Augusta Handmade Fair

Our Spring Event is on May 4th from 12-4pm.

EIGHT PAWS MARKET

handmade stained glass panels, suncatchers, mirrors, + plant stakes

Meet The maker

WHO ARE YOU, WHERE ARE YOU FROM, & WHAT DO YOU DO?
Hi- I’m Madison Hill. Originally from Holland, MI (go Dutch!), my husband and I moved to Evans, Georgia in 2021. Taking after my grandfather and my aunt, I found a love in Tiffany-style stained glass and make all sorts of sun catchers, candle holders, plant stakes… whatever strikes my fancy!

DESCRIBE YOUR PROCESS. Stained glass is a long process which involves patterning, glass breaking, grinding the edges of each piece, putting on copper foil, soldering, and lastly adding those finishing touches. It feels therapeutic and you can really get into a rhythm with each step. I have the most fun drawing out my own designs and hearing the snap of a successful glass break.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
With stained glass I feel mostly inspired by nature (hence a lot of floral and animal pieces). It’s so easy to just keep making because there’s an endless variety of things you can do with glass- traditional or modern, clear or colorful. Maybe someday I’ll find a set style but right now I love doing a little of everything.

FUN FACT ABOUT YOU. The name Eight Paws Market is inspired by our two fur babies- our old English sheepdog named Olive and our chonky grey cat, Dusty Rose. Olive often makes appearances at outdoor markets and loves to greet everyone when she’s not sleeping

FAVORITE THING ABOUT DOWNTOWN AUGUSTA.
The food scene is really up and coming. There’s something for everyone from tacos to sushi to ramen and insane cocktails… so you never run out of choices with date night!

WHY DO YOU LOVE TO DESIGN, CREATE + MAKE?
Creating is something that the soul needs and craves. Stained glass especially helps me unwind in different ways. If I’m frustrated, I’ll break glass for a pattern. If I need to focus my mind, I’ll grind the glass edges to everything fits together puzzle-perfect. And absolutely nothing feels better than polishing a piece and hanging it in the window to catch some light. True accomplishment!

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD SHARE WITH OTHER ARTISTS + MAKERS?
Just make; try things! Don’t sweat the mistakes or finished projects you don’t love. Keep going because any creation, big or small, beautiful or needing some work, is better something left unmade.

Shameless plug but I actually also have a vintage resale business. Vintage glass and stained glass play off of each other so well- so if you have any questions or are looking to fill your home with something extra unique, both sides of Eight Paws Market is happy to help you out!