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.
"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.
"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.
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.
Beyond the Fringes Wedding Blankets and Tableware
"What draws me to fiber, bits of gold, paper, silk, leather, or wool is texture. Sometimes smell. What I see are lines and ridges and patterns that overlap to make a table or bed dr...amatic. Color sensation and textural integration. I have been developing luxury handwovens 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. And candles. Paper linen yarns and linen yarn with a stainless steel core are used in mats that are washable and sustainable. Wedding blankets, 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. I can ravel, unravel, layer, and interface color with your taste and mood. "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.
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.
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.
Chloe Leigh Designs
"Growing up surrounded by the ocean landscape of Cape Ann, I find inspiration in my natural environment. My inspiration stems from my love of the sea and its complex habitat of plan...ts and flowers. I am drawn to circular forms, a warm palette, and hidden features that are often overlooked. Having a deep reverence for nature, I value and implement eco-friendly and sustainable methods in my jewelry practice. I use eco-friendly solutions, outsource reclaimed metal, and source conflict-free and ethically-sourced gemstones when possible. I individually handcraft and thoughtfully create each piece in my studio. I work with argentium silver, tarnish-resistant sterling silver, 18K gold, and precious gemstones, and I use traditional metalsmithing techniques such as hand-fabrication, lost wax casting, forming, fusing, soldering, hammering, and stone setting. Each piece is meticulously hand-polished to a bright finish or hand-textured with my signature, sparkling, sand-like texture. "Chloe Leigh is a fine jeweler from Cape Ann. She has a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from MassArt and an AJP from GIA, the world’s largest and most respected institute of gemological research. She also sought additional training by attending Alchimia Contemporary Jewelry School in Florence, Italy; Davide Penso Glass Jewels classes in Murano, Italy; Marchutz College of Art and Design in Aix-en-Provence, France; and The Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey. After graduating with her BFA, she established Chloe Leigh Design Studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts and she continues to participate in a variety of craft shows throughout the East Coast. She has been awarded for her excellence in jewelry and showcased by several prestigious organizations such as International Precious Metal Institute, Women’s Jewelry Association, and Smithsonian Institution.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"As an artist I try to make sense of the world through story, practice, and my hands. I tap into the swirling creative energy of the world, share it, and encourage the creativity o...f others for the perspective and understanding it can bring to life. My hope is that my sculptural figures and accessories inspire you to listen to others, to the world, to your creative spirit, and to look at life as an adventure to be savored. "Wendy Ellertson was born in San Francisco, CA, and grew up in the Bay Area, Chicago, and Cleveland. She holds degrees from Stanford University, Boston College, and studied at the Cleveland Art Institute. She has been an active member of the fine craft community for more than forty-five years, dancing around and through many media categories. She exhibits her work across the U.S. via major fine craft shows (in person and virtual now), galleries, museum shows, and an occasional science fiction/fantasy con (where one large dragon and Ollie, the Aquatic librarian, won best in show). Her home and studio are in Roxbury, MA, where she and her husband moved over 50 years ago, raised their four children, themselves, and occasionally some chickens and rabbits. They are strong supporters of their diverse, activist urban community.
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.
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.
Geoff McKonly Furniture
"I consciously work towards balance and connection in my work. During every decision I make in design and during construction those two elements are most on my mind. Balance is the ...thickness of the back as it blends into the thinness of a leg and the carved handle that blends into the edge of a curved door. Connection is made through the defect in the seat that is reminiscent of both luxury and nature and with the joinery that gives a piece strength and the durability to pass down through many generations. These two elements, balance and connection, are also the most important guiding principles in my life. I surround myself with nice things but not elaborate things. I eat good food and drink good coffee. I make choices regarding what I spend my money on, value the hard work of others, and hope that others value mine. What is expensive in my view is that which can’t enhance my life but costs money. "Geoff McKonly starting woodworking 25 years ago. His first attempts were things he needed because he couldn’t find exactly what he was looking for from the ready-made options available. After graduating with a BFA in Photography from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, he founded Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, which provided alternative educational opportunities for struggling, at-risk teenagers. As a boat builder and teacher, he grew as a woodworker and continued to take on more complex projects. In 2013 he moved to Northampton, Massachusetts to pursue custom furniture. In building furniture, Geoff soon learned that precision was nice in a boat, but essential in a chair. With a background in creating curves and beautiful organic forms as well as an artistic eye, he brings together flawless joinery, incredible engineering, and design to create beautiful furniture.
Betsy Grob Giberson
"My focus is on the surface of the cloth. I build my pieces from straight cuts, a traditional method of clothing construction. I dye cloth using low-impact dyes as well as plant-bas...ed dyes foraged from my yard and the woods behind my house. The cloth is dyed and over-dyed using the ancient shape-resist techniques of shibori. Some pieces incorporate the use of rusted metal to create an additional resist and color change. My dye baths are used until the dyes have given all their color."Betsy Grob Giberson was born in Washington, D.C. and completed a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives in New Hampshire.
"I make two styles of work. One is furniture, wall panels, and platters with carved and stained imagery that is inspired by photographs that I take. The other is furniture inspired ...by everyday objects. These styles lend themselves to two, equally fulfilling, modes of work: intense concentration on one-of-a-kind pieces, and having fun designing and making limited production furniture. I grew up in Needham, Massachusetts in an area of town that is walking distance from the Charles River, fields, and woodlands. This experience has affected the way I look at nature. I consider how to capture it with a camera and then translate the photograph into a carved and stained image on a wood surface. Asian pottery and prints, scrimshaw, and illustration techniques all influence this body of work. I enjoy finding alternative functional uses for objects. My intent is to find an object whose form can be re-interpreted as a piece of furniture, perhaps with a few tweaks. I often find inspiration going through old barns, antique stores, or stumbling upon something around the house. This body of work shares the basic forms of Early American folk art and uses several construction methods, including mortise and tenon, metal work, turning, and both hand- and machine-shaping. "Duncan Gowdy earned his BFA in Furniture Design from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and his MFA in Furniture Design from San Diego State University. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States for over twenty-five years, at venues such as Fuller Craft Museum, Ohio Craft Museum, SOFA Chicago, and Wharton Esherick Museum. Duncan’s work is included in private and corporate collections. Duncan lives in central Massachusetts with his family. In 2012, he had his studio built by the timber frame company in New Hampshire where he worked for several years.
"I am continuously learning how to be still and present, to deeply listen to myself and others, listening for the unsaid. I don’t always like what I hear because it can feel scary..., challenging me to get out of my comfort zone. And those are the times I know I need to go deeper, even when I resist. Glass allows me to connect with people on an emotional level, by sparking curiosity and drawing the viewer in. Glass, as a medium, embodies my personal and artistic journey and evolution, learning to trust my voice and give breath to that voice to speak my truth, as an artist and human spirit."Hethre Larivee, a second-generation glassblower, has been creating with glass since 1996, exploring glassblowing, flameworking, scientific/lathe practices, coldworking, slumping, kiln casting, and stained-glass techniques. Her glass has been published in the New Glass Review and The Flow Magazine, and has been exhibited with the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Harvard University, and the Corning Museum of Glass. Hethre has also published several artist interviews in The Flow Magazine. She has taught flameworking classes in both public and private settings, including the Corning Museum of Glass. Hethre is also a 200-hour certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and provides guidance in a variety of yoga styles. She believes in making yoga accessible to everyone and shares yoga for artists, specifically glass artists, on Instagram and YouTube, and at events, including the Michigan Glass Project and Glass Vegas.
Hetty Friedman Designs
"It all started at age 13 when I took a weaving class at summer camp. It was like a miracle to me - you put gorgeous colored yarns on the loom and pull off a gorgeous piece of fabri...c. I am continually in awe of the process. The surprises that emerge from combining different types of fibers and colors into one warp always amaze me. The simplicity of the grid combined with the limitlessness of the textures and hues keep seducing me to design my pieces. I work mainly with bamboo, rayon and Tencel fibers. They weave into fabric that has a wonderful "hand," great drape, and resiliency. I often add unusual novelty yarns as supplemental warps. Hand-painting warps allows me to create unique pieces in a limitless variety of colors. The warp threads are my canvas. While the warp and weft are at right angles, the applied dyes can flow and meld."Hetty fell in love with weaving at a Connecticut arts camp in 1966 and has never looked back. It has taken her through a degree in Visual Design (MFA), study and work in inventory control management (MBA), and a successful 30-year management career in the garment industry. Utilizing her business savvy in a partnership with a Fair Trade weaver’s cooperative, she travels many times a year to Guatemala to teach Mayan back-strap weavers new techniques and to design products. Hetty Friedman Designs was founded in 2009. Hetty's designs are sold in museum shops, boutiques, art events, and online. Hetty’s main inspirations are the Bauhaus artists, Guatemalan indigenous weavers, Matisse, and Picasso. She often hand-paints her yarn, combining strong and unusual colors. Hetty weaves on a 36-inch 4 harness Le Clerc loom and an 8 harness Macomber loom which dominate the third floor studio in her Newton, Massachusetts home.
HOLZKOPF Pepper and Salt Mills
"Why should everyday objects be unattractive and boring? I choose a different road to create special pepper and salt mills fit for daily use. I like them to be functional and reliab...le with a smooth tactile experience as well as highly decorative and pleasing to the eye."Born in Hamburg, Germany, Detlev Hundsdoerfer traveled the world as a professional fashion photographer and has lived in Vermont for many years. His love of working with wood, combined with his love of food, led to the desire to make “functional art.” Detlev designs pepper and salt mills and produces them in Vermont. Each piece is unique.
Mary Hughes and Caro-Gray Bosca
"We are both highly individualistic people, yet we find ourselves aesthetically linked, often wanting the same pair of shoes in the same color. Is it any wonder we became artisti...c accomplices? Our success as partners is fostered and maintained by allowing for the individual spirt of the other person to thrive. We often get the question, "how does it work?" Honestly, neither of us could possibly explain how, but together we embrace a trust that allows for our individual ideas to grow into one. We celebrate what each brings to the table with the belief that this is what makes magic happen. With our hands, we transform metal into a collective language that we both share and speak. We each find beauty and wonderment in the simplest things. This child-like trait is what we believe keeps our work fresh, ever-changing, and a reflection of how we see the world around us. Our journeys have led us around the world where we hunt and collect treasures that eventually make their way onto our benches as exotic, wearable talismans. Quite happily, our studio has morphed into a global kitchen of choice ingredients. Designing with these elements is often a full-day experience filled with joyful exchanges of ideas and laughter. A true partnership in crime and creativity. Our collection stirs the senses and evokes visual delight and we are continually appreciative of the spell cast on those who encounter our work. "Hughes and Bosca were clearly separated at birth. While Bosca grew up in Ohio and Hughes, Connecticut, both went on to Art Schools: Bosca to The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) and Hughes to The California College of Arts and Crafts. Hughes went on Boston University for Graduate work and later was a teacher at SMFA, while Bosca was working as a banner-tow pilot. The two later met through a mutual friend and formed their current goldsmithing company in 1997, HughesBosca LLC in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Their work has been shown at: the Peabody Essex Museum, the Fuller Museum of Craft, the Smithsonian, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and at numerous galleries throughout the United States. Their work is featured year-round at Side Street Gallery located in Historic Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Intruse Studio of Contemporary Fine Craft
"I am a knowledge-questing human and life-long learner. As such, definitions are important to me. In order to exist purposely in my profession as a craftsman, I am constantly evalua...ting and re-evaluating what I do and what my intentions are in order to stay aligned with my creative North Star. I am neither an artist nor a jeweler. I don't seek to create artwork or make statements with my work, and I don't create jewelry for the sake of jewelry. Because it is difficult for me to visualize my work within the spaces of art and pure jewelry--or even art-jewelry--I choose to think of my work as “inspired adornment.” My collections are born through attempts to mentally process not-necessarily-related creative ideas centered around myriad topics—-from movie and theater costumes, to certain books, color studies, works of art, cultural histories and themes, flowers, birds, etc. As a highly-skilled craftsman and hyper-creative human, I live my life through my handiwork. My need to create is essential to my existence. There is an immense joy in learning a hand-skill, practicing it for 10,000 hours, and then bringing an abstract aesthetic idea to life within the context of that mature skill. I am obsessed with the processes involved in making beautiful things with my hands. From engraving, to chain-weaving, to textile braiding and weaving. I am in love with the knowledge, processes, and resulting structures inherent in what I do. I am a maker, and I am in love with my craft. "Tamra Thomas-Gentry is a self-taught metalsmith, textile artisan, and independent scholar in craft and craft history from the perspective of African-American craftsmen. She earned her bachelor's degree in physics from Florida A&M University, and her master's degree in education from Vanderbilt University. Tamra’s hybrid metal and textile jewelry is made using hand-constructed cords that she creates by braiding very fine silk threads into micro-textiles of varying structure and design. The techniques she employs for these tiny textiles originate in ancient Chinese, Japanese and Peruvian cultures. Tamra often uses her braids in place of gemstone embellishment because they add a unique textural and color component to her work. An accomplished metalsmith, she makes all of the focal items, closures, and hand-woven chains as well. Tamra is a native of St. Louis, and she now lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband and her Standard Schnauzers, Pippin and Prisca.
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.
J Shannon Floyd Glass
J Shannon Floyd
"My hand-blown glass forms are simple, clean, and elegant. I draw inspiration from Scandinavian and Mid-Century Modern Design to create work meant to enhance your home and your life...style."J Shannon Floyd is a Boston based glass artist and a 2015 graduate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has spent the past five years working in a variety of glass studios in the Boston area while also traveling to work with glass artists around the country. She has received scholarships to take classes at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland, Haystack, and the Corning Museum of Glass. Additionally, she has been awarded the Rosenberg Residency for emerging glass artists at Salem State University. In the past year she has settled down to focus on developing and marketing a production line of hand blown glass pieces that range from functional to decorative at her studio in Cambridge MA.
"My work is a reflection of my experiences and my beliefs in life. Each piece I create and each collection I compose is a reflection of an unknown future, driven by my passion an...d excitement to explore spontaneous adventures or chase dreams, aspirations, or hopes. My pieces carry my messages - simple for some, enigmatic to others, but unique for all. Each piece is a trace of an aspect of our paths through life, and each story carves a different path. They are steps through winding paths which may at first seem abstract or random, only to resolve themselves - and in retrospect - appear natural or innate."Jinbi was born and raised in Busan, South Korea. She studied English literature at Kyung-sung University, South Korea and European-American culture at Seigakuin University, Japan where she graduated with a BFA as a transfer student. Always looking to get more out of life, Jinbi concurrently obtained her graduate degree in Gemology at GIA Japan and then went on to work at Shima Japan in Ginza, Tokyo where she focused on diamonds, and in particular, bridal jewelry. This engagement, however, left her unfulfilled and after taking time to travel to European countries and learn more about herself and the world, and she set off to the West in a plane heading to New York City to study Jewelry Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology first-hand and push the limits of her creativity by creating a jewelry brand, JINBI DESIGN.
K. Allison Ceramics
"Before discovering ceramics, I spent a decade as a graphic designer. I lived near conservation land and the ocean but rarely interacted with either in corporate life. Only in pursu...ing ceramics did I learn to connect with the surroundings that now inspire my work. I am drawn to birches, burnt logs, tides, clouds, and the sensory connections we share with these bits of nature even when we aren’t paying attention. I am also interested in pottery’s ability to convey visual and tactile experiences simultaneously. I use both handbuilt and wheelthrown porcelain forms, carvings, slips, and glazes to create or obscure texture, light, and shadow to explore the relationship between what we see and what we feel when we interact with ceramics. My approach is minimalist but warm, a Nordic aesthetic influenced by my Swedish grandmother. I pare my concepts to their simplest elements, leaving enough to evoke a subtle feeling or memory. Pieces can stand alone or be grouped to reference forest groves, frenzied waves, or a sudden cloudburst. "Born in Southern Massachusetts, Kim studied film production and graphic design at Boston University, graduating in 2005. In 2012, she took her first ceramics class as a date night with her husband and immediately became enamored with clay. In late 2016, after four years of immersing herself in classes and workshops, Kim decided to shift careers to pursue ceramics full time. Since 2018, she has been exhibiting her work in juried fine craft shows and galleries across the Northeast, and she is currently working on her first solo exhibition, which will be hosted by the Southern Vermont Arts Center in 2021. Kim currently works out of her Salem, MA home studio with her graphic designer/ceramic artist husband, their three cats, and their “studio assistant” pup. She is also an instructor for wheel-throwing, handbuilding, and a variety of specialty classes and workshops at The Clay School in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Linda Cabot Design
"Linda Cabot Design is dedicated to creating sustainable textiles and fashion that are unique, colorful, and beautiful. Our products are ethically made by local stitchers celebratin...g the art of needlecraft. We believe that your home should be a healthy and happy place that is both a personal refuge and a gathering spot for loved ones. All of our products are thoughtfully created and crafted so you can feel good about wearing them and having them in your home."Linda was born and raised in New England and still resides there today. The natural world has always fascinated Linda, inspiring her to make paintings and create designs that celebrate it. Coastlines, meadows, horizons, trees, and flowers have long been subjects of her work. As a lifelong sailor, Linda’s countless hours spent on the water motivated her to become an active ocean conservationist, thereby learning the importance of sustainable production practices. She founded the art advocacy nonprofit Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Program in 2011. What began as a documentary on issues affecting the Gulf of Maine evolved into the largest marine art advocacy program for teens in the world. Linda believes that art is an effective tool of communication to help spread empathy for the earth, and carries these principles on in the sustainable practices at Linda Cabot Design.
Lisa B. Evans Ceramics
Lisa B. Evans
"When I sit down at my potter’s wheel I try to abandon any notions of the perfect pot. I instead pursue an exploration in which the only guiding principle is "what if?" The dynam...ic becomes a call and response conversation between the clay and me, an exploration of balance and structural integrity. By pushing the clay to the edge of collapse, in and out of its center, a relationship develops as both sides seek equilibrium. The inclusion of "wild" found elements and reactive surface treatments accompanied by high firing temperatures and deeper reductions is yet another call and response. A deeper layer of cohesion is explored in the kiln in which a natural beauty emerges that only fire can elicit. How far can I go in my search for centeredness? The quest for stability and sincerity is a repetitive theme, responding to love, loss, changes in family structure, careers, culture, and climate. It’s a process of choosing what to accept and what to fight for. Many of my pieces don’t survive this process but those that do exhibit an ephemeral beauty that is hopefully reflected in my own existence. "Lisa has come a long way since her days as a Landscape Architect in New York City or as an entrepreneur designing knitwear and leading instructional retreats across the US and abroad. Yet those aesthetics and lessons are more present in her work today than ever before. What began as a formal design-based education became a self-guided exploration of ceramics, a curated learning experience beginning in a local community studio. Lisa pursued more serious opportunities for study at craft schools in the US and Canada, coursework at university ceramics programs, and building a private studio. Working directly with natural found elements, exploring their intrinsic qualities and how they reveal themselves both on the wheel and in the kiln has been a passionate and intensive study over the past 20 years.
Lori Kaplan Jewelry
"Colorful precious and semi-precious gems are the focus of my work and influence my designs. I start with the gems and create one-of-a-kind pieces using influences from Byzantine/Ro...man & Greek designs of the past. Since I was a child, I always had a fascination with jewelry and with vintage pieces, specifically. I use elements from the past and update them with a modern, sophisticated yet classic feel. All pieces are one-of-a-kind, hand-fabricated in recycled 18K gold or Sterling Silver. I alloy and roll my own 18K gold for this purpose. My studio is my happy place, my sandbox of gems and gold. One-of-a-kind pieces, made one at a time!"Designer Lori Kaplan’s longtime love for jewelry became a career when she began to wholesale bridge jewelry from Italy in 1989. In the summer of 2010, Kaplan’s desire to have more control over the designs led her to delve further into the industry with Lori Kaplan Jewelry Design. Her BFA from Moore College of Art is put to work with colorful designs exhibiting unexpected shapes and textures. Lori Kaplan’s talents are the life force of the brand and she does it all from design to creation to final photography. Colorful stones are the focus of her line and influence the unique designs. Many of her pieces feature semi-precious stones and recent pieces incorporate precious sapphires and emeralds. Her classic, sophisticated yet understated jewelry is crafted from precious and semi-precious metals including sterling silver & 18K gold.
"In my first weaving course we sheared a sheep, and carded and spun the wool. Later a repertoire of technical skills produced a body of fiber pieces. Along with a maker’s "hand,"... my developing artistic viewpoint dove into the visual language of surface texture, pattern, and dimension unique to textile arts as I teased out a path. Building on the discipline of the craft, I chose an improvisational approach. Intuitively contrarian, I felt that handwork could provide a counter in an increasingly mechanized world, circling back to move forward in a contemporary environment. The process includes freehand drawing, plying diverse threads to create impressions through the interplay of color and texture, and building a catalogue of eccentric stitches or warp and weft components. My recent work is part of an ongoing series depicting aspects of the natural world, pairing function and concept in pieces that flow organically with no final borders or repeats, unpredictable, extendable but complete in the moment. Visual puns highlight the tension between structured versus natural, blurring the lines. The concept that coexistence will find a balance is optimistic: a fit, figuratively and metaphorically for our times. A new take on classic fiber techniques and an original use of materials shape the tactile design, an interplay of minimalist patterns for our surround. Spontaneity, some science, and simple tools-- one bit leads to another creating my evolving view of the daily experience. "Innovative designs with a fresh take on how we live today using unexpected pairings and unusual materials is the creative—and entrepreneurial—vision of Barbara Movius, founder of Material Matters, providing museum exclusives nationally. Her work as an artisan weaver has informed all her activities. An FIT and Brooklyn College graduate, Barbara followed up with graduate studies in art history at Rutgers, arts administration at Columbia, the weaving program at Moore College of Art and internships in conservation. She is a past recipient of the New Jersey State Council for the Arts NEA fellowship. Her woven pieces of “wearable art” have been in major galleries including as a longtime featured artist in Julie: Artisans’ Gallery NYC; Helen Drutt Gallery Philadelphia; and museums and private collections. Recent textiles, called simply CLOTH, were introduced this year. A parallel independent exploration in fiber of our relationship to the environment is an ongoing project.
"Working from a small production workshop in Philadelphia, Claudia Mills Studio designs and creates one-of-a-kind handwoven rugs. For over two decades I have offered a line of indiv...idually-designed rugs and custom created site-specific rugs. Practiced in many cultures, the art of weaving rag rugs has a timeless quality. While they have been traditionally woven with recycled textiles, we create our rag rugs in a fresh palette of colors and new fabrics, updating the age-old technique to create contemporary rugs for today’s homes. I have now been weaving rugs for 30 years, adapting the traditional rag rug craft to my own contemporary aesthetic. As a designer I try to strike a balance between color, texture, and pattern in each rug. Interlacing colored yarns and strips of fabric creates infinitely variable possibilities for color and textural effects. "Claudia received her BA from Ohio University in 1972. She has studied at Haystack School of Crafts and at the Weavers Guild of Boston. Claudia participates in several craft shows throughout the year including ACC Baltimore, CraftBoston, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, and the Smithsonian Craft Show. Claudia’s rugs can be found in her showroom and weaving studio in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia or online at www.claudiamills.com.
Miss Fitt & Co.
"I specialize in hand-felted merino wool accessories that range from the vintage to the fantasy-inspired. I combine standard millinery practices with traditional and proprietary fel...ting techniques including sewn and needle-felted surface embellishments to augment the wet felted construction. While hats remain my primary focus I also make scarves, mittens, capes, and the occasional dragon."With a background in dance and theater costume design and construction, Wendy started a hand-felted accessory business in San Francisco during the dot-com bust of 2000. This iteration of Miss Fitt & Co. was primarily wholesale, selling to museum shops, high end boutiques and department stores such as SFMOMA and Le Bon Marche. In 2006 she moved back to her home state of North Carolina and discovered the joy of fine craft fairs and selling directly to the public. In 2015 she added comic, sci-fi/fantasy and pop culture conventions to her show roster, affording her much more latitude in her designs and a return to her theatrical roots.
Muffy Young Handweaving
"These scarves and shawls are all hand woven and hand-dyed. My looms have 24 and 32 harnesses instead of the more usual 4 or 8. This allows me to design highly complex structures, a...nd to combine them in a single piece for intriguing variations in scale, texture, and motif. My designs are original, unique, and innovative, with images inspired by nature, modernism, and the fabrics of Latin American, Central Asia, and Africa. Guided by the weave structure, I select silk fibers to maximize visual impact and to balance drape and stability. Hand-dyeing my yarns gives me complete control of my color palette. My passion is to create refined scarves and shawls that are beautiful to look at and comfortable to wear."Muffy Young has been a handweaver and dyer since 1978. Originally inspired by textiles and landscapes when traveling in Latin America at age 16, she continues to be influenced by the colors and design elements of Peruvian and Guatemalan cloth. She was a math major in college and this shows in her love of pattern, problem solving, and complexity. She lives and works in Waltham Massachusetts, walks every day in the woods and fields there.
Natalie Reed Fine Jewelry
"I grew up on Vinalhaven, a small island off the coast of Maine. I am greatly influenced by lobstering, the ocean, and all the colors and textures that they encompass. In my jewelry... I reference the natural forms that grow there using precious metals and gems. Casting and carving are the primary techniques used in my work, allowing me to highlight those delicate and beautiful details I find in nature."Natalie is based in Minot, Maine where she has her home studio and lives with her two cats. As a child, she spent many afternoons beachcombing and adventuring on Vinalhaven’s rocky coast, and began collecting sea glass, unusual rocks, urchins, and shells. She has always had a deep love for the ocean, with its power and mystery always drawing her back. In 2009 Natalie began her degree at Maine College of Art in Portland where she quickly discovered she could combine her two passions: jewelry and the ocean. Working her way through college doing construction and lobstering, she majored in metalsmithing and jewelry and graduated in 2013. She visits the beach and her home island as much as possible which always inspires ideas for new designs, pushing her in new directions. In her spare time Natalie enjoys snowboarding, gardening and of course visiting the ocean whenever possible.
Nicholas Yust Fine Metal Art
""My artwork is an expression of energy and its relation to emotion, designed for your enjoyment." - NY '09. I create my artwork from aluminum, copper, bronze, and stainless steel.... Through grinding and sculpting, I create conceptual movement and dimension by manipulating highlights and lowlights within the surface of metals. Once the metal is textured and formed, I enhance the vibrant reflectivity of the metal surface with color using transparent acrylic paints and patinas."Nicholas Yust is currently living in Cincinnati and working full time out of his metal studio. His work is exhibited at top fine art shows and top tier galleries across the United States, including Wyland and Wentworth Galleries. In 2018, Nicholas was named Artist Brand Ambassador for Samsung and hosted their interior design show and exhibition in Toronto. In 2020 Nicholas was commissioned to design and build custom artwork for the NFL. He has also been commissioned to create large scale corporate sculptures for many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. His work has been purchased for television shows on ABC, NBC, VH1, A&E, DYI and SYFY networks. Although the largest concentration can be found in the United States, Nicholas currently has collectors in over 40 countries with an extensive following in Australia. Each year Nicholas donates approximately 20 pieces of original artwork and a portion of his revenue to charitable organizations including St. Judes, Homes for our Troops, SPCA, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Junior Arthritis Foundation, Hospice and many other local organizations.
"My work focuses on aerial landscape views incorporating intimate details of textures and patterns. These vast images are deconstructed and reduced to human scale as jewelry. The ge...ographical textures, shapes, and features are fabricated from silver and gold, enhanced with minerals and gemstones. Surface is central to the work and I use various techniques such as reticulation, fusing, and prepared hammer texturing."Roger Rimel has been a goldsmith and jewelry designer for over 40 years. He exhibits his jewelry locally and nationally, teaches workshops around the country, and maintains a studio in St. Louis, Missouri. His work has been published in Art Jewelry 3 and Maker Magic: How to Develop Your Voice Designing Art Jewelry by Connie Fox. His award-winning work is represented in numerous galleries.
Robin Originals Creative Knits
Robin L Bergman
"Loom knitting is a manual process like weaving using a knitting machine. The making of knitted work is particularly challenging because the fabric, patterning and shaped garment pi...eces are created simultaneously. My emphasis is on treating the sweater surface more like a canvas, experimenting with surface design and unusual juxtaposition of color, texture, and pattern—in effect, painting with yarns. This emphasis on surface design is unusual for knitted clothing. Pattern shapes are deceptively simple using short rowing and subtle shaping detail to achieve a total integration of the garment shape with the graphic and painterly surface, allowing the wearer to become the artwork. Handmade clothes are unique in the way that they transcend conventional boundaries. They can simultaneously be objects of art and of utility. They can also appeal to multiple senses, providing sophisticated visual and tactile pleasure even while offering simple warmth and comfort. Knitted fabrics, in particular, defy the usual boundaries of style. They can be traditional in function yet aesthetically modern, comfortable yet elegant. For me, combining the creation of fabric from scratch with the design and construction of clothing is particularly rewarding. By creating my own fabric, I can make more personal choices in clothing design. The process of fabric design, in turn, is enriched by the creation of a two-dimensional pattern that will be beautifully transformed into a three-dimensional object when worn. By designing textiles I can be innovative and personal while I carry on an ancient and life-affirming tradition."Award-winning artist and designer Robin Bergman of Robin Originals uses luxurious natural fibers to create hand-loomed knitted clothing and accessories, a manual process using a knitting machine. Inspirations include oriental rugs and vintage and antique textiles. All designs are original and hand-finished in her studio. While pursuing an MFA in painting from the MD Institute College of Art in Baltimore, realizing that her true love was fiber she was encouraged to bring textiles into the studio. Her aesthetics were further refined by experience as a textile conservator at the Gardner Museum in Boston. Robin’s work has received acclaim in Ornament Magazine, American Craft, Surface Design Journal, Fiber Art Now, The Fiberarts Book of Wearable Art and appeared in films “The Night Listener” and “Soul Food.” Work appears regularly at shows, galleries, boutiques and museum shops nationally. This year Robin celebrates 36 years in business.
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.
Stamped Earth Ceramics
"I hope to capture and distill a small bit of the heart-stirring beauty I see when observing the ever-present cycle of growth and decay in our Berkshire woods and beyond. With a rec...ent focus on trees, I have begun a visual study of seed pods. I aim to honor the importance of biodiversity in our forests. Acute observation of form, line, and texture is part of my everyday practice. The direct hand-to-clay method of pinch, coil, and slab construction (no wheel) begs attention to a nuanced touch. I try to respect the material and our earth by distilling my naturalist's observations into formalized elements expressed through the vessel. Through innovation and experimentation, I am able to take a random and primitive atmospheric pit firing and create work with a controlled contemporary aesthetic."Paula Shalan is the second in three generations of potters. She shows her work nationally and has received awards of distinction from The Smithsonian Craft Show and The Society of Arts + Crafts for her hand-formed, smoke-fired ceramics. Her work has been featured in national and international craft and design magazines, including Ceramic Monthly. Paula enjoys sharing her love of clay and has had a long career teaching ceramics to all ages at museums, schools, and craft centers.
Studio B Knits
"I hand-knit sculptural, one-of-a-kind bead knitted jewelry and accessories. My work begins with and celebrates traditional knitted stitch making but is distinguished by original te...chniques, some unorthodox construction, and unique, contemporary applications. I like to call it "knitting made clever." An enthusiastic knitter from the age of 8, my knitting world was turned upside down and inside out when I learned how to bead knit in 2002. As a myriad of ideas for combining beads and fiber began to take over my knitting brain, I found myself on a completely unexpected journey which has forever altered the way I think about my “left-brained” self and the creative process. My studio mantra is "Play. Knit. Create." "A self-confessed "Left-Brained" knitter, Ms. Hershberg has turned a life-long love of knitting into a later-in-life, award-winning career as a knitting designer, a well-traveled, celebrated instructor and a published author of knitting designs and a best selling book. The book, "Betsy Beads: Confessions of a Left-Brained Knitter," published by XRX Books, comprises bead knitting techniques, design patterns, and seven essays on creativity. To date it has sold over 15,000 copies. Her work has been sold at galleries and juried craft shows, including The Philadelphia Museum of Art Small Indulgences Show, CraftBoston Spring and Holiday, Germantown Friends School Craft Show, Gravers Lane Gallery (Phila., PA), Society of Arts and Crafts Gallery (Boston, MA), Kiana Malekzadeh Gallery (NYC, NY) and Vogue Knitting Live.
Studio Martha Collins
"My passion is to create personal, unique, one-of-a-kind works of art with the natural colors and grains of exotic woods and maple veneer that I hand-dye. Weaving wood is a 100 step... process of lamination, band saw slicing, re-orienting the material, re-lamination and lathe turning. What excites me are the different patterns that are created by changing the thickness of the sliced material, its orientation, and the use of color in the dyed veneer. The interplay of these components is revealed and accentuated in the lathe turning. A bracelet or small spirit bowl can have up to 1200 pieces of wood in it making it appear like woven needlepoint or beadwork."Martha Collins was trained as a cabinetmaker for 2 &1/2 years by the State of Michigan. She was the first woman through the program thanks to Title IX. She apprenticed in a shop specializing in wood jewelry, where she learned about exotic woods, how to dye maple veneer, and the joys of lamination in creating small, intricate objects. In the mid-1980’s her family moved to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington to a house and shop she designed and built. At this time she had several galleries on the West Coast selling her bracelets. In 1995 she went to work for Admiral Marine Works in their joinery department making furnishings for high-end yachts. Since 2000 she has been showing her work at the best juried national art shows including Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, where she won Best Artist New to the Show Award in 2019.
Studio Mew Chiu
"I am an artist, enamellist, and studio jeweler working in New York City and have been a full-time maker for the past six years. As an enamellist, I am drawn to color, texture, ...and the amazing variety of depths that can be achieved by layering enamels. As a jeweler, wearability and comfort of the jewelry on the body comes first and foremost. Each one-of-kind piece is fabricated by hand or the lost wax process, often using recycled gold and silver, when possible. I strive to make jewelry with harmonious proportions, appealing textures, and sense of modernity, along with a touch of whimsy. Unique colored gemstones, handmade chains, and organic forms feature prominently in my current collection. "Mew received her BA from Barnard College. She has also studied ceramics at Massachusetts College of Art and the University of the Arts. Her jewelry and enameling education is from the Jewelry Center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Mew shows her work at juried craft shows throughout the country and at Shibumi Gallery in Berkeley, CA.
Suzanne Schwartz Jewelry
"I design and make jewelry that is textile- and nature-inspired. Early in life I discovered the freedom art could bring when my grandmother taught me to knit and sew. It was my love... of textiles and the look of the individual stitch that I brought to my metal work. As a child, my grandmother taught me to sew and knit. The stitches and techniques she taught me are now an integral part of my design aesthetic and create the textures and lines that define my jewelry. I work with fine silver, gold, or a combination of the two, depending on the design, pattern, and composition of each piece."Suzanne designs and creates jewelry that is inspired by nature and textiles. She discovered the freedom art could bring when her grandmother taught her to knit and sew as a child. It is her love of textiles, especially the look of the individual stitch, that she brings to her metal work. Stitching with fine silver and 22k gold wire, she uses texture and pattern to express the personality of each piece. She looks first at the artistic elements of the design, then at the composition of the jewelry, considering both its sculptural form and its wearability. Pieces are hand-formed and fabricated in silver and gold.
Taking Form Jade Studio
"I design and hand-carve pendants and earrings from fine natural jade. My aim is to create beautiful modern adornments with a hint of ancient mystery. The work is inspired by the b...eauty 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.
Tamar Navama Jewelry
"My bold, postmodern jewelry offers hints of its organic origins. My pieces manipulate, reproduce, and highlight natural materials through traditional and technologically-driven pr...ocesses. Through my work I’m investigating textures, consumer culture, value of materials and craft and how material holds a memory. I am interested in creating tension through juxtaposition between materials and techniques to represent controversial sources. Fine metalsmithing along with Tool Dip, plastic casting, programing, and laser cutting are used to manipulate and reproduce naturals materials, and skins patterns and textures. Memory of material, on the body, in your hand, through your eyes. "Tamar Navama is a jeweler and artist based in Dallas, TX. Navama received her MFA at the University of North Texas and her BFA from Bezalel Academy in Israel, where she is originally from. Navama’s work has been exhibited internationally including shows in NYC Jewelry Week 2018, Munich Jewelry Week 2018 and 2017, The Athens Jewelry Week, “Melting Point” in Valencia, and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Navama curated exhibitions in Tel Aviv, NY, and Dallas. Her jewelry can be found in private collections is being sold online and in stores through the US and Europe and can be found in private collections.
Vilma Mare Baltic style
"As an artist, mother, and a conscious being, I actively support indigenous ecological movements worldwide as the forefathers of eco thinking, and critical consumerism. In my ar...t I create subjects that speak about native eco-harmony and eco-wisdom. By studying indigenous cultures and art, especially symbols that are considered sacred, I learned about respect to Earth, Man’s harmonious existence in Nature. Ancient symbols were and still are educational and uniting* unlike logos, that are separating and creating visual pollution. I take these symbols and slowly handwork them into a wearable communicative art adding cultural historical dimension to it: layering and hand-stitching those layers in an ornate order, I then open top layers to show at the very bottom a readable sign of native consciousness, a message (as old as the human history!) of respect for life, fertility, family and Earth. *e.g. sign of Spiritual Fire one can find in American, Indian, Baltic old cultures. "All work is designed and executed by Vilma Mare, sartorial artist and designer promoting boiled wool, the body’s best heat regulator. She has created a novel sewing technique that helps form fitted clothes in a particularly original aesthetic. Inspiration comes from studying Indigenous cultures and their focus on the aspect of protection in multiple aspects, especially that of harmony between Man and Nature. Vilma creates fashion following eco rules, the wisdom of the sustainable ethnic societies, and within the framework of Baltic style: somber and reasonable, eloquent and communicable. Fitted jackets, dresses, coats and accessories with her signature criss-crossing linear darts transform women’s shapes into a sculpture. She developed a successful customizing technology within textural compositions that enhances a good fit. A novel sewing technique to shape clothes. Fashion design of original aesthetics. ... there is no bad weather, only a missing layer of wool…
Wendy Jo New Metal Designs
Wendy Jo New
""Clean. Crisp. Geometric. Architectural. Subtle elegance." This is how my work is described by people who see it, which aligns with my vision when I design and make it. Growing ...up, I always was mesmerized by sparkling gemstones and metals and I often incorporate something illuminating into my designs. Whether or not I intricately plan a jewelry piece in advance of producing it or just spontaneously fabricate one as I go along, the result is inevitably something that is unique with a contemporary flair that complements, rather than overwhelms, a wearer. When designing jewelry or other metal work, I always think about whether I would wear it, use it, and/or display it. Anyone who knows me sees a reflection of me in what I design. "Wendy Jo New is the owner, designer, fabricator, and marketer of Wendy Jo New Metal Designs. She produces fine contemporary jewelry and other metal designs primarily in the precious metals of gold, silver, palladium, and platinum. These are often further defined with the addition of texturing, gemstones, and other unique lapidary, or resin inlay. Designing and fabricating engagement and wedding bands and other custom jewelry, often with people’s stones, is particularly meaningful to her. With a long and fulfilling career in national educational policy, Wendy Jo New became a full-time jeweler and instructor of metalsmithing 10 years ago after having been part-time with her policy career for 10 years prior. It was serendipity when she moved to the Boston area 22 years ago, saw an ad for an introductory metalsmithing course, and took it. She now is a member of industry associations and the president-elect of the Women's Jewelry Association/Boston.