RISE OF THE MAKERS

RISE OF THE

RISE OF THEMAKERS


A renewed maker culture across Cincinnati is churning out furniture, packaged food, skis, beard oil, jewelry, metal sinage, pottery, home goods, and mascot costumes—plus hundreds of other handmade products—while a strong support network helps them sell, grow, and interact.


By Katie Coburn, Damian Dotterweich, John Fox, Kaileigh Peyton, Steven Rosen, Kevin Schultz, and Linda Vaccariello

Mortal Ski Company in OTR Designs and Builds Skis for Slopes in the Midwest

The company is expanding into snowboard production this year, too.

Junebug Jewelry Designs Makes Wearable Works of Art

Dawn Grady bends metals to her will to craft one-of-a-kind pieces.

Rookwood Pottery’s New Spin on Tradition

Morgan Willenbrink and Lauren Thomeczek have their hands on Rookwood's past—and its future.

Don Poynter Built a Novelty Empire As One of Cincinnati’s First Makers

Don Poynter built a business on jokey (sometimes naughty, often weird) gift products. Now some of those are in the collections of Cincinnati Museum Center.

CoMADE Offers Entrepreneurs a Tool Box for Growth

Starting small in Walnut Hills, CoMADE is a new type of manufacturing incubator that could make Cincinnati a national model for collaboration.

Kate Schmidt’s Metalwork Is Like Jewelry for Buildings

Equal parts art and craft, Kate Schmidt's work highlights Cincinnati's neighborhoods.

The Northern Market Has Plenty of Rope

Lindsey Zinno's accessories and homegoods turn hand-sewn cotton rope into must-have accessories.

Coda Co. Creates Rustic Furniture and Home Decor Using Recyclable Materials

Husband-and-wife team Kelti and Tanner Ziese upcycle bourbon barrels, coffee bags, organic cotton rope, and more.

Stagecraft, Inc., Is Where Rosie Red’s Mascot Costume Goes for Maintenance

The character-building company has crafted mascots like the UK Wildcat and the UC Bearcat.

Whirlybird Granola Keeps It Natural

A truly good-for-you granola didn’t exist, so Christy White made her own.

Three Markets Filled with Local Makers

These market events bring together the best in local handmade goods.

Three Shops That Stock Local Makers

Treat yourself to a locally made gift from one of these retail spots.

Three Entrepreneurial On-Ramps for Local Makers

Entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone thanks to these nonprofit support systems.

Ohio Valley Beard Supply Keeps Gents Groomed

The homegrown facial hair care line keeps on expanding.