Throughout Indiana there are talented Hoosiers creating high-quality, handmade works of art and food. A craftsman in Madison uses Indiana hardwoods to produce acoustic, steel-string guitars. A group of nuns in Ferdinand make traditional Benedictine cookies to help support their monastery. An Indianapolis firefighter grows hot peppers to concoct a series of tongue-tingling sauces. A father and son in Muncie hand carve gilded picture frames using styles dating back to the 14th century.
These artists and food makers are among the 153 Hoosiers from 50 counties currently in the Indiana Artisan program. Indiana’s heritage in glass, musical instruments, painting, stoneware, woodwork, cheeses, candies, brandies and more is defined through Indiana Artisan. The collaborative program identifies, supports and showcases Indiana’s best craftspeople.
Look for the Indiana Artisan seal to find etched glass jewelry, the world’s only hickory syrup, vodka distilled from Indiana corn and other select works of art and food from the Hoosier state. The one-of-a-kind creations are available at retailers, wineries, studios and galleries across Indiana including the Indiana State Museum. Visit Indiana Artisan online to read more stories and find additional information about the program.
New in 2011 is the opportunity to see the state’s best artists and food makers under one roof at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace. Held April 16-17 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the event is Indiana’s premier art and food experience.