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.
Mary Eld of Silver Acorn is a new artisan with our Muggles Markets, but we’ve known them quite awhile through the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). We asked Mary 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.
Avast! Here be dragons…
I bring with me items of art and whimsy – dolls, toys, my hand-raised dragons, and pieces of art suitable for all ages. I also take custom orders, should you fancy something specific.
How did you get started making your glorious plunder?
I’ve always been an artist, but began selling my wares to fund theatre lessons for my son. Since then, I’ve pushed myself to make the best art possible out of my favored materials.
What’s an item you are bringing that you are really excited about?
The dragons, of course! Constructed from leather over a poseable wire armature, these little beasts can be thrown around, or simply carried on a finger like a bird. They are lightweight, sturdy, and look as if they might start moving any moment.
What else would you like everyone to know about your wares?
Everything I make is handmade, by me, from designs I have made after years of experience. Each item is made with care, and designed to last a long time – whether it is used for play or sitting on a shelf.
What’s your favorite love or pirate story and why?
The Princess Bride. Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture. Revenge, giants, monsters. Chases, escapes, true love. Miracles.
You can find Silver Acorn on the interwebs!
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!