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.
In the late 90's, with interests in both hip hop and tap dance, Andrea became influenced by the retro style and cute, funky designs of the club culture popular in that period. During that time, an opportunity to take a flameworked bead making class provided for her the skill to create custom work as playful as the environment for which she had been attracted. More importantly, it instilled in her an increasing desire to learn more about glass.
While working as a florist absorbing natural aesthetics, Andrea spent two years in her small, home studio expanding upon that initial class via experiment, books, and videos. Desiring to further her knowledge of glass artistry, in 2003 she attended a workshop taught by Pip Cossette in glass fusing. With that experience, her addiction to glass creation became ever clearer. She decided to get involved with glass however she could and soon found yet another form of expression to elevate her abilities.
From 2004 til 2009, Andrea assisted Loren Schumann of Schumann Glass Art in Sarasota, Florida, learning intricate cold glass techniques of carving, etching, and leaded glass. As his assistant, she was relied upon to execute many of his designs for large-scale architectural installations. However, she had ideas of her own and attended the Ringling School of Art, specializing in Botanical Art and Stone Sculpture, developing a translation for the nature imprinted upon her as a florist.
Throughout those years, Andrea also continued to stay true to her hot and warm glass affections. She developed an excitingly edgy jewelry line, known today as The Cammarata Collection, that expresses her appreciation for the organic presence found in the world around us. Exhibiting this line of work brought her into contact with James Stanford during an art festival in December of 2011. His blown glass sculptures presented her with another extension in glass for which she had yet to explore. Upon finding out he was looking for an assistant, she made arrangements to work with him, quickly learned the techniques behind his designs, improved upon them and soon merged her business with his, becoming his partner.
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."
Having started out as a nutritionist, it seems natural that when I first started to paint, I painted a lot of fruits and vegetables- some large canvases of green peppers, several series of garden vegetables on small canvases, and a variety of flowers. Once I attended art school and learned to paint the figure, I became fascinated with figurative drawing and painting, especially faces.
Some of the canvases were quite large as well. My technique loosed and the colors became brighter, and abstraction worked its way in. I continued exploring faces for two decades, always finding something new to learn. When I needed a break, I would paint marsh scenes en plein air.
When Covid hit and the state of the world seemed out of whack, I withdrew from painting for a year. Creativity was still a part of my daily life writing, photography, and gardening, but I just couldn’t seem to pick up a paintbrush. Once the Covid threat seemed less crazy in the beautiful Carolina Spring, with the vegetable garden going strong, I worked to get myself back in the painting groove.
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.
Basic Spirit is a homegrown company located in the seaside village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia. They love creating gifts that touch the heart and delight the spirit. Using traditional methods of pewtersmithing with high quality, lead free metal, they put a fresh twist on fine pewter.
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.
"I grew up on a wilderness coast 24 miles north of Juneau, Alaska. There were whales in the front yard and bears in the back and wild beauty everywhere. Now, as an artist, those vivid, natural colors inform my work. My jewelry is completely handmade using numerous ceramic and metal techniques. I even use the new three dimensional modeling technology and 3D printing to create the originals of my framed pieces. The extreme detail and intense color in my ceramic work results from the use of over 500 different colors of clay in a technique known as millefiori (also called neriage). In this technique, carefully designed loaves of clay are formed from colored porcelains. Next, cross-sections are sliced from the loaves, and these sections are shaped and finished into individual pieces. After sanding and careful finishing, the piece is glazed and fired. Thus, the color you see in my work is the color of the clay itself, deepened and enriched by a layer of pure glass . On many pieces, 23+ karat platinum edging is applied, and the piece receives its final fire. I make beauty from dust, a joy for me and, I hope, a joy for you."
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.
"2020 was a trying year to say the least. Job layoffs, Coronavirus isolation, financial fears and surmounting anxiety left many of us feeling lost. In the midst of all this uncertainty, my husband and I took on the challenge to move to North Carolina. I think the only way I stayed focused, was to get up in the morning and walk our new property. I would stop by the creek (called a branch in North Carolina) and listen to the sounds of running water. Here is where I would say my prayers of gratitude and positive affirmations. I found so many plants, flowers and mushrooms that were new to me. I took up foraging. I started to learn as much as I could about this ancient mountain we had moved to, this hallowed ground I now called home. The more I filled my mind with knowledge, the less space there was for sad and self-defeating thoughts. The nature that God has created came alive to me revealing the magic of our little slice of heaven here in North Carolina. We found our first crystal, quite accidentally while gathering medicinal mushrooms. This was amazing and too big not to share. The Affirmation Candles were the beginning and the inspiration for Branch and Hallow."
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.
Pottery by Davin and Susan Butterfield
My partner and wife Susan Butterfield works with me to create hand build and some wheel thrown pottery mostly table ware and bake ware. I have always wanted to live the life of a rural potter. The presence of the woods, gardens and wildlife is inspirational. Working with clay gives me a physical and spiritual connection to the earth. Making pottery that functions in use and aesthetic beauty has been a life long pursuit. My father was a potter in Massachusetts and Ohio in the 70's. Being in the studio was a great joy of my childhood. The process of making clay to the unloading of kilns was fascinating.
I have been working professionally for over 25 years in pottery. my work has evolved into 4 distinct styles. The wood kiln I have built was designed to fire each kind of work in one firing event. This kiln is an updraft wood fired bottle shaped kiln. We fire about 400 pieces a firing. Each type of work is placed specifically in a level of the kiln for a desired effect. An excessive about of salt, 200 lb. is used at the highest point of temp reached which is 2400 degrees Fahrenheit. The fire box is underneath the stacking chamber at the bottom of the kiln. The salt vapor rises through the ware and creates the heaviest salt glaze at the bottom shelves of the kiln tapering to a light salt at the top of the kiln near the exit flue. The first layer holds heavily salted early American inspired cookware often with added ash glaze or iron saturates. The second level, slightly less salted, holds white slip decorated stoneware with no applied glaze. These pieces have the feel of beach sand brown and speckled with a watery sheen. The 3rd level is incised porcelain with applied transparent colored glaze of yellow green and blue. They often have carved images of birds fish and floral patterns. The top of the kiln is reserved for porcelain oxide brushed vases and serving dishes. These pieces are decorated by my wife Susan who is an accomplished painter. The forms are enhanced by floral patterns that are given depth by atmospheric wood-ash, salt vapor, and oxide saturated shino glazes.
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.
Alison was raised in a family of artists, discovered glass as an artistic medium at San Francisco State University. Glass promptly became her focus of study, and she earned a B.A. in Glass and Metal art.
Once graduated, she moved to the glassblowing center that is Seattle. For the next decade she was working on staff at Pilchuk Glass School, assisting glass artists and teaching glass classes, plus running her own glass art business.
After 10 years of "the art hustle" Alison chose to study for her M.F.A. at the Ohio State University, obtaining her M.F.A. She went on to become assistant Professor at Salisbury State University, where her program wasone of the most popular in the Art Department.
Currently , Alison is an artist and glass instructor here in Western North Carolina.
" I make interesting, beautiful things as a way of bringing a breath of peace into everyday life. Glass has been the core of my life as an artist for decades and as I continue to e fascinated with every aspect of its creation, idea coming alive through the liquid jewel that is molten glass. I hope my work reflects the ongoing wonder that I feel as an artist."
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
"I fell in love with handmade pots in 1974 when my parents gave me a stoneware teapot made by Frank McNutt. It was an idyllic time, living just a few houses away from the primary dunes in north Virginia Beach. I spent many winter nights in front of the fireplace, sitting around a squat handmade Japanese coffee table while drinking tea with my housemate and friends. This became a turning point on my journey to my becoming a craftsman.
Two years later (at age 26) I began studying at the Virginia Beach Arts Center and later at Sandpiper Pottery where I learned to form clay into objects that would be useful as well as visually pleasing. In July 1978 I opened Tom Gray Pottery on the shores of Lake Gaston, NC. I lived and worked in Littleton for 12 years before moving to Seagrove in 1990, a small town with a history steeped in handmade pottery. As I write this, I’m now 70, and have been making pots for almost 45 years. When I look back, I have never regretted becoming a full-time potter.
My process includes making pots on the wheel, as well as rolling out slabs of clay and forming them into dinnerware. My glaze palette is primarily satin mattes, high alumina formulations that absorb light rather than reflect it, contrasted with un-glazed areas and occasional gloss glazes. My pots are fired in a propane fueled kiln in a reduction atmosphere to almost 2300 degrees F (cone 10). The pots are microwave and dishwasher safe, and safe to use in the oven provided the oven is not preheated. My motto for some time has been - “Tom Gray Pottery is dedicated to making pots for breaking bread - those special times when we put our feet under the table and refuel - not only our bellies, but our hearts, minds, and spirits too”. My experiences around the kitchen table have influenced my direction as a craftsman. I’m happy and proud to say my wares are used in kitchens and dining rooms all over the world."
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.”
The Rev. Lloyd Griffith is a graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School. He received his master’s degree in counseling psychology from Lesley University and a Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Theological Seminary. He is involved with experiential learning in small groups through a career in residential camping, centering prayer, retreats, and pilgrimages.
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.
Kiln-Formed Glass by
Glass fusing is the process of using a kiln to heat and then join together pieces of glass. If you apply heat to glass it will soften. If you continue to apply heat, the glass will eventually become fluid and flow together. Two or more pieces of glass can be fused together, and when cooled properly, become one solid, unbroken piece.
The “heating” phase which takes place between room temperature and around 1200-1700 degrees Fahrenheit, takes anywhere from 5-8 hours. The cooling process (called annealing) is much more critical, taking anywhere from 8 hours to a few days, depending on the thickness of the piece. It takes around 20 hours from the time that Stan places the glass into the kiln until the time it is taken out.
Stan Harmon's Pieces Here
Heart Gifts began in 1992 in Teresa Thibault's home. Since then, each glass ball Ornament is lovingly painted by hand in her North Carolina small town. Each Heart Gift Ornament is delicately inscribed with a heartfelt message which reflects the meaning of Christmas and the Love of Family and Friends. These ornaments make for a wonderfully thoughtful gift, and a keepsake to be cherished for years to come.
Kerstin Hilton grew up the daughter of a minister. Her father served small town churches throughout the Midwest. Her mother was the benchmark minister’s wife devoted to her husband and his calling. Living in the church parsonage meant that expectations of keeping up appearances and exhibiting model behavior were always present. Kerstin often felt like she was living her life in a fishbowl.
In 2005 she was serendipitously introduced to fused glass. Kerstin Hilton is a fused glass jewelry artist who just loves the magic that occurs when glass, heat and gravity come together so she began her exploration of this art form with wild abandon. Her journey has taken her to seek the wisdom and expertise of other glass artists throughout the US and Canada.
When asked about her inspiration, Kerstin states: “It is at the ocean where I feel most calm and invigorated. Since I live in Portland, OR and keep a sailboat in Tacoma, WA my sources of inspiration are always close at hand. I create what I need to be more whole. My art pieces seek to capture the feeling of being at the ocean’s edge or sailing the waters of Puget Sound. I love colors that sparkle like the sea, ground us to the earth, and express life with fiery intensity. I love exploring the beach in search of textural elements that further reflect the experience of being near or on the water.” She now refers to her studio as the Fishbowl.
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.
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.
In 1980, Kent and Martha developed their art by reading a lot of books, gathering information from equipment companies, and from trial and error.
Their determination and vision created a successful small family business that prides itself in being hand cast in North Carolina.
"House of Morgan Pewter has always been special to Matt and I. Some of the beautiful pewter ornaments were our wedding reception thank you gifts & our first baby shower thank you gifts to family & friends.
Our family consists of three young children who already use their small hands to help us with small jobs.
We are excited to continue such a beautiful traditional art form into 2020. "
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.
“At Illustrated Light, we design handcrafted jewelry and home decor that’s inspired by nature.”
We strive to create unique products you won’t find anywhere else. Everything is designed and crafted in-house at our Fort Collins, Colorado location, and the results are one-of-a-kind, quality jewelry and home decor that evoke the beauty of the natural world.
Our founder, David Clack, started focusing on nature and landscape photography in 1988, primarily the Colorado landscape. In 2002 David opened the Illustrated Light Gallery of fine art landscape photography. Soon after we started producing various products using David’s photography and Illustrated Light Gifts was born. This spurred the development of exclusive processes that captured the colorful essence of nature photography in an affordable way that everyone could enjoy. The remarkable results included a method for printing images directly onto slate tiles and DC Designs Jewelry, a line of colorful, unique earrings and pendants with images of nature printed directly onto lightweight metal.
From a few customers asking for more ways to enjoy nature’s beauty, we went and found a way– that’s the spirit of Illustrated Light. Complete customer satisfaction is essential to us at Illustrated Light. We stand behind our products; if someone isn’t satisfied, we will work to make things right with them. For example, if someone loses an earring, we’ll replace it at no charge. Our goal is for every customer to be delighted with their purchase every time.
In addition to Colorado nature and landscape photography, we offer fine art photography from across the United States.
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.
The birth of Kiln Art can be traced to a magical moment in 1999 when Sharon, an accomplished traditional stained-glass artist, invited her then friend, Paul, to make a fused glass plate at her studio. Paul, an author and former journalist, now Sharon’s husband, took a novel approach that opened up her imagination and set the both of them on a new trajectory in art and life.
Paul’s approach was to use crushed stained glass or frit, as it is known, as if it were paint. It was like painting with coloured sand. Sharon immediately saw the potential in the technique and together they began experimenting and exploring the seemingly endless possibilities.
It took a few years to work out the kinks, but Sharon and Paul grew to become masters of perspective, imagination, creativity and design.
Today, Kiln Art is collected around the world by individuals attracted to its vibrant, rich colors and unique designs. Each piece is handcrafted from the first cut to the final finish and is signed by the artist.
While we are a business with an innovative approach, we still have old-fashioned sensibilities. You can’t just push a button and order Kiln Art – you need to talk to us about what you want because everything we do is made uniquely for you. We’re here to serve you, so don’t be shy.
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
Leonie Lacouette manages to strike a balance between concepts and influences that otherwise might seem like polar opposites-her elegant clocks successfully reconcile the strict geometries of Minimalism with a warm, approachable palette of colored patinas on the copper and nickel that predominate her designs. Created from a basic language of circles, squares, ovals, and rectangles, the clocks are not only beautiful, but often playful as well. In one design, the otherwise hidden movement of the pendulum swings gently back and forth, revealed by a perfectly circular hole punched through the face of the piece to create a dynamic (and unexpected) game of 'hide-and-seek'.
More than 30 years ago, Lacouette started making clocks, as a practical way to make a living while using the aesthetic training she'd received in art school. It all began when she needed a clock for her studio, and noticed an ad in a magazine for a company selling clock mechanisms. Ordering five, she used one to make her own timepiece, and then made four more to sell. They sold out immediately, and she's been making clocks ever since.
Working from her rural studio in upstate New York, Lacouette contrasts her life today with her youth, spent growing up in mid-town Manhattan. "I like the simplicity of my current work's design. Coming from Manhattan, everything was go-go-go, always accumulating more stuff-stuff-stuff, having lots of things. It feels great to have something simple and beautiful, a style that I can call my own."
Beauty meets functionality in these clocks as Lacouette continues to create new designs that refine the perfection of both. "I'm a mechanic as well as an artist," she says, "these things need to function, after all." Continuing her dedication to creating clocks that are modernist but affable, fusing geometric abstraction with softened edges and organic warmth, she hopes to extend the work in the future to include a broader palette of exotic wood veneers. Ever the good-natured perfectionist, Lacouette insists that "the main problem will be to make sure that they come from sustainable sources."
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.
She's a Sailor and an Artist! It's all about the water, what a great life!
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!”
"During the day I teach physics and chemistry, and on the weekends and evenings I work as a potter.
I love turning and glazing!
I began throwing pots as a hobby in the 1980's and afte raising three beautiful girls, I returned to the wheel.
Making beautiful glazes and forms requires a love of chemistry and physics, which has always played a major role in my professional life. I have always found the joining of science and art that is inherent in pottery to be appealing."
"I live in a small farming town in Coastal N.C., with my husband, dachshund, & cat. I have wanted to try my hand at some sort of art, ever since I was in my early twenties, but without any formal education in the arts, it didn't seem like that would be in the cards for me. Life, at the time, was bigger than my aspirations, so while I was busy raising a family and working, everything else was put aside. After taking a few classes, here and there, and dabbling with a few different mediums, my interests kept steering me back to one....glass. I recently retired and am finally able to pursue this passion I've had. It's never too late to go after your dreams!! I hope you enjoy!!"-Jan
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.
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 humble beginnings: August, 1989, in the gifted mind of classically trained musician Larry Roark. Larry had a new girlfriend, Sara Neal Eskew, whom he had met at the premier craft show in Austin, TX, where he was selling his art photography. She had a pretty good large windchime made by another local craftsperson. Realizing the maker of Sara’s chime was no longer in town and thus a hole existed in the local market, Larry decided to supplement his income from his various artistic and musical endeavors with windchimes. With only a few hand tools, some electrical conduit, an electronic guitar tuner and the sure knowledge that a windchime could be tuned to symphonic-quality accuracy, Larry went into his garage and created a new musical instrument. His prototype had a croquet ball-looking clapper. When he showed the chime to Sara, she joking said he could call his new product “Music of the Spheres”. Loving the idea, Larry began marketing “Music of the Spheres” chimes immediately at Austin’s Renaissance Market and Texas Renaissance Festival near Houston alongside his photography. Larry’s chimes were hugely successfully from the start. We began wholesaling in the fall of 1991, and attended our first trade show in January, 1992. Over the years, Larry perfected the array of pitch ranges, the offerings of musical scales, the design and materials ,and the distinctive trade dress of matte black tubing with silver accents and a curved diamond-shaped windcatcher, now protected by the United States patent and trademark office. Larry was killed by a drunk driver on March 6, 2001, but we have continued to realize his vision of world peace, one backyard at a time®. We have never strayed from his idea of producing a symphonic-quality musical instrument for the wind to play. We are still thriving in the post-recessionary economy because the value of such a beautifully crafted instrument playing tones of such incredible clarity with such a rich sustain speaks for itself. It says “I am the Stradivarius of windchimes®”!
"I create natural botanical wearable art and metal sculpture through a unique copper electroforming technique, a method I originally developed as a high school science project and have since continually enhanced. My art has been my sole vocation and my passion. Every year, I travel around the world on a mission to collect samples from nature—historic trees, vineyard leaves, noteworthy plant cuttings—and return to my studio, where I capture them in copper. Often finished with lush patinas and accent paint, each piece I create is one of a kind—just as in nature.
I’ve been honored to work on special projects with the White House, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the World Wildlife Fund. My work is also featured in Madeleine Albright’s book Read My Pins." - Dennis Ray, Owner and Artist, Nature's Creations
Established in 1978, Northern Lights has been brightening the world and beautifying homes with the warmth of candlelight for over 40 years. Our strong roots in the “art of candle making” have led to an eminent reputation as a leading designer of luxury candles and artisan made accessories. Our hand poured candles are made in the USA using fine fragrances and essential oils. Our wax blends contain soy wax and other natural based waxes. Our wicks are made from natural cotton. Our vessels comes from responsible sources and are designed to be re-purposed. This combination of quality components gives our artisan made candles their clean burning qualities, superior fragrance throw and contributes to their long-lasting value.
"Our mission is to bring creatively designed, socially responsible products to market that will inspire you on a daily basis. By sourcing materials both domestically and internationally, we’re able to support local artists and their communities around the world. We feel privileged to be your source for designer artisan candles. Let’s brighten the world together."
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.”
The Original Fleas were first created over 40 years ago, and the fun-loving personalities of Greg and Jeff Quayle are obvious in each unique sculpture they create. These unique handcrafted sculptures depict more than 230 professions, sports, and hobbies with over 200,000 satisfied customers. There is a flea for everyone.
At Pandemonium Seattle we believe that any natural fur is worn best by its original owners. Faux fur can provide a similar warmth, chic look, and way better sleep at night. All of our faux fur products including winter apparel and warm clothes and accessories feel and look authentic, soft, and cozy, and of course fashionable, so the choice to opt for them is naturally easy.
Everyone here at Pandemonium loves animals and we’re devoted to the cause. We’re proud to be using 100% faux fur in all our products. With advances in technology, fortunately, we’ve progressed to the point that faux fur now looks even more authentic than real fur! So really, is there any reason today for wearing the hide of an animal that could have lived longer, if given the chance?
Les Pendleton lives with his wife, Susanne, in historic New Bern, North Carolina. His writing style conveys the influence of his career in motion pictures. Many people share their impression that reading his novels feels as if they are watching the characters come to life on the silver screen. Actual locations in coastal North Carolina are featured in many of his books. His writing spans a wide array of genres from action adventure, romance, historical fiction, suspense-filled mysteries and autobiographies. Les spends every free moment with his family and friends sailing in Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Coast.
"Starting as a hobbyist in 1994, I turned a pastime into a wholesale business in 2009. I have honed my skills experimenting with different methods of fabrication and firing. Each of my pieces is intended to be a unique work of art, not a mass produced duplicate of what someone else might offer.
Raku's unpredictability appeals to me. I love the colors, metallic qualities, and textures which transform a simple piece into something distinctive and interesting. With attention to details and composition, my pieces are carefully crafted.
In the final step, control is surrendered to the kiln, glazes, and air temps which render one of a kind treasures."
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.
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.
Handcrafted in Asheville, NC. The glass we use in our jewelry is called dichroic glass. The glass was first developed for scientific applications such as lasers and space mirrors. Vaporized metal oxides are deposited on the glass in microscopically thin layers. The brilliant colors are produced from light being reflected just like what occurrs in a rainbow or a dragonfly wing.
We've worked with glass since 1976, but we started experimenting with dichroic glass a little over a decade ago and we've been at it ever since.There's an amazing amount of steps in creating every single piece of jewelry. Each piece is handled many times and there is no machine that can make our glass. We fire the glass to over 1400 degrees several times in order to achieve the right effect. Each firing can take up to 12 hours from start to finish. When the sheet of glass is cool enough, we cut the shapes with diamond tools, polish the glass, match the earrings by the patterns we see, and complete the design. It's a lot of steps and we do it by hand, but the results are worth it. It's like capturing lightning in a bottle and every time we open the kiln it's a new surprise.
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.
Kathy Rivera fell into the art world by chance, in search of a creative diversion after 33 years of running her own business. After receiving a copy of Watercolor Magazine from her sister for Christmas, she fell in love with the work of a featured artist. Shortly after Christmas, by happenstance Kathy walked into Crossroads and saw that artist, Sue Stuller, and discovered she offered watercolor classes. “That was the beginning of me studying under Sue Stuller and I took her class for a couple of years until I was in a car accident and could not lean over. I started using acrylic at an easel but then I found Chuck Larivey doing oil demos at Crossroads and I never looked back.”
After asking several times, Kathy finally convinced Chuck to teach oil paint-along classes now called Swimming-in-Paint (SIP). “So, I’ve been with him from the very beginning when he first started teaching. Now years later, I teach and have students with their own show at Crossroads! You really feel like your little birds are spreading their wings, it gives you such a good feeling.”
In life and with painting, Kathy prefers variety. Most recently she has shifted her focus to painting en plein air, particularly at the beach. “Every morning at the beach is totally different. You learn how to paint the atmosphere and light.” While Kathy often prefers more detailed work, she has learned to embrace the freedom and spontaneity of painting en plein air. “I think every artist needs to get out there and paint from life. You learn so much about light and see more in life than what you capture with a photo.”
For Kathy, the possibilities are endless when an idea pops into her head. “I get something stuck in my head, like with my painting Chincoteague Crossing. My husband said it was the most impressive painting I ever made…but also the most expensive.” Once the idea emerged to paint the famous annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim, Kathy knew she would need references from life which entailed housing accommodations and boat repairs. “Chuck always says, ‘you never make it easy do you!’”
Not one to back down from a challenge, either with business or painting, Kathy says the key to her success is being fearless. “A lot of my students are afraid of making a mistake and I say, you just need to be fearless and make your mark!”
Kathy Rivera fell in love with oils in 2016 with Chuck Larivey as her mentor. She has no words to describe how she feels about the painting process. She just gets lost in the process of capturing the feeling of what she wants to portray. Whether it’s the excitement of horses running out of the waves, the serenity of still water, or the intimacy of an interior room, Kathy wants her viewers to feel a part of that mood. Sometimes she takes photographs to use as references to capture the light like the sun reflections on a table or streaming in the window. Other times, she has an idea in her head, like the horses running out of the ocean. She hopes she pulls the viewer along with her in the story she is painting.
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."
Minh Martin of Romeo Glass
Minh was born in Saigon, Vietnam and spent his early years in the Philippines. Upon returning to the US, his family lived in Lancaster Country, PA, in the Mennonite community from which both his parents derived. He attended Yale University where he majored in Geophysics and where, in his final year, he discovered the art department and took sculpture classes. Upon graduation, he moved to Santa Barbara, CA, where he met The Great Bri'oni and was introduced to the art of glass. After two years of apprenticeship, Bri'oni kicked him out and he returned east. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife, Anna Shapiro, and their four children.
Romeo was an old tomcat that prowled around the Santa Barbara studios.
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.
Melinda grew up in the Tidewater area of Virginia and was educated in Virginia and Massachusetts in psychology. After her schooling, Melinda lived in Richmond, Virginia where she met her husband, Guy, a native North Carolinian. She worked for 20 years as a psychotherapist in various settings and later as a psychology instructor and counselor at NC community colleges. She and her husband of 34 years live in Morehead City with their crazy 3-year-old "dog" cat, Median. Their faith in God is a cornerstone of their lives. In her spare time, Melinda enjoys crafts, puzzles, yoga, antiquing, and science fiction. In 2018, Melinda retired from full-time work, leaving more time to pursue creative outlets such as making Eden's Trees.
In many ways, the trees represent growth, life and the fullness that can be part of it. Melinda enjoys the fact that no two trees that she creates are exactly alike symbolic of the uniqueness that is within each of us.
The image of a tree seems to touch something deep within the human unconscious for trees have been an integral part of our world since the Garden.
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.
Siyeh (pronounced sigh-yee) Studio was born in Missoula Montana in 1987. The name came from the Siyeh Peak, Siyeh Pass area of Glacier National Park in Montana, and was chosen as reminder of origins and home when I moved to Chicago in the fall of 1987 for graduate school. My glasswork reflects my obsession with the interplay of color and light--especially in my current series "Morceaux de Verre".
I also enjoy collaborating with other artists like Todd Briske, an Atlanta Georgia artist who creates the aluminum wire work, and Bill and Elaine Snell from Greenville South Carolina who create the steel pieces. I live in Austin Texas with my husband, daughter, two dogs, and three cats. In my free time I write (books on glass fusing, and technical software docs), spin (with a spinning wheel, not a bike), weave, sew, quilt, knit, crochet, am a silversmith, potter, woodworker, and gardener.
One thing's for sure: It's never boring!
Siyeh Studios Items
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.
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.
" My passion for clay began in my first life modeling class when I was a student at the
College of Design at North Carolina State University, earning my bachelors degree in Landscape
Architecture. For over 18 years I have been expressing myself through clay. My forms are heavily
influenced by texture and pattern. Starting with a slab or coil of clay and the twisting, tearing or
pinching, a unique form emerges. While shaping each creation, I can feel the connection between
the clay and the subject, allowing each piece to have its own individual voice. " - Vicki
"All of our soaps are hand molded into 4 oz. bars with many different fragrances to choose from. "
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Recycled Wood Art by
Andrea Iiladis handcrafted in North Carolina
Andrea is passionate about recycling and reusing materials, transforming them into simple, unique and funky art objects. She cuts her wood & metal individually to create one of a kind pieces.
Her studio is in her back yard and is decorated with her clever work.
Andrea was born in Germany and has lived in Carrboro for the past 18 years. She creates a menagerie of locally-made, reclaimed barnwood creatures.
Her work is ever-evolving - from painted fish on sticks to rusted metal bird families strutting across a wall.
Each piece is wired to hang and is coated with several coats of polyurethane so can be hung indoors or out.
Richard Fisher has been handcrafting bells since 1970. The bell designs are all original and encompass a variety of wind and door bells, for both indoor and outdoor use. Wind bells, with their external mahogany clappers can be hung outside where their clear tones rise and fall with the passing breezes. Doorbells have been designed to lend elegance to a range of architectural styles, both contemporary and traditional. All U.S. Bells are cast in silicon bronze, an alloy which produces rich, clear tones and endures very well in harsh outdoor environments.
US Bells has deliberately chosen the tradition of a small working studio where they can offer fine handcrafted products of original designs, excellent quality, and attentive service.
Casting bells in bronze offers many advantages. The metal is durable and is highly resistant to corrosion. A wide range of forms and sizes is possible and, most importantly, the bells ring with a strong, pure tone that is unique to bronze.
Molding sand is a mixture of fine sand, clay and a small amount of water. The sand is packed around a wood or composite pattern and will retain an impression from that pattern much the same as leaving footprints in damp beach sand. The pattern is removed leaving a sand mold into which we can pour molten bronze. When the bronze cools, it becomes the solid casting.
While I am a native North Carolinian, from Durham, I have lived in Eastern North Carolina for almost 20 years now. I have loved calling New Bern home for several of those and am proud to be an active member of our thriving arts community. I have always loved creating and was lucky to have parents that encouraged me to follow my dreams, including supporting me when I chose to go to art school instead of a more traditional college. I graduated in 1992 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, and have been a gallery shown painter ever since.
Almost all of my paintings, both watercolor and acrylic, come from photos that I take. The photography is part of the creative process; sometimes I can spend almost as much time working on the photo as I can on the painting. Many of my followers will see a photo that I share and respond as to "what a lovely painting that will make!" The odd thing is, not all wonderful photos will make for a good painting, and not all wonderful paintings come from good photos.
I am attracted to contrast and explosive color. My paintings have a way of capturing "more" than what the eye sees. That is a function of art itself, though! Being that I am drawn by that contrast and color, though, I am having a joyous time with my current subject matter, Monarch butterflies. They are one of nature's own amazing creations of art.
In the Winter, I built a greenhouse behind the building that my girlfriend, Julie Rowe, and I share for our respective offices. I grew lots of milkweed from seed, and this Summer a Monarch or two found it, and we have been collecting caterpillars ever since. Watching them metamorphosis from crawling around to flying away has been truly magical, and my camera, of course, has been filling up with countless images along the way.
I'm happy that I am able to invite you along to be a part of their journey through the pieces that I have created, and am thankful for the opportunity that Carolina Creations has given me to share them with you.
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.”
A local class, taken years ago, in lost wax casting sparked my interest in making jewelry out of silver. Over the years I've expanded that interest into various forms of jewelry creation, including bead stitching and glass bead making. However, my first love of working with silver was renewed several years ago when I took a silversmithing workshop at the Goderich, Ontario Celtic College. I have since studied with many wonderful metalsmiths, and I enjoy creating with silver, copper and brass, often mixing my metals together in a piece.
After living and working in the northern woods of Michigan, and sailing on the Great Lakes, we sailed south, enjoying the beauty of the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. We explored the East Coast and returned to land again near the ocean and marshes of North Carolina.
Now retired from teaching, I am devoting more time to creating my jewelry. I have always been inspired by nature, particularly trees and water. The rich blues and greens of the woods and lakes, the bright turquoise of the tropical seas, and the vivid colors of stones and shells all inspire my work. I like to incorporate these colors, as well as objects from the sea and earth, into my designs and creations.
My signature collection, often featuring 24k gold accents and semi precious gemstones, is inspired by designs from the art nouveau style. I find myself drawn again and again to architecture, jewelry and colors from the era when art nouveau was popular.
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.
Tibetan Buddhist student, meditator,
teacher for 30+ years: around the western world.
Organic farmer: Nova Scotia, Canada.
Wetland & pond surveyor, designer: NH & Vermont.
Shiatsu Therapist: Boston, London, Philadelphia
Stress Management instructor at University of Penn.
Self-taught glass artist of objects to wear or use.
Now residing in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.
I am surrounded by abundant flower, vegetable and wildlife gardens
which are a short backyard stroll from the wild woods and mountain river.
Unknown... with aspirations that these pieces of luminous
glass will delight and enlighten your world.
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.
From Manassas, Virginia, Steven Wise specializes in stoneware nativity sets. His pieces are sculpted one at a time from stoneware, each of his one of a kind sculptures will be treasures you can pass down to your children.
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.
Lori finds much inspiration in nature; kayaking, camping, and hiking are passions of hers, and she uses these to further her love for jewelry making. Lori loves to travel, and her love of the Southwest can be seen in her channel inlay work, a staple for native American jewelers . Lori cuts, polishes, and grinds the stones she uses, as well as cutting silver, copper, brass, and other precious stones to fit her designs. Lori creates her jewelry in her Hinesburg, Vermont studio and also spends part of her year in Oriental, North Carolina where she has a studio overlooking the Neuse River.
In 1981, recent college graduates Holly Hosterman and Paul “Yashi” Lubitz were searching for creative ways to use their degrees. Holly, who majored in studio art with an emphasis in jewelry making, and Paul, who graduated with a double degree in industrial technology and music, knew they wanted to work together. Combining their talents to lay the foundation for what would quickly become a successful jewelry business, they transformed their one-car garage into a design studio and started their lifelong career with Holly Yashi.
Holly’s first designs were hand cut animal earrings made of brass and silver. Within months they had a loyal following, and soon after Holly and Paul discovered the magic within a seemingly dull gray metal called niobium. Through an expedited oxidation process, niobium is dipped into a bath of electrically charged water which turns the metal into hues of rich, permanent color. The beautiful result is a look that has become the signature style of Holly Yashi for the last thirty five years.
Holly and her creative team craft new designs every day and currently maintain a portfolio of over 1,000 styles, all available through the company's retail website, direct mail catalogs, retail stores across the country, and their flagship retail store located in Arcata, California. Holly Yashi has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Good Housekeeping, and Modern Jeweler, as well as on a number of television series; Holly Yashi has also been worn by many well-known women, as seen on musician Bonnie Raitt and on actress Sandra Oh in the feature film Sideways. Holly has created custom designs for both nonprofit organizations as well as notable fashion retailers like Sundance and Anthropologie.
In 2016, Holly Yashi proudly celebrated its 35th anniversary of creating “jewelry as art” with new designs and expansions to its flagship store. Holly Yashi’s vibrant handcrafted jewelry has been enjoyed by loyal customers, longtime collectors, and enthusiastic new fans. Holly and Paul are grateful for the support of the Holly Yashi community, and look forward to continuing to provide jewelry lovers everywhere with wearable expressions of art and beauty.