Our Story

Handwork, Ithaca’s Artisan Cooperative began in 1976 with 12 local craftspeople. Working together they could afford the cost and time of opening a retail shop to sell their work.

A true cooperative, Handwork is owned and staffed by it's members. Handwork also carries a selection of work from other craftspeople from across the country and continues to strengthen the focus on crafts that are made in New York and surrounding states. Handwork members meet monthly to share information, decision making and jury new member-applicants.

Handwork now has 45 member artisans doing a range of work that includes pottery, woodworking, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, wearable arts, leather, dried florals, paper, fine art and photography.

Handwork donates 5% of its net profit each year to community medical and food programs, as well as art education. The Handwork Art Fund was established in 2014 in cooperation with the Learning Web with a mission to support a student who is interested in pursuing a career in craft or visual art.

Handwork Cooperative does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender and gender expression, age, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, parental/family status, political beliefs or military status. We are committed to providing a welcoming environment for all customers, members of our co-op, business relationships, and vendors.