Best Baltimore Artists To Buy From This Holiday Season

December 18, 2012 6:00 AM

Baltimore is home to some of the most talented artists in the country, making every holiday a great excuse to shop local. If you’re seeking original, inimitable and priceless gifts that will touch any heart, add these Baltimore artists to the top of your shopping list. These are the city’s best artists to buy from this holiday season. 


Robert McClintock Studio & Gallery
1809 Thames Street
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 814-2800

Price: from $12

Located on the waterfront in the heart of Fells Point, Robert McClintock’s gallery is filled with a hybrid artwork that combines original photographs with both hand and paint manipulation by computer. One of his most beloved collections is “The Best of Baltimore,” which captures the heart and soul of the city through famous landmarks including the Natty Boh sign, or popular pubs, cafes and restaurants, among others — a priceless treasure for any long-time Baltimore resident. Every piece contains a vibrant and lively quality, and ranges in size from 30 by 40 inches to as large as five by eight feet. Further, this is a gift that will endure through the generations as McClintock’s prints are estimated to last more than 80 years before noticeable fading will occur.

Wild Yam Pottery
863 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 662-1123

Price: $250 for custom-made pet portrait jars/prices vary per piece

Gift givers seeking handcrafted pottery should visit Wild Yam Pottery, which is conveniently located on The Avenue in Hampden, one of Baltimore’s best destinations for unique, handmade gifts. Local Baltimore artists Nancy Brady, Kathy Schuetz, Monica Greco and Anne Efron’s original works are featured and include a wide selection of stoneware and porcelain pottery that is not only lead free, but dishwasher and oven safe. The available works of art are constantly changing, so each shopping trip promises a new discovery. Request a custom order at any time. A popular request for the holidays is custom-made pet portrait jars. Children and adults may also enjoy watching the potters at work in the next door studio, and interested artists are encouraged to ask questions about the pottery-making process.

Related: Best Places To Create Your Own Christmas Gifts In Baltimore

Yummy & Company
(410) 402-3999

Price: $18 and up

Yummy & Company combines nature, textiles and clay into treasured works of art that you can wear. Many pieces have a vintage and antique look, which can appeal to the fashion sense of both the young and old. The artist, Jennifer Wilfong, is also expanding her line that uses recycled copper and brass pieces, making the perfect, eco-friendly gift for that special someone. This inspiring handmade jewelry may be purchased online as well.

Related: Best Places To Buy Local Art For Less Than $100 In Baltimore

Corradetti Glass Studio & Gallery
2010 Clipper Park Road, #119
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 243-2010

Price: $6 and up

Every hand-blown glass piece made by Anthony Corradetti is one of a kind, providing a memorable and equally beautiful gift for loved ones this holiday. Pieces may be browsed online or by visiting his studio, and include a stunning variety of items such as vases, bowls, plates, glass beads, windows and sculptures in the most vibrant and attractive colors. For the budding glass artists in the family, another great gift option is glassblowing classes, which are typically held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Private instruction is also available.

Popkin’s Pet Portraits
120 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(336) 970-3138

Price: $40 per sketch/$100 per hour of drawing/$225 per 10 by 10 inch oil canvas and up

Popkin’s Pet Portraits creates a hand-painted picture for a devoted pet owner or can craft a cherished memorial for a recently passed pet. Start by sending an image to the artist, Spoon Popkin, and including any special details that make your pet unique. Another more personalized option is to request a one-hour live drawing or sketch session to be done in the Baltimore area. Popkin is dedicated to capturing the life, energy and vitality of every animal, recognizing the unforgettable traits that make every pet such an important part of the family.

Keri Ann Beazell is a Baltimore writer following the latest developments in arts and culture, natural wonders, lifestyle and pets. She enjoys promoting thought-provoking discussions, education, new ideas and smiles among readers. Follow her on Twitter at @KtBlue16 and online at

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