ArtShack Brooklyn

Creative ceramics and critical thinking collide at the after-school program

Encouraging kids to put down their phones and get creative, Brooklyn-based program ArtShack extends elementary learning outside of the classroom. The after-school program, founded by artist and educator McKendree Key and product designer Dany Rose, builds children’s critical thinking capabilities through ceramics, felting, silk-screening and a slew of other activities. Key started ArtShack in 2008, as a way to allow kids to create objects from …

11 Unexpected Gifts Found on Etsy

As much as we love luxury cars and self-piloting drones, we at Cool Hunting are continuously inspired by independent makers and the crafts they hone—and there’s no better place to find these talented individuals than on Etsy. We’ve recently teamed up with the online marketplace to select some of the most unique and unforgettable gifts they have to offer—from hand-painted boomerangs to concrete planters, build-it-yourself …

Amazon Takes on Etsy With its New “Handmade” Section

Known for selling almost anything and everything, Amazon is now hoping to tackle the handcrafted market with a newly launched section of its website called “Handmade at Amazon.” The new venture hopes to cut into the dominance of other sites like Etsy, which operates by retailing goods from local artisans. Now up and running, customers can browse products that Amazon has certified have not been …