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Holiday 2020

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Presented by The Society of Arts + Crafts

November 12 – December 31 | entirely online

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Bonnie Bishoff + J.M. Syron
"In our collaborative work we study the intersection of two aspects of a piece and the power of that meeting place. In this union we learn more about the essence of each aspect as it joins and opposes the other. This could be two different materials or different colors or textures. We experiment with ideas of balance, challenge, and multiple points of view with small and large sculptural objects. We explore pattern and form, with patterns reflecting the exuberance of life force and growth in all its iterations, and form defining the beauty of structure and supported interrelationships. We choose and transform specific materials to create tactile and curious objects. We aim to create work that projects an expansive notion of art and creative pursuit to be shared by the wearer with the world. "Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syron have been collaborative artists for 33 years. Initially as furniture makers they explored the use of polymer as a decorative surface and illuminated form. Their work now focuses on sculptural objects and art jewelry, combining polymer, their own original fabricated metal surfaces and armatures, and wood. Their exhibitions range from galleries in the United States and abroad to fine craft shows with the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Museum exhibitions have included the Peabody Essex, The Museum of Art and Design in New York and the permanent collection of the Racine Art Museum.... See profile
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A Cut Above Design131

Stephen Strout
"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. ... See profile
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Megan Auman
"My work is a study in contrasts, a balance between beauty and toughness, between the elegant and the industrial, and between boldness and comfort. Nowhere is this more apparent than in my Contra Collection, where I juxtapose black and white dendritic opal against welded steel settings and chain. As an artist, I am interested in exploring endless variation under constraint. Limiting myself to one shape, one simple color palette, one stone gives me the freedom to explore countless ideas."Megan Auman designs jewelry that is bold enough to make a statement but easy enough to wear everyday. She combines her signature welded steel links with stones sourced on her travels to India to create one of a kind statement pieces that work with everything from jeans and a t-shirt to your favorite little black dress. Megan received her BFA from Syracuse University and her MFA from Kent State University. She currently lives and works in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, a small town about 90 miles west of Philadelphia.... See profile
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Bela Monde130

Lisa Limer
"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.... See profile
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Cat Haus Designs109

Cat Manolis
"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.... See profile
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Coywolf Studio120

Ian Buchbinder
"I strive to create unique and beautiful things that are as much of a joy to use as they are to make."
Ian Buchbinder seeks to create lighthearted, joyful ceramics that are sturdy enough to be a part of your daily routine. He finds endless fascination in process and repetition and enjoys discovering subtle ways to refine his craft. The "Astronaut Animal" series and the "Fossil" series are part of his current mission to explore the meeting place between his illustrations and his pottery. Each of Buchbinder's pieces is handmade either on the potter's wheel or from clay slabs. Once the pieces are fired, he paints designs onto each one by hand, ensuring that no two pieces are exactly alike. In avoiding stencils and stamps, he gives his designs room to grow organically while staying true to the overall theme. Ian Buchbinder received his BFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. During his time at RISD, Buchbinder focused heavily on both functional pottery and illustration. After graduating, he worked under Dwo Wen Chen of Three Wheel Studio in Providence, Rhode Island. After three years at Three Wheel Studio, he left to open his own business under the name Coywolf Studio.... See profile
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Dawn Lombard - Glass & Metal74

Dawn Lombard
"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 transformed. 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. ... See profile
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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.... See profile
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DMG Designs98

Danielle Gerber
"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 gave 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.... See profile
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Kathleen Dustin
"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 material 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. ... See profile
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Fair Winds Jewelry126

Barb Baur
"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 traditional 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.... See profile
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Rosario Garcia
"My work is inspired in nature, mixing organic forms with some contemporary lines. My goal is to create a type of jewelry that personalizes the wearer and is used as a form of artistic expression. My technique is a combination of ancient and modern elements and I work with sheets of gold, cutting, sawing, forging, and soldering. My materials are 18k and 22k gold, and natural stones. "Rosario Garcia is an award-winning goldsmith who began her career at a very early age in her native country Cuba, born as a second-generation metalsmith. She currently lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, sharing her life and career with her husband Enrique Garcia, another talented jeweler. Their work is made entirely by hand in high-karat gold and the influence of their travels across the world gives it an interesting touch of different cultures. They are distinguished by a technique that mixes ancient and contemporary elements in a very distinctive way. All this has given them the honor of being awarded with important international and national awards including the MJSA Vision Award and Saul Bell Design Award.... See profile
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Geoff McKonly Furniture78

Geoff McKonly
"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. ... See profile
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Duncan Gowdy
"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. ... See profile
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Hetty Friedman Designs119

Hetty Friedman
"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 fabric. 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.... See profile
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HOLZKOPF Pepper and Salt Mills73

Detlev Hundsdoerfer
"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 reliable 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. ... See profile
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Hughes-Bosca69

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 artistic 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.... See profile
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JShaw Furniture Design122

Jesse Shaw
"Often, when we view wood sculptures and furniture, our eyes marvel at the wonderful surface of the wood. However, when specific woods are illuminated from behind, a hidden inner beauty is awakened. The grain glows warm, revealing the veins of the tree. This is when we are able to see into the inner beauty of the tree. My work is inspired both by the curves of nature and the great craftsmen & designers throughout history. I have been designing and creating hand-made heirloom wood furniture and lighting in the greater Boston area for fifteen years. With a focus on design and uncompromising quality, I understand that building great furniture requires time, patience, attention to detail, and quality materials. These ingredients go into every piece I craft, so everything is original and built to stand the test of time."Jesse Shaw, the founder of JShaw Furniture Design, is a renowned wood craftsman and furniture designer. He graduated from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME, where he was awarded a fellowship that enabled him to hone his woodworking and design skills under the tutelage of the master craftsmen who taught there. While continuing his studies in furniture design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, he furthered his education in Italy, training with notable craftsmen and designers in Milan. After receiving his MFA, Jesse became the lead furniture designer for Currey & Company in Atlanta, GA, where he had the opportunity to travel internationally, working with furniture factories worldwide. In 2016, he made guest appearances on the PBS television show, Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac. The Boston-based master craftsman has taught woodworking classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE), the Eliot School of Applied and Fine Art in Jamaica Plain, and Tufts Museum School. His work has been displayed in numerous exhibits, galleries and museums, including the Wharton Esherick Museum, the SCAD Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection and the Fitchburg Museum. He has devoted his career to elevating wood craftsmanship and furniture design to a higher level of art, and to making museum-quality pieces available to everyone.... See profile
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K. Allison Ceramics101

Kimberly Allison
"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 pursuing 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.... See profile
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Lisa B. Evans Ceramics107

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 dynamic 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.... See profile
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Lori Kaplan Jewelry81

Lori Kaplan
"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/Roman & 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. ... See profile
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Claudia Mills
"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 individually-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.... See profile
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Miss Fitt & Co.134

Wendy Allen
"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 felting 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.... See profile
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Muffy Young Handweaving88

Muffy Young
"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, and 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.... See profile
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Amy Nguyen
"Layer upon layer I dye, with materials from the earth and humanity, paying attention to the science and chemistry necessary for enduring practices. Pattern upon pattern, I stitch what I feel, based on my human experience and the capacity of resilience and plasticity. I construct my textiles to reflect the evolving world in which I live and which lives in me, where forms of strength and fragility and hues of movement and stillness exist. In the abundant space between the polarity of these worlds, I am exposed to an elusive still point where everything becomes one."Amy Nguyen’s life work is at the intersection of mind, body, and material. She brings together line, shape, color, form, and pattern into her fine and functional textile art with firsthand knowledge of the capacity of natural materials and curiosity of the human body. She integrates movement and stillness, creating layers of sensory experience to those who come into contact with her clothing and surroundings. Through her hand, a strong sense of flow and possibility are imbued into her work. Honoring age-old tradition along with shared human experience and vision is integral to Amy’s work. She has studied with textile masters from all over the world and brings these roots together with an understanding of mindfulness and body movement through many years of practice and training in meditation, tai chi, and qigong. Amy initially pursued a degree in marine biology, connecting with the colors and patterns of nature, and obtained her degree in studio art. She went on to take formative classes at Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts + Crafts in shibori, katazome, and roketsuzome. After traveling to Japan where she observed the fundamental integration of mind, body, and material, her creative path further aligned with her mind/body practice. In 2005, Amy began exhibiting her textile art and has been acknowledged and received awards from the American Craft Council, CraftBoston, Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show, Smithsonian Craft Show and Ornament Magazine. She has been featured in numerous publications and has guest lectured and led workshops at venues and institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She lives and works from her studio in the historic arts community of Fort Point, Boston with her husband Ky and their dog, Kuma. ... See profile
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Nicholas Yust Fine Metal Art150

Nicholas Yust
""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.... See profile
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Rachel Shimpock147

"No food is safe! I take my favorite foods and plate them in copper using chemistry and electricity, then either gold plate with 18k gold or use powder glass enamel that I fuse in a 1,300-degree kiln. I strive to immortalize and elevate comfort foods into the realm of jewelry. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind object created with art, love, and electricity! Now you can eat it AND wear it!!"Born and raised in Southern California by two teacher parents I have always been supported in my artistic weirdness. My parents always encouraged me to go after my passions...well, I love art and I love to eat! The inspiration for this body of work was a hard time in my life when I was living in my car for 6 months. All I wanted then was my mom's grilled cheese sandwich. Then I wanted a memento about grilled cheese that could make me feel better by just looking at it. I thought to myself, "we make medals for accomplishments, why not for food?" So, I combined my metalsmith and cooking skills and came up with plated food that looks real and will last forever. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and takes hours if not days to form a plated copper shell around it. Most of the food inside is removed by fire, but I like to believe the essence of the food is always inside.... See profile
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Gretchen Romey-Tanzer
"I make use of the process of weaving to create my art. The pieces are fully designed and drawn out with colored pencils and watercolor paints on graph paper. I design the structure of the cloth to be woven based on my color sketches. I set the loom up and weave the cloth to my design. I also give myself permission to modify and change the idea in mid stride to take a path that seems more interesting. My finished pieces are generally framed for a more formal presentation. Larger pieces are treated as tapestries and are hung on the wall. The finished pieces have abstract color-field qualities. The work reflects my interest in the design principles of the Bauhaus and early Modernist art. "Gretchen Romey-Tanzer started weaving on a LeClerc floor loom in 1972. She then went on to earn a B.F.A. from the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.F.A. from Indiana University. She also studied in Finland and Canada where her interest in woven and constructed textile design matured. Her works are in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, as well as numerous private collections. Her weaving has been acknowledged for its merit from the American Craft Council, the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Most recently she had her first museum exhibition at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, Massachusetts. Locally, her work is on display at the Tanzer Weaving Studio and Gallery in Brewster, MA.... See profile
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Seth Michael Studio138

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 important 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.... See profile
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SevenHillsBindery87

Judith Cohen
"I am a traditionally-trained bookbinder offering a range of albums, hand-sewn journals, and various types of boxes, which combine beauty, fine craftsmanship, and practicality. In studying the historic structures of books, I have found certain techniques that have practical applications in my more contemporary and creative work. For example, the stitching used in the 3rd-Century Coptic journals works well today because it allows the journals to lie absolutely flat for writing and sketching. I have collected gorgeous papers from around the world for years and I also collaborate with my husband, who is an artist, on our own papers painted in my studio. "In her early twenties Judith got a job at a rural bindery doing the hand sewing for books that couldn't be machine bound. She fell in love with the work and decided to become a bookbinder. Life took a bit of a different path and she had 3 children and became a high school French teacher, all the while taking courses at the New York Center for Book Arts and becoming an apprentice to a binder in Los Angeles, her hometown. After her children were all out of college, Judith was accepted at the North Bennet St. School in Boston, the country's oldest trade school which emphasizes fine crafts and traditional techniques. Her first job was at Widener Library at Harvard where she repaired old books and made boxes for books too frail to repair. Eventually wanting something more creative, she started SevenHillsBindery. The bookbinding program at NBSS has students learn how to make a facsimile of the first book ever made and then proceeds through history, making every different form and style of book. This is what has given her the inspiration for her 3rd-Century Coptic journals, the 16th-Century Italian Longstitch journals and the small travel journals, based on popular 16th- and 17th-century girdle books. Judith also enjoys doing custom work for people, who are always welcome to visit her studio. ... See profile
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Stamped Earth Ceramics77

Paula Shalan
"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 recent 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.... See profile
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Tamar Navama Jewelry80

Tamar Navama
"My bold, postmodern jewelry offers hints of its organic origins. My pieces manipulate, reproduce, and highlight natural materials through traditional and technologically-driven processes. 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. ... See profile
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Vilma Mare Baltic style143

Vilma Mare
"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 art 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… ... See profile
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Sam Woehrmann
"Gemstones and precious metal lured me into jewelry making. The vibrant or subtle colors of gems, the inclusions within a stone, and the richness of gold inspires me to make wearable art to adorn the body. "Sam studied metalsmithing and jewelry design at the Revere Academy in San Francisco and has studied under many artists in a variety of workshops. He also studied gemology at the Gemological Institute of American in Southern California. He launched his first collection of designs in 2010 and has been featured in galleries and at shows throughout the country.... See profile