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Market Market makers: The women behind a new vintage market in Ogden

By Chelsi Lasater - Special to the Standard-Examiner | May 13, 2022

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Chelbie Hunger and Jamie and Jess Harper are the founders of Market Market, which was introduced to the Ogden community Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Market Market, a “Vintage and Makers Market,” celebrated its grand opening last Saturday at the Ogden Amphitheater. It ran from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., offering attendees access to over 40 unique, vintage-inspired vendors and food trucks for a $3 entrance fee.

The market was started by three small business owners and friends: Chelbie Hunger, the stained-glass artist behind Chelbie Hunger Glassworks; Jamie Harper of Harpermade, a vintage and handmade clothing company; and Jess Harper, a contributor to Harpermade Vintage and the ceramicist behind Soft Ceramics.

What started out as mingling amongst mutual friends grew into a collaborative friendship based on common interests. The pivotal moment came while soaking in the hot springs. Jess Harper recalled, “As our friendship and businesses grew, it was a natural next step to bring something to the Ogden community that we all found value in.”

Having participated in Salt Lake City-area markets, they desired to create something similar for the Ogden community. “Through attending these markets, we have met so many amazing artists, vintage curators and small business owners, and we couldn’t wait to invite friends new and old to be a part of our event,” Harper said.

Each of the artists brings a unique element to the market. Jess and Jamie Harper, sisters, say they have been vintage curators and slingers from the day that Jess was born, “or at least it feels that way!” Jess Harper said. “Trips to Deseret Industries Thrift Store with grandparents at an early age sank deep into our bones and evolved into what our business is today. We have participated in many markets and love the hunt and reward of finding one of a kind items!”

Chelbie Hunger is a self-taught stained glass artist. “I find a great deal of satisfaction in shaping glass and metal together to create light-catching objects with the hope that it will bring joy to the spaces we spend our precious time in and around,” she said.

In 2018, Hunger was looking for a creative outlet and discovered cold glass working. Gaining confidence, she began to share her glass creations with others and was received warmly. People started asking if they could purchase her glass projects. In the fall of 2021, she opened her stained-glass studio at The Monarch full-time.

Jamie Harper sources materials like vintage quilts, tapestries and fabrics to create furniture, housewares and clothing. Her latest endeavors include using the byproducts of the secondhand/vintage clothing system, recycling materials and items that have been worn and used to the end of their initial lifespan and creating something new.

New to her craft, Jess Harper explains getting started after purchasing a pottery wheel. “After many failed attempts and slowly acquiring all the tools and tricks, she started to gain her style and Soft Ceramics was born,” Harper’s artist statement reads.

The new collaboration between the three Ogden-based artists is just the beginning. Market Market will return. For updates, follow the market page and the artists on Instagram and Facebook @marketmarketogden, @chelbieglassworks, @harpermade and @soft_ceramics_.

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