Functional Art

Handmade Bend

Handmade Bend is the brainchild of photographer Kim Tallent and ceramic artist Michael Knapek. Together, they have built a business that creates functional, beautiful artwork designed to be used in people’s everyday lives. Vases, candle holders, mugs, even shot glasses depict the scenery and lifestyle that is unique to Central Oregon. The process of creating these pieces is unique as well. First, the clay is formed into the desired shape, the scene is sculpted, and the final artwork is cast in plaster. Then, the mold is filled with liquid, lead-free clay, the excess is poured off, and after the piece is hardened and unmolded it is fired, glazed, and fired again, producing a glass-like finish in brilliant colors. The end result is stunning works of art with mountain scenes, waterfalls, bikers, and paddlers cast in sharp relief and incredible detail. Handmade Bend items are sold in select stores in Bend, at festivals and art shows throughout the region, and on the company’s web site. Every piece is one of a kind, and every design is inspired by the people, towns and natural beauty of Oregon.

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Best Souvenir Shops in Bend

This is the list for those of you looking for souvenirs to forever remember your Bend adventure, or to show off to your friends of the awesome vacation you just went on! Need to spoil your dog with some Bend swag? Head on over to Bendy Dog! Maybe you need an extra t-shirt and you figure that might as well have a Bend Logo? Then head to Cascade Cottons for a soft casual T! Then of course you’ll want to take your famous Brew home straight from the tap so you’ll need to head over to Drink Tank or Hydro Flask to get yourself a growler. Whatever you are looking for, you’ll enjoy doing your souvenir shopping at these stores. For whatever your reason, these are you best souvenir shops to visit.

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