Alice Drew Ceramics
"My work marries highly detailed decorative imagery with the organic characteristics of handmade pottery. The surface imagery is comprised of multiple layers of screen-printed and ...hand-painted imagery. The screens are made from my original drawings and are inspired by the home and garden. Embellished wallpaper, damasks, Ikat fabrics and architectural elements are all harmoniously intermingled with floral and animal motifs into my designs. The surfaces of my work are illustrative by nature, but contain only an implied narrative. The blue and white chinoiserie work is inspired by the shipping trade between Europe and Asia during the 15th century and its impact and influence on the aesthetics of the Decorative Arts. This work blends and layers both European and Eastern Asian imagery into cohesive compositions onto three dimensional pottery forms. Furthermore, the shared blue and white themed color palette ties the blues of the European Delftware to the cobalts of Chinese porcelains."Alice Drew is a full time art teacher, studio artist and ceramic product designer who lives in the South End of Boston with her husband and three children. She received a BA in studio art from Houghton College in 2000 and her M.F.A in ceramics from R.I.T at The School for American Crafts in 2003. Alice has taught ceramics at RIT, The State College at Brockport, Houghton College and Roberts Wesleyan College. She has also taught adult ceramics courses at The Women’s Studio Workshop and The Clay School. Alice designed four dinnerware lines for The Lenox Company in 2012 and 2013. She has been a visual art faculty member at Boston Trinity Academy since 2017.
"I seek to make beautiful and functional art. My bowls are made from stoneware clay on a potter’s wheel. Many of my pieces are carved. The textures gained by carving create variat...ions in the glaze thickness and color. I make and sell the carving tools that give my pots a distinctive feel. Surface patterns are made with altered brushes and colored clay slips. Most pieces have a single glaze that is fired in either a gas reduction or wood fired kilns. My introduction to clay in Japan nearly 30 years ago laid the foundation for my craft and art. My educational background in design, study of Japanese tea ceremony, and love of food all add to my functional ceramics — pottery that can be used every day and treasured as a work of art. Sculpturally, I create a variety of forms including incense burners inspired by Japanese and Mayan beast sculpture and study of animals at the zoo. My more modernist sculptures are based on microscopic organisms. I have been an active part of the wood-firing community in New England for over 18 years and a teacher of clay for nearly 30. Currently I am teaching at Mudflat Pottery School and Harvard Ceramics."Originally from the South Shore, Steve has been working and living in Boston since 1983 (except for 3 years in Japan). He got his ceramics training in the mountains of Nagano, Japan and moved back to Boston in 1992 when he opened his own pottery on Chandler Street in Boston's South End. Steve started teaching ceramics in 1996 and has continued to the present day, now teaching classes to adults at Mudflat Pottery School and Harvard Ceramics. He is a member of the wood-firing group kiln at Chris Gustin's Anagama in Dartmouth, MA. Firing twice a year the groups works hard and end up with very beautiful ceramic pots and sculptures.
Brian Ferrell Designs
"I create sculpturally functional objects that can be held in the hand as well as objects that hold or support. My work blends asymmetrical geometry and careful shifts in compositio...n to define our relationships of observation and perception. Lines and shapes intersect through careful transitions of form or material to physically represent the limitations of our subjective external experience. From a template of common everyday objects, my compositions draw the eye into a self-reflected rhythm of intricate detail and open space. Systems become evident in transition and connection. While analyzing our probabilistic experience, my pieces are delicately changing landscapes that fade and twist in isometric stillness."Brian Ferrell (b. 1977) is an artist who creates one-of-a-kind furniture, tableware, and lighting using wood, ceramic, metal, and 3D printing technologies. His work has been shown in over 50 solo and group exhibitions and has been mentioned in numerous books and publications. He has pieces in private collections in the US, UK, Germany, and the UAE. Ferrell was honored with a solo exhibition at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater during the summer of 2008. He has been a NICHE Award finalist and winner. Beyond exhibiting, Brian has juried several shows including the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, and CraftBoston. He holds a BFA in jewelry/metals from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2001), and an MFA from the Program in Artisanry at University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth (2004). He is currently Associate Professor of Art at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.
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.
"My work is inspired by the artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Piet Mondrian. It aims to capture the abstract design of color, depth and the imperfection of traditionally shaped form...s that exhibit both functional and sculptural."Kyle Lee was born in White Plains, NY and currently resides in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. He creates voluptuous vessels and well-turned cups that provide the canvas for his unique hand painting and surface treatments. Kyle’s practice has included teaching over the years at Educational Alliance Art School and other institutions. Kyle has studied ceramics in multiple studios throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY and has exhibited in solo and group gallery exhibitions in New York City and abroad. His work can also be found in private collections in London, France, New York, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina. Over his 15 years as a ceramicist, Kyle has developed his unique style of ceramic art incorporating traditional shapes with a colorful and abstract sense of design and glaze application. Kyle is a founding and active member of BKLYN CLAY and the first recipient of the BKLYN CLAY Residency. He is currently creating work for West Elm and Paul Smith Design Shop & Gallery Kyle currently teaches classes at the Educational Alliance Art School in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
"By exploring the relationship between art and engineering, I create sculptures that showcase the boundaries and barriers of the world through various mediums. As I manipulate mater...ials with angles and precision, I create structures that give a sense of defying gravity, as societies are doing without proper infrastructure. I manifest my own protection by creating sculptures that protect me from the weight of my own internal barriers. Through distorting the walls of my structures, I demonstrate that paths aren’t linear, rather sharp and uncertain."Ashlin Cheyenne is a multidisciplinary artist holding a BFA in Ceramics from Towson University. Originally studying structural engineering, these influences present themselves through angles, precision, and balance shown by pushing the boundaries of various materials—ceramics, wood, metal, and human hair. Ashlin has an adaptable practice where she creates anything from functional ceramic objects to more unconventional sculptures inspired by architecture.
"I have always been drawn to containers. I came to basketmaking later in my adult life. Once I acquired some basic skills I started using non-traditional and, in some cases, improvi...sed materials. I included collected objects like rocks, shells, nuts and bark into the woven forms and eventually I found a technique that worked. I now mostly work with rocks. The design decisions I make during the weaving process influence the final shape and each basket is unique, although they share a family resemblance. I make functional baskets for everyday use as well as decorative pieces that look best empty and ask the viewer to follow the contours and lines."Jana has always enjoyed making things and working directly with material in her hands. Although she discovered a passion for craft later in life, the earlier part of her adult life was spent practicing medicine, specifically as a radiologist. The exposure to anatomy has definitely influenced the shapes she creates, which are for the most part organic and biological. She prefers round and elliptical forms to those that are rectilinear. She works and lives in Rhode Island, a state with miles and miles of shoreline and loves being able to walk the beaches looking for the next project's perfect rocks.
Cold Hill Studio
"At Cold Hill Studio, we handcraft beautiful modern and functional home goods using local, sustainable materials in New England. We celebrate the natural beauty of our materials to ...make heirloom-quality products that get more beautiful with use. Our line includes table top items like placemats and serving vessels. We are excited to introduce a new line of napkins this fall made from 100% hemp. "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.
Cyd Rowley Jewelry
"Jewelry vessels have always fascinated me - their purpose and mysteries of what they contain. This fascination led me to create my own vessels using both ancient and new technique...s, including steel stakes and hammers as well as the hydraulic press. There are many things I love about making and wearing vessel pendants: one is exploring the ways that precious metal can be used to create sinuous, sculptural forms, often associated with ceramics, glass and other media. Secondly, the surface of each piece is like a blank canvas allowing me to experiment with pattern and texture. Lastly, each vessel is made individually (not as a production line) and has its own unique energy and personality. The longer they are worn and handled the more meaningful is the energy they hold."Cyd lived in England for many years after college and following her move back to Maryland she retrained as a jeweler at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She now runs a jewelry studio where she does her own work and provides space for other jewelers. She has created the studio as a destination for workshops, classes, demonstrations, guild meetings, events, parties and meetings with customers. Her work is constantly inspired by her travels around the world, museum exhibitions, and her garden. She derives the greatest enjoyment from conceptualizing and creating her jewelry and from meeting customers and other artists.
Reniel Del Rosario
"I create ceramics that playfully recreate or re-imagine familiar objects. From cakes to cigarettes to burial jars, these hand-built objects are made in the tens to hundreds and are... full of imprints and inconsistencies. These objects are then gathered and put into a huddled crowd/pile or in socially interactive installations in public — mimicking consumer establishments, both highlighting the abundance of the objects as an antithesis for the love of the mass-produced. These objects each carry the histories of the goods they mimic whether it’s making forgeries of luxury objects, selling art as if it was a consumer object, or recreating “primitive” works in a contemporary setting, Within my work there is consistently an exploration of value—cultural, monetary, and historical: what’s worth money and what’s not?; which objects throughout history have importance and which ones have been deemed useless?; which objects carry a loaded meaning— subdued in the midst of their common usage and acceptance? Value is toyed with and it’s up to the viewers to readjust their own valuation of the objects in their new, critical form."Reniel Del Rosario (born 1997, Iba, Philippines) lives and works in Vallejo, California. During his undergraduate at UC Berkeley, his artistic practice rooted itself in ceramics, social engagement, and quantity. This unique intersection has earned him awards such as the Windgate-Lamar Fellowship, the Putnam Prize for Ceramics, and the West Coast Craft Scholarship. He has shown (both officially and in his own guerilla pop-ups) at venues such as the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Root Division Gallery, the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts, Load Na Dito Projects (Cubao), Catharine Clark Gallery, and simply on the public sidewalk.
Designer Glass Studio
"I grew up in a big garden by the sea. In the 13th century, there was an outstanding poet. I love reading and re-reading his powerful poems of the sea. The rhythmic, dancing, joyous... movement of waves resonates in my glass work. My pieces express movement through shifting colours transmitted by light. I am forever pursuing new expressions of colours, lights and texture, as well as the limits of the pâte-de-verre technique. "Eiko Emori is a glassmaker focusing on the pâte-de-verre technique. This process, otherwise known as the “lost wax” method, involves making glass sculptures with moulds shaped from wax and encased in plaster. Originally a graphic designer, she started learning the pâte-de-verre technique at the Sanko glass factory in Tokyo, Japan in the early 1990s. She also completed training in other glass-making techniques at the Corning Glass studios in New York state. Fascinated with the light, colours and translucency the pâte-de-verre technique produces in glass, Eiko has recently decided to focus exclusively on this form of glassmaking. Eiko studied art at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London, England, the Académie Grand Chaumière in Paris, France, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree at Yale University. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a Fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada.
"I am entranced by metal’s progressive mutations --- due to my force, determination, and tenacity --- from a lifeless plane of metal toward an object of vibrancy, unity and fluidi...ty. The paradox that a “soft”, fluid-looking metal form has evolved from a flat, stiff rectangle fascinates me. The forms of the objects I make have their roots in my gardens, my meanderings through the woods, and walks along the water’s edge. Rocks and shells from these outings fill the windowsills of my studio. The allusions to nature are intentionally ambiguous, to encourage interactive response and contemplation by the viewer. I prefer to invent something that nature could have made, rather than reproducing nature’s designs. Experimentation, a sense of play, and serendipity play large roles in the designs of my work."Whether using hammers and stakes or hydraulic press tools, Cynthia's sculptural jewelry and hollowware show her focus on exploring the fluidity with which metal can be moved, formed, and joined. Cynthia Eid co-authored the book "Creative Metal Forming" with Betty Helen Longhi, published in 2013 by Brynmorgen Press. Cynthia Eid's metalwork has won awards for creativity and design, been featured in many publications, and been exhibited internationally. With a BS in Art Education and MFA in Jewelry, Design, and Silversmithing, she has previously worked as a bench jeweler for fine goldsmiths, a model-maker in a gold jewelry factory, and on private commissions. Her work is in museums in the US and UK. Currently an independent metalsmith and educator, she has taught in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
Ellie Richards Studio
"Making work within the fields of sculpture and furniture has expanded my perspective on how a person’s interaction with both natural and built spaces can be a potent indicator of... societal and cultural identities. Craft can be a powerful vehicle for sharing culture and accessing otherwise tacit values. Absorbing these characteristics allows sculptural and functional objects to extend a common language that paves the way for a shared experience. I believe shared experiences lead to strong connections and greater empathy among us. With this in mind, I hope to activate inquiry in the individual that leads to a more meaningful relationship with their environment and it’s extensions."As an artist and furniture maker, Ellie Richards is interested in the role furniture and domestic objects play in creating opportunities for a deeper connection between people and their sense of place. Ellie looks to the tradition of both woodworking and the readymade to create eclectic assemblage, installation, and objects exploring intersections of labor, leisure, community, and culture. She has traveled extensively to investigate the role improvisation and play have on the artistic process. Her work, both furniture and sculpture, has been included in exhibitions at the Mint Museum; Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design; SOFA Chicago; and the Society of Contemporary Craft.
Emily Marie Glass, LLC
Emily Marie Millheim
"I fell in love with Borosilicate Glass in 2008. This medium has led me on some exceptional adventures, and I hope to share some of them with you here. My work is varied and fluid..., but always rooted in a fascination with science and a great love of the natural world. With my work, I aim to spread some of that love to you. I am based in Salt Lake City, Utah."Emily Marie began her journey into the medium of Borosilicate glass in 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah. After an apprenticeship with renowned glass artist Kristian Merwin, she began participating in a circuit of national glass blowing competitions, including the Degenerate Flame-Off in Oregon and the Champs Masters Final in Las Vegas. For several years she explored the wide and wonderful world of high-end glass pipes until she felt called to grow in a different direction. For the last few years Emily has focused on creating an ever-expanding range of handmade glassware and sushi sets designed to bring more delicacy, intention, and ritual to the act of eating and drinking. Recently she has also been expanding into wall art and interactive installations in homes and commercial spaces. When Emily isn't in the studio she spends as much time as possible skiing, hiking, camping, and getting outside in any way she can.
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.
"Clay excites me for its immediate and direct response to touch as I coil and pinch layers of porcelain to create vessels imbued with the intimacy of the finger-marked surface. The ...objects I create use the vessel as a metaphor for the body, sometimes inverting and challenging this metaphor so that the distinction between the interior or exterior of the vessel invert, touch, or disappear."Lily Fein hails from Massachusetts. She received her BFA from Syracuse University, and then went on to participate in various residencies in the United States including The Archie Bray Foundation, Northern Clay Center, The Society of Arts + Crafts, Craigardan, and Project Art. She currently resides in New Orleans, LA.
"I strive to create pottery that captures and celebrates the beauty of nature. My inspirations are the woods, gardens and beaches that surround me in my native Massachusetts. I love... the challenge of combining art and functionality in my work, to create pottery that will be well-used and cherished for generations. I begin most of my work on the pottery wheel, and use a variety of techniques to alter, carve, and glaze each piece by hand. Hand carving is the most challenging and time-consuming technique for me, but also the most rewarding. It requires intense concentration, and I’m able to channel that into a meditative experience in the studio."Beth Frey fell in love with clay at age thirteen and developed a passion for pottery that grew throughout high school and college. As an art major at Swarthmore College she took a variety of classes, but kept coming back to clay, concentrating on both functional vessels and sculptural pieces. She began her professional career as a gallerist in Boston for many years, working in her family's art gallery. After moving to Andover, Massachusetts, and taking care of her two children full-time, she set up a ceramics studio in her home to pursue pottery once again.
Genevieve Flynn Studio
"The fluid lines and sensuous feel of the Art Nouveau era along with the beauty of nature is reflected in my work. Using nature as my inspiration, I endeavor to create expertly cra...fted heirloom jewelry and vessels. As an artist I receive gratification from working in noble metals that someday will be owned, displayed, utilized or worn by clients in their everyday life. I hope to have my artwork passed down from generation to generation. Over my 45-year career I have worked in gold, sterling silver, Argentium silver, precious stones and copper. I fabricate all of my work and use ancient metal techniques such as repoussé, granulation (a process that fuses gold to silver), saw piercing, Keum-boo a gold leaf application and many others are incorporated to add detail, interest and beauty. I am a self taught silversmith continually striving to learn and hone my techniques and skills. I was trained as a goldsmith and moved into designing and creating my work in silver and gold in the late 1980's. I have particiapted in the American Craft Council shows as well as coordinated a national craft show in the Baltimore area for 10 years. My studio allows me to teach silversmithing workshops as well as bring national and international instructors in to offer workshops in their specialty of metals."Award winning silversmith, Genevieve Flynn, has been working in precious metals for 45 years creating hollowware and art jewelry family heirlooms. Flynn has been invited to create numerous private commissions, including an intricately repoussé hand mirror presented to music industry personality, Paula Abdul and a commemorative 1985 World Series pin for the late Ewing Kauffman, of the Kansas City Royals. During her seven year employment as a bench jeweler she perfected her construction skills and went on to study the repoussé art form working under the Italian master instructor, Fabrizio Acquafresca and Valentin Yotkov, top artists in their field. Genevieve has won many awards including a Saul Bell International Design Award in Hollowware/Art Objects as well as exhibiting her work across the world. As a master chaser and silversmith, Flynn has dedicated a major portion of her career to teaching students the technical intricacies of working with precious metals.
"Informed by both organic and architectural forms, and inspired by origami techniques, my current work explores folded, cold connected and sheet metal for a contemporary take on tra...ditional tableware silhouettes."Holly is a native of Philadelphia, PA, with a BFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, and an MFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. She has been teaching metalworking and jewelry making as well as creating contemporary jewelry and hollowware for more than twenty-five years. Currently, Holly is pursuing a lifelong interest in design, plants, and architecture, completing a master's degree in landscape architecture in the coming year.
"Throughout my life I have always been attracted to things, people and places that are over the top. The lavish and the excess feed my creative soul, which I take and interpret with... the same attention to detail in my studio practice. My work evolves through creative repetition; making the same form over and over, drawing the same images of flora or fauna, tweaking them with sprinkles of spontaneity. A pop of color here, an action line there. The pleasure is in the process, in working in contradiction to the ordinary. Vivienne Westwood once said "I'm not trying to do something different, I'm trying to do the same thing but in a different way." This quote resonates with me. I'm not trying to reinvent platters, cups or cake stands, but to make pieces infused with my own flavor. I am putting my bold mark on the world. My pieces embody fun and joy. Nothing succeeds like excess and so I decorate over the top; layering patterns with images, creating my own worlds, with lots of color. I see my flowers and city objects as people and personalities that I may have had or currently have a relationship with. Some I know, others are ambiguous. Like looking into a crowd of people full of personalities where you can see their feelings and emotions through the use of color. I have come up with my own story as to what’s happening on the pot, the relationships and conversations, so I invite the viewer to do the same and come up with their own story, and when they don’t match up or take on different interpretations, to me, that’s even better!"Arthur Halvorsen (he/him/his) received his BFA in Ceramics from the Maine College of Art ‘07. His artwork uses bright colors, textures and patterns on earthenware, and sometimes found objects, or tacks, screws and nails fired directly into the clay. Recently he has been creating semi permanent and permanent murals with spray paint on concrete walls and plywood due to recent events. Arthur tends to gather inspiration from print advertisements, coloring books, children's story books, tattoos and neon lights… just to name a few. He is based in Somerville, MA where he teaches classes and workshops at his home studio at Mudflat Studios as well as Lesley University in Cambridge. Arthur has done residencies at craft institutions and been visiting artist around the country to places like Penland School of Craft, Penland NC, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME and Haystack Mountain Craft School, Deer Isle, ME. His work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, Studio Potter, and ArtScope Magazine. He was also recently featured and interviewed for his work in the community for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and on Boston local station, WCVB TV’s News Magazine “Chronicle.” Arthur was recognized as a 2019 Brother Thomas Fellow recipient for his work as an artist and educator in the field of ceramics within the Boston area.
" My work is organic and inventive, mentored by the New England landscape. I gather insights into the earth's abounding beauty and awe, leading me to paths of my own creativity. I ...have had a lifelong connection with art, it's history, design and creating. This has evolved into my life as an artist, culminating in metalsmithing. I am an experienced studio jeweler of many years and continue to challenge myself with new materials and techniques. I am a true mixed-media artist combining materials and skills by means of fabricating, casting, soldering, piercing, forging and cold working. The creation of invisible connections and the embellishment of natural materials is something I have developed a great skill for. I am continually working within these restraints, pressing myself to be fresh and inventive, striving to look at details and perfecting design. I have an ever present goal of duplicating the symmetry, simplicity and complexity of good design. I find that the root of this discipline is found in nature, a never ending resource I continually study. My art serves me, as a place of comfort and familiarity, a safe place, a nod to a meditative mindset, often renewing and grounding. In the end I wish my art to convey societies' ever evolving relationship with the environment, sometimes simple, undisturbed and graceful. At other times altered, overly embellished and stamped with the imprint of human interaction. "Wendolyn began her journey into metalsmithing over 30 years ago after completing a BFA in sculpture at the University of New Hampshire. Since then she has maintained a working studio/showroom along with an online presence. She has exhibited in numerous nationally juried shows, galleries and has been included in many periodicals. Wendolyn resides in Rye NH, presently in her new dream studio designed and built by herself and husband during the Covid outbreak. Presently she is designing jewelry with 100% recycled precious metals and investigating ways in which to incorporate color into her works. When not in the studio she can be found engaged in one of her many outdoor activities including boating, painting, gardening and beekeeping.
Hokanson Dix Glass
Bengt Hokanson & Trefny Dix
"Our sculptural forms incorporate vibrant color washes and vivid murrini patterns making our minimal forms come alive. The colors, patterns and surface texture play off each other c...reating a sense of movement. Many of our pieces have murrinis and cane applied to the surface of the form creating texture and light refraction. This casting of the light creates colorful patterns and reflections on the surfaces surrounding the piece, expanding its presence. Our work is influenced by the natural landscapes around us, marine life, modern painters like Rothko, Kandinsky, and Richter, urban graffiti, textiles, music, and life. "Bengt Hokanson graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Glassblowing. Trefny Dix graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a B.F.A. in Sculpture and a B.A. in Art History. They met while working together at Studio Inferno, New Orleans, LA. In 1996 they opened their first glass studio in Greenport, NY. After living and working in NC and CO, they now reside in East Hampton, NY. Bengt and Trefny have exhibited their work at museums, galleries, and juried art shows nationally and regionally. Their work is included in many public and private collections across the US, Canada and Europe.
Horizon Line Ceramics
"My name is Aisling and I am the potter and owner of Horizon Line Ceramics. I focus mainly on making beautiful plant ware for your home. I love plants and indoor gardening, so wh...en I returned to making ceramics in 2013 it seemed only natural that I would make clay homes for the succulents and other plant friends that I surround myself with. What started as a hobby and a way to reconnect with the clay community grew far beyond my expectations. Each small batch of plant pots are carefully thrown on the potter's wheel using a variety of clay bodies. Taking inspiration from the outdoors, I enjoy finding ways to integrate textures, neutral-toned, and deep colors found on rocks and other earthy elements into the pieces that I make. All my pots are handmade, glazed and fired at my studio in Needham, MA. Combining a love of clay and plants, the aim for Horizon Line Ceramics is to inspire people to embrace green space in their home and workplace."Originally from Ireland, Aisling Colleary settled in Newton, MA in 2000 and started her own studio in Needham, MA in 2015. In the course of her exploration and dedication to the craft she’s found her niche making pots for plants. Aisling studied art history and fine art at Purchase College, New York. Her work is both refined and minimalist while allowing space for the subtle variations and imperfections inherent to handmade pottery. Aisling has participated in Worcester Center for Crafts Holiday Show, Art Providence Holiday Show, CraftBoston Holiday Show, Paradise City Northampton, and ACC Baltimore Show.
"I am descended from generations of Scottish engineers who built incredibly useful things like ships and bridges. My work combines my inherited fascination for three-dimensional des...ign and metal fabrication with a passion for applied ornament, decoration and storytelling. I enjoy re-interpreting grand, structural elements and decorative details into jewelry and narrative pieces inspired by personal stories and domestic life. I like to believe that I’m continuing my family's metalworking tradition (just on a whimsically smaller scale)."Janet Huddie is a silversmith and jewelry artist working in Annapolis, Maryland. Janet was recently awarded Best in Show at the 33rd Creative Crafts Council Biennial exhibition. She is also a three-time Saul Bell Award finalist and winner of the 2018 International Metals Artistry Grand Award. She exhibits nationally, has work in private collections and has been featured in various journals, magazines and books.
Irina Okula dba CLAY SHARDS
"The inspiration of the clay objects I create goes back to my long interest in Native American pottery. For many years, I have been teaching a course on Native American pottery usi...ng many of their techniques of construction and firing. I love the polished surfaces they produce without glaze. I have visited the pueblos in New Mexico and Arizona and marveled at the beautiful landscape of the western states. My work echoes these influences. I see my work as sculptural rather than functional. I throw large open bowls and use them as a canvas. I go out and collect many natural combustible materials for use in the firing process. Prior to firing, the materials are placed in and around my work. The fire and combustible material will dance upon the clay and leave exciting random marks. The patterns left by the process invoke the fiery chaos of nature, contrasted with the calm and serene patterns reminiscent of cloudy skyscapes and geologic formations. Each piece is one of a kind and sometimes goes through many firings until I am satisfied with the result. Experimentation and risk taking is a large part of this process. Getting one successful piece out of many keeps me coming back and trying again."Irina was born in Wolfen, Germany during WWII. The US Army brought her father and family with other scientists and engineers to West Germany. She lived on an army base in Landshut, Bavaria. In 1948, her father was brought to Wright Patterson Air Force base in Ohio and Irina, her mother, and brother came to Dayton, OH in 1949. She knew from an early age that she had a talent for art. She grew up in St. Louis, MO, and received a BA in art from Fontbonne College. After teaching for a few years, she went to graduate school. She studied with Jack Cannon and Dan Anderson at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and received an MFA in ceramics. She then started a pottery studio in Marlboro, MA. After marriage and raising two children in Ipswich, MA, she took art courses at the Boston Museum School, and then started a teaching career at The Governor’s Academy, Byfield, MA and continued doing her own work in clay. In 2004 she started her own pottery business, CLAY SHARDS. She still loves clay and never gets bored with it and continually learns new and fascinating things about the medium. Irina received the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2012. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers recognizes her as an outstanding educator whose dedication, commitment, and guidance are represented by student work selected for national honors. In 2018 and 2015, she received the Excellence in Ceramics Award at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C.
"The colorful baskets are woven of artist-dyed rattan reed using commercial, water-fast dyes. The hairy surfaces are achieved by a textural technique, where I weave hundreds of shor...t pieces of reed into the walls of the baskets. These “nests” were inspired by wanting to weave a better bird’s nest for my cousin’s aviary. I discovered akebia, by accident, by tripping over it in the woods. The vines were long, thin and very strong, so I collected a few strands and brought them home to experiment with. After weaving baskets using commercial rattan reed for the last 40 years, I’m now having fun discovering what this new, extremely flexible material can do. Depending on age and the time of collection, the vines vary in a wide range of natural colors. Some of the strands have been boiled and stripped of its bark to get a nearly white color. I use multi-element twining to weave the baskets and to achieve spiral patterns. Encaustic medium (beeswax and damar resin) is applied to strengthen, protect and to add substance to both the finished rattan and akebia baskets."Lonning’s interest in patterns and complex weaving techniques began in college where she minored in textiles and majored in ceramics. Although many of her vessel forms still reflect her love of ceramics, she chose basketry as the natural union of two passions. She works with rattan because of its uniformity and ease in accepting dyes, and with a locally collected, invasive vine called akebia. Her interest in architecture and gardening, with all of the color variations and textures, are major sources of inspiration. Lonning’s work is in numerous public and private collections including the White House Craft Collection, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2000 Lonning authored the book, “The Art of Basketry.” She lives in Connecticut with her Old English Sheepdog, Willy and their cat Kitt.
Steven James Joe Kin
"I enjoy the cyclical nature of making, and seeing how the traditional practices influence contemporary making. I am intrigued that every pot has its own lifecycle. Every pot starts... as a lump of clay, which is then pushed and pulled into shape. Afterward, it goes through fire to become a functional object. With every new vessel, the process begins again. My pots are an exploration of surrounding space, seeing how traditional forms can influence the making of new shapes, and the relationship between objects. "Steven Kin is a Detroit based artist. They make functional ceramic work based on the process of creating and firing ceramics, and are currently focused on making pots based around the Asian American diaspora. Most of their work is fired in soda and wood fired atmospheres. Steven went to school at College for Creative Studies in Detroit, graduating in 2019 with a BFA majoring in Ceramics and a minor in Product Design.
Tim Ian Mitchell
""Among those objects made by man, some are poetic and useless, others ordinary and functional." (Kubler) All are sources of artistic inquiry deserving consideration to engage huma...n imagination. Our aim is to find those forms inclined toward allegory and having potential for irreverent association. Our main interest is to display imaginary mythologies that make inanimate things activate thoughtful and unexpected human ambition."Tim Ian Mitchell is a full-time artist, practicing primarily in ceramic materials; making and collecting pottery objects are lifetime interests. In recent years Mitchell has produced sculpture and vessels finished in wood-fired kilns with fellow artists Chris Gustin and Tim Rowan. He also takes influence from travel and has worked as an Artist in Residence in the USA, France, Denmark, Italy and most recently as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Mitchell has a studio in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, where he has lived and worked as an artist and architect for most of his career. He also has been an architect / planner in North Africa and the Middle East. Currently he serves as Chair of the Sculpture Conservation Committee for the Friends of the Public Garden, which protects a collection of 19th Century public sculpture. He graduated in Architecture from the College of Art, Architecture and Planning at Cornell University.
"Inspiration is the creative fuel that ignites my imagination; it’s always there, hiding in plain sight, patiently waiting for me. Sometimes, inspiration eludes me when I need it ...desperately, but when I find it its magic! Wood is my medium–it is a clean slate waiting for inspiration and creativity to become something beautiful. Using traditional tools and joinery, I build boxes inspired by African culture. My series: AfroPickBox, Ashanti, Impala, and Senufo explore connections with ancient and modern Africa. I use wood colors and figure—like a painter’s palette—to create motifs and patterns in the sides and tops of my boxes. It is not just a box, open it and witness the souls of my ancestors looking at you, singing songs of long ago. I believe inspiration is a shared experience. When I’m inspired to create the things I love, others find inspiration in what I’ve created. "Milton was born in Miami, Florida, where he still lives and works today. He was introduced to woodworking at an early age by his father and continued his woodworking studies in high school and college. Milton studied graphic design and received a BFA in Visual Communications from Florida State University. The Impala jewelry box was published December 2019 in Fine Woodworking Magazine’s Reader’s Gallery. The AfroPickBox celebrates the historical significance of the African comb and the role it has played in the lives of Africans. Popular Woodworking interviewed makers from all 50 states; Milton was selected from the state of Florida and featured in an article about his box making.
ML Basket Designs
" I was originally attracted to basketry because I loved making a functional object that was beautiful. That was 25 years ago. I have made most of the kinds of baskets that people m...ake and used just about all the materials. I mostly worked with reed until about 5 years ago when I took a class in pine needle baskets. The freedom of form and beauty as well as the historical significance of pine needle coiling really inspired me to move more into the “art” of basketry. Many of my pieces are not technically “baskets” anymore. I am constantly discovering new ways to use shells, wood, old jewelry, stones, wire, gourds, resin, copper, clay, glass, sticks, fungus, iris and daylily leaves, walnut shells and other natural materials in my work. There just isn’t an end to the joy and inspiration I get from the creative process."Marsha retired in 2016 and made her 25-year hobby in basketmaking her full-time passion. She has shown her work in several galleries, including Spectrum Art Gallery in Centerbrook, CT and Sawmill River Gallery in Montague, MA. Her work has also won several awards: 3rd place in the professional division of the Northeast Basketmakers Guild; 1st place in the mixed media category of the Arizona Gourd Society. One of her wall pieces is in the National Basketry Organization’s Every 1 show currently on-line. Marsha is a long-time member of the National Basketry Organization and the Northeast Basketmakers Guild. She served on the board of the Northeast Basketmakers Guild for 4 years and helped organized the annual gathering in 2019. With a BA and MA in education, she is an excellent teacher. She has taught basket classes for Interterm at Smith College, at libraries and in her studio.
"Through stories as old as time, folktales and mythology have the ability to heal us and our planet. Cephalopods are a brilliant species often looked at as just a food source. Howev...er, ancient tales from Japan and Greece depict cephalopods as abusing women and fishermen exploring the misogyny of old lore. I look to find simplified ways to explore these often painful explorations in a way that can relate to a young toddler, as well as an octogenarian. Raising children and taking a hiatus from exhibiting informed my practice and helps me to see that there are even more ways to make and experience art. I am constantly striving to find the thread that strings together our morality and cultures in a time where it seems that we are all so disconnected. Being constantly bombarded by technology brings about Golem-like robots that function as simple vessels to house things of comfort. Paper dolls used as stencils look at how to look at how we package ourselves with everything we purchase, but also with what we create. Clay is one of the oldest materials that anyone can take from the ground to make a vessel. My explorations take me to both functional and sculptural work where I use multimedia with a concentration in ceramics to seek communal ground. "Corey uses any material available to tell a relatable story with humor and care. Ceramics, jewelry and millinery works dress the body and home while exploring relationships of art in the everyday functions. Corey’s signature utilitarian art objects are considered live social beings, with a singular perspective to provide moments of aesthetic value and levity…’The importance of artful objects in our daily lives is very similar to that of music in my life. Artful objects can make life extremely joyful and can make a huge effect on our moods’. She truly enjoys the ancient material of clay and found objects which are crafted into unique works of art. The work is to share a sense of wonder and joy in ordinary objects we pass-by without notice. Corey is a true student of the finer points of art history in all its forms. Having obtained a BFA from Tyler school of Art where she concentrated in metals, it encouraged her to study abroad in Rome, Italy as well as Sydney, Australia honing her skills and seeking the various richness of artists and their story telling the world over.
"I think of myself as a functional potter, making pieces that people can use every day. I get my inspiration from both my travels and the time I spend by the ocean. I gravitate to b...owls, not exclusively, but often because they are sensual, beautiful, useful, and even stackable. This year because of limited studio access, I started hand building in the basement – which I found to be a new and exciting outlet. Using this technique, I rolled texture onto slabs and created round mugs with darted square bottoms. It always makes me smile when people tell me that they use my bowls and coffee cups every day. "Judith Monosson lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. She studied ceramics at Skidmore College and after a long hiatus, returned to ceramics at the DeCordova Museum School, studying with Makoto Yabe and Bruce Barry. Judith has been a leader of the Ceramics Guild at Lexington Arts & Crafts Society and is also a participant of the Harvard Ceramics program.
Nathalie Royston Ceramics
"Ceramics is, enjoyably, a medium in which I have direct contact with the materials. From me it asks for a practice in patience, mindfulness and letting go, and to me it gives the o...pportunity to create bespoke handmade objects. Since the first moment I first touched the clay, it was like coming home. I knew this was the work I had to commit myself to. With every piece I make, careful thought and consideration is given about who is using the piece, why they are using this piece, and how they will use it. My goal is for people find as much pleasure using my pots as I have in making them."Nathalie Royston is a ceramic artist living on Cape Ann, Massachusetts. She is a native of Massachusetts, having been raised in and around Greater Boston. A self-taught artist, her focus is functional tableware and home accessories designed for daily use. Her pieces are thoughtfully made to feel comforting, function well, and fit in with home décor. In addition to her studio work, she has taught ceramics in the Greater Boston area, assisted artists with fabrication and installation, and helped in the coordination of gallery exhibitions. Nathalie’s work has been shown at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, Redbrick Arts Center, Beverly, MA and the Harvard Ceramics Program, Allston, MA.
Nell Hazinski Pottery
"My pots are useful pots. They are plates, bowls, and cups- meant to be in your hands and on the table, offering nourishment as they quietly accompany us in our daily tasks. They a...re a connection between the spirit of the maker, user, and food. I strive to make pots that are elegant in design, pleasing to the hand, and that function well. My pottery forms have been strongly influenced by a Japanese aesthetic but are distinctly American in spirit. For the past several years I’ve been exploring the Japanese technique of Nerikomi, in which I use colored clay to form flower designs integrated directly into the pot. Wildflowers I see on my daily walks and blooms from my garden have seeded themselves into my pots."Pot-making is the golden thread in Nell’s life, surviving home moves, day jobs, and raising kids. She began working as a production potter in Colorado, touring the mountains in a VW van and selling her wares at crafts fairs. She was a founding member of Show of Hands, a co-op fine crafts gallery in Denver. After she and her husband moved east, she taught ceramics in the crafts program at SUNY Binghamton, New York. In the late 1980’s, she was a resident artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, which provided her a rich experience working within a diverse community of artists, exhibiting nationally, and developing a viable professional studio practice. During the early 1990’s, she lived in Tokyo, Japan, where she taught ceramics at Seisen International School and was able to tour the famous kilns sites. Currently, Nell makes high-fire porcelain tableware at her studio, Milkhouse Studio, in Phoenixville, PA.
"I am a visual artist, but I like to think of myself as an essayist. First, I like the way the word “essay” connects to narrative and perception. An element of storytelling runs... through the sculptures, images, and short films which make up my work. These narratives are sometimes literal and specific, but I’m equally interested in spaces of narrative ambiguity. Many of my sculptures contain the sensibility of a theater prop, waiting to be animated by an unknown plot. I’m also drawn to the way in which the word “essay” suggests a gesture of attempt. The word “essay” is rooted in the French verb meaning, “to try.” The thing that I’d called the “essayistic approach” is an expression of an almost paradoxical act of gathering of elements, themes, and ideas which might not otherwise cohabitate. The essayist coaxes and wheedles these into shape together through a variety of modes (poetic, scientific, humorous) and artistic techniques. I often use craft as a structure to bring these elements together; I see a parallel between the tactile crafts and storytelling as creative structures. I also like to work in a way that simultaneously invites spontaneity and play, which I see as the purest expression of attempt. "Anders Nienstaedt is an artist, writer, filmmaker, and cartoonist. He was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan in 1989 and currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a 2021 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison MFA program in visual arts.
"Wire and paper— two materials I can’t get enough of! The wire serves as my outline, the paper as my illustration, filling in the details within the wire shapes. The titles of m...y artwork hint at the concepts behind them, most often life experiences, puns, or simply things I love. I use wire as fine as thread to as thick as rope. As for paper, if my scissors can cut it, I’ll use it. I appreciate the process of taking tightly coiled wire on a spool and combining it with flat paper and transforming these materials into unexpected 3-dimensional objects."Sally blends traditional basketry and wirework techniques to create her unusual wire objects. All work is done by hand, freeform, using only wire and whatever materials she includes in the construction, most often paper, found objects, or vintage beads. Sally has drawn, painted, and created mixed-media art all her life and is largely self-taught. She minored in art history at Northwestern University and received her MBA in marketing from the George Washington University. Sally lives in her hometown of Seattle after many years on the east coast.
"As a goldsmith and enamel artist who studied interior design and architecture, I think of myself as both an artist and designer, however, design is my worldview; the lens through w...hich I view, evaluate and understand the world around me. Jewelry blends art and science, form and function, creativity and innovation. For me, the process of creation from researching to sketching, selecting materials and fabricating, is inspiring. Curiosity, problem solving, and my search for identity, motivates me to continually reimagine what is possible. I love to travel, meet people and hear their stories. I am passionate about history, and the connection I feel to past civilizations when using the ancient and revered techniques of enameling and metalwork. I am intrigued with the boundary between civilization and wildness. Mythology and folklore, mysticism and superstition, and the corresponding symbols, characters and stories that exist in every culture in every era, suggest the profound roots of our collective effort to come to terms with the world that surrounds us. My work combines drawing and painting with texturing and patterning, in a process of fusing thin coats of specially prepared ground glass to metal in a kiln, using high, controlled heat. I strive to create depth and luminosity with hand drawn designs and multilayered finishes that reveal different aspects of color and metal as they move. I also use three dimensionally formed metal, ink, luster, pencils, Limoges paints, mason stains and decals to achieve richly textured, curiously evocative and technically innovative contemporary work. "Jenne Rayburn is a Boston-based goldsmith, enamelist and designer. She grew up in the farming country of southeastern Washington State, and studied art, interior design and architecture at the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts. A lifelong artist and arts advocate, Jenne believes that the arts and crafts of our world are critical to the development of creative societies. History and tradition, vernacular design and indigenous peoples inspire Jenne's glass and metal work. Using traditional and innovative vitreous enamel techniques combined with steel, silver and copper, Jenne sees her work as narrative and she searches for meaning in the convergence of mythology, identity and ornament. She is fascinated with myths and folklore that recount heroic adventures and connect us to a larger purpose. These stories strive to express the mystery and complexity of the human experience and the relationships that influence and inspire us.
"I create my ceramic friends to put a smile on people's faces. As the world has become full of uncertainty, I wanted my artwork to be able to bring a moment of comfort. Using only s...mall changes in stature I give my ceramic creatures their own personalities. "Jamie Scherzer is a multimedia artist and educator living in the Boston area. She received her master’s in metalsmithing , but has been known to incorporate both printmaking and papermaking in her metalsmithing practice. During the pandemic, Jamie felt the need to explore a new media leading her to create her new ceramic friends and videos of them in action. Jamie's work has been shown internationally and is included in many permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
"As an artist, educator, and activist, I create work about blackness as a social and cultural identity. These functional and sculptural ceramic objects are influenced by how I navig...ate through society in regards to identity, family, and community. Through sculpture, I create specific forms that consist of found objects relative to black household items - weave, cowrie shells, bamboo earrings - that mirror my cultural experience and invite my audience to engage in a vital dialogue about contemporary issues regarding race and culture."Angelique Scott has been working with clay for over a decade. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University both in Art Education with a K-12 teaching license and Craft & Material Studies with a concentration in ceramics and fibers. She has participated in several national and international residencies including Vermont Studio Center, The Hambidge Center, and Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece. Her works have also been collected privately nationally and internationally. As a dedicated artist and educator, Scott maintains her studio practice and teaches clay workshops throughout Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia.
"I designed this line of functional ware inspired by my home country of India. It traces my interests in aerial view maps and my desire to map my process. This style of building and... patterning connects my sculptural work to the functional. I employ an etching-adjacent process to create marks on plaster slabs, to fill them with color and then pour casting slip to make slabs which picks up the marks created. Terracotta has deep roots in Indian culture and life, yet the material is running out of use. I wanted to use this material to create a fine dinning set to incorporate the material in our lives."Kopal Seth was born in a rural town of India, Khurai. Seth’s work tours through her memories of growing up in a unique culture while moving away from home for better opportunities. She is a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she earned her MFA in ceramics (2020). She earned her BFA in painting with a minor in ceramics at the The Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India (2018). Seth recently had her first solo show at The Clay Studio, in Philadelphia, PA, USA. She has also shown at various exhibitions in India and the U.S., amongst which are shows at The Gelmen Gallery-RISD Museum, The Lacoste/Keane Gallery, Concord, MA, and Art Centrix Space in New Delhi.
Seth Michael Studio
Seth M Carlson
"Through traditional goldsmithing and silversmithing techniques I strive to capture the beauty and character of the fauna and flora that I encounter in the natural world. It is impo...rtant to me that each piece is hand-crafted using ethically-sourced gold, silver, and gemstones. I see every piece of jewelry as a celebration of the natural world and believe that the materials I choose should reflect the value of life that I seek to convey. When I am creating my work I am visualizing each piece being passed from one generation to the next. I believe in capturing the character of each life form through subtle expressive gestures. With a focus on environmental preservation, each piece is a snapshot in time to bring awareness and appreciation to the lesser known species that surround our world."Seth’s jewelry career began early in his father’s stained glass studio where he fashioned jewelry from scraps of discarded glass. He decided at an early age that he wanted to be a jeweler, and began to receive regional design awards for his jewelry as a teenager. Seth attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and earned a BFA in metals and jewelry in 2007. While at SCAD he acquired a love of both silversmithing and goldsmithing techniques while exploring alternative and conceptual processes in the creation of body adornment and object making. Following his undergraduate education he was a silversmithing instructor at a summer camp in Maine in addition to working as a bench jeweler. Seth spent five years working as a studio goldsmith in Rochester, NY while also exploring new work as an artist-in-residence at the Rochester Institute of Technology. While he has been creating work for sale since an early age he officially registered Seth Michael Studio as a sole proprietorship in 2009. Following a move to Chicago, IL in 2013 Seth earned a graduate degree in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While a graduate student Seth led a metalsmithing group on Chicago’s South Side for teenagers and wrote his thesis on the therapeutic benefits of metalsmithing. Seth believes that being a craftsperson and being altruistic are synonymous, and giving back to community is an essential part of mastering a craft. After working as an art therapist in Chicago, Seth and his wife Rosa moved to Philadelphia in 2017 where they continue to live with their four cats. In 2019 Seth lived in Hong Kong for four months as an artist-in-residence with Loupe - a design incubation space sponsored by Chow Tai Fook Jewelry. Seth continues to be inspired by the people and experiences of living and working abroad and works full time as a sole proprietor of Seth Michael Studio, and travels to many shows around the United States.
"The techniques of hand-building let me take advantage of clay's power to capture gesture. I'm intrigued by what happens when clay is extruded, stretched, pressed, incised, inlayed,... rolled, bent, cut, and put back together. The unintended result, often misread as a mistake and so dismissed, is one of the most fertile sources of new ideas. The trick is not to fool with clay's inherent desire to be expressive. It will offer – or impose – its own ideas about new forms and ways to work. The pots are not so much about balance and harmony but more about tension. I love what spawns in the friction between what I want the material to do and what it would rather do. I keep in mind what Constantin Brancusi wrote in 1927: “Each material has its own life ... we must not try to make materials speak our language, we must go with them to the point where others will understand their language.”"Hayne Bayless is a studio potter in Ivoryton, CT. In college he managed to avoid any academic involvement with clay. In 1992, after ten years at a perfectly good job at a newspaper, he quit to make pottery. He abandoned the potter's wheel early on, finding greater freedom in hand-building. Hayne's work has been shown at the former American Craft Museum in New York, and he is represented by ClayAKAR Gallery, Freehand Gallery in Los Angeles, Schaller Gallery, and others. He has exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Show (10), the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show (9), and Minnesota Potters Tour (4). Hayne has led workshops in eighteen states, as well as Canada and Israel. His work has been published in "Creative Pottery" by Deb Schwartzkopf, "Objects for Use" by Paul Smith, "Design Language" by Tim McCreight, Studio Potter journal, and others.
"My work is primarily a response to years of thinking about form and function. Having developed a love for photography and printmaking but needing to get my hands more involved in t...he process, I found pottery to be a perfect medium to explore. Each piece is hand thrown, trimmed and glazed as one-of-a-kind. The surface design allows me to use my years of printmaking to feel comfortable scratching right onto the clay or underglaze depending on the clay body. There is a visceral response I never tire of. All pieces are food, microwave and dishwasher safe."Sue received her BFA in photography and printmaking. Using art as the interest to guide her life she added non-profit skills in 1990 working for small organizations focused on the performing arts. Classes at Radcliff Seminars and Lesley University provided the balance for life experience. In 1999 Sue used those business skills to make the move craft and has owned an American craft gallery, Fire Opal, for 22 years. In 2015 she took her first pottery class at Brookline Center for Adult Ed and fell in love with all aspect of wheel thrown functional pottery. She has a pottery studio at Mother Brook Arts in Dedham, MA.
"I am interested in the small quiet details that permeate daily life. Giving form to these details has led to a continued exploration of intimately scaled sculptures and the potenti...al for small, everyday forms to convey profound emotions. My process involves carving, shaping, and sanding. These are activities that allow me to work intuitively and to ensure signs of the maker’s hand. Linking process to concept, I combine traditional woodworking techniques with ideas referencing minimalism, still-life, and domesticity."Lynn has been working with wood for over thirty years following in her grandfather's footsteps whose tools she still uses daily. Originally trained in architectural millwork, she attended San Diego State University in 1997 to study furniture design with Wendy Maruyama. After receiving her MFA, she moved to the New Hampshire Seacoast where she has exhibited nationally, taught students of all ages, and advocated for arts education. In 2009 she was the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Artist Advancement Grant recipient, which allowed her to embark on a new direction in her work. Currently, she lives with her husband in Rollinsford, NH near her studio in the Salmon Falls Mill.
Taking Form Jade Studio
"I design and hand-carve sculptures, pendants and earrings from fine natural jade. My aim is to create beautiful modern objects with a hint of ancient mystery. The work is inspired... by the beauty of natural forms, the jade I carve, and a deep knowledge of the art of the past. It is meant to reconnect us with these beauties and with our cultural heritage as human beings. My hope is to produce work that brings together contemporary creative art and this ancient medium. The carving technique I employ combines modern and ancient methods. Diamond saws and grinders rough out the forms. Finer grinding and sanding with diamond tools refine the carving. Then I use the “loose grit” method invented by ancient Chinese carvers in which rotating metal or wood tools cut the jade by means of a muddy slurry of abrasive grit and water. Extensive hand-finishing techniques give the carvings a luxurious and intimate feel machines cannot."Peter Schilling is bringing the ancient medium of jade carving to the world of contemporary fine craft. His work has been exhibited in five international jade exhibitions in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, winning bronze, silver, and gold awards. His jades have also been included in Cluster Crafts Fair, 2019, and the Fuller Craft Museum members exhibition, 2020. Schilling markets his jade carvings at top craft shows like CraftBoston and the American Craft Show in Baltimore and through several craft galleries and museum shops in the US and China.
"I use traditional silversmithing to explore the vessel and the intimate connection of handheld functional objects. I’m drawn to the simplicity in the process of taking a flat, tw...o dimensional sheet of silver and hammering it into a three dimensional object. The resulting vessel is a form we encounter everyday, an object that both occupies space and contains it. Through employing this familiar form, I use the vessel to serve as a point of convergence between minimal design, historical craft, and ordinary handheld objects. My work honors historical silversmithing while creating silver objects with a fresh, minimal, and contemporary aesthetic."Sara Thompson is an award winning silversmith with a BFA in Craft with a concentration in metals from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. She works bilaterally between wearable forms and minimal utilitarian objects. Sara apprenticed under a bench jeweler from the ages of 11 to 16 on Martha’s Vineyard. She graduated high school at 16 and then moved to Portland, OR to start her degree. During her studies, she focused on traditional silversmithing and thrived in the mentor-based learning environment at OCAC. After completing her BFA at 20, Sara has gone on to exhibit annually at prestigious fine craft shows all around the country and has won several awards along the way. Sara splits her time between Martha’s Vineyard and Portland in her personal studios and reading about science.
"I seek specific, local felled trees or discards, with their cracks, worm holes, fungus streaks and beetle scrivenings. Then I watch the wood seemingly choose its own shape under my... hand to highlight its most interesting features. There are no rules except.....if the wood is simple, make it beautiful. If the wood is beautiful, keep it simple. I tend to surprise myself with the end result. "When the famed William Brouwer took Bobbi on a tour of his Cambridge wood shop and introduced her to his lathe, she immediately grasped the future and "just wanted to make bowls". Allowing her a key to the shop started the process. Years later, joining LexArt's Woodworker's Guild where Joe Weerts could "keep an eye on her", she slowly made her way from roughing sticks and chunky bowls to hollow forms so thin that the light would shine through. Mentoring others brought a new level of skill and understanding of how far one can go with a spinning piece of tree and sharp tools.
"Ultra Lit is a handmade brand I created to focus on producing one-of-a-kind functional glassware that brings enjoyment with everyday use. It is both utilitarian and expressive. My ...explorations in mark-making through the engraving process allows me to create a drawing and simultaneously create windows of light. These marks are intuitive, almost primal, drawing from nature and protective symbols. I find glass' capability to be both transparent and opaque endlessly intriguing."SaraBeth Post is a multi-faceted artist utilizing glass in sculpture, functional wares, and jewelry. Her studies of pattern and color pave a path to explore human development juxtaposed to spirituality and healing. She earned her BFA in Glass + 3D Studios from the University of Louisville. SaraBeth is currently a Core Fellow at Penland School of Craft.
"At the end of a good day, water in the shower drain runs brown for a couple minutes before all the sawdust or dirt is gone, and dinner tastes just a little bit better for having ea...rned it. Whether through wood work, farming, cooking, sewing or welding, I experience life through my hands and through tangible results of my labor. "Coby Unger is a professional mess maker. In his artistic works he aims to find delight in the ordinary. Coby primarily works in wood, but prefers pulling boards from dumpsters, milling from fallen trees, or rescuing broken furniture over trips to the lumber yard. Trees, like humans, he believes are imperfect and unique and should be celebrated for that. After studying industrial design at Philadelphia University (now Thomas Jefferson University) his work has ranged from efficient cooking stoves, adaptable prosthetic arms, and emergency ventilators to wooden eyeglasses and chair backs installed in tree stumps. Coby enjoys a position at the MIT Hobby Shop where he teaches wood working, metal fabrication and design. Outside of the workshop Coby can be found helping out on friends' farms, volunteering on an ambulance, climbing in the mountains or cooking elaborate meals with the other members of his Somerville MA Co-Op.
"My work is rooted in the formal traditions of enameling and silversmithing. Drawing inspiration from botanical forms and architectural details, I transform my observations, experie...nces, and memories into small vignettes made of metal and glass. I believe that all things are growing and disappearing. With the passage of time, there is no way to go back to a moment once it has passed. One day we will be gone, just like the natural world and objects around us. When we are born, we bring nothing with us to the earth, and we take nothing with us when we leave. I believe that our memories and experiences are the most meaningful parts of life. Architecture is a living creature. Buildings are brought to life by people and in time they too will fade and die away. Architectural forms, like people, hold memories of events that have taken place within and around them. Buildings convey different feelings and emotions due to their individual histories and the stories they hold. By using metals and enamels as a means of expression, I commemorate architecture’s structures and appearances as a reminder of their existence."Born in Shenzhen, China, Sishi Wang is pursuing her MFA in Metalsmithing and jewelry design at Indiana University of Bloomington, IN, and she holds a BFA degree from East Carolina University, NC. Wang attended various workshops such as Penland School of Craft’s Filigree workshop and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts’s 3D Cloisonne on Vessel workshop to learn and advance her metal techniques. Wang has experience in bench work and teaching as a metalsmithing instructor. Her work has been published in Art Extravagance Catalog and Alchemy 5: Transformation in Contemporary Enamels.