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.
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. She is the 2016 recipient of the Society for Contemporary Craft’s LEAP Award.
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.”