John & Corliss Rose
"Our work is a conscious effort to explore art jewelry through a purposefully improvisational approach driven by emergence, convergence, and change. We employ fluid and ever-changin...g combinations of traditional and unorthodox materials and techniques, resulting in a body of work that is eclectic by design."2Roses is a Southern California design studio and collaboration of Corliss Rose and John Lemieux Rose. Together they create a wide range of one-of-a-kind and limited-edition adornments and objects d'art. The studio is well known for its use of a wide range of highly unorthodox materials with designs sold in 42 countries worldwide and exhibited in major art institutions in the US, Europe, and Asia. Their work appears in over 40 books on jewelry design and countless magazines ranging from design, fashion, art, and jewelry
Andy Cooperman, Metalsmith
"I believe that the true character of things lie in their details, the quiet, strange and intimate places. These things define my world and I think that my work reflects that. I mak...e to understand, to reconcile and to reflect. The sharing of an idea or observation in the form of a small object is powerful in a way that other forms of expression just aren’t."Andy Cooperman makes all sorts of things from all sorts of things. He is known for applying the craft and discipline of metalsmithing to a wide variety of materials, from ping-pong balls to paper and plastic chickens to porcupine quills. Andy has been a jeweler and metalsmith for over thirty-five years and a writer and educator for close to that. Andy’s work has been exhibited widely and can be found in public and private collections as well as books and publications that include The Penland Book of Jewelry, Humor in Craft and many more. Andy lectures nationally and has spoken at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference, the annual Colorado Metalsmithing Association conference and as keynote speaker for both the International Society of Glass Bead Makers and the East Carolina University Symposium.
"My pots are contemporary; the designs I use are ancient. I've devoured books, hung out in museums and traveled the world in search of indigenous designs, particularly animal imager...y. I work in a funky, old building behind my home in Randolph, MA, firing in a gas kiln. To make my pots look as time-worn as the petroglyphs that inspire them, I sometimes pile them with leaves and ash before placing them in the kiln. As I work, I'm engaged in conversations that span millennia, allowing myself to listen and respond to the work of artisans that lived in the distant past."Living in North Carolina in 1966 with no particular interest in pottery, Ann Schunior visited Seagrove, N.C., a home Jugtown Pottery and generations of country potters. Seeing the growth of a pot from a lump of clay to a large urn sparked her imagination. She sees herself as a craftsperson more than an artist, making objects to be used and enjoyed everyday in the home. Ann has traveled extensively in Africa, Central and South America and Central Asia, meeting traditional potters and weavers. As an outgrowth of this, she has supported the work of potters from Uzbekistan and South Africa through the Cultural Survival Bazaars and the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe. She has written about traditional potters and weavers worldwide and has published in Studio Potter, HandEye Magazine and the newsletter for Weave A Real Peace (WARP).
"I’ve experimented with a variety of basketry techniques to create my sculptures - coiling and random weave are a couple of my favorites. I often combine these forms with cast pap...er and then paint, collage, and embellish them with found objects. Whether my sculptures are inspired by the world of the goddesses and gods of ancient Egypt, the amazing wildlife in the Pacific Northwest and on travels to other countries, or by treasure hunting in antique and hardware stores for the perfect embellishment, I find great joy in the process of creating each one."Danielle Bodine began her journey into fiber arts as an artist, teacher, and lecturer over 40 years ago. Her unique sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group shows in museums, galleries, colleges, and art centers and included in numerous books and periodicals. She studied at the University of Washington, Bowling Green University, and received a BFA from the University of Michigan in Weaving and Textile Design. She began experimenting with paper after a trip to Japan in 1996, combining it with a variety of basketry and surface design techniques. Her imaginative pieces and installations range in size from 1” to 10’ and always have a story to tell.
"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.
Flying Glass Art
"I love working on animal sculptures, each one emerges with its own character. These sculptures are a nod to the children’s stories of my youth, where it is entirely plausible fo...r a person to have an entire conversation with an animal wearing a waistcoat. I am thrilled that my art allows me to create my own cast of fantastical characters. My bead by bead process is fluid and meditative, allowing a conversation to happen between me and my artwork. This conversation ultimately informs my choice of materials and helps me to clarify the needs of each piece. Using found objects and shiny things as my media, I fulfill my own secret desire to bedazzle the world! "Melanie grew up in Connecticut. She studied costume design and received a BA from SUNY Purchase before later going on to study Fine Art at San Jose State College. She has always considered herself to be a painter and has held jobs and explored hobbies around this talent throughout her life before turning her attention to mosaic several years ago. Her sculpture Old Green Grasshopper (OGG) won the Juror’s Prize in the Museum of Beadwork’s inaugural exhibit Wing & Stings. And her piece Herbert “Ketch” Pollack, Manager of Covid Preserves won First Prize in the show Modern Mosaics: Piece by Piece at The Mills Station Art & Cultural Center. She continues to live and work in San Jose, CA.
Found: in ABQ
"Of course, I am overcome by all of it—this entire world full of wings and things, garden petals drying in books, sticks and stones, fossils and sand, odds and ends of this and th...at. But it is especially the place where the so-called natural world interfaces with the trappings of humanity that inspires my work. Fascinating and collectable gem and mineral specimens, tiny machine nuts and bolts, wings and petals, and acrylic rescued from the waste stream, it all alludes to the human inclination to both worship and exploit nature—to preserve its beauty and obliterate its inconvenience. Clear acrylic angles recall power-lines fragmenting the moving sky. Faceted gems and water smooth granite are like robins chortling in the gutter after a big rain. Multi-layered and multi-colored vitreous enamel surfaces evoke the chimerical character of a desert cityscape. Many of the wings and petals that I use come from this borderland between the city and the wild space. They are cultivated in places like my own backyard garden, lush with hose water. Or, I find them smashed onto the front-end of SUVs, sprouting from sidewalk cracks, and lifeless under streetlights come morning. Many are weeds or agricultural pests—unwelcome in civilization. How do we decide what is precious? There is exquisite beauty everywhere, if you only know how to look."Like you, Jessica deGruyter has always collected the ephemeral—those things that turn to dust in time. From a studio tucked into the back of a rambling garden in Albuquerque, NM, deGruyter works with traditional jewelry making tools and techniques, crafting modern-day curiosity cabinets, meant to display object and to hold space for memory. Her grandmother’s acetylene torch and chasing stamps handmade from rebar remnants inspire her work as much as the strange and lovely found-objects that distinguish it. As a self-taught and self-guided artist, she studies her craft through workshops, books, and experimentation with unusual materials. deGruyter opened her Etsy shop, Found: in Albuquerque, in 2010. Her work has been published in Belle Amore Jewelry Magazine (Winter 2017, Spring 2018), and she was invited to exhibit at the American Craft Council Show in St. Paul, MN for the first time in 2018.
"I work out of my studio in Southern Maryland inspired by the ever-changing natural world of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. I interpret different species of birds, fish, and plants o...n functional and sculptural porcelain forms. Using a mid-range porcelain clay body I throw or handbuild my forms. I use carving, mishima (a line is incised into the form which is then filled with a colored slip. The excess is scraped away to reveal a fine line) and sgraffito (the form is painted with a black slip, the image is created by carving away the black to reveal the white clay body.) techniques to create the drawing. Slip-trailing might be applied before bisque firing. After the bisque firing the interior of the forms are glazed with teal, black or clear glaze and fired to cone 6. "Shirley Gromen received her BFA in from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) and her MFA in ceramics from The Ohio State University. She worked many years as a graphic designer before returning to working in clay. She has shown her work nationally and participated in the ACC Baltimore Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. She is on the board of Scope Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA and shows there monthly.
Hannah Niswonger Ceramics
"In both my sculptural and functional work, animals serve as metaphors: as characters in tiny dramas; as reminders of our impact on a fragile planet. Through years of observational ...drawing of plants and animals, my work is a celebration of the richness of the environment around us, and a call for protection of that diversity. "Hannah holds an MFA in ceramic sculpture from Alfred University and a BA from Wesleyan University. Her recent work builds on a lifelong love of pattern and image, incorporating painting and printmaking into functional ceramics. She exhibits in regularly in galleries and juried craft shows, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art Show, Smithsonian Craft Show and CraftBoston, where she received the Award of Distinction. She is a co-founder and director of Pots On Wheels, POW! a collaborative, mobile education project. She regularly teaches ceramics at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, and lives in Melrose, Massachusetts with her husband, three kids, one dog and two rabbits.
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.
"A child’s untamed imagination can create a new and exciting world out of a single object. The combination of an uncorrupted point of view, a strong imagination, overflowing curio...sity, and the desire to push boundaries creates a very special mindset particular to children. The adult world, by contrast, restrains the formerly infinite imagination by imposing responsibilities and practical concerns. Society puts limits on the way we as individuals can perceive things, and as an artist I am interested in expanding those confines. Inspired by the perspective of childhood, I seek a sort of regression to a childlike state of mind, so that I can create and explore a place beyond these boundaries. In my sculptural clay objects, I often include figures in fantastical situations and imaginary worlds. Though the facial expressions of the figures evoke the imagery of childhood, the bodies are adult, suggesting the remnants of the child within the grownup. The coexistence of innocence and experience within one being has an unsettling effect; viewers are made uncomfortable as the whimsical gives way to the darkly bizarre. Bright colored surfaces attract the eye initially, drawing the viewer into the scene in anticipation of a new experience. However, on looking closer, the viewer faces unpleasant and unexpected movement, actions, or expressions in the figures; he or she must make sense of these anomalies within the rules and restrictions imposed by the experience of adulthood. It is my hope that by combining so many elements of a child’s imagination with those of the adult world –replete with the darker emotions that characterize it– I will create a space for each viewer to have a unique and personal introspective experience. "Originally from South Korea, Kyungmin earned her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia in 2012 and her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2008. Currently, Kyungmin is an Assistant Professor of 3D studio Art at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. Park was a long-term resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana where she earned 2014-2015 Matsutani Fellowship and 2015-2016 Windgate Fellowship. Park has won multiple awards; her most recent recognition being from the National Council on Education the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) for, which granted her the 2016 Emerging Artist of the Year Award; Ceramics Monthly Magazine also gave her that same designation in 2015. Kyungmin was invited as a 2017 Guest Artist at the Jingdezhen International Studio in Taoxichuan Ceramic Park, Jingdezhen, China and One of the exhibitions, 74th Scripps College Ceramic Annual show in 2018 was features in LA Times. She is a seasoned artist and has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most notably at: the Aqua Art Miami Basel, SOFA Chicago, Scripps College Ceramic Annual, Claremont, Ca, Penland School of Crafts in NC, Arrowmont School of Arts in Gatlinburg, TN, Museum of Arts and Science in Macon, GA, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn, AL, A.I.R Vallauris, France along with a multitude of galleries, including: Belger Arts Center, Cerbera, The Clay studio, Duane Reed, Eutectic, Kolva-Sulivan, Lacoste, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Lillstreet Art Center, Morean Art Center, Signature galleries, to name a few.
"A weaving background, boosted by traditional artisan skills of gold leaf gilding and conservation bookbinding, combined with a modern graphic approach defines the one-of-a kind tex...tiles I make in my studio. Believing that handwork is a great counter to an increasingly tech oriented world, I circle back to move forward in a contemporary environment by fabricating pieces for everyday use with a minimalist approach. The process includes freehand drawing, unusual combinations, a craftsman’s stash and some improvisation to create designs characterized by line, color, texture and the tactile dimensionality unique to fiber. My recent work is part of an ongoing series preserving fleeting moments in the natural world with a witty take. "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/designer 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 highlighting embroidery, simply titled CLOTH, were introduced in 2020. An ongoing project, they are a parallel diaristic adventure in fiber.
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.
"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.
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.
Simple Journey 365 Pottery
"I am interested in pottery that brings joy to our daily life. Objects that are functional, versatile, represent the beauty of nature and fun things that we encounter on a daily bas...is. My works are highly decorated with colorful brush paintings and Chinese calligraphy."June Lee was born in Hong Kong and moved to the U.S. while she was 17. June was introduced to clay from Wellesley High School while she was 18. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University, however, it's her dream to pursue for her happiness of being an artist (and a teacher.) In 2009, she started her clay journey at Mudflat Pottery School as a student. In 2019, June became a full-time studio artist and faculty member - it was her real dream comes true. She teaches multiple community kids clay classes, after-school clay at a local elementary school, as well as beginning wheel classes for adults. It's her passion to share her joy of clay to others.
"My interest in animals stems from a childhood longing for companionship. Making animal figures began as a comfort and has evolved into a way to explore my deep love of animals whil...e also experiencing my connection to them. I work primarily with high fire porcelain and white stoneware. My formation process is mostly additive, whereby I form the parts with my fingers and attach them to the body of the piece. Larger pieces are formed as a solid figure and then hollowed out. My goal is to make a figure that looks as if it could be real. I believe we are a part of nature, not the rulers of it. Through my artwork I hope to help people to experience the beauty and magic of the natural world. I also hope to challenge and inspire people to confront environmental issues and to work to preserve nature and wildlife habitat."Alice Templeton is a Boston based potter and sculptor who has been working with clay for over 25 years. She has been a resident artist at Mudflat Studios in Somerville, Massachusetts since 2012. Alice has had her hands in clay since being inspired by a potter as a young child. Alice went on to study art and biology while pursuing her BA in psychology at Smith College. Alice is inspired by nature and the world around her. These experiences build on her love of the natural world and fascination with natural patterns and details. Her work is available at Mudflat Gallery and at Ward Maps, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was awarded 3rd prize at NCECA Shimpo Ramen Bowl Show, 2019.
The Art of Crafting Design
"I view the environment in terms of aesthetics and emulate nature’s construct. My most recent work uses principles of small-scale manufacture to evoke facets of the sea. Working... with porcelain, I create plaster molds to cast light fixture globes in the shape of sea urchins, replicas of sand dollars, shells and, most recently, the collection of fish. I have recently moved to a studio that will allow me to expand my repertoire in a variety of genres, including sculptural furniture, home décor, giftables and fine art. "As an artist trained in industrial design, Christine Dentremont’s work explores the intersection of art and function. Born and raised in New York State, her connection with Maine started on summer vacations in the 1980s. Two days after leaving Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., she jumped at the chance to relocate to an island off the coast of Maine and she happily spent the next few years earning her living as a sternman on a lobsterboat. Family and community became a priority. Still, design remained a strong pull. She found herself viewing the environment in terms of form—the waves of the sea, the curve of a hull, the creatures of the deep. Her current body of craft contains visual reflections of her experience living on the coast the past twenty- two years.
"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.
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 of the Women's Jewelry Association/Boston.
Yun Gee Bradley Art
Yun Gee Bradley
"When I work with hanji I become intimate with this paper so much that I know its temperament and it tells me which way is best to shape and lay it on or tells me what it does not l...ike. It’s so soft but also quite tough. Both character traits that I love about my friends. The process of using tweezers to pull each strand of paper to create outlines or shapes little by little and watch it taking shape is so meditative and I have never felt as much joy as when I am working on paper. "Yun Gee Bradley played with Hanji paper and developed her own technique. She calls it “Paper is my brush” because that’s what she does – paint with paper. She uses paper and glue and nothing else—no paint or pen, and usually without scissors. Using tweezers, she pulls each tiny fiber from the paper and glues it to her project. Even though it takes a long time, she finds herself merging with the paper in a beautiful, creative meditation which fills her with peace and wonder.