John & Corliss Rose
"Our work is a conscious effort to explore art jewelry through a purposefully improvisational approach driven by emergence, convergence, and change. We employ fluid and ever-changin...g combinations of traditional and unorthodox materials and techniques, resulting in a body of work that is eclectic by design."2Roses is a Southern California design studio and collaboration of Corliss Rose and John Lemieux Rose. Together they create a wide range of one-of-a-kind and limited-edition adornments and objects d'art. The studio is well known for its use of a wide range of highly unorthodox materials with designs sold in 42 countries worldwide and exhibited in major art institutions in the US, Europe, and Asia. Their work appears in over 40 books on jewelry design and countless magazines ranging from design, fashion, art, and jewelry
"Silver has been my material of choice for over 15 years now. I have tried out other metals, but keep coming back to it. When working with silver, I am allowed to create on a larger... scale without worrying about the material expenses of gold or platinum. Silver is a fine metal but can still be worn “casually” without being too precious. I like to create jewelry that is not valued simply for its material worth, but for its design and functionality. When I am creating one of a kind jewelry or objects I feel like the luckiest person on earth for having this as my passion in my life and the way I make my living. The project doesn’t always go smoothly, but I know that I will figure out a solution eventually and I enjoy the challenge each project brings my way. Every year I try to create something totally new to add to my repertoire, based off something inspiring at that moment. Sometimes it’s nature, or art, or fictional stories, or images right out of my memory. These inspirations and one of a kind projects feed my every day processes of being an artist. All my work is hand-fabricated and finished in my studio in Northampton, Massachusetts. I start with collecting ideas in my sketch book, make a lot of trial pieces in paper mock up and silver to finalize a design, then expand that one design into series of necklaces/bracelets/earrings. Often one series contain multiple color selections and size options, and lately my wholesale customers prefer a pick box option to ease the ordering procedure. "I have always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. After learning to work with materials such as glass, fiber, and metal in college, I pursued a career to create jewelry and objects mainly in silver. 314 studio was created in 2002 and I have traveled all around the country for trade and retail shows.
A Cut Above Design
"Let’s start with the obvious. I love wood. From sorting through huge boards and trees, to the fine art of combining grains, colors, and textures, there is a calmness and purpose ...that removes all other distractions from my life as I cut and combine, cut and combine, and ponder. That dying ash tree up on the hill – what beauty can I coax out from inside her hollow core? I don’t know today, but you can be darn sure I’ll know soon…. And wood has taught me a bit about letting go – while the client gets art to last a lifetime it is often hard to watch the creation of my labor leave my sight. But the creative process once again calls, and it’s back to the shop for another round of calm. Part of the joy of making also resides in the joy of sharing, which has become so much more difficult during the pandemic. How do I look you in the eye and describe my process over the Internet? How to I convey my love of wood through a mask? I miss people. I miss talking the talk and, and the end of the day, sale or no, I’ve made a new friend and am better for it. Please know I will always welcome your call or visit, whether to buy a current piece, or discuss your own idea for a future creation! "Stephen began crafting boards in 2001 after years as a carpenter. His often-said mantra “the right tool for the right job” quickly expanded his basement wood-shop. When he inspired his wife and children to join him in the creative process A Cut Above Design was founded. Selling at his hometown farmers market led to larger craft fairs, products in gift shops, and an online store. In 2019 he was honored to have his work featured in the Boston Globe.
"My works are driven by personal experience and the search for semblance in my connections to others, especially when those connections are broken or fragile. I move the enamel in m...y work into a place of fragility, calcification, and unsettlement. Through over firing enamels to the point of black and blue oxidation, or under firing enamel till it is barely fused like a sugar. There is coldness through color and texture; sensual textile chaining draws from bodily experience. These dichotomies drive my concepts, which embrace the less than beautiful aspects of being: feelings of self doubt, lust, desire confusion, baggage, emotional distance, and vulnerability. Ultimately, I believe that this is where beauty manifests in a physical product. Beauty is where desire has become a sublimation of our soul’s perception of material, content, aesthetic, and connection. "Melis Agabigum is an educator and studio artist from Michigan. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Intermedia: Jewelry/Metals, Installation art, Sculpture, and Fibers, and received her BFA in Art&Design from the University of Michigan. She has taught Jewelry, Sculpture, and 3D Fabrication courses at the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Boise State University, and San Francisco State University. Currently, Melis is the area head of Metals & 3D Fabrication at Earlham College. Provoked by an interest in material fiction, Melis’ work examines loss, desire, and the notion of burden that individuals carry from their relationships. Her sculptures and jewelry objects explore the unseen tether of the physical and emotional weights that affect individuals in how they perceive their connection to others, their bodies, and space. Her work has been shown at the national and international level in the United States, Canada, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Hungary, England, Romania, and Lithuania. Melis is an active contributor to Art Jewelry Forum.
"I am driven to act by materials; their exploration is a conduit to my work process. I create objects to convey emotion, emphasize the process of making, and to portray a sense of t...he instinctual nature of my work. These objects serve as the actualization and physical embodiments of sentiment, by which the maker and viewer may become aware and respond to them. "Steve Alexis is currently a BFA Metals and Contemporary Art Jewelry candidate at University of Wisconsin-Stout. He is currently interested in creating jewelry and sculpture. His material exploration includes plastic, metal, precious/semi-precious stones, and found and reclaimed objects. His works intend to convey internal contemplation and reflection, with the intention of understanding himself better in process.
Angely Martinez Jewelry
"My work is inspired by the beauties of nature and the world of fantasy. Nature and fairy tales have been key inspiration since I was a child. I love the idea of combining these two... elements, creating outer worldly jewels that transform the body. With my work, I want the wearer to interpret the piece into their own lives and use them as a form of escapism when staring at them. "Born in Dominican Republic, Angely Martinez is an award winning jewelry designer and maker based in New York City. Creating conceptual fine jewels that push the boundaries of traditional jewelry, her work is influenced by the beauties of nature and the world of fantasy with a touch of the Baroque and the avant-garde. These are themes that she has been obsessed with since childhood. She's constantly designing and hand-fabricates most of her pieces at her home studio. She's currently working on 2 collections and heavily obsessed with the Dutch Baroque Period.
Anne Fiala Jewelry + Objects
"I am drawn to industrial materials and natural forms. Steel, galvanized steel, and plywood are manufactured for mass consumption. They are common place; removed from any source of ...origin. I think their stability as materials have made them neutral, sterile, and overlooked. I see beauty and potential in these materials. Using techniques of the hand, I modify these materials; removing them from a pristine, manufactured state. Adding imperfections and marks, changing their shape using templates from nature. Found objects find their way into the composition, emphasizing the perfection or imperfection of the materials. Together these compositions begin to tell a story."Anne M. Fiala is a maker and educator living in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received a BFA in Industrial Design and a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University Bloomington. In her work, Anne relies on instinct, process, and materials to create objects about memory and emotion. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design and Computer-aided Craft and Manufacturing at Winthrop University. Her work has been included in publications such as Metalsmith Magazine and has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in AMEND Exhibition.
"My work is a study in contrasts, a balance between beauty and toughness, between the elegant and the industrial, and between boldness and comfort. Nowhere is this more apparent th...an in my Contra Collection, where I juxtapose black and white dendritic opal against welded steel settings and chain. As an artist, I am interested in exploring endless variation under constraint. Limiting myself to one shape, one simple color palette, one stone gives me the freedom to explore countless ideas."Megan Auman designs jewelry that is bold enough to make a statement but easy enough to wear everyday. She combines her signature welded steel links with stones sourced on her travels to India to create one of a kind statement pieces that work with everything from jeans and a t-shirt to your favorite little black dress. Megan received her BFA from Syracuse University and her MFA from Kent State University. She currently lives and works in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, a small town about 90 miles west of Philadelphia.
"I find Inspiration in the world around me, from Art Deco and Mid-Century light fixtures to Inkblot prints. I begin with interesting shapes and stones and craft bold, fun, and elega...nt statement pieces out of silver, brass, and gold plate. Whether one of a kind, production, or limited release, each piece is handcrafted in my home studio in Chicago, and I work with local crafters for casting and plating. It’s important to me that my work makes each wearer feel special, empowered, and confident they are wearing unique designs. "Andréa's loved jewelry for as long as she can remember. Her grandmother used to tell a story about taking three-year old Andréa to church where she would sit beside a woman who wore large shiny necklaces. One day Andréa suddenly reached out, grabbed the necklace, and stared in awe. She's been hooked on jewelry ever since. Andréa studied theater years later and was drawn to the idea of reinvention through each character. She began to approach her everyday wear the way a costume designer would a script, crafting each outfit and its corresponding jewelry around who she was that day. While Andréa's aesthetic may have changed, she remains obsessed with fashion and adornment, crafting fun and bold, yet graceful designs.
"Bela Monde was sparked by my passion for global culture and my designs transform this story of wanderlust and share it with the wearer. As a wearable fiber artist, I love the soft ...sensuality of silk and the vibrancy and detail of color that I achieve printing on it. When you wear a Bela Monde scarf or wrap, I want you to feel transported and indulged. Within these parameters I adhere to a strict set of values to ensure a thriving world for future generations as I am very mindful of our social and environmental responsibilities. 1) I create accessories and made-to-order apparel that are fashionable, not trendy, and will be treasured in your wardrobe for years to come. Focusing on conscious consumption translates into prioritizing quality over quantity. 2) I am committed to creating wearable textiles that use only sustainable and environmentally friendly natural fabrics. My silk designs are digitally printed, which reduces high chemical water waste by 90 percent in comparison to standard printing processes. 3) All materials are sourced and printed in North Carolina and hand sewn in my studio in Rhode Island where I pay great attention to every detail in the making of your garment. "Lisa Limer is the founder and designer of Bela Monde. All designs are based on Lisa's extensive photographic archive, drawn from visits to more than 40 countries on six continents. Lisa had a long career as a professional travel photographer for prestigious magazines around the world. From 1998-2013 she was under exclusive contract as a contributing photographer for Condé Nast Traveler/US. Lisa has shot for numerous fashion, home, food, and travel publications, including Marie Claire, Vogue, Details, House and Garden, Bon Appétit, and The New York Times Magazine. Her work is included in collections in the United States and Europe. In 2016, she was recognized for her textile designs and was awarded a Providence Design Catalyst Grant. Having lived in Spain and South America for more than 10 years, she now calls Providence, Rhode Island home, but her wanderlust spirit keeps her perpetually on the move.
"My work begins with the subtle impressions left from living a life. Stories, songs, conversations, poems, experiences, and relationships are all there in a private conversation bet...ween me and the piece until I start to daydream. Then the work can take on its own version of the story much like a writer of fiction. I use recurring images of rabbits, birds, wings, antlers, flora, caps and hoods, and even missing body parts like keys to a map. There are silver linings, dead ends, sharp curves, love, loss, vulnerability, blue sky, dark clouds, deep water, and pretty little things. Less than reality and more than a dream..."Ashley is an American artist living in Savannah, Georgia. Her work is mixed media paintings and sculpture currently with a focus on ceramics. She grew up in Atlanta and attended the Savannah College of Art and Design. After leaving Georgia she lived in Colorado for 20 years where she had a son, taught art, opened a yoga studio, rode horses, and pursued a career as an artist. She has traveled East to West in juried art shows selling work and winning several awards. After relocating back to Georgia five years ago she has turned more towards galleries and private collectors as well as a small wholesale line that includes more functional ceramics.
Berri Kramer Textiles
"As a quiltmaker for many years I celebrate the thought that “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” A love of textiles, construction, and function make time in the te...xtile studio a joyful pursuit. I work on a vintage Featherweight sewing machine, a beautiful tool made of metal, not plastic. There is great satisfaction in working with simple, well-made tools. From repurposed vintage Japanese cottons and silk, I create ”Komebukuro.” These traditional offering bags were once carried to the temples filled with rice. I practice “Mottainai” (meaning: too good to waste) in that I use every scrap left on the cutting table. Often these tiny pieces find their way into a wall piece where even the smallest of snippets can be appreciated. In deconstructing damaged kimonos, futon covers, and furoshiki, the steam of my iron releases a whiff of foreign aromas. Traces of flowers, cedar, or incense add an unseen and timeless element to the process. My goal is to design not only functional work, but pieces that can hang as engaging compositions, in honor of the centuries-old dyeing and weaving techniques, now virtually lost."Berri Kramer grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts and was greatly influenced by classes at the DeCordova Museum. She earned a BFA in Design and Crafts from Kent State University in Ohio and a Masters in Fiber Exploration from Lesley University in Boston. Berri learned how to express stories in clay, metal, and color, but most importantly, she observed people making their way in the world as artists. Her art career began as a designer for Better Homes and Gardens and lasted lasted over 20 years. That venture became not only an opportunity to discover new materials and techniques, but one that involved continuous creative problem solving. She founded Heartwood College of Art in Maine, and for the past 25 years she has been its President. Berri also taught Color and Design, Exploration of Crafts, and Service to Humanity at Heartwood.
Bethany Montana Jewelry
"I design and fabricate jewelry with precious metals, gemstones and cast elements. My inspiration is derived from Victorian Era jewelry in addition to the overwhelming beauty found ...in botanical specimens and nature itself. I continue to grow my body of work with the innate desire to create and spark joy in others."Bethany Montana has been fabricating her own designs since her introduction to jewelry making in high school. In 2009, she graduated from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania with a BFA in sculpture and a concentration in jewelry. She has gained experience by working closely with professional artists, and has broadened her techniques through experimentation.
Beyond the Fringes Wedding Blankets and Tableware
"Each day I am drawn to my loom with the challenge of creating combinations of traditional and unique materials. Bits of gold, paper linen yarn with a stainless steel core, silk, le...ather, or copper provide texture which make tableware not only functional, but unique and distinctive. I have been developing luxury handweaving utilizing blends of exotic materials from around the world to create textures for your table; a spectacular venue that begs flowers and your loveliest and favorite vase. These mats and table runners are both washable and sustainable. Wedding blankets and bed runners, both boho and traditional, are created to provoke a dramatic emotion of warmth and invitation. Your most personal space. I chose weaving to help me inspire you to create special personal spaces whether they be industrial or classic. I will ravel, unravel, layer, and interface color with your taste and mood. These compositions of textural fiber begin to tell a story."Beyond the Fringes is a Boston-based handweaving studio specializing in high-end luxury textiles. Master weaver Debra Stewart has produced fabrics for department stores, design houses, and private clients, working in silk, angora, alpaca, mohair, and exotic fibers including leather, paper, and gold. Debra’s life as a weaver began during her studies at Emerson College, when she rescued an old handloom from an attic in Vermont and restored it to working condition. Experimenting on that small loom, she fell in love with the art of textile design. Her passion for weaving was further inspired by her experience studying with master textile craftsmen in British Columbia. She founded Beyond the Fringes as a line of elevated handwoven accessories and materials for the home. Beyond the Fringes offers a full range of interior fabrics, from Moroccan-inspired wedding blankets, pillows, and brushed mohair throws, to luxe tableware. The new collection of oversized placemats, crossmats, and table runners offers contemporary statement pieces inspired by classic handloom patterns.
Bonnie Bishoff + J.M. Syron
"In our collaborative work we study the intersection of two aspects of a piece and the power of that meeting place. In this union we learn more about the essence of each aspect as i...t joins and opposes the other. This could be two different materials or different colors or textures. We experiment with ideas of balance, challenge, and multiple points of view with small and large sculptural objects. We explore pattern and form, with patterns reflecting the exuberance of life force and growth in all its iterations, and form defining the beauty of structure and supported interrelationships. We choose and transform specific materials to create tactile and curious objects. We aim to create work that projects an expansive notion of art and creative pursuit to be shared by the wearer with the world. "Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syron have been collaborative artists for 33 years. Initially as furniture makers they explored the use of polymer as a decorative surface and illuminated form. Their work now focuses on sculptural objects and art jewelry, combining polymer, their own original fabricated metal surfaces and armatures, and wood. Their exhibitions range from galleries in the United States and abroad to fine craft shows with the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Museum exhibitions have included the Peabody Essex, The Museum of Art and Design in New York and the permanent collection of the Racine Art Museum.
"As an illustrator and ceramic artist, I am drawn to the process of making and getting lost in the fine detail work of crafting an object. I strive to bring the whimsical, fanciful,... fun, made-up worlds I escape to in my head to life through clay, brush, pen, paper, and digital screens."Jenny Blicharz is an illustrator and ceramic artist based in Manhattan, Kansas. Raised a woodsy New England town, she is the byproduct of an engine mechanic/carpenter father and a craft store manager mother. Combining her childhood love for puff paint, Sculpey, and Super Nintendo, Jenny works professionally as an illustrator for clients including Warner Bros, Disney and Netflix, creating digital content and design for animated TV shows, apps and games. Rekindling her love for clay and all things ceramic, she studied for many years at the Ceramics Program at Harvard University, where she is currently a staff member. Jenny's love for creating functional, whimsical wares with clay has been a vital way to reconnect with crafting a physical object one can hold in one's hand, something that can transport the viewer, holder, or owner to a different place - or a different feeling - for a moment in time.
Bobbi Made This
"I love using color and strong geometric silhouettes to incorporate art into everyday fashion. Primarily through the use of polymer clay, I am able to bring ideas to life that norma...lly wouldn't be worn on ears. I truly believe that color and art brings joy and that is my hope for every piece I create."Bobbi Brown-Mayo is a stay at home mom of four and the owner and creator of Bobbi Made This, a hand crafted jewelry line that focuses on funky , bold, one of a kind earrings. Crafted in her spare bedroom Bobbi’s designs have been featured on Buzzfeed, Tia Mowry's Quick Fix, Apartment Therapy, Style by Emily Henderson and is listed in the Black Parade of Black Owned Businesses on Beyonce.com. With a mission of spreading joy one ear at a time, Bobbi plans to make her colorful and affordable accessories a household name.
"I am a classically trained glass artist and I earned my BFA in glass from the Cleveland Institute of Art. I blow colorful glass plates in a hot glass studio and then transform them... into an assortment of glass wearables from Simple studs and necklaces to the over-the-top Kinetic Sculptural showpieces. Broken Plates is my line of contemporary glass wearables that combines traditional blown glass techniques with modern CNC technologies. Using either colorful blown glass or tints of translucent plate glass, she plays with form and light as my pieces interact with the contours of the body. "Gillian Preston is a glass artist working out of Pittsburgh, PA, where she creates her line of glass jewelry, Broken Plates. Broken Plates is a line of contemporary glass wearables that combines traditional blown glass techniques with modern CNC technologies. She studied and earned her BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art exploring imagery in glass and sculptural installations. She transitioned into jewelry and began her line, Broken Plates, in 2013 as a way of working through ideas and new processes quickly with the benefit of also creating a more visible and approachable final product. Today, she sells her wearables to retailers internationally, and continues to lean on the developing technologies available in order to streamline her production and expand the breadth of her work.
Carol Press Handwoven Designs
"I started weaving over 40 years ago when we were living in Sacramento where I took a weaving class from a friend. It didn't take long to become fascinated with the creative possibi...lities within the textile world. When we moved to the coast several years later, I worked for a small business making handwoven garments sold to high-end stores around the country. It was operated as a cottage industry, with warps and weft yarns farmed out to weavers in the community. We wove them off at home, delivered the finished fabric back to be cut and sewn and were paid by the yard. That experience taught me a lot about how to make good, wearable cloth, so much so that I wanted to make my own pieces. Along the way, I took a couple of workshops from the weaver Randall Darwell who was an inspiration to me in creating art to wear. Being a member of weaving guilds on both coasts has also been part of my learning process. Over the years I have made garments, scarves, wall hangings, rugs, and table linens. Now I make mainly chenille and bamboo scarves which I have sold in a handful of stores. I work out of a studio behind our house on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. "After majoring in Fine Arts in college, Carol got an MSW and began a career as a social worker. However, once she discovered weaving, she came full circle and went back to the arts where she has been working ever since. While living in California, she and a group of other weavers opened a cooperative shop in Pt. Reyes Station, Black Mountain Weavers, still in business many years later, now as Black Mountain Artisans. Carol's own business is small enough that she can make everything herself. She especially enjoys the process of designing and working with endless color combinations. Carol finds it very satisfying to have a product one can see and feel at the end of a day in the studio.
"This work has been inspired by decadent novel Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans. In this story, main character Des Esseintes becomes disillusioned by modern urban life and esca...pes to the countryside where he carefully designs a unique aesthetic environment. At one point, he encrusts the shell of a giant tortoise with jewels causing it to eventually expire. Other works of scarab beetles, worn as ornamental art since the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, play on opulence, materialism, and our perceptions of beauty. The most recent images are from 67 Attendants, an ongoing series of abstracted portraits based on the crushed skull and headdress on view at The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. "Leila Cartier holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and concurrently studied Arabic Language at Depaul University with a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Her BFA in Art and Art History from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia included a year spent with Temple University Rome, Italy. Her studio practice is located in 1241 Carpenter Studios + Project Space in South Philadelphia and she is represented by SchmidtDean Gallery. Since 2016, Leila Cartier has been the Executive Director of CraftNOW Philadelphia, an emerging organization uniting institutions, scholars and artists to promote the historic and contemporary role of the city in the fields of craft and making.
"My work over the last year has been about repetition and finding routine amid the uncertainty of recent times. Being a teacher, I went from working over fifty hours a week to worki...ng only four amid the pandemic after my workload was cut. Since I suddenly had a lot more time on my hands, I was able to focus solely on my art. Working in the studio was something that I have neglected for so long, so getting to focus my energy into that was very important to me. Once I reset my space, choose my materials, and allowed myself the freedom to fail and create, I could not stop. Brass has been a staple in my work for years. After completing a series of rings with brass bezels, I realized that this material could be used easily to create different shapes. It started as a simple shape, the rectangle and then I started repeating it, manipulating it, and adding more to it. Powder coating, a more recent addition to my techniques, allows for the bright colors and wearability which was what I was looking for. As I persisted in my process, I started going bigger and brighter. Big earrings can be a way to express our individuality: make a statement. In a time where masks are seemingly taking away from our identity, I believe we can gain more control of our situation by expressing ourselves in bolder and brighter ways. As I continue to experiment with my materials, I am constantly finding new and more interesting ways to put my pieces together. Now that we have adapted through the current situation, time is a commodity once again, but by using the extra time that I was given I have found an inspiration that I cannot ignore. I will continue to produce, and I am hoping that my work will grow and develop just as I have. "Jolene Castanon was born Santa Fe, New Mexico. She went to college at NMSU in 2007 where she received her BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry. She moved to Dallas after college where she became a studio assistant for two contemporary metalsmiths in the DFW area. She is currently a studio artist as well an elementary school teacher.
Cat Haus Designs
"Originally from the Northeast, I blew into this part of the coast of North Carolina after Hurricane Florence devastated the entire area to help rebuild people's homes and studios. ...While rebuilding, I was inspired by the resiliency of the landscape and the people here, slowly recovering after that severe beating. My artistic focus naturally turned to the sculptural forms that survived in that inhospitable environment, BUGS. Through the generosity of local ceramicists who shared their kilns and allowed me to fire my new work I was able to create the BUG OUT WARE line of hand-painted ceramics featured in CraftBoston. I would often ask the students in my 3-D Design class, “What is the most beautiful sculptural form?” The students might answer “Michelangelo’s David” or cite great architectural achievements. My personal answer to that question is a sculptural form that is found almost anywhere on Earth. They have multi-surfaced complicated shapes, scale that is seemingly impossible yet perfectly balanced, mind-blowing patterns, and colors so deep, rich and varied as to be almost unbelievable. Yes, bugs are the most beautiful sculptural forms and that’s why I represent them on my ceramic wares. Plus, it’s the only pleasant way to have a bug on your plate."Cat Manolis began her career 25 years ago, self-taught, in the commercial art world where she designed and created commissioned wall hangings, sculpture, wallpaper designs, and painted large-scale corporate murals for interior designers and architects. Since then, she earned an MFA and has shown craft, sculpture, and paintings on traditional canvases as well as on ceramics and many other surfaces. For the past 4-5 years her focus has shifted to creating and selling jewelry and hand-painted ceramics. BFA- Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington DC. MFA- UNC Chapel Hill, NC. She sells her work through Frank Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC and Priskorn Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark. She recently had solo exhibitions at Brown Gallery, Duke University and Gallery 100, Golden Belt Arts. Her art and illustrations have been published in many publications nationally. She taught 3-D Design at UNC, Chapel Hill and has taught art classes for corporations and individuals. Cat sells her jewelry and hand-painted functional ceramics at multiple art/craft shows nationally, this year culminating with CraftBoston.
Ceramics by Kiara Matos
"My favorite qualities about clay are its versatility and its expressiveness. Over the years I have developed an extensive glaze palette. I like to create pieces with a strong con...trast between colors and textures. My shapes tend to be simple because they are meant to be canvases for my often intricate glaze applications. I marvel at how all the steps of the ceramic process transform inside the kiln: the quality and texture of the fired pieces, the contrast between glazes, and the stone-like durability. Finally, there is the contribution of my geographical origins. Venezuela is a colorful and tropical country, with lush vegetation and a wide array of mid-century modern architecture. These are aspects that have always inspired my work, and which along with the shaping and glazing techniques I use, come together to make my work what it is. "Kiara began making ceramics in a studio her mother had owned. Between 1994 and 1998 she apprenticed with ceramicists both in Venezuela and the US. In 1997 she began producing pieces mainly for her mother's interior design clients in San Cristobal, her hometown. In 2000 she moved to Caracas where she started a studio to produced work for galleries, museum stores, and private clients. She has lived in New Haven, Connecticut since 2010, where she has a production studio and continues studying and refining her craft.
Cindy Liebel Jewelry
"My work reflects an attention to detail, combining bold contrasting textures and shapes, creating repetition in geometric forms. My designs are hand-fabricated from start to finish... using sustainable precious metals. Every element of design starts with a sketch, then translated into printed paper elements. I use this visual design process to gather ideas of size and composition. I create jewelry that combines the relationship between contemporary and mid-century design, with a focus on simplicity and everyday adornment. "Cindy Liebel is jewelry for the individual, the ever-curious woman, man, or them who actively engages with the world and thrives on exploration. We strive to empower our customers by making style easy and timeless, offering them a special treat that aligns with their worldview. Designed specifically for comfortable, everyday accessorizing, our designs are lightweight and wearable. We make jewelry to complement an authentic and thoughtful life. Inspired by geometric forms and patterns, architecture, raw materials, and both mid-century modern and Art Deco aesthetics, Cindy handcrafts her pieces using a fusion of traditional and modern processes in her Virginia studio.
Liz Clark Jewelry
"Flowers are more than objects of adoration, they embody a forceful tenderness influenced by impermanence. My work engages a floral language that questions the value of flowers’ f...leeting beauty. Fabricating these pieces in sterling silver allows the ephemeral quality of flowering plants to become a perennial presence. "Liz Clark received her BFA in Crafts/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in Providence, RI and maintains a metal studio that she shares with her husband. Liz exhibits her work through various galleries across the country. She is also the Events Director at Metalwerx, a school for jewelry and metal arts in Waltham, MA.
Cold Hill Studio
"At Cold Hill Studio, we handcraft beautiful and functional home goods using local, sustainable materials. We celebrate the natural beauty of our materials to make heirloom-quality ...products that get more beautiful with use. "Will Wear grew up in New Hampshire at the foot of Mount Monadnock. After being awarded a B.A. in Fine Arts and a B.S. in Industrial Design from California College of the Arts, he embarked on a successful career as a Product Designer, working for a wide variety of clients including Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, OXO/Goodgrips, First Years, and Zoll Medical. His work has been recognized with awards from Business Week’s annual Industrial Design Excellence Awards and ID Magazine’s Annual Design Review. Despite his success in the business world, Will always longed to work with natural materials with an eye toward the environment. Will fulfilled a life-long dream when he launched his modern home goods company, Cold Hill Studio, and is committed to making products using sustainable materials and responsible manufacturing practices. Will and his wife Laura, who serves as Marketing Director at Cold Hill, live and work in Lincoln, MA. They have two lovely daughters and two naughty dogs.
Kelly Jean Conroy
"I see my jewelry as layered paintings- collages with dimensional elements that allude to a story. The stories are about loss, something that touches us all eventually, but also abo...ut the beauty of life. If I can make death and the subsequent feeling of loss something beautiful, I can soothe my fear of future loss. We all carry these experiences of life and loss within the inner layers of our being, and I see my jewelry as a way to wear these moments on one’s outer layer."Kelly Jean Conroy was born in 1983, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Growing up in New England and being raised by an artist mother who emphasized making and painting, eventually led her to attaining her BFA from Syracuse University in art education and painting. She completed her MFA in Jewelry Metals from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2013. She is currently teaching metalsmithing at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School, and metalsmithing courses at Massachusetts College of Art and Metalwerx. Her work focuses on life cycles in nature within a jewelry format. Her specialties are enameling, working with natural materials: carving bone, piercing mother of pearl, laser cutting, and casting.
"I strive to create unique and beautiful things that are as much of a joy to use as they are to make."
Ian Buchbinder seeks to create lighthearted, joyful ceramics that are sturdy eno... ugh to be a part of your daily routine. He finds endless fascination in process and repetition and enjoys discovering subtle ways to refine his craft. The "Astronaut Animal" series and the "Fossil" series are part of his current mission to explore the meeting place between his illustrations and his pottery. Each of Buchbinder's pieces is handmade either on the potter's wheel or from clay slabs. Once the pieces are fired, he paints designs onto each one by hand, ensuring that no two pieces are exactly alike. In avoiding stencils and stamps, he gives his designs room to grow organically while staying true to the overall theme. Ian Buchbinder received his BFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. During his time at RISD, Buchbinder focused heavily on both functional pottery and illustration. After graduating, he worked under Dwo Wen Chen of Three Wheel Studio in Providence, Rhode Island. After three years at Three Wheel Studio, he left to open his own business under the name Coywolf Studio.
Dawn Lombard - Glass & Metal
"I am fascinated by the beauty that can come from chaos, whether it is the creative storm in my head or a simple piece of scrap metal with a jumble of glass waiting to be transforme...d. My creativity is only limited by what I have yet to try. Failure is expected for my design phase as I strive to let my hands transform my thoughts until they work as one and a new piece of art comes to life."Dawn worked in the corporate world for over twenty-five years while her heart dreamed of another path. In 2015, Dawn broke the shackles of the 9-to-5 grind to release the artist inside and embraced the liberation of whimsical design using colorful glass and metal. Inspired by the unexpected, Dawn doesn't plan her designs; she never knows where her freedom and mind will lead her.
Dawna Gillespie Adornments
"Make a statement and start a conversation with Dawna Gillespie Adornments! When surveying society, there is a realization of the excessive need in identical and mass-produced a...ccessories. Transcending the allure of simply adorning the body and home, my artwork consciously explores the illumination of personal presentation and facilitates an individual expression. My sculptural and distinctive adornments are all hand-fabricated and never-reproduced to defy a world inundated with mass-produced accessories. Beginning with a flat sheet of raw copper or brass, each piece takes shape using a jeweler's saw and techniques such as: piercing, patina, oxidation, etching, hammering, forming, forging, stamping, and cold-connecting. Movements, such as Baroque and Art Nouveau, influence the style of my work; while examining the theories of femininity, fertility, domesticity, marriage, and sexuality. The culmination of my soul's stories make up each collection. Textures found in every adornment represent the significant characteristics of my soul. The layering of motifs and shapes that I design are then manipulated and sawn to symbolize various aspects and events of my life: my marriage, our son, mental and emotional struggles from the choices I have made, and relationships I have had. The result is a thought provoking and whimsical wearable artwork. With an unwavering purpose to restore and reunite: individuality, reverence to craftsmanship, and the world's intrinsic beauty; I am connecting never-reproduced adornments and beautiful souls together, one at a time. Breathe life back into your wardrobe and home by choosing adornments that say something extraordinary!"Dawna Gillespie is a metalsmith and jewelry designer from Lubbock, Texas. She holds a BFA in Visual Studies from Texas Tech University and has since found success as a, nationally recognized and published, professional metalsmith. Her wearable artworks and adornments for the home have been exhibited all across the country. Dawna has been included in the following exhibitions: International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards (juried by James Carter and Michael Sturlin); Cold Connections; VisionMakers2018 (juried by Emily Zilber); Hidden Treasures: Enveloped Metalwork (juried by Don Friedlich); Celebrating American Craft; and Jewelry: Curated by Sydney Lynch. Gillespie has been published in the following: 10-page spread in Belle Armoire Jewelry, national publication, as the “Designer Collection”; featured on Texas Country Reporter; and was 1 of 3 Semi-Finalists in the “Fashion & Style” category for the Texas Works Awards. She is represented by Wabi Sabi Gallery in Glen Rose, Texas.
Jeffrey Lloyd Dever
"All my works are sculptural studies – explorations of where the material world of my daily life intersects my naturalistic musings. From the early days of my childhood, the hills..., orchards, streams, and woodlands of my small New England home infused my aesthetics. It is to that natural world that I retreat when I seek inspiration. In those still, quiet moments, my mind takes wing and soars as I dialogue with my Creator. "Jeffrey Lloyd Dever holds a BS degree in Fine Art from Atlantic Union College, 1976. He is a founding partner and creative director of Dever Designs in Laurel, MD. He served on the contract/adjunct faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland for 20 years, where he taught illustration and graphic design. Sought after as an instructor, he has taught classes across North America and in Europe. He enjoys sharing his pioneering techniques with others as often as his schedule allows. Mr. Dever's polymer vessels, jewelry, and sculptural objects have been shown in many national and international invitational exhibitions, and his works are represented in numerous private collections, galleries, and museums.
Didi Rose Jewelry
"I love creating simple jewelry pieces for everyday wear that will last a lifetime. Pieces that can be well loved & still stay looking good enough to pass on as little family heirlo...oms. "Benedicta Awere-Malik is a jeweler. Born & raised in Nigeria, she started making beaded jewelry in July 2003 then transitioned to metal work when she moved to the US in 2017. After taking a professional stone setting course, she\\\'s currently in her studio working on a collection of fine jewelry with the working collection name of little luxuries.
"I create soul-satisfying jewelry and homewares that last by using traditional hammering techniques to create 3D form, organic texture, and high contrast. Growing up in the woods ga...ve me an appreciation for the outdoors, and my mission is to create beautiful, naturalistic items for you and your home that inspire you to live life to the fullest."Danielle Gerber is the designer and artist behind DMG Designs. Danielle earned her BFA in Metalsmithing & Jewelry from the Maine College of Art, and now works as a one-woman metal and jewelry studio in Portland, Maine. Using many hand-forging and hammering techniques she brings her love of natural patterns and forms, like water and plant life, into her metal and jewelry work. Whether it’s the feather pattern on her spoons, the flower-inspired forms of her jewelry, or the natural texture of her forged cocktail picks and stirrers, Danielle’s metal pieces are the perfect way to add organic details to your bar cart, table top, and even yourself! Danielle handcrafts a variety of metal jewelry, wares, and sculptures in sterling silver, gold, copper, and brass, including made-to-order designs, one-of-a-kind pieces and custom designed metal and jewelry.
"A lush experience of color and form, my jewelry accentuates the beauty of carefully selected gems with subtle designs, creating the organic aesthetic so characteristic of my work. ...Balancing strong, sculptural forms with the femininity of vibrant gems, each piece is carefully considered with meticulous attention to detail, showing a passion for design that is instantly recognizable. I create jewelry that is quietly complex, readily combining myriad metalsmithing techniques while designing for timeless subtlety. Rooted in the history and craft of jewelry making, I combine traditional techniques of stone setting and fabrication with the sculptural forms of one-of-a-kind metal casting. I work exclusively with recycled precious metals."Shaya Durbin was born in Oakland, California, and is a second-generation jeweler. She studied fine art in Maine, Italy, and Chicago before returning to her hometown to pursue her passion for goldsmithing. She has been designing and crafting jewelry in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2005 with the recent addition of a studio in Seattle.
"I feel that part of my job as an artist is to pay attention, and so for lots of years I have been paying attention to the stages in my life and those of women around me, to the mat...erial culture of women in the exotic places where I’ve lived, and now to my quiet life and the natural world around me. The imagery of my work comes from taking a deep look at my life, responding to it, and reinterpreting it within jewelry and handbags."Considered one of the pioneers of using polymer clay as a fine craft medium, Kathleen has been making and selling her things for 40 years. She received an MFA from Arizona State University, and she currently makes art jewelry and sculptural handbags with work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts, Racine Art Museum, Currier Museum of Art, Newark Museum, Mingei International Museum, and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Permanent Collection.
Elise A. Moran
"I’m motivated by the challenge of rendering shapes and forms into little wearable metal sculptures. I like the idea of recreating something like a flower which has a finite, deli...cate life-cycle or taking a subject like a cloud that may have a perceived non-preciousness because of its transitory nature, and representing it in precious metal which has a permanence, giving each piece just enough definition to suggest representation and scaling to a size that comfortably adorns the body. I'm not only drawn to the beauty of nature, often in awe of it's intrinsic design, but also intrigued by the symbolism we attach to it and how well it serves the ritual of adornment. "Elise Moran’s early years included broad travel and exposure to many places and cultures within the US as well as Europe. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in the Spring of 1990 with a BFA in Jewelry and Light Metals. Upon graduating, she worked for two Providence-based jewelry designers, while developing her unique line of silver and gold jewelry. Elise then co-owned EAM Gallery, a jewelry store featuring her work, from 1993 until 2004 in Portsmouth, NH. During those years to currently, she has participated in numerous wholesale and retail fine craft shows and her work can be found in many galleries and stores around the USA and internationally. Currently, Elise has a studio in the Button Factory, in Portsmouth, NH, where she continues to create and explore in metals and other materials.
East Camp Goods
"I believe a beautifully crafted object can transform one’s daily life, whether it’s jewelry or a humble spoon. Daily interactions with the best of what humans can make is both ...inspiring and soothing. For me, craft has always been central to what I value in the world and to my own well-being. There’s no place I feel more confident and challenged at the same time than at my workbench. I work in high-karat gold, 18k and 22k, focusing on classical and modern chain-making and delicate sculptural forms. I am a certified Fairmined licensed brand because I believe it’s important to support small scale mining communities with my gold purchases. "Jenna Wainwright Fennell is a classically trained goldsmith who learned the fundamentals of metalsmithing at RISD while an undergraduate at Brown University. Her jewelry designs are strongly influenced by her experiences working intimately with objects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she crafted brass mounts for artwork and installed exhibitions for 12 years. She currently resides with her husband and two little girls in upstate NY, where they spend their days collecting rocks, walking in the woods, and drawing together.
Elina Peduzzi Jewelry
"My jewelry work has a sculptural approach, inspired by traditional adornment and travels, and it is also the result of my love of history, craft, and world cultures. I am fascinate...d by the process of transforming metals, bronze in particular – a metal that is deeply connected with human history. All pieces, entirely hand-cast and fabricated in my studio in the Bay Area, California, fuse ancient techniques with an industrial and urban vibe."Elina Peduzzi is a Latin-American artist living and working in the Bay Area, California. Her work, contemporary jewelry and small sculpture, is heavily influenced by the experience she gained early in her career in the field of international relations. She has been making jewelry for more than twenty years, initially as a passion on the side, and more recently as a full-time endeavor. Elina holds an MFA in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University.
Elke Van Dyke Design
Elke Van Dyke
"I believe we are a product of our environment, and jewelry is a reflection of artistic expression within it. Living in New York City and with a wanderlust for nature, I create ster...ling silver, gold, and copper mixed-metal jewelry inspired by the symbiotic, beautiful, and sometimes devastating relationship between nature and industry. My aesthetic incorporates natural, organic textures and sleek, architectural lines. Each design seeks to redefine the purpose of the “statement piece” by offering one-of-a-kind wearable art that tells the story of the organic relationship between nature and man – leaving something elegant, powerful, and with a non-conformist sentiment for the individual wearer. All pieces are created ethically and sustainably, with materials sourced in the United States and made in NYC. Each collection incorporates a fusion of metalsmithing and oxidization techniques of sterling silver, copper, and 14K gold and rose gold (solid and fill). I use 100% recycled metals as often as possible, wholly supporting the mindfulness of the environment and the legacy we leave behind. Additionally, I encourage the incorporation of synthetic gemstones as they are real gemstones with a significantly lower impact on the environment, and also source conflict-free natural stones. Through my travels, I have forged personal relationships with small, fair-trade, family-run businesses to handpick conflict-free raw stones which appear in my one-of-a-kind pieces. "Elke Van Dyke, a theatre professional, designer, and environmentalist, specializes in the creation of handmade jewelry collections for a greater consciousness. Each piece is individually handcrafted in Elke's studio in New York City. In addition to creating limited edition and one-of-a-kind jewelry, Elke works extensively with clients on custom bespoke projects. Elke has been published in Belle Armorie magazine and has attended such shows including Grand Central Holiday Fair and Bryant Park Holiday Shops.
"My personal motivation in creating art jewelry over the years is the personal connection my work makes with people and the public at large – especially those who might not be awa...re of jewelry as an art form. Using my preferred medium of LEGO bricks and components, in combination with metals and recycled materials as a gateway, to express what is lighting me up at the moment. Whether it be my love of David Bowie and New Wave, Historical Jewelry, or more recently, Mindfulness Meditation and Nonviolent Communication practices. Embracing the inherent narrative quality of jewelry as a guide to help us to better understand, see and truly hear one another (especially in our differences) and begin to acknowledge our shared humanity and interconnectedness."emiko oye is a Japanese American artist based in San Francisco, CA, whose bold jewelry made from repurposed LEGO® have been shown in 100+ exhibitions worldwide; including solo shows at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, Ombré Gallery, NYC Jewelry Week; permanent collections at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Racine Art Museum. Numerous publications have featured her work, such as American Craft, Metalsmith, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, San Francisco Chronicle. Served as Past President of the Metal Arts Guild. LEGO® System in Denmark endorse her as an “Influencer” for young makers.
Eric Reeves, Woodturner
"As a woodturner, I’m continually seeking the perfect balance between the form I create and the natural beauty of the wood itself. Because all my profits go to humanitarian organi...zations, I always feel that the more perfect a woodturning, the more beautiful, the more I’ll be able to alleviate suffering with my contributions. I turn wood because I believe it is the most beautiful way to let wood express itself, even while I am ultimately imposing a form that is fully and consciously designed. A perfectionist, I find the tantalizing possibility of perfection in woodturning elusive, but at the same time yielding beautiful work that has been taken as far as I can in any given woodturning. I move in smaller dimensions than many turners, but these dimensions permit unusual techniques, including true inlaying of wood and metal in turnings, detailed lamination of woods, delicate finial designs, and hollow-form turning requiring only the smallest of openings. "Eric has been turning wood professionally for over 25 years, with a continually-evolving aesthetic and range of technical skills. His work has been featured in some of the finest art and craft galleries in the country. He regularly exhibits in juried shows including CraftBoston. His newest work features many turnings from two extraordinary woods: Buckeye Burl and Australian Burl caps, with their eye-catching natural edges. He has also begun creating mobiles turned from Buckeye spheroids—exceedingly time-consuming to make, but yielding fascinating woodturning in motion. His finishes are a source of special pride, and after sealing woods that require it, his finish is a mixture of beeswax and carnauba wax, mixed in a very gentle solvent. The result is a lustrous but fully transparent finish, soft and pleasing to the touch.
Erin Austin Design
"At the center of my work lies connection: connection with nature, connection with each other, and the excitement, disappointment, growth, and loss related to those connections. I w...ork in jewelry because the physical act of wearing a piece often adds sentimentality and personal connection between the relationships of giver/receiver, wearer/viewer, or maker/collector. Much of my interest in connection stems from parallel undergraduate study in the arts and sciences. I am continuously excited by the practices of observation and experimentation found in both areas. Frequent ideations in my work include the cycle of birth and rebirth, the notion that we are somehow separate from nature and our responsibilities to the natural world, the evolving psyche and the way we interpret the world and our relationships with others as we age, and invitations to be still and present in the moment."Erin is a metal artist living and working on California's North Coast. Her work has been shown locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to creating Erin is also interested in education and works and teaches in the Jewelry and Small Metals studio at Humboldt State University.
"My current practice consists of reclaimed wood jewelry with bead or porcelain accents. Inspired by African jewelry and curvilinear wood furniture, I employ industrial fabrication m...ethods to produce personal adornment of singular form. My friend and I harvest declining orchard wood in the northern New Mexico village of Cuartelez. His family planted these trees on their ancestral property. Cutting a log and seeing the exposed grain for the first time is one of the most exciting parts of the whole process. My mind races with possibilities as the inside is revealed. I strive to convey this excitement by crafting carefully finished, simple forms to celebrate the beauty of each piece of wood. I cut the wood into thin strips and steam it. I wrap the pliable wood around custom-built forms and clamp it in place. Once cured, the piece is shaped by hand and undergoes a multi-step finishing process. "Griffith Evans was born in Ohio. His boyhood home, with its angular rooflines and midcentury Scandinavian furniture, was a design oasis in the midst of the cornfields. After finishing a degree in Industrial Design, Griffith realized that his true passion was in handwork. His preference for the plane over the pixel led him to complete a formal training program in Fine Woodworking and Professional Craft. Encounters with museum collections and memories of his mother’s jewelry inspired Griffith to build personal adornment. After studying bent lamination and steam bending, he scaled down those processes in order to fabricate wood jewelry. Since 2018, Griffith has been exhibiting his wood jewelry collection at juried shows throughout the country, including CraftBoston, American Craft Council shows, Philadelphia Museum of Art, American Craft Exposition, Bellevue Arts Museum, and others. In 2019, his work was selected for the Society of North American Goldsmiths “Jewelry and Metals Survey”.
Fair Winds Jewelry
"I’m a jewelry artist and educator in Philadelphia. I’m inspired by the traditional sailing ships, the forms of boats, and the interaction of wind, waves, and water. I work in t...raditional jewelry processes in gold and sterling silver and also use computer-assisted technology like CAD (computer-aided design) and 3D printing."Barb Baur is a Philadelphia-based artist, maker, and educator. She primarily makes art jewelry, however she has been known to belly dance, repair musical instruments, and sail the East Coast of the U.S. Barb’s artwork interacts with the body and is created using traditional gold/silversmithing techniques combined with modern fabrication tools like CAD (computer-aided design) and 3D printing. Drawing on her time on a sailboat, Barb’s artwork is inspired by sailing vessels, wind, and water. Barb also manages the TaconyLAB Community Arts Center in Northeast Philadelphia and is an adjunct professor at Tyler School of Art.
Fat Hat Clothing Co
Fat Hat Clothing Co.
"My creative process begins in a room full of women...all shapes, all sizes, all trying to look good in clothing that's "in" but that isn't right for their body. For 40 years it ha...s been my goal to be able to start there and create a sense of style, comfort and ease for women...no matter what shape they're in. The American made fabrics I find are high quality, always soft, always "easy care" and are the correct hand to be sewn into clothing that's flattering and ageless. My drawings start with very simple lines and are then embellished after the design emerges and the fit gets constructed. The garments are tried on by our staff (with all of its various shaped bodies), commented on, and sent back to the work table to be reconfigured. For me it's all about the fabric's movement, the shape, and the colors we choose. When the garment is complete it has to pass the "Try-us-on-for-sighs" test, then it is ready for prime time."With a treadle machine, a stick of wood for a ruler…and no electricity, outside the tent she was living in, Joan designed and produced the FAT HAT with wonderful directions for its care and handling. At a craft show in NYC, a journalist watched enthusiastically as she folded and rolled the hat into different styles. He loved the “shape-able, drape-able hat,” wrote an article, and the hats took off. People everywhere wanted… “HATS FOR WHATEVER SHAPE YOUR HEAD'S IN!” The next step… making clothing for “whatever shape YOU'RE in! And so the F.H. Clothing Co began. When “made in Vermont” was a marketable niche, entrepreneurialism was at its heyday. Joan became an example of a successful Vermont businesswomen and was in a film that won a regional Emmy and was used by graduate business schools around the country. 40 years in business, thousands of happy customers later, Joan continues to design and make clothing “that loves you just the way you are."
"I've been interested in design, the decorative arts and botanical forms, and for some unknown reason, metal, for as long as I can remember! My jewelry strikes a balance of the visu...al and tactile by blending color relationships with texture. Refined sculptural elements define my modern classic, yet organic style of jewelry. I employ traditional gold smithing skills to create all of the elements that comprise each original design by hand fabricating in metal or by wax carvings, including the distinctive signature clasps and settings that complete many pieces. I work primarily in 18k gold with gemstones and pearls that are carefully selected for quality and visual appeal. ."While a bench jeweler and model maker of fine jewelry for a prestigious New York City manufacturer, Mimi expanded on the skills acquired from a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metals from Rochester Institute of Technology by executing one of a kind designs of several notable jewelry houses. Working at the bench, behind the scene, afforded her a privileged insider experience into the world of exceptional fine jewelry. Through the melding of two distinctive jewelry-making approaches over several decades of fine craftsmanship, Mimi is upholding the time honored tradition of artisan studio jeweler. Mimi has been awarded the prestigious American Gem Trade Association’s Spectrum Award in the categories Platinum Honors and Business Daywear.
"Sketching initiates the hands-on process. The essence of form is created on the pipe by free blowing and shaping. The hot shop stage exploration is direct. Mishaps end up back in t...he furnace. At times this is frustrating, but more often it points to a new direction, or a return to sketching. In the cold shop, cutting exposes the sought-after curves, grinding and sanding fine tunes the details. Surface carving and sandblasting provide the texture. Sandblasted is the preferred finish as it allows a better grasp of lines and forms. Polishing is used sparingly. When employed, it enables the objects to morph better with the surrounding space or to highlight volumes within. Some work requires assembly, or the inclusion of laminated glass and steel elements, or iron oxide coating. Pebbles and river stones are shaped by nature and frequently turn into focal points. In a broad sense – the forming, shaping, abrasion, and polishing of pebbles by the elements mirrors what happens in the studio. This however does not constitute the reason for their inclusion. Departing from glassblowing tradition, the substantial walls and asymmetrical shapes are the consequence of sculptural pursuit predating glass engagement, that of free-flowing and minimal forms. The focus on form has left some unique qualities associated with glass, brilliant colors especially, beyond the horizons of interest. Attention to visually-refined detail is critical, both for the piece created and as a jumping-off point for future work. Glass is an active co-author all along. Strictly imposing my will is rarely delivered."Alex Fekete was born and raised in Czechoslovakia. He attended Slovenska Technicka Univerzita in Bratislava, Slovakia where he was introduced to art and design by his advisor Peter Lehocky, a designer of lighting and sculptural objects. Alex credits Lehocky as being instrumental in the foundation of his zeal for art. In 1992, Alex moved to the United States to earn his MFA on a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. His affair with sculpted glass started around the same time, coming into clearer focus over the last decade. Aside from the Fulbright Scholarship his notable awards include: Excellence Award by Ohio Designer Craftsmen, Best Sculpture Award by Mitchel Museum, IL, Cohn Family Trust Prize by Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and Excellence in Glass Award by West Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.
Steven Ford & David Forlano
"We've been making collaborative one-of-a-kind and small series jewelry objects from polymer, sterling silver and other materials for the last 32 years. "
Having met in art school in... Rome in 1984, Ford and Forlano have been working together making polymer jewelry in their respective studios in Philadelphia and Santa Fe. Their work appears in a dozen museum collections and numerous books about contemporary jewelry.
Found: in ABQ
"Of course, I am overcome by all of it—this entire world full of wings and things, garden petals drying in books, sticks and stones, fossils and sand, odds and ends of this and th...at. But it is especially the place where the so-called natural world interfaces with the trappings of humanity that inspires my work. Fascinating and collectable gem and mineral specimens, tiny machine nuts and bolts, wings and petals, and acrylic rescued from the waste stream, it all alludes to the human inclination to both worship and exploit nature—to preserve its beauty and obliterate its inconvenience. Clear acrylic angles recall power-lines fragmenting the moving sky. Faceted gems and water smooth granite are like robins chortling in the gutter after a big rain. Multi-layered and multi-colored vitreous enamel surfaces evoke the chimerical character of a desert cityscape. Many of the wings and petals that I use come from this borderland between the city and the wild space. They are cultivated in places like my own backyard garden, lush with hose water. Or, I find them smashed onto the front-end of SUVs, sprouting from sidewalk cracks, and lifeless under streetlights come morning. Many are weeds or agricultural pests—unwelcome in civilization. How do we decide what is precious? There is exquisite beauty everywhere, if you only know how to look."Like you, Jessica deGruyter has always collected the ephemeral—those things that turn to dust in time. From a studio tucked into the back of a rambling garden in Albuquerque, NM, deGruyter works with traditional jewelry making tools and techniques, crafting modern-day curiosity cabinets, meant to display object and to hold space for memory. Her grandmother’s acetylene torch and chasing stamps handmade from rebar remnants inspire her work as much as the strange and lovely found-objects that distinguish it. As a self-taught and self-guided artist, she studies her craft through workshops, books, and experimentation with unusual materials. deGruyter opened her Etsy shop, Found: in Albuquerque, in 2010. Her work has been published in Belle Amore Jewelry Magazine (Winter 2017, Spring 2018), and she was invited to exhibit at the American Craft Council Show in St. Paul, MN for the first time in 2018.
"Since I started my business in 2008, I’ve been exploring fabrics to its limits and felt like it’s time to move on to my next favorite material, paper. It has opened before me a... world of new techniques, shapes and textures that I’ve been entirely drawn into. Pieces is a new jewelry line in which I’m using Tyvek paper with a combination of resin. This unusual type of paper is commonly used for mail packaging and construction as it is highly durable and water resistant. It also contains nylon fibers which allows it to be easily wrinkled and manipulated. During the process, I’m using heat which creates organic and uneven textures as a result of its shrinking reaction. The added resin gives the pieces of paper a firm body and weight while the forms keep evolving and changing throughout the process, which eventually leads to its final result. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and cannot be fully duplicated due to the use of randomness as an essential element in the creation process. Changeability is a primary aspect in my work and has a direct connection to my life, in which I’m constantly analyzing and understanding through creation. Over the last 8 years, my life has changed drastically from being a single, Tel Aviv-based business owner, to a married woman with 2 kids, reinventing myself and navigating my life in New York City. The challenges of the relocation inspired me create a new form of identity in a way and adapt my culture, routines and habits that played a big roll of who I was until then. I’ve adjusted to a new environment, rediscovered new sides in my personality and literally continuing to reconnect the pieces into a new form of me, every single day. In this line of jewelry, I’m exploring organic evolution, time as an essential element for development and imperfection as a form of beauty."FrogAspect was established in 2007 by Einat Burg Cohen, 40, a mother of 2, jewelry designer and artist. Einat Studied in multi-disciplinary design at Seminar Hakibutzim collage In Tel Aviv, focusing on costumes design for performance arts. originally from Tel Aviv ISRAEL, relocated to Brooklyn, New York in 2016. the name FrogAspect derives from her curiosity to the frog's metamorphosis process and its extraordinary changeability with movement. this Summarizes The Process Of Einat's work That she's trying to emphasize by manipulating materials and taking their behaviors to its limits. Einat started her business with a singular collection of theatrical handmade scarfs made out of fabric scraps using repetitive hand knotting and threading techniques. Inevitably, due to the Israeli hot weather and in addition to the scarf collection, she created a line of textile Jewelry that both makes a statement, is light weight and fits most Climates. what started off as leftover Materials has turned into a line of textile necklaces, Mostly made out of spandex and Stretch fabric which Einat had found to be highly Versatile and fun to work with in the context of Jewelry Design. The process itself of manipulating the material and exploring its behaviors transforms it into new textures, transparencies and shapes. at times, she likes to describe her work as putting a spotlight on an imperfect detail or behavior and make it shine. if we just zoom in, we will find endless Treasures.