all of the pens and other items I use can be refilled also appeals as it gets away form a disposable lifestyle.

Is this a full-time business for you?

Yes, My wife and I started doing this full time a little over 4 years ago, prior to that this had been a part time business but we decided it was time to increase the number of shows I do and see if I can make a living at this.
How did you get started in your business?

I was always a woodworker but in 2009 I decided to start turning on a lathe and after gifting things I made to people it was suggested that I try my hand at a few art shows. One thing led to another and the demand for the things I make kept increasing so I started doing this full time and bought a building to work out of to move the business out of the garage.
What are some inspirations for your work?

I find the unique possibilities in different materials is a great catalyst to creation. Each piece of wood or acrylic is unique even those from the same source have a different look depending on where it came from and how it is finished. I also find the challenge of finding new ways to use different materials can spur me on to develop new ways of looking at something.
What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?

Keep trying, You never know where something you try will lead you. I like to say there are no mistakes, just design opportunities!
Check out more of Colin's beautiful work online, and be sure to stop by his booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!

Posted by Admin at 11:36 AM  ⁙  1 COMMENTS

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Deb Hanson  ⁙  Thursday August 10, 2017 @ 4:36 PM

I own several pieces of Colin's work, and love to use them as gifts. In this disposable world, it's nice to know there's an option to use an heirloom.