CANDLE MAKING with Standard Wax!


Practical Art is thrilled with the buzz and popularity surrounding our Make and Take summer classes. Our AZ community has seized the opportunity to learn from some of our favorite local artist and as a result have created some amazing, personalized ‘practical’ art. Next Saturday, July 30th, will be no different as Andrew King from Standard Wax leads a class in how to make your very own candles. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to partake in one of these unique class events, sign up today!


Standard Wax candles seize the subtle aromas of citrus and black currant, bergamot and basil, and whiskey and fig. King will instruct you in the fine art of scents and help you create your own unique blend. Once you have blended the perfect concoction, he will help you pour the wax for your own candle.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! Decorate the ceramic vessel with your own designs to create a fun and functional piece of art for your office, bedroom, or living space.


There are only a handful of spots left for this fun class, so reserve your spot online or call the store today. We can’t wait to see you there!


Summer Art Classes!

“The arts…are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country


Grow your soul this summer by participating in one of Practical Art’s 8 artist led summer classes!


Did you know that art can relieve stress, enhance creativity, improve brain connectivity and plasticity, make children better students, ease the burden of chronic health conditions and dementia in patients, and increase empathy, tolerance and love? Whether you are 6 or 96, here at Practical Art, we know that everyone can benefit from practicing a little art– plus, it’s just downright fun! 

That’s why we are inviting you to come down to Practical Art throughout the summer to work with your favorite local artisans. Whether you are interested in designing jewelry, learning to sew, burning wood, or painting ceramics, we have the class for you!  Sign up for one or try them all. The unique creations you make will be yours for the taking. Every Saturday, starting July 9th, visit us from 2:00-4:00pm, get out of the sun, meet a new artist, and learn a new skill. We can’t wait to see you there.



For a full list of classes visit Sign up online, call us at 602-264-1414, or swing by the shop today!

“Entangled.” works by Andrew King


If you own a Standard Wax candle, with its classic design and tantalizing scent, then you are familiar with the functional art of Andrew King. However, King’s artistic talents spread beyond these sensuous tapers, as evidenced by his upcoming show, Entangled. Running from Tuesday, March 1, 2016 through Thursday, March 31, 2016, Practical Art will be host to King’s series of emotionally charged pieces. His work “depicts the darkness of being trapped in a place of true unhappiness and using art to claw out.”


To find out more about his raw art, we asked Andrew to answer a few questions about the show and the meaning behind his expressive pieces.

Q: What inspired your work for the show?

A: The show was inspired through a deep creative frustration in my life at the time, and needing to express and grow as an artist in a new way that was completely unique and personal to me.

Q: What is your favorite part about making art?

A: My favorite part about making art is that it’s the only thing in my life that makes time disappear / be completely irrelevant.

Q: Do you have a favorite piece in the show?

A: My favorite piece(s) are the largest ones. I love over-sized art that commands the attention of an entire room.

Q: If you had to describe your show in 5 words or less, what words would you use?

A: Ominous, raw and emotional

Q: What processes/materials did you use to create the pieces?

A: Canvas, wire, watercolor, chalk and oil pastel, spray paint

Q: Is there a theme to your show?

A: The theme is “Entangled”. “Entangled” is a manifestation of the fears, anger and anxiety caused by not living a truly creative life. Art, no matter the medium, is a materialization of emotions. A painting, sculpture, photograph or poem can move people in profound ways. This is because the work of art is not created from paint or clay or the click of a shutter; it’s created from layering feelings and thoughts and emotions and bringing them to physical form using an artist’s tools of choice.

Q: What other artists (any local?) inspire you? 

A: I have a deep appreciation for literally all kinds of art and the process behind original creations – it’s too hard to name a favorite because my ADD demands that I find greatness in everything.

Q: What do you want your viewers to know about you as an artist?

A: I want people to know that I live my life for art and the process of creating and being true to myself in my work, in the space that I occupy and the creative outlets that I choose to pursue is the most important thing that makes me who I am.A King ColorTo find out more about Entangled” and meet Andrew for yourself, visit Practical Art next Friday, March 4, from 7:00pm-9:00pm for our Artist Reception. We can’t wait to see you there!


With love, from Practical Art

The Beatle’s sang, “all you need is love.”

Victor Hugo wrote, “To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”

George Eliot posited,”What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life?”

For centuries, artists, authors, philosophers,and individuals from all walks of life have defined, grappled with, imagined, and sought the greatness of love. Love– from family, friends, or that special someone–inspires. It inspires kindness, passion, charity, music, art.

February is the month to celebrate love, in all of its forms! To help, Practical Art has put together a Valentine’s day gift guide. Each one-of-a-kind piece is paired with a literary quote about love, to help inspire your creativity and affection. Find a unique, hand-made piece of art that expresses your love!


Covered Heart Dish by Sheila Cavanagh

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.” Roald Dahl

Flower Vase by Annette Weaver

“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.” E.E. Cummings


ValentinesDay_06Earrings by Alex Ozers

“She is a mortal danger to all men. She is beautiful without knowing it, and possesses charms that she’s not even aware of. She is like a trap set by nature – a sweet perfumed rose in whose petals Cupid lurks in ambush!” Edmond Rostand


ValentinesDay_04XOXO Coasters by Hazel & Violet

“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.” Robert Browning



Heart Bowl by Sheila Cavanagh

“You and I, it’s as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.” Boris Pasternak

Vase by Tom Budzak

“You don’t love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults.”William Faulkner



Soy Candle  by Standard Wax

“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.” Leo Tolstoy


Earrings by Laura Cardenas

“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” Margaret Mitchell


Arizona Mugs by Jillian Schimmel

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”  A.A. Milne

Happy Valentine’s day from Practical Art

Valentine’s Gift Guide!

Come on, folks– we are the Valentine’s STATE after all! Let’s show the nation how it’s done! Give some love to your local artists by picking up a lovingly handmade gift for your loved one on love’s nationally-recognized day. Love, love, love– don’tcha love it? I love it. And, as usual, we’ve put together some of our favorite suggestions for you, just to make shopping local even easier:

If you’re a whizz in the kitchen, consider making a special dinner. Set out some candles, flowers, and place this wine barrel stave wine glass holder by artisan Jim Daut over your partner’s favorite bottle of wine for a presentation that winks and says, “it’s just us tonight”.

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Jewelry! (Of course!) Artisan Heather Magill has expertly crafted a heart necklace that isn’t just a Valentine’s piece, but classy and modern enough to be worn year-round. But also keep in mind: Valentine’s isn’t just for heart-shaped things! This beautiful pair of earrings by artisan Christine Porter might be the sweet little token of appreciation just right for how you folks celebrate the holiday. (But hmm… don’t these look kind of great together?! SET!)

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And while the artisans haven’t been crafting live flowers, they HAVE been creating gorgeous vessels to show off nature’s blossoms– give the gift of a living plant in an Annette Weaver ceramic planter.


So many choices, and you’re ahead of the game– there’s still two weeks. You could even write a lovely letter, poem, or song in that amount of time: and a beautiful wooden box by Jim Rogers would be a wonderful house for such a special memento.

Let us and 100+ local artisans help you celebrate and honor the love in your life!

Featured Item: Standard Wax’s “Sage + Pomegranate”



handcrafted by Practical Art artisans Andrew King & Samantha Irwin of
Standard Wax

A 75-Hour burn time?! Heck to the yes! That’s 75 hours of balanced, fruit n’ herb-infused atmosphere. Seriously, light this up and your house, cha, I mean your insta-spa, becomes a place you never wanna leave. (So be careful lighting this candle if you have guests over, unless you want roommates.)

The best thing about these bad boys? After you’ve burned the candle up, if you don’t wanna just use the empty, handmade ceramic vessel as a pencil holder, planter, or coin cup– you can bring it back by the shop and for $10 Andrew & Sam’ll refill it with your favorite fragrance! (Personally, I bought TWO so if one was away being refilled, I still had one to burn!)

Ok, maybe there’s one thing that’s EVEN better– what if you could weigh in on the creation of one of these candles, personalize it some, to make it the best gift ever given? Well, here’s your chance:


The Holidays!
The Office Mate
Your Kiddo’s Favorite Teacher
Your Favorite Gal Pal


Gotta Whole Lotta Love! Valentine’s Gift Guide!

Have a sugar? A sweetie? A main squeeze? Apple of yer eye? Well, it’s that time of year again. St. Vincent’s bringing the wine and St. Valentine is at his heels, a-rollin’ in with his confetti of candy hearts, red & pink streamers, and teddy bears holding boxes of chocolates.

Maybe you want to show your special someone that you care, but you’re looking for something a little more meaningful, or a little classier, than that typical cheese-fest. Well, we’ve got it, and what’s better? It’s handmade, one-of-a-kind, and locally-crafted.


Jewelry is a classic standard, and this darling piece by artisan Lisa Pauling is subtle and sweet.


Consider this petite chateau, by Maurice Hamburger, in deciding how to house that special piece of jewelry (or tiny love note). It skyrockets your presentation and is a lovely piece of art unto itself.


Fill this little heart, by Dan Basinski, with a favorite candy and sneak it onto your true love’s desk. Don’t underestimate the simple surprise.


The flower that never dies. These votive holders by Keith Weiskamp are a great gift to accompany a few verses of poetry about how long you’ll love her?  (Sorry, poem not included.)


And yes, we know you dudes like to be romanced as well. This ‘Leather & Tobacco’ candle, by StandardWax, has the earthy, dark-cherry notes of pipe tobacco mingled with the sweetness of a freshly-oiled baseball glove. We’re thinkin’ it’ll do well to set the mood.

And because Practical Art loves love, and loves our customers near AND far, we’re offering FREE SHIPPING between now and Valentine’s Day. Pick up a gift for your sweetheart, your best friend, yourself, anyone and everyone– and enter the code ‘LOCALLOVE’ at checkout. We’re crazy ’bout ya, and not afraid to show it. Happy Valentine’s!