2023 Muggles Market: Long Forgotten Forest

We are excited to announce the return of the Muggles Market, just in time for Valentine’s Day! This year’s theme is Muggles Market: Love and Plunder, combining our adoration of pirates and love. As usual, you have a wonderful opportunity to get to know our artists, writers, artisans, and entertainment through our Muggles Market Spotlights.

Kerry Forgione of Long Forgotten Forest is a new artisan with our Muggles Markets. We asked Kelly a few questions about their life, work, and what treasures they’ll be bringing to Muggles Market: Love and Plunder

Please tell us all about the plunder you’ll be bringing to Muggles Market.

Get ready my fantasy lovers!
There are all kinds of goodies sprouting in the Long Forgotten Forest!
From seedlings to mushling to cottagecore costume accessories and everything in between, you’re sure to fall in love with the nature inspired goodies I’ll be offering!

How did you get started making your glorious plunder?

I’ve been an artist since the moment I could hold a crayon and squish play-doh between my fingers.
As I grew older, I found myself inspired by fantastical naturescapes and the odd critters hiding within. That’s when I knew I wanted to bring the weird, wild and wonderful to life!

My mom was my biggest cheerleader when it came to making enchanting creatures. She always found a way to put a little magic into my gloomy days growing up. So naturally, I wanted to do the same for others.
My creations are so much more than just a knick-knack. It’s handmade with love and good vibes to help bring out your smile and a mini reminder that there is still enchantment and wonder in this life.

What’s an item you are bringing that you are really excited about?

I’m really excited about my seedlings!
They are a staple of the shop, and seem to sell out quick.
My favorite part is watching a customer have an instant connection with a seedling, and they basically adopt each other right on the spot. So cute!

What else would you like everyone to know about your wares?

While I am a mixed media artist, my primary medium is clay. Like most handmade creations, this means the creatures and art like to be handled gently and with care.
Thank you in advance, friends!

What’s your favorite love or pirate story and why? 

I’m going to be sappy and say my favorite love story is my own. Coming from the girl who truly didn’t think her other half was out there, that’s saying a lot.

It isn’t about HOW we met, but instead, how we GREW together so perfectly. It still feels like a fairytale sometimes.

You can find Long Forgotten Forest on the interwebs!

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LongForgottenForest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100071020232924

Instagram: https://instagram.com/@longforgottenforest

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@longforgottenforest

And, of course, you will meet them in person at Muggles Market: Love and Plunder on Sunday February 5, 2023 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM at Queen’s Sports Complex, 2229 Tyvola Rd. Charlotte, NC 28210! It’s always a good time for pirates! So dress in your finest, sea-worthy garb, and come check out these awesome treasures!