Where we started
Kim Tallent has been helping organize businesses while practicing photography for over 15 years. Michael Knapek has been working with clay since early childhood, graduating to mold making and bronze casting over the last 16 years.
Together we blend all of our life experiences, pulling the best from each of us to perform all aspects of making Handmade Bend succeed.
Over the years, friends will tell you we’ve had some interesting business concepts. From art galleries with bistros to improved dog leashes. But when we started working with ceramics, it was time to try something really new.
...we decided to follow our passions and make the jump.
And to do new, we reached back, in time. Attempting to draw out new ideas and blend them with our life experiences. Our studies have driven us back between 50 and 5,000 years ago. Back when kilns were made of mud or photography was printed on plate steel.
Our goal is to create artwork that can be used in our everyday lives. Creating fine art and functional ceramics inspired by the people, towns and natural beauty of oregon.
Mike is working on new mugs, vases and some, shall we say, top secret concept ceramics. Kim is working on unique twists to historic photographic processes, that will be coming soon!
We are always busy creating new work, so stop by soon or follow us on instagram, facebook or twitter to see the newest from Handmade Bend.