Rob Glebe Designs
Patti & Dave Hegland
Robert Ortiz Studios
Marilee Schumann Art
Faith Wilson Art
The Create gallery is designed to make fine art and craft a more personal experience for the visitor. Its goal is to promote a deeper understanding of the creative process through direct interactions with the artists it represents. “Chestertown provides a quiet, peaceful lifestyle that is conductive to contemplative, intensive art and craft work,” notes Faith Wilson, one of the partner artists. We are thrilled to be able to bring this to life in our new Create gallery.” Create is the home for a variety of existing work while presenting the opportunity to work directly with the artists to create personal or commercial custom pieces.
- Ahrong Kim
My work is based on psychological observations that are representative of voices we all hear inside. I make ceramic figurative sculptures that describe emotions from my life as a diary. By exploring expressive possibilities of my visual language, the figurative form and its multi-colored surfaces reveal the abstracted version of my interiority.
Creation of ceramics requires endurance. Looking at its chemical changes through the process of firing, it is a creature granted with invisible power, which means its outcome belongs to nature. Ceramics are regenerated by fire, the most fundamental aspect of nature. Borrowing human hands, it cannot create emotions
- Amy Nguyen
Amy has become internationally known for her beautiful work.
“I see many parallels to human nature in working with fabric. Strength and fragility. The balance that is necessary in life. I seek balance in both the physical and visual texture created from a single expansive piece of white cloth, dyed using ancient techniques, deconstructed, then stitched, pieced, or quilted. Each step informs the next. Kinetic in nature, every piece I make is both sculptural and functional once draped on the body. On the body, this cloth becomes the most intimate art.”
- Arden Bardol
“I usually describe my work as rich in complexity and simple in form. I focus on thoughtful craftsmanship and pay attention to the detail on every side of a composition, embracing the notion of edges, yet excluding the idea of front or back. All sides are created equal.”
Bardol works with custom-blended polymer clay. She mixes the clay with metal powders and a variety of other materials to produce unique colors. She sometimes rolls textures onto the clay or uses a cut-away process to add depth to the clay. Then, each tile is formed into a bead. Once the beads
- Barbara Bayne
Barbara has been creating fine jewelry for more than 25 years. Her work reflects her interest in the natural forms and textures that surrounds her.
The majority of her jewelry is fabricated from 18k gold or sterling silver sheet using a process called die forming. This process involves pushing the metal into either wooden or steel dies using a variety of methods that include dapping and hydraulic pressing. The dies are pieces of wood or steel with specific shapes cut out of the center of them. The outline of the piece is dictated by the shape of the die
- Bonnie Bishoff
The Shawl Pins and Stick Pins are designed and handmade by Bonnie Bishoff and her husband J.M. Syron. They feature colorful inlays of polymer clay in white bronze and lead free pewter settings. Some of the polymer based pins encase metal armatures in their structures. The hooks are made in the USA, of nickel silver, exclusively for her designs. The Stick Pins and Shawl Pin settings were originally fabricated by Bonnie in sterling silver and then cast in New England.
- Constance Gildea
This jewelry was designed and created by Constance in her New England studio. She earned her BFA in sculpture, which is evident in the intricate detail of each piece.
“Although I keep an eye on current trends, I tend to design for women’s diverse lifestyle. Women have many opposite dimensions to their roles and personalities today. I design for the softer, romantic side. My new work is bolder but still botanical in nature. I incorporated an ancient Asian technique of permanently bonding fine silver with 24 kt yellow and colored golds with gemstones”
Constance’s jewelry designs have appeared in Vogue, Bazaar,
- Deborah Weiss
The exchange between terrain, climate, temperature and the elements is constant and transforming by the moment. My work is an exploration of the effects of atmospheric conditions on land, water and the resulting patina of time. These elements inform the work and at times determines the subject matter. There is an excavation and layering process that both conceals and reveals visual information, each layer informing the next. Delicate surface markings and textures from salvaged boards record this process. Subject matter is not predetermined, it is intuitive and emerges as the work evolves.
Born in New York, Deborah Weiss is a
- Edgewood Designs
Started by George Dubinsky and David Short, Edgewood brings a unique and exciting take on home-ware design standards. With background from RISD and coming from the success of George’s MFA thesis show at RIT, Edgewood was conceived. Standing for all that is just, while also ushering in a bright new era of design, Edgewood stands as it is today. Equally a design and a production company, Edgewood works with the best in the business to take design all the way from conception to production.
- Eileen Sutton
“I was born and raised in New York, on Long Island. When I pierced my first piece of copper plate at age 17, I was instantly hooked. I was somewhat of a metal purist until my last semester at Tyler School of Art. It was then that I began working with cast resin. Incorporating other elements is sporadic, whereas the constant interest of resin remains. When I finished school, I stayed in Philadelphia because there was a great community of artists and craftspeople.
My first studio was in the space of the late Olaf Skoogfors, a pioneer in the field
- Emily Squires Levine
As the middle of three daughters growing up in New England, I inherited the right brain skills of my mother and grandmother. While my sisters were playing outside, I was knotting macrame and making yarn dolls. As I pursued an MBA and a 30-year career in finance, sewing with colorful fabrics or testing a new chocolate cake recipe provided a welcomed diversion.
Although I played with polymer clay with my young children, it was not until 1994, after participating in a workshop at a local arts center, that I discovered my niche. What started as an avocation became my occupation
- Estelle Vernon
Located in Alexandria, Virginia, Estelle has been handcrafting jewelry for over 25 years.
Her jewelry designs are influenced by both the visual and the tactile.
Whether it’s the leaves on trees, the roughness of tree bark, or the intricacies of Japanese textile design, she distills these images into her jewelry with an elegant simplicity.
Estelle’s work is textural being pleasing to the eye and the hand at the same time, and currently involves several surface techniques. The gold painted work involves melting 14k wire onto the surface of the sterling silver in a painterly fashion and then using an iridescent patina. In
- Eve Stockton
Nature and science provide the inspiration for my artwork. With a focus on large-scale woodcuts, my prints are evocative of landscapes, cellular activity and deeply felt environmentalism. Utilizing a multifaceted background in architecture and art, I engage the variables of printmaking to produce an ongoing body of nature-based, graphic images. Organic patterns combine with shifts of light and color in tapestries of abstracted form. Once a practicing architect, I am still inclined to record the structure and units of nature while striving for a painterly approach to printmaking.
My prints usually have 3-5 layers of color, a different carved block
- Gabrielle Gould
My jewelry is an interpretation of the natural feel of coastal Florida, where I live. It is a figurative representation which depicts the environment of the south with feathers, birds, and shells from the beaches or scrubby dune hammock.
Inspired partly by the ornamentation of indigenous people, my use of feathers is comparable to today’s prevalent use of gemstones. The color, texture and size of each of the feathers is carefully considered when I create a one-of-a-kind feather neckpiece. The time-consuming process of organizing, trimming, and lastly hand-wrapping the feathers onto the neckpiece is a small part of a fulfilling
- Jake Johnson
“I think I was drawn to clay because of its working properties; Clay is a very squishy, soft, malleable material. These are qualities which I fully embrace and exploit in making my pieces. By giving my work just some of the basic qualities of life–a sense of movement, growth, and breath—the pieces develop presence and take on unique personalities and trajectories. I strive to give a feeling of animation to my work that suggests gesture. This speaks to the inspiration for many of my forms and surfaces, which is drawn from nature. I spend a lot of time
- Janice Kissinger
“My pieces are built rather than sewn. My designs are decidedly feminine – I seek to drape the body with the same beauty and grace of the traditional Indian sari I use in my work. I consider each piece a composition, often inspired by a single vintage silk. I then respond to that by adding my own hand-dyed silks and loose wool fibers, using traditional wet felting methods (hand-rolling with soap & water) to build both the fabric and the finished garment simultaneously. Creating couture results without sewing is an ongoing adventure and I strive to create finely finished
- Karin Abromaitis
“Every time I sit down to throw I feel like I’m being initiated anew into the world of magic. There is something about the way clay rises between my hands while I throw that I can only describe as magical. Is there any better reason to pursue an art form?
“I found that making pottery was my “missing piece” after twenty years in a successful career in the performing arts. The quiet inner focus and solitude provide the balance in my life to the high level of outward energy that Theater and performance requires. On those days when the clay
- Laura Jaklitsch
With an appreciation for modern design and a dedication to craftsmanship, Laura Jaklitsch fabricates each piece by hand in her Somerville, MA studio. Using her signature inlay technique, Laura experiments with material, color, and form to make jewelry that is fresh, contemporary, and bold. She lets the process direct the work, while making deliberate color and composition choices. Laura uses recycled metals and repurposed wood wherever possible to maximize sustainability.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Laura holds a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
- Lisa and Scott Cylinder
LISA and SCOTT CYLINDER began collaborating in 1988 shortly after graduating from prominent University Jewelry Programs. They have created limited production studio multiples under the auspices of CHICKENSCRATCH for the past 28 years. Ten years into their venture, they craved a greater technical and creative challenge and began making One-Of-A-Kind pieces under “L and S Cylinder”, in addition to their studio multiples. The skills they use for these grander works were never fully explored before. This jewelry is more substantial and more serious, both in concept and execution. The Cylinders began manipulating and incorporating Found Objects and Epoxy
- Lynda Ladwig
Lynda’s beautiful small porcelain sculptures each tell a story. The small houses we feature at Create are just a small representative of this wonderful artistist’s work.
- Mark Gardner
Mark turns his wonderful vessels mainly from green wood. His sculptural touches for example, notches, the wood he uses, and the beautiful colors he adds to his bowls make his functional pieces works of art.
- Melissa Stiles
Melissa Stiles received her degree in Architecture and worked in the field for ten years before founding her jewelry company. She makes modern jewelry that combines the discipline of her architectural training with the exploration of industrial materials and processes. Her work expresses modern simplicity and flawless execution with the illusion of effortless design. She strives to expose only the intentional form without gratuitous details. The result is design that celebrates the simple and pure form in beautifully wearable color combinations.
Stiles works in various materials including hand-pigmented resin, laser cut stainless steel, brushed aluminum, powder-coated enamel, and silver. These
- Muffy Young
“I have been a handweaver and dyer since 1978. These scarves and shawls are all hand woven and hand dyed. My loom has 24 harnesses instead of the more usual 4 or 8. This allows me to design highly complex structures, and to combine them in a single piece for intriguing variations in scale, texture, and motif. My designs are original, unique, and innovative, with images inspired by nature, modernism, and the fabrics of Latin American, Central Asia, and Africa. Guided by the weave structure, I select silk fibers to maximize visual impact and to balance drape and stability.
- Pamela Whitlock
Whitlock designs and hand weaves fashion items for the person and the home out of 100% bamboo.
“When we begin work, we are working with bamboo yarn that has already been spun and dyed. The yarn is created by a method similar to that used to create rayon from wood waste: the cellulose is plasticized, extruded into a fine filament, then spun into an extremely long-staple, very strong yarn.
Despite the bamboo plant’s reputation for outstanding strength and toughness, bamboo in the form of yarn creates fabric of amazing softness and drape. Our bamboo scarves, for instance, have the feel of a
- Paula Shalan
Paula Shalan received her BA in studio art and child development from Sarah Lawrence College. She furthered her ceramic education
at The Art Institute of Chicago and Penland School of Crafts. Her smoke fired ceramics have been shown locally and nationally including Crafts National, The International Orton Cone Box Show, and History in The Making. In The Berkshires, her ceramics can be seen at Lauren Clark Fine Art in Great Barrington, MA, LOCAL in Lenox, MA, or at her studio in Stockbridge, MA. Paula participates in fine retail shows such as The Philadelphia Museum Show, Crafts America, and
- Raymond Bock
Starting out a designer and photographer, Raymond studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a BA in Design. Moving over from photography to woodwork, he has showed at a number of national crafts and arts shows. His most current interests include making sculptural vessels, and his beautiful boxes.
- Sarah Nikitopoulos
Sarah Nikitopoulos grew up in Wading River, New York, and for as long as she can remember has had a passion for both art-making as well as the sciences. This interest further developed during her undergraduate studies at Alfred University, where she discovered a love for glaze formulation and material studies — leading to a particular fascination with crystalline glazes. After graduation, Sarah worked as a glaze technician for a ceramic lamp designer in New York City, and then moved to the Gateway Arts District of Maryland located just outside of Washington D.C., to work under a variety of
- Shirley Groman
“From the day I first walked into the ceramic studio as an undergraduate student clay has captivated me with the possiblities of combining the 3-D form with 2-D imagery. The imagery in my work is influenced by life in and around the Chesapeake Bay where I grew up. The pieces are narratives of imagined gatherings of the sealife found in the bay and act as vehicles for telling stories of life on
“The forms are thrown or handbuilt with a cone 6 porcelain clay body. The general design is drawn on the leather hard clay then the piece
Eric Cruz studied architecture and worked as an architect for several years before discovering glassmaking. He studied with Curtiss Brock at the Appalachian Center for Crafts and Frantisek Janak at SUPSS in the Czech Republic.
Tomo Sakai studied glass at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan, and then went to the Czech Republic for advanced training in glass engraving and coldworking. She worked closely with Peter Rath of Lobmeyr, in Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic.
In our work, we are passionate about exploring the beauty of glass through experimentation and technique. Our goal is to combine a high level of traditional craftsmanship with
- Terri Logan
“Becoming a metal smith was less than a direct path for me.
Like most of us, I began making art at an early age, and because I was encouraged, I continued to create. In my undergraduate work at Indiana University, I co-majored in the BFA sculpture program and psychology. Although this path was interrupted, I was able to reunite these passions in my clinical graduate degree, MAT, Master of Art Therapy.
“After 18 years in private practice, I decided to retire and devote all my energy to the arts. I’m now 11 % in “jeweler” years and still forming my identity.
- Thomas Arakawa
“I aspire to make unique functional pottery that reflect myself, fit American life style, and enrich customers everyday life. I would like to keep making handmade pottery so that customers can relate my work to me as person. As I am making pottery I think about how individual customers use my pieces and how it affects their life. This gives me a unique connection with the people who use my pots.
I achieve my goal by making functional pottery as an collaborative work between me and customers. Most of my functional-ware are half complete as art. My ikibana vessel and
- Thomas Hoadley
My current ceramic work reflects an investigation into several areas of interest and an attempt to unify solutions to various visual problems. One interest is in the vessel as an abstract sculptural form and its many associations, both literal and metaphoric. Another is pattern and color and how a collection of abstract elements can create various feelings or impressions. A third is an interest in the investigation of surface pattern and three dimensional form. The technique that I use, which results in a penetration of the pattern through the thickness of the wall so as to be visible on
- Three Wheels Pottery
Three Wheel Studio is a ceramic studio and gallery which features a mix of fun, eclectic, and functional handmade ceramics and gifts from a variety of artists, including proprietor Dwo Wen Chen. Unique, one-of-a-kind pottery is made on site.
- Tom Marrinson
Tom Marrinson creates vessels that are studies in
simplicity and grace of form, incorporating
juxtapositions of textures and colors, and the
luminosity of soft non-reflective surfaces. They
will lift the spirits daily.
- Twist River Glass
Jeremy Newman and Allison Ciancibelli are a husband and wife team that own and operate Twisp River Glass, a studio where they collaboratively design and create blown glass sculpture. Jeremy has been blowing glass since 1997, learning the skills of the craft through a traditional apprenticeship with Garth Mudge in Estes Park, Colorado. Allison has been working with glass since opening the studio in 2001. Their studio is located in an old barn in their small farm up the Twisp River.
In order to create each one of a kind piece, Jeremy and Allison incorporate traditional glassblowing skills together with
- Vitrum Studios
“Now, in our fifteenth year, we enjoy a world–wide reputation as one of the finest privately-owned kilnformed glass studios and instructional centers in the United States . “Students from Maine to Florida regularly travel to Vitrum to take our workshops. The prize for the longest distance traveled goes to a student from South Africa, but we have also had students who regularly travel here from all over Canada and across the United States. We always hope to exceed every student’s expectations.
“We are practicing artists who work primarily in the field of kilnformed glass, although we are intrigued with all
- Yuh Okano
Yuh works with several quality textiles and processes
including silk and Shibori. Yuh creates stunning surfaces
which project three-dimensional illusions.
Soft with flow and energy, her scarves are fun and fanciful contriving features of coral and sea animals immersed under water.
Yuh gained her basic design skills in Tokyo before coming to the US and completing her education at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has shared her ideas and taught all over the world.
In the late 90’s Yuh’s distinct ability and flair began attracting prominent clients. Her expertise and work was sought by fashion and fiber art. Her creations were included
- Zemma Mastin White
After exploring many different mediums in my art, I have devoted the last several years to making one of a kind prints. In producing a monoprint I combine a matrix of printmaking processes, such as collograph, monotype, solar plate etching and chine colle. I am fascinated with layering multiple images to create an abstract expression. Through these provocative layers of line, color and forms, intriguing patterns and textures emerge yielding great richness and depth to the surface.