Janet Francoeur is our resident artist. She and her husband Michael founded Carolina Creations in 1989. They sold the gallery in 2017 to Virginia Spencer but the gallery continues to sell their paintings and pottery.
Janet was born and raised in southern Michigan. She received a BA in drawing and printmaking from Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan. While in Michigan Janet concentrated on Architectural renderings in ink. The couple left Michigan in 1983 for an adventure in Aspen, Colorado, while there she started adding color to her ink drawings. After 6 years water won out and they started on a journey that took them from San Diego, Galveston Texas, to the Florida Keys where they told someone what they were looking for in a new home. "We want a place that is on its way but hasn't gotten there yet." "Try New Bern" was the answer. So they did.
They arrived in New Bern and were welcomed by the community. Janet started doing drawings of the churches, waterfront and homes in the historic district. Again experimenting with adding watercolor to her ink drawings she soon started working in watercolor more and more. They purchased and renovated a home in the historic district and wanting to put their stamp on it Janet began to make tiles, which led to developing an entire line of functional and decorative pottery called "Celebration Pottery."
As the years went on and the business grew they purchased and renovated the building the gallery is currently in at 317 Pollock Street.
As business grew, so did Janet's use of different mediums. Ink, watercolor, clay, now she also works in acrylics and oils.
Janet's prints of New Bern scenes can be seen in many offices in the area, and is a favorite gift and souvenir of the area. Her Celebration Pottery pieces make wonderful gifts for weddings, graduations and anniversaries, and she regularly customizes them by adding names and dates or she can design a piece just for you.
Janet is the recipient of the NC Emerging Artists Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the New Bern Chamber of Commerce, First Annual Bernie Award for Outstanding artist from the Craven County Arts Council, Downtown Council Member of the Year from the Chamber of Commerce , Main Street Champion of the Year from the NC Main Street Program and the NC Department of Commerce Office of Urban Development. While owner of Carolina Creations the gallery was chosen as one of the top 25 American Craft Galleries in the US and repeatedly won the Readers Choice Awards for Best Place to Buy Art and Best Place to Buy Gifts from the New Bern Sun Journal. Through the years she has been active in the redevelopment of our downtown, in the New Bern Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Council, the MSD board and other groups.
Luke Adams and his brother Mark work together in their glass studio. Luke received a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from The Massachussetts College of Art and has attended Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Penland School of Crafts.
The tools and techniques we use today are much less the same as those developed in Venice, Italy over 1000 years ago and require years of practice. The glass heated to 2000 degrees, is stretched, and blown into shape. "As and artist, I have always been inspired by the power of fire and excited by the endless possibilities of color."
Anna Balkan grew up in the Ukraine, where the culture was gray and resourcefulness was a necessity. "I've never had any preconceived notions of which colors go together. Because I lived in a world that was so drab, I thought all color was beautiful." Anna immigrated to the U.S. as a political refugee in 1992 at the age of 20, alone, unable to speak the language, and with barely enough money to survive.
Over a period of time, Anna's trust in herself and her tenacity enabled her to pursue her dream. Today, Anna Balkan Jewelry is a successfully growing business dedicated to the unique woman. Each piece of Anna Balkan Jewelry is a reminder to celebrate life and its beautiful moments.
Brenda Behr’s representational paintings combine her eye for detail with a heart that captures the essence of her subject. She prefers painting from life or on location, but is equally comfortable painting from photos. “I am not one to make photographic images of my subjects; I want to breathe life into them with my paint, whether they be people, landscapes or landmarks,” she explains.
Brenda is one of those blessed individuals who has found a way to build a life around the things she loves most — painting and travel..
It’s no wonder Brenda likes to travel. Born in Charles City, Iowa, she was only three when the United States Air Force shipped her family off to England. At the age of nine, she received private oil lessons at the base hobby shop in the Philippine Islands. When her dad retired from the military in the early 1970’a, her parents dropped sail in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Painting is Brenda’s second career. Thinking it a more sure way to make a living with her art, she earned her B.F.A. in Communication Arts and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University. For almost 33 years, the advertising hub of Minneapolis was where the artist honed her visual communication skills through graphic design and art direction. Painting was never too far away, although, she admits now, she was pretty much a Sunday painter in Minnesota. In 1976, she enrolled in an oil figure painting class at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. At the same art school in 1981, she began to study watercolors. Her continuing studies of both watercolors and oils have included workshops with nationally known painters including the late Robert E. Wood, Cheng-Khee Chee, Frank Webb, Charles Reid, Albert Handell, and Susan Sarback. In 2003 Brenda moved “home” to Goldsboro to care for her aging mother, and the new course of her life was set. She now works full time as a professional fine artist, selling her works through the galleries that represent her.
Susan Miller Bradbury is an artist who resides in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in the Roanoke Valley. She began her career after graduating from Radford University in 1986, with a BA specializing in Graphic arts.
Her first love was that of pastels...in which she honed her skills doing portraits of people and pets. Later, after raising her family, she decided to take a dive into unchartered waters...acrylics. This was quite daunting as it had been quite a while since using the paintbrush; however, after picking up the paintbrush and diving in...she was hooked. Now, she loves the medium of acrylics as well as oils and is on her way to expressing herself more and more through acrylic and oil mediums...enjoying the luminosity achieved through layer and layer of transparent pigments.
Like glass, the waters around us share amazing traits:
Fragility, luminescence, transparency.
These qualities enhance light and shadows while revealing breathtaking characteristics.
Copper has been used for thousands of years, initially for artistic purposes, later in more practical applications. Copper in its simple, metallic form, is extremely malleable and easy to work with. Copper Oxide, CuO, on the other hand, shows some interesting reactions when heated. After much experimenting, I found out that a mixture of clear glass powder and Copper Oxide, sifted between two sheets of clear glass and fired to a temperature of approximately 1480-1500 degrees Fahrenheit, produced beautiful blue bubbles. I further experimented with different ratios of Oxide to glass powder, thus I was able to make darker, larger bubbles when more Copper Oxide was used. Since I wanted a stronger contrast between light turquoise and dark blue, I added a small amount of Cobalt Oxide, being able to introduce a more Royal blue. The released Oxygen, giving the glass not only an interesting color effect but also textural interest.
I was happy to be able to create different colors and sizes of bubbles, yet in my mind the images of motion or currents were missing. Trying to stay in the copper theme, I stripped some electrical wire, separated the tiny copper strands, shaped them into swirly forms and inserted them between the glass. I highlighted some of those shapes in a second, low firing by adding frit and shards of glass.
After these two initial firings, the glass was returned to the kiln to be shaped into bowls.
My background of teaching Chemistry has truly served me well in this quest for more unique ways to work with glass.
Karen Buglovsky started sewing when she was 12 years old. Her first dress was made on her grandmother's sewing machine. Little did she know that that dress would be the first of hundreds of garments she would make. These garments ranged from bathing suits to business suits. Her 30 year business career left her with very little time to sew. Now that she has retired, she has gotten back to what she loves.....sewing! Karen is the owner of "Buggy Bags". Although the crossbody bags seem small, there are many pockets for carrying her valuables.
Bill Campbell has been a potter for over 30 years. Across the country, his porcelain is admired for its spectacular color and elegant, crisp forms... each piece maintaining some of the energy of its creator. The glazes dance with surprising vibrancy in unexpected patterns. Functional pots become little moments of celebration within the day to day routine.
My motive in making pottery is not terribly noble. I am merely try to cause a little celebration in everyday living. You can't imagine what I feel when my customers tell me how much they enjoy using one of my pots in their daily routine.
Chris Campbell has been a Studio Potter in Raleigh, North Carolina since 1991. Born in Canada, she attended Ryerson College in Toronto, . She worked in oils and water color before she discovered pottery.
In 1991 she attended a colored porcelain workshop taught by Jane Pieser, a famous Colored Clay Artist. She was captivated by the process and has spent the years since then experimenting with colors and patterns while defining her own style. Her main body of work is created using the Nerikomi(e) process.
She uses her adaptation of the Skinner Blend technique to create her color palette. The intuitive ease and simplicity of this process broadens the scope of colored clay so it can become more immediate, fluid and dynamic.
Over the years, Chris has studied design theory, surface treatments and firing techniques with such well known clay artists as Kathy Triplett, Rimas VisGirda, Linda Arbuckle, Steve Howell, Ben Owen III, Lana Wilson, Pete Pinell, Vince Pitelka, Ro Mead and Cynthia Bringle.
Her beautiful artwork is sold in fine Galleries across the United States. Her artwork is included in many fine private and public collections including the SAS Institute, North Carolina State University and Clayworks Australia, the manufacturers of Southern Ice Porcelain.
Yes- there is a Charlotte and she has 2 daughters, Jean and Ann.
What began years ago as a hobby to prevent empty nest syndrome, has turned into a cottage industry success. When our children began high school, we decided that it was time to treat ourselves to some quality “me” time. We began taking stained glass classes and quickly discovered a passion for creating with glass.
Our art glass studio is located in Morehead City, NC; an area also know as the "Crystal Coast" on the southern Outer Banks. We are inspired by our beautiful surroundings.
We design in 3 venues. Using multiple glass kilns, we blend and shape compatible colored glasses to create the majority of our designs. We also create using copper foil (Tiffany style) and traditional leaded stained glass panels. Using all 3 methods we have created custom architectural pieces for interior designers and contractors.
Whether it is a sun catcher dancing in the window, a leaded panel propped up on the bookcase or wind chimes and garden themes in fused glass, the sisters hope you enjoy their glass art for many years.
Since 1975, Victor Chiarizia has explored many facets of glassmaking, including blown, flameworked, cast, etched, and sandblasted. Chiarizia’s sculpture works express his thoughts about life, growth, and renewal in art glass comprised of two distinctive techniques – hot glass and flameworked glass with vitreous fired-on enamels. Profound images from Chiarizia’s Italian-American background coupled with a boundless imagination give an earthy yet surreal style to much of his sculptural work.
Chiarizia’s glass is well-known for its technical innovations, organic forms, and spirited colorations. His most acclaimed work includes “The Botanicals,” a series of sculptures with flameworked glass which is treated with multiple applications of enamels to give luster and luminosity to the vines, blossoms, fruit, human hands, and other elements that cling to amorphous hot glass vessels. “The Legends and Icons” series also incorporates these techniques along with cast glass elements representing mythical, spiritual or cultural characters which are nestled into lush, clinging vines or exotic ancient tombs. Through their vivid imagery, this body of work illustrates the eternal cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
Chiarizia also creates limited-edition vessels and sculptures which demonstrate an exceptional use of incalmo, a 500-year-old Venetian technique that requires the artist to create cup-shaped vessels which are then connected to one another on the blow pipe. Incalmo and reverse incalmo are complex and physically demanding processes for even the most experienced glassblowers. Chiarizia uses this technique to produce large vertical and diagonal bands of color within a vessel. Chiarizia also creates various blown glass series of vessels and sculptures; some revealing deeply organic textures and others in lively colorations.
Paul Counts has been an accomplished glass artist since completing his formal arts education in 1985. He received his B.A. in Glass/Ceramics from Cal State Fullerton University in 1983 followed by his M.A. in glass in 1985 from the same university. After graduating with his degrees from Cal State Fullerton, he worked as a production glass blower for several studios in California. He has continued his studies over the years with several well known national and inernational glass artists including Dick Marquis at Haystack School of Crafts in 1990 and with Lino Tagliapietra in 1991 also at Haystack School of Crafts.
Currently in addition to producing quality hand blown glass art, he is a part time college instructor of freehand drawing in 2D Design.
Judith Cutler has a background in fine art and graphic design. She received a
Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pennsylvania State University. As a college
student she began a lifelong love of abstract expressionism. Elaine
deKooning was one of her early teachers. She worked as a corporate
designer for more than 20 years with IBM, Holiday Inn, and Oakland
University, Rochester Hills, MI. Returning to fine arts, she began using
pastels as a painting medium, along with mixed-media and acrylics.
Her joy of the creative process and experimentation are key factors in the
development of artworks. Whether it’s realistic or abstract paintings,
inspiration comes from the natural world.
The Pastel Society of America designated Judith a Signature member (2003)
and a Master (2007). She is a Master Circle member (2009) of the
International Association of Pastel Societies, a Southeastern Pastel Society
Member of Excellence, and a member of Piedmont Pastel Society, and North
Carolina Pastel Society.
Her work has been shown at the Butler Institute of American Art; National
Arts Club, NYC; Peale Museum, Baltimore; Oglethorpe University Museum of
Art, Atlanta; and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, among others.
She has received national and international awards and been published
multiple times in the Pastel Journal.
Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Judith is currently living in New
Be still and just breathe…as often as you can.`
Janet is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. After living for thirteen years in Delaware where she began her art career, she moved to Greenville, NC in 1998. While living in Greenville, Janet taught in her studio and in surrounding arts centers. She was instrumental in starting Brushstrokes, a group of Greenville artists who work in the community. Janet and her husband moved to New Bern, NC in July 2011, where she continues her work and community.
Joe Friel is a New Bern, NC wood carver who specializes in birds.
This jewelry was designed and created by Constance in her New England studio. She earned her B.F.A. in sculpture, which is evident in the intricate detail of each piece. Constance's jewelry designs have appeared in Vogue, Bazaar, and "W" magazines, in addition to The New York Times.
Bill is a graduate of Davidson College and Moravian Theological Seminary and renewed his interest in drawing as he approached retirement in the early 1990’s. He works with chalk pastels and began doing street festivals in 1996, mostly in North Carolina and has taught pastels at the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts in Winston-Salem. His subject matter is autumn trees, fields of flowers, landscapes, seascapes, and fruit. Bill has displayed his work in North Wilkesboro, Elkin, Yadkinville, Burlington, High Point, Greensboro, Goldsboro, and Winston-Salem. He lives in Lewisville with his wife Sandra.
Vicki Grant was an accomplished architect before she became a well-collected ceramic artist. Her design principles are still clearly evident in her popular sculptural work which feature objects found in nature -- shells, bark, stones, and reeds -- as well as beads, wire, and other found objects. Each one of her wall hangings and three-dimensional pieces are truly unique, inspiring collectors to curate their own groupings for their home or office.
Vicki is a North Carolina Artist.
"I' have always felt the most amazing forms, structure, color and textures are found within nature. Exposure to these elements have been my inspiration and teacher. " - Vicki Grant
Shayne Greco hails from New Jersey. He attended Savannah College of Art and Design, and has lived in the South and on the Southeast coast ever since. Shayne built his business from the ground up and started by showing his work in galleries all over the Southeast, He now sells his work in retail home, art, and design stores all over the U.S. and overseas. Shayne’s talents were honed and nurtured by his teachers, from childhood through college. “I was encouraged as a youth to express creativity through many diverse mediums. From paper mach'e fish while summering on the east coast to pastel drawings of the winter sunrise over the Colorado mountains, I was blessed to be exposed to so many different forms of artistic expression.” Shayne insists his greatest inspirations were his high school art teachers, who truly encouraged him to experiment freely. “They really let me have free reign and encouraged me to experiment in so many different forms. It was the most explosive learning period in my life. My projects ranged from mixed paintings of sliced up canvas, to massive outdoor ceramic sawdust firings (which were a disaster by the way!)” Disaster or not, Shayne learned from every experiment, and his ability to manipulate each individual medium in his own way developed into what is now a successful career. Shayne now a resides in Wilmington NC after moving from Savannah, GA. “I have always appreciated the uniqueness of the coast from the way the sun reflects bright pastel colors to the unusual animal life that surround the beaches. Much of my work in ceramics reflects the distinctive attributes of the ocean.” He says, “I love combining functioning vessels with sculpture. I view the vessel as a base or blank canvas for the sculpture. When asked if there is any meaning behind his work, his response has always been, “My goal is to make an elegant, flowing, beautiful piece of art. There is nothing conceptual about it. If your eyes travel freely around my vessel and never find a stopping point then I have succeeded. Shayne hopes his works of art are used as statement pieces. “Not only can you display them throughout your home, but you can serve from them at your next dinner party! Pour from a seahorse pitcher at your next cocktail mixer. Serve calamari from an octopus bowl! They can be conversation starters as well as functional art.”
Ken and Ingrid Hanson have worked together since their early college years. Although traditional Italian and Swedishglass-blowing techniques inspire them, they employ a bold and innovative color palette to create their unique andcontemporary art glass.
"We constantly strive to evolve our ideas to create unique and exciting works of art in glass. It is the intensity and unpredictability of hot glass that inspires constant change in our work. Through collaboration, we are able share our visions and skills to create one-of-a-kind works of art."
Ken and Ingrid melt sand and other raw materials into glass at temperatures exeeding 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. They gather the molten glass onto blowpipes ,then throught the use of heat, gravity, and centrifugal force, the manipulate the glass into beautiful works of art.
Glass as a medium of self-expression has dominated my artistic endeavors since my self-taught first stain glass piece in the late 70’s. No formal training is a reoccurring theme in the many mediums I work in and have accordingly acquired the many required tools for. My artwork is an attempt to recreate a moment in time, an atmosphere, the feeling of connection with the creatures that inhabit the many emotionally moving moments of time and space I have experienced in daily living and travel. I rarely sketch a work in advance but instead sort of walk into the piece re-creating the moment from deeply ingrained memories and feelings associated with the chosen subject or place. The closer I go into the scene the more I see and record, often discovering that I saw more the first time than I was aware of. Hopefully others, though my art, will re- connect with their forgotten brushes with Nature’s profound beauty.
Elaine Hinchman is a native of North Carolina and a resident of Greenville NC. She is a self-taught artist that started painting at a young age and creates daily. Elaine is not afraid to try something new and is constantly exploring new mediums for fun. She has multiple areas around her home set up for all her art projects and can spend hours lost in a creation.
Her chosen mediums are watercolor and acrylic. Elaine expresses detail in her watercolor and creates commissions of homes, special places, memories and dog portraits for others in a realistic style. Many of her art pieces are of the beach because she is inspired by the waves, beach animals, sunrises and sunsets. The beach has always been her favorite place to visit for some relaxation and you can frequently find her planning a getaway to the beautiful beaches of North Carolina for her art inspiration.
She also enjoys the freedom of abstract painting because she is able to use her imagination to let the colors flow and blend together. Textured paintings are her favorite because they add interest and depth to the painting.
Heart's Desire Jewelry is a New Bern-based boutique design studio single-handedly run by artist, Ann Marie Hodrick. Using responsibly sourced, high quality natural stones and organic elements, Hodrick creates necklaces, earrings and bracelets that not only look good but they make the wearer feel good too.
Each limited edition piece is handcrafted to be functional, wearable, enjoyable art, so that women feel comfortable, confident, and creative when wearing the jewelry. Made by hand to touch your heart and inspire your soul.
At the root of "Hot Skwash by Daria" is Daria's unabashed creative spirit and true love of art. Every original design, new product and innovative idea stems from Daria the young girl, the mother and the designer/entrepreneur.
Daria casually adds another unique piece of life trivia and source of inspiration. “Many don’t know that I also spent a good portion of my youth as a competitive figure skater. Much of what I loved about figure skating was the opportunity to move with beautiful music and wear all the beautiful costumes." Art and creativity was all around this Jersey Girl. The influences can easily be seen in the growing Hot Skwash by Daria collections. Swarovski crystals, fabrics from around the world and De Beers bridal trims are just a few of the ingredients for the luxury brand.
For Daria, art is indeed a representation of life, and she embraces the notion that life has provided her with a large variety of experiences (good and bad) that have contributed to her personal journey and work.
After more than 12 years in a career of designing art through handmade blown glass, Michael Hudson is in the forefront of creating glass objects of desire. As the passionate owner of Hudson Glass, Michael approaches the demands of glassblowing and glass sculpting with excellence in creativity and product design.
While attending Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Michael received a BFA in Art & Design with a Specialization in Glass. His return to Louisville, Kentucky, led him to invest time working in various studios and assisting in the creation of the University of Louisville Glass Program. As the new studio owner, Michael and his staff desire for Hudson Glass to stand for excellence in product design, creativity and pure beauty.
In addition to a BA and MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Washington, NC artist, Pat Holscher, has studied art at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and trained under many nationally recognized artists. Over the years she has been juried into shows throughout the state and received awards ranging from Honorable Mention to Best in Show; most notably, in the North Carolina State Fair Juried Exhibition, Raleigh, NC – First Place Painting, 2002; in the Chapel Hill Regional Exhibition for Women in North Carolina – Juror’s Choice Award, 2000; and in the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s Annual Exhibition – First Place, 2008. Most recently, in May 2009 she was the inaugural Best in Show Permanent Collection Purchase Award-winner at the Regional Juried Art Show in New Bern, NC. Pat is an active Signature Member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, having served as newsletter editor, board member, and President (2001-2002). She has also taught beginning and continuing watercolor classes at Sertoma Arts Center in Raleigh, NC and has served as juror for several art competitions.
National recognition has come with acceptance and awards in many national shows, including the American Kennel Club National Juried Competition, Wichita, Kansas (Best of Breed Award & Best Working Dog Award); the AKC Museum of the Dog Exhibition, St. Louis, Missouri; the Southern Watercolor Society’s Annual juried competition, (Potomac Valley Watercolor Award and awarded Signature Status); the National Watercolor Society’s Annual Exhibition, Fullerton, California in which she was also awarded Signature Status, and the American Watercolor Society’s Annual International Exhibition, New York, NY in 2003, 2009 ( winning the Gold Medal of Honor), and 2010 (awarded Signature Status).
Her many solo and group exhibitions include, most recently, the Tri-State Art Exhibition at the Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts, an affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC. Pat has done many commissioned paintings for Hatteras Yachts, Inc. in New Bern, NC to grace their yachts and fishing boats, in addition to one for their 1995 Christmas card. She has done promotional art for the East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and designed and painted the background murals for the Estuarine Center in Washington, NC. Pat was chosen as a 2007 finalist in the 24th Annual Art Competition for Artist’s Magazine in the animal art category. One of the highlights of her career was the publication of a painting with an article in the section, “Master Painters of the World – US Showcase” in the October/November 2004 issue of International Artist magazine. Pat was also included in a UNC Public TV Promotion by Bluewater Media in 2009 showcasing Eastern North Carolina and places of interest.
Since 1971, Sausalito Precious Metals, Inc., located on the waterfront in Sausalito, CA, has been home to the Peter James Studio. Their designer, Lyn, is a California native who knew at age 14 that her life's passion was jewelry design. Anxious to exploit her new and innovative techniques, Lyn began working at Peter James in 1974.
Each piece of jewelry is individually handcrafted and no two items are exactly alike. By hand forging and texturing the object with cross peen, ball peen, and anticlastic methods, wire and sheet metals are transformed into wearable works of art.
Once more highly regarded than gold, sterling silver is an essential component in today’s contemporary jewelry designs. Lyn’s style is to combine sterling silver with 14k gold or gold filled to create classic jewelry pieces. Her designs are inspired by the natural beauty of the waterfront, combining lines and forms that evoke an organic and casual elegance with dramatic flair.
The contemporary, timeless designs created at the Peter James Studio are featured exclusively in prominent craft stores, fine galleries and jewelry stores throughout the United States. Every piece of Peter James jewelry is handcrafted at their studio in Sausalito California.
Born and raised in central Illinois, Chuck is a self-taught painter from the age of 6, until he was accepted into the Art Institute of Chicago. He studied fine arts and architectural interior design. Chuck excelled in both career fields, but the studies were preempted by his military service. After serving, Chuck practiced commercial interior design in the Chicago area and then moved to California until 2005. Chuck worked as an interior designer and space planner in office design and later worked for better than 20 years as restaurant designer.
His pieces are all large, and some are multiple canvases.
Chuck now resides in New Bern, NC.
I started my journey into Art at age 15, while studying under Arthur Maynard, an oil painter from Maine. Fast forward to a career at the Library of Congress, in Arts Copyright, where I co-directed the annual Art Exhibit for the LC Professional Association. Later, in Richmond, VA, Watercolor Society painter, Ellie Cox, mentored me, and I give her credit for most of what I know about Color, patience, and the love of painting landscapes. I hold a degree in Art Education, and still love teaching, when I can help artists & individuals explore their creative souls!
Before retiring, and moving to New Bern with my husband, Marty, I taught for 15 years at Charlotte Latin School. I also developed an afterschool & private art workshop business for rising 2nd grade-5th grade students, as well as private classes with older students. Currently, I schedule private to small group workshops in my home studio.
"As an artist, I love to discover beauty in the ordinary and the extraordinary....the serendipity of collage, the strength of abstract shapes, and the serenity of simple landscapes. My inspiration is drawn from the world around me."
New Bern has been the first place my husband and I have "chosen" to live. It's the small hometown I've yearned for since my youth. It's a thriving, artistic, nurturing place to be. I am also grateful my journey has led to Carolina Creations!
"Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life." Pablo Picasso
Audrey Laine Sawyer is a jewelry artist living in Crabtree, NC She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art with concentrations in painting and graphic design. She is a 2010 graduate of Haywood Community College's Professional Crafts program and a 2016 member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. She regularly participates in local and regional craft shows, demonstrating her hand pierced silhouettes and selling her work. Her work is also on display at galleries and boutiques throughout North Carolina.
In 1962, when I was about 6 years old, I started collecting corn silk from our garden and bits of broken glass, saving them in my Dad's cigar boxes. I thought they were like gold and diamonds. Growing up in Europe and the Far East, I continued being enthralled with jewelry. I learned to cut gems in South Korea at a lapidary shop when I was twelve and to cast and construct jewelry shortly after that. My formal education was in Art at several universities, finishing with a Masters of Fine Arts in Goldsmithing from SUNY New Paltz in New York. A couple of weeks after I graduated I was in my first craft show, and haven’t stopped yet. I’ve had the privlege to show my work in nearly every major craft exhibition in the United States (my Mica Pod earrings were chosen to be the logo for the 2010 Smithsonian Craft2Wear exhibition).
For over 30 years I’ve been striving to make what I hope will be your favorite jewelry.
My work has been carried in hundreds of galleries across the country as well as in France and Italy. I am also represented in the book 500 Gemstone Jewels (Lark, 2010), Best of Worldwide Jewelry Artists Vol. 1 (Kennedy 2011) and in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt Museum.
I am most gratified to be in the collections of the thousands of people who have found my jewelry at craft events and have continued to wear it over the years
“My work is a result of many choices made regarding the style of pottery I want to make, the materials I use to produce it, and the techniques employed to carry out the process. There are four particular elements that I use to make my work unique.
First, all forms are produced on the wheel from finest English grolleg porcelain. Once the pieces are finished off and dry, the glazing process begins. A base color is applied, then I spray each piece with an ash based glaze.
To add the final touch of color, each piece gets a splash of copper red glaze; an ancient oriental red glaze which demands constant attention during the firing to achieve the color.
Finally, all of the glazes are applied to raw clay and the pieces are then fired in a single firing process which takes approximately 16 – 18 hours. Applying the glaze directly to raw clay allows the glaze to penetrate the surface more thoroughly, and the process of single firing saves the energy of having to do several bisque firings for each kiln load. I understand that an artists’ reputation is staked upon the quality of there work, and I strive in many ways to maintain a high level.
I sincerely hope that the end product is a piece worthy of your enjoyment for years to come, and that you will look for my work in the future!”
Born in 1977 near Detroit Michigan, Andrew grew up curious with the freedom to explore the outdoors quickly becoming interested in the natural world around him. He displayed a passion for creativity and a clear talent to build. These innate skills developed in his high school metals and jewelry classes, earning him work at a custom jeweler. Soon earning him gold and silver scholastic awards on a national level for his art and designs.
This energy in combination with a scholarship propelled his schooling to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Here Andrew abandon the delicate format of jewelry for the larger scale study of sculpture. However, once exposed to the medium of glass there was no doubt it was the beginning of a life long relationship. “The material holds an excitement I can feel. I see endless possibilities in form, technique, and physical attraction waiting to be discovered.” The fire and soul of hot glass seduced Andrew at once.
His Studies continued at the California College of Art in Oakland/San Francisco and Pilchuck glass school on a full scholarship. Andrew’s profound glass experiences resulted in the opening of Axiom Glass Studio in Detroit Michigan in the year 2000. Here he developed an arena for boundless personal creativity in a 10,000 square foot state of the art facility.
Currently, Andrew is producing all of his original glass works to the highest quality and craftsmanship. His limited edition fine craft and fine art sculpture continue to evolve as his techniques flourish and his ideas expand. Installation and custom commission work are available and collected on a national and international level.
Designs and creates sea glass, pearl and fine silver jewelry.
Nancy McClure is a contemporary artist painting in oils and acrylics. She started her art career at a very young age attending craft classes at the local elementary school in upstate New York. She has always been involved in the arts in some form and medium. She has also experimented with photography, pottery, metalsmithing, jewelry making, mixed media, watercolor, and lampwork glass bead making. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising, in 1978. All of her elective class work was in studio arts. Postgraduate work was at Georgia State University with a concentration in studio art. After relocating to Raleigh, NC she attended Meredith College seeking a second degree in Interior Design. With a lot of gallery work under her belt, she became a partner at ArtSource Fine Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC in 1990. She spends most of her artistic energies painting large-scale abstract paintings, southern landscapes, and seascapes as well as lovely still life's.
Orginally from upstate New York, Alicia moved to Eastern North Carolina in 2016 and is currently residing in the historic city of New Bern.
Art has always been an integral part of Alicia's life. Growing up drawing and painting alongside her father and grandmother was a crucial element in her development. He love of illustrative arts tied to her family heritage.
Simply Divine Details Jewelry started in 2013 by artist Alicia to "make ends meet" while her husband was a full-time med student.
Alicia's passion for are, specifically watercolor, combined with her love of good quality jewelry has evolved into a beautiful brand of wearable artwork-and when we say wearable artwork, we mean actual, original, extemely tiny watercolor paintings! Alicia decided right from the beginning that prints of her art would not do, but that she was up for the challenge of hand painting each piece with the tiniest of brushes and the utmost attention to detail.
When you buy Simply Divine Details Jewelry, you are getting a one-of-a-kind piece, just as unique as you are.
Sara Meadows has been creating her whimsical, lovable “Balloon People” for many years in her studio near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Each of her ceramic sculptures starts as a slab of red clay which is either wrapped around an inflated balloon, draped over a hump mold, or rolled up into a cone to create a variety of forms. These simple shapes are then transformed by Sara into a broad range of subjects including barn animals, cats, dogs, and dragons. Two kiln firings and the application of stoneware glazes complete the transition from clay to finished artwork. Pieces can be displayed outside but should be protected from freezing conditions.
“The Turtle Lady”
Donna is known as “The Turtle Lady” because of her dedication to our local sea turtles. She has been an ambassador and adoptive parent for the threatened Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Caretta caretta, for over 20 years. She began her love for coastal North Carolina Biology while growing up in New Bern and attending New Bern Senior High School. Donna educates the community on environmental issues trying to increase their awareness of these threatened species.
With a BS in Biology/minor in Chemistry from Queens College, Charlotte, NC and a MSPH in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from UNC-Chapel Hill, NC. Donna began her pottery career when she took a pottery class while enrolled at Queens College. All of her pottery is hand-thrown and while some pieces may look similar, all of her pieces are handmade, one-of-a-kind original works of art. Her creations show the purity and joy she feels from her environment and express her passion for sea turtles.
All of her pottery is Dishwasher/Microwave/Lead Free/Oven Safe.
Stephen Moore is an artist known for the color and light quality in his paintings. He is a native of North Carolina. He is a graduate of UNC in Chapel Hill and retired from a thirty four year career in family medicine in 2015. He was taught by Eleanor Seng, a North Carolina artist who studied with Emil Holzhaurer, a student of Robert Henri. Stephen was taught by Eleanor beginning in the fifth grade at a community art center in Burlington, NC.
Stephen has been painting and showing since 1980. Painting interests include European scenes as well as coastal and other North Carolina scenes. He is a landscape painter who paints plein air but works more in the studio currently. He is also interested in portrait, figurative, and still-life genres. He works in his studio in Beaufort NC. He is associated with Artsource Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC, with the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery in Beaufort, NC, Carolina Creations in New Bern, NC and the Village Art Gallery in Oriental, NC. His work is held in the corporate collections of SAS, Jordan and Price Law Firm, Rex Hospital, Family Medical Associates of Raleigh, Hospice in Raleigh, and Duke Raleigh Hospital to name but a few. Numerous private collectors across the state of North Carolina own his work.
Laura Mostaghel realized her desire to become a successfu artist at an early age. As a child, Laura painted, sculpted and attended a variety of academies throughtout the south. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Laura now has her studio and home in Naples/Marco Island, Florida, which she shares with her husband, daughter, and son, along with many pets.
Along with fine art paintings in acrylics and oils, Laura uses clay as her canvas, focusing on tile murals and decorative painted urn vases.
Larura's work in clay is accented with 22 karat gold and kiln-fired four times.
Laura's appreciation of nature and love of animals is reflected in her paintings. She draws upon her surrounds for subject and scenes as well her special inner vision of places and things.
Laura's work centers around themes such as whimsical cats, women in colorful attire, arranged in cozy interiors, or gardens with a European ambience; a magnified aspects of flowers.
Laura's works now are in permanent collections of many celebrity/dignitaries in the states and Europe. Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Elton John, Prince Charles, Clint Eastwood, Paul McCartney are just a few names to mention. She has commissioned works involving the film Secrets of the "Ya-Ya Sisterhood," and Warner Brothers productions , Inc. commissioned four of her paintings to be a permanent set scene for the "Night in Rodanthe."
Our fascination with birds and antique found objects inspired us for this collection. In 1991 original songbird carvings were passed on to us and they decorated Jim's studio for years. In 2006, Jim decided to go through his boxes of old and damaged birds and explore. He combined his love of mixed media with his vast collection of found objects and a new 3-D art form was born. Before we knew it, our feathered friends had become amazingly popular and are a favorite of many collectors. Each bird is hand made in our Florida studio using the old carvings as our models. They are hand painted and then embellished with vintage materials. The unusual relics we use such as croquet balls, binoculars and old toys give each inspiring bird their own personality. From time to time Jim has created other mixed media animals made from a similar technique as the birds. Bunnies, horses and owls have been known to visit our line certain times of the year. Keep an eye out for these unique and inspiring creations. We hope these sculptures give life to the once forgotten pieces of yesterday.
Textile artist Elaine O’Neil grew up in rural Maine, the great-granddaughter of a lighthouse keeper, granddaughter of a farmer, and daughter of an ardent seamstress.
She received a degree in textile design from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, and has shown her work in galleries up and down the East Coast as well as in the mountains of North Carolina.
Elaine regularly does commissions and has created pieces for clients in Russia, England, Greece, Italy, and France, as well as in many states in the U.S.
Her work is also in the collections of many colleges, businesses, and hospitals, on the cover of several books and publications, and she has illustrated two children’s books.
Elaine says of her work, “My artistic process begins with the simple, pure memories of my childhood. I strive to conjure up the essence of those good times and capture them through whimsy and color, stitching them together with a sense of humor and delight. My process begins by approaching each textile collage with a simple sketch. Then through snips and cuts, my scissors, like a painter’s brush,slowly reveal the image. Layer upon layer of fabric, stitched into place using a variety of colors and textures, brings the piece to life. In each piece I create, my hope is to evoke the kind of pleasure and delight of childhood, when life is simple, sweet, and full of endless possibilities.”
American born, Q Evon sold her first piece at the tender age of six and never looked back. A long career as a commercial model and actress allowed her to travel the world, immersing herself in new cultures and sketching designs inspired by the vivid impressions, tastes and textures she experienced.
Turning her passion for jewelry fabrication into a fulltime business in 1996, her first wholesale collection won two first place jewelry industry design awards. Growing her business over two decades to include fine jewelry, museums and one-of-a-kind collections, “Q” continues to push the limits of her designs and evolve as a designer, fine jeweler and metalsmith.
We are handmade pottery fans from New England who bought land in Pinehurst several years before moving here in 2008. We wanted to move to Pinehurst for the quality of life, golf and great weather, but quickly learned about the amazing pottery tradition in North Carolina.
Deborah designs and fabricates her jewelry in her studio in Concord, MA. The studio is located in an artists’ building that is walking distance to the conservation land that provides much of the inspiration for her work. Deborah has a B.A. degree form Wesleyan University where she majored in studio art and minored in education.
She taught art in public secondary schools as a first career. Her focus was three dimensional art, particularly sculpting in clay both on and off the wheel. Over the years she converted her own private pottery studio into that of a metalsmith. She learned production jewelry-making in Wellesley, MA working part-time for Peter Wittman Jewelers.
Her porcelain ornaments easily translated into precious metal jewelry. In order to continue to expand her technical knowledge Deborah has taken workshops with metalsmithing masters Arlene Fisch, Tim McCreight, Michael Good, Betty Helen Longhi and Charles Lewton-Brain.
Deborah’s work is represented nationally in galleries, museum and specialty shops and selected fine jewelry stores. Her jewelry has been featured in various publications, including Boston Magazine.
Donna Robertson began her art career in Kansas City in 1979, where she was an active member of the Greater Kansas City Art Association and received numerous awards and purchase prizes in regional and local shows. She moved to North Carolina in 1989 and with her daughter, also an artist, owned a gallery in Wilmington until 1994. Until 2002, she worked exclusively in watercolor and collage. A non-credit course in the French Impressionists led to an interest in oils, which is her current focus. She has had work accepted in the North Carolina Watercolor Society shows and in shows for women artists of North Carolina -- Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands in Chapel Hill. She has also been represented in the Wilmington exhibition, Artists of Southeastern North Carolina. She is also a member of WPSE, Women Painters of the Southeast.
On creativity -- "I love paint...watercolor, oil, pastel...the whole process of creating. I love the effect of light on color and the constant challenge to grow in any art medium. Art connects me with the deepest aspects of myself and, when it succeeds, it connects me with others.
Norm Robins studied at the Art Students' League in New York and also with Edgar Whitney, considered one of the greatest watercolor teachers of our time. Norm has followed in his footsteps as a teacher and creative artist. In addition, he has taken lessons in Japanese brush painting at the Nippon House with an old Zen Master.
While always involved in art, Robins earned a living as a sign painter and worked on murals and billboards in New York City. Since coming to North Carolina, he concentrates on painting in such mediums as watercolor, gouache, pastels, oils and acrylics.
Robins has exhibited at the Nassau Museum and the National Art League, both in New York; the paintings and photos that he took during the Korean War are hanging in the permanent archives of the Asian Arts Institute in NY. Robins has won numerous awards both in New York and North Carolina, most recent being an award from the Regional Fine Arts Show in Beaufort County. He was also recently commissioned and completed an impressive mural in Stardust, a Morehead City waterfront restaurant. His work has been collected by many banks and collectors throughout the east coast, such as the Home Savings Bank in NC and the First South Bank in New Bern, NC.
As a teacher, Robins feels that his greatest accomplishment is working with and teaching cartooning to at-risk children and watching their creativity develop. Some of Norm's hobbies are making bird houses and painting Hebrew and Oriental Calligraphy. He also enjoys writing musical play with his wife. As Robins states, "I like my art to entertain and go to great lengths to paint and teach creatively."
Mike Rooney is recognized as one of North Carolina's top plein air (outdoor) painters and is represented in East Coast galleries from Cape Cod Massachusetts to Key West Florida. He is also an accomplished workshop instructor holding classes from Maine to Italy, and recently in Cuba for a People to People Cultural Exchange.
Painting in oil and acrylic, Rooney's subject matter varies, but he loves to show the effect of light on water, boats, and the beach environment from the salt marshes of the Atlantic seaboard to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
His methodology is varied and he never follows a set way of starting a painting. He goes outside to paint, without a preconceived method or formula, approaching each painting differently, experimenting to shake things up a little. Each completed painting brings insight for the one to come.
The blurs of color Rooney paints on-site are recognizable as boats, beach houses, and seas and they desire the great outdoors as much as the painter himself.
Matt started designing his own work in the late 1980’s, selling locally. In the mid 1990’s He began exhibiting as an independent artist. Matt has always tried to create work using simple and clean lines. Matt’s Optic Flower bowls and Bottle series are examples of this approach. The bowls use transparent colors and the optic mold to create forms that give the appearance of expansive blooms. His Bottle series redefines the bottle to hold only light, line and color. Malt left Glasslight late in 2003 to move to Vermont. He finished building his own studio in November 2004 and has been producing his blown glass creations there since then.
JAY SCHIAVONE, A GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA NATIVE WORKS WITH A COLLABORATION OF ARTISTIC MINDS AND HANDS TO MAKE FUN, FUNCTIONAL AND FUNKY ART FROM THE RECYCLE BIN. THIS HANDMADE JEWELRY IS CREATED FROM RECYCLED LIGHTWEIGHT ALUMINUM.
HAVE FUN WITH IT AND REMEMBER, WE ALL HAVE THE POWER TO TAKE CARE OF THE WORLD
Reticulation is a torch created texture which is achieved by repeated of heating and cooling of sterling silver sheet metal. During this process, much of the copper alloy is burned away from the surface... leaving a lower melting temperature inside the sheet. This differential allows for melting the inner layer without breaking the surface tension and thus creating amazing ripple-like textures on the surface. This is the "canvas" for both Shell-Bell jewelry and Fusion II by Shelli.
My jewelry is representative of the way I live my life, free spirited, passionate, and uninhibited by the boundaries set by others. As with my life, there is an overall plan for each piece... but I'm not concerned with exact details of how to arrive at the finished product. I understand that goals can change, and I welcome the natural twists and turns that both life and my jewelry take as they arrive at the next finish line. I learned along the way, that I wasn't molded in the same fashion as most and am happy to represent an art form that is as non-traditional as myself. The untamable texture in my jewelry is akin to the trials and tribulations of my life, which are exactly what give it the unmistakable personality and beauty that is tryly mine.
Marvin started his career as a wood boat builder after many years as a cabinet maker. Marvin has built/restored nearly 80 boats and as a sailor, he appreciates functionality as much as the aesthetic. As a hobby, Marvin enjoys designing and building useful artistic pieces for the home.
Sticks Object Art and Furniture was Started by Sarah Grant in 1992. Since then they have received national acclaim for our distinctive line of furniture, accessories and object art. They began their Journey designing smaller items such as nativity sets, ornaments, and candle holders and have evolved to feature larger items such as dining sets, beds, and armories.
All pieces are finely crafted from birch, poplar and driftwood. Their pieces are further designed with hand drawn imagery, etched contouring and vibrantly blended paint. Pieces can be embellished with 3-D wood components, metal, leather, and fabric. Their line is constantly evolving due to the imagination and expense of their design team and the many talented craft artisans that they employ.
“Just a Bunch of Baskets”
Basketry is actually Billie Ruth Sudduth’s second career. She spent almost twenty years as a school psychologist. In 1983, after a particularly demanding year, her boss suggested she do something for “fun” over the summer. Knowing of Billie Ruth’s love of baskets, it was suggested she take a basket making class at the local community college. The four Monday night sessions cost twenty dollars but totally changed her life. After fifteen minutes in that class, she knew she had found her life’s work. The early years were demanding because she maintained her professional career, was a wife and mother of two sons, (which included soccer, cub scouts, children’s theater, baseball and such.) Sixteen hour plus workdays became the norm and cooking and housework became extinct, indeed arts lost in favor of a new art form. (She is now the grandmother of nine).
Sally Sutton enjoys the challenge of capturing light and experimenting with rich and bright color combinations and contrasting them with deep shadows using brushstrokes that create movement and energy in my work. I want my work to reflect what I feel about a place or subject and instill some sort of emotional response in the viewer. She has always been intrigued with nature and enjoy painting en plein air in the surrounding countryside, local and beyond. If the weather doesn’t permit, she often uses a combination of small sketches on site, reference photos, and color notes and develops the larger paintings in her studio in Pittsboro, NC.
Sally grew up in Culver City, California and received her BFA from California State University, Long Beach. She completed programs in painting and illustration at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. She completed her MFA in drawing and painting in May 2013.
Her work has been exhibited in Tokyo at the Genkan Gallery of the Tokyo American Club, in the Meiji Gallery in Ginza, and in numerous shows in the United States. My paintings can be found in private and corporate collections nationally and abroad. These include GlaxoSmithKline, SAS Institute, Northern Telecom Japan, Bank of America, SunTrust, UNC Hospitals and Duke Medical Center.
George Wazenegger presents his nostalgic architecture reminiscent of earlier times spent on the seashores by families living a simpler way of life in captivating assemblages. Skies and dunes are painted by hand, as well as detailed, charming little rock gardens and clumps of flowers. No big landscapers here. He depicts images that are slowly disappearing, architecture constructed of clapboard, wood stairs with railings, small decks, 2 over 2 windows, and picket fences. The viewer is happy and content with sunshine and clams for dinner. This simple architecture is all one feels one needs and longs for in viewing his work.
“In 1970 I stumbled across a mixed medium technique that I call Wood Collage. I felt this technique could be developed and I wanted to learn more. After realizing that there was no source of information I decided to move forward on my own. I create one of a kind originals of fictitious architectural structures. They are recycled wood construction with acrylic paint and other selected materials. They could be anything that you can imagine such as a small country town, a road side diner or a shore cottage. I create these because of nostalgia, love for the architecture, their charm and character. I have been inspired by many structures throughout the land and I have stored these images within. Since 1970 my Wood Collage have grown to include just about every architectural structure imaginable. I feel that I am on a creative journey which will include many wondrous places along the way.
I have shown nationally and internationally. I have been on television. I have been in museums, festivals, fairs, shows, exhibitions and galleries across the country. I have won numerous awards. My work is in many corporate and private collections. I am proud to say that I have made many people very happy.”
The shop was started by owner Thomas von Koch in Germany in 1982. Thomas who was 25 at that time knew very little about running a business. He started everything from scratch as a passionate lamp worker who wanted to create pieces that reflected how he felt. He started with vases and tea light candle holders and bongs as most lamp workers and glass blowers did at that time. As time progressed, so did he. Thomas spent the majority of his childhood summers in a small cottage in Austria. This is where he was taught by his father to love, respect, and appreciate nature. Thomas began to reflect back on these times and decided to use nature to revamp his creative style. He soon met like minded individuals John Zinner, Sandra Jahn and Anja Stötzer. These three started their research and began creating for the world.
When the economy began to fail, he and his team became economical refugees, if you will, in the U.S. Being that WGK Glass Art already had a U.S. customer base, it wasn't long before the customers started to build up. This is when Kimya Williams was asked to join the team to help organize, market, promote, and make sure the highest level of customer satisfaction was being met.
Together these individuals make WGK Glass Art.
As a second generation glass maker, he has been around glass his entire life, but working professionally as a glass blower and caster for the past six years.
HOW THEY ARE MADE
Woodstock Mobiles are made of a variety of materials primarily consisting of stainless steel wire forms, and sheet metal. These “linear sculptures” introduces the contour line into the sculpture as elements unto itself.
Each original work of art is completely hand-crafted from scratch, incorporating pivoting lengths of stainless wire cantilevers with fulcrums set in position. The composition of interesting geometric shapes happen randomly and are arranged and rearranged in space by chance, often inspired by moving forms from air current in our studio, and of course, the scientific method and creative process in the artist's mind.
Woodstock Mobiles' figurative linear structures are dynamic abstract forms set in motion by perfectly balanced contemporary works of art known as mobiles and stabiles.
Our mobiles have been featured on countless catalog covers, featured on many TV segments, won numerous awards, and are carried by the finest art galleries and retail stores across the country.