Ryann Aoukar not only teaches design at the University of Tennessee but he also puts his ideas into practice at Caveman Factory. His Anton strainer is both practical and beautiful—with its built-in handle, you can also serve food with it or eat directly from it.
Buy: Bliss (24 Market Square) or at cavemanfactory.com
Kaleidoscope Wall Hanging
Cayce J. Anthony and Aubrey M. Jernigan like to “weave, sew, + dabble in a handful of other activities.” They sell their work (along with items from other artists) online at Kindling House, including unusual wall hangings, knitted throws, and art.
Buy: etsy.com/shop/kindlinghouse or kindling-house.com
The nonprofit Knox Heritage preservation group raises funds from its own Salvage Shop, offering items from salvaged homes and buildings. Who knows what you might find!
Buy: 619 Broadway, 865-313-2111
Mason Jar Lamps
Jordan Wright converts vintage Mason jars into lovely, rustic lamps with a variety of shapely light bulbs.
Buy: Local craft fairs (Retropolitan or the Traveling Bazaar) or at etsy.com/shop/wrightmasonco
Editor Coury Turczyn guided Knoxville's alt weekly, Metro Pulse, through two eras, first as managing editor (and later executive editor) from 1992 to 2000, then as editor-in-chief from 2007 to 2014. He's also worked as a Web editor at CNET, the erstwhile G4 cable network, and HGTV.
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