Pinch & Purl Heritage Arts is an art lab located in Monkton, Maryland.  Each piece is crafted with heart and made by hand.  The story of our lives are pinched, thrown, brushed, stitched, and weaved into each unique creation, resulting in thoughtful art that you can incorporate into your own life story.

 

 
 

The Makers

We are the music-makers,

We are the dreamers of dreams...

We are the movers and shakers

Of the world forever it seems.

--Arthur O'Shaughnessy

 

Kris Baetz Maker - Ceramics, Stained Glass & Knits

Kris Baetz

Maker - Ceramics, Stained Glass & Knits

Crafted with heart.

I grew up surrounded by hand made items.  My grandmother loved to knit, crochet, sew, and embroider.  At a young age she taught me how to crochet.  Our home was filled with afghans, quilts, scarves and sweaters, many of which I still own today.  I love wrapping my daughters in one of my grandmother's afghans and knowing there is a person and a story behind that creation; a part of her that I can carry with me.  I strive to make objects that are functional and can blend into the users' every day life.  Every stitch of yarn, every pinch of clay carries a story.  I love that a piece of pottery can not only be the centerpiece of a table but also of a conversation.  My hope is these hand made pieces, and the stories they evoke, will find a special place in your home and your heart.   

Made by hand.

In college I received a Fine Arts minor, dabbling in several mediums along the way.  My senior year, I took a ceramics class and I fell in love.  Initially, I focused solely on hand built, sculptural pieces but over time the potter's wheel and I became friends.  For the past 18 years I have built a relationship with clay that continues to evolve and grow.  Whether I'm working with yarn, glass or clay, the foundation of my work is to create something from my heart and by my own hand, just as my grandmother did.