Did you know that Hamilton County is home to artists who are recognized by the Indiana Artisan program? Indiana Artisan recognizes the best of the best when it comes to handmade Indiana artisan products ranging from pierogis to pottery. You'll have the chance to see, taste, and hear local artisans including those from Hamilton County at the upcoming Indiana Artisan Marketplace on March 31 and April 1 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. While you're milling around enjoying the beautiful Indiana art, tasty food, and local music, you'll be able to meet artisans and maybe run into one from Hamilton County too!

Here is a list of artisans from Hamilton County that will be exhibiting at the Marketplace:

Linda Adamson, Arcadia, fiber art Scarves by artisan Linda Adamson

Carol Bell, Noblesville, stoneware

Jennifer Cheezum, Carmel, pierogis

Christine Davis, Fishers, raku fired ceramics

Geoffrey Davis, Noblesville, Indiana songbirds carved from wood

Charles Ferguson, Noblesville, Crazy Charlie's Gourmet salsas

Sylvia Gray, Westfield, surface design, hand painted silk scarves

Tim Kennedy, Fishers, wood turned bowls, vessels, lidded boxes, spheres

Pam Newell, Fishers, pastels and oils

Lori Shreve, Westfield, fudge


Brian Paffen of Herbal ArtsAlso hailing from Hamilton County is artisan Brian Paffen, owner of Herbal Arts in Fishers. He is designated as an Indiana Artisan for his work in hand crafting soap and bath products. Everything is made by hand, using all natural ingredients in his 1,000-square-foot basement facility, and 90 percent of the raw materials used come from local sources in Indiana. Herbal Arts offers more than just soap! They also have a full line of skincare, candles and wedding favors. As a special deal for the IN Artisan Marketplace, Herbal Arts is offering a FREE Herbal Art Natural Shower Soap with any purchase over $10. Go to their page and click ‘Coupons' to print out the coupon!  

Also not to be missed at the Marketplace is the Nickel Plate Arts booth. The Nickel Plate Arts highlights artists, local dining and Hoosier hospitality along the old Nickel Plate rail line corridor. At the booth you'll find information about their upcoming season of art classes taught by local artists in local venues and more information about the Nickel Plate Arts Weekend that will take place June 1-3!