The Handmade Artists Forum (HAF) began several years ago. It was started by Andrew and Kimberly Kitchen and features discussions and posts regarding a wide range of artistic genres. I have been participating in the forum for about three years and have received great advice from the members about my art. If you follow the above link, it will take you to the general entrance to the Forum, Blog and Shops.
The original forum expanded a couple years ago with the addition of the Handmade Artists Shops. Currently with just under 400 artists displaying their work, HAS is dedicated to the idea of "handmade." No commercial selling or reselling is permitted in the shops. With the only cost to the artist of a $5 per month fee, HAS is the most cost effective way to display and sell on the internet. Handmade Artists is the home for Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry LLC.
The forum features several contests every year, and several ways to advertise and promote each other. This is one of them, this is a blog ring entry. I will go to my fellow participating members blogs and comment on their presentation of a shop or some part of HAF/HAS.
There is also a blog section of the HAF, where original blogs are presented. These are composed by the member artists and published. Several of us are regular contributors to the blog. The subject of a blog presentation is totally up to the individual writing the blog.
An additional feature is the weekly Chat where members can exchange ideas and thoughts with the other members. A unique item is that in this "Chat" both the owners and our web person (Josey who lives in England) actively participate in the discussions.
I feel honored to be a member and vendor in Handmade Artists.