Suzanne Schwartz

“I first discovered the freedom art could bring when my grandmother taught me to sew and knit. Even as a child, textiles inspired me with their variety of patterns, textures, and movement and opened my eyes to art’s boundless possibilities.

“As an adult, my creative medium moved from textiles to metals, but the stitching came with me, as seen in my current Interwoven Collections. I love texture, form and intersecting lines and find inspiration in everything from nature to architecture,  fabric, design, lines and texture. All of these spur my personal aesthetic and style.

“I stitch with gold or silver wire on metal shapes, giving my work a three dimensionality while honoring the basic design sense of each piece. Stitching is a way for me to create texture in my jewelry. I love using the texture of the line. Silly as it may sound, I love playing with lines.

“But what I love most is seeing my finished work on other people. Even   though it came from my hands and my inspiration, I see it in a new light. It takes on a life that wasn’t there before and to their personality as if just made for the wearer. It’s exciting and truly gratifying.”

Suzanne Schwartz

ryan j. greenheck

A structured composition is vital within the framework of my vessels.  The rim and feet of my pots are strongly defined areas, while the space in between lends itself to be broken down in parts.  I incorporate a repeated pattern over the surface to assist in accentuating the volume within the forms.  The surface of my vessels is constantly explored.  Sensitivity in the glazing process must be attained in order to preserve the essence of the piece. – Ryan J. Greenheck

mary + louann

“We create fun, modern jewelry intended to delight. Everything is designed and hand crafted by us in our studio.  Our current body of work is inspired by architecture, geometry, texture and patterns in form and color.
Our work is born from a collaboration that is always evolving in its details. We thrive on the development of work through a constant exchange of ideas and the perpetually growing vision of our joint body of work.
Our choice of materials include sterling silver, and powdercoated base metals.
Our collaboration began while attending the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque where we were both completing BFAs. We have shown our work in galleries, museum exhibitions, art festivals, craft shows and exhibitions in print. We currently live in North Carolina and have been collaborating for over 20 years.” mary and luann

Lauren Markley

Lauren Markley is a native of Kansas currently living in Raleigh, NC. She began studying metalsmithing in 2007 and has taken classes in New York City, Penland, NC, and Iowa City, IA. She maintains a studio at The Carter Building in Raleigh and exhibits at numerous craft shows every year. Her jewelry can be found online and in boutiques and galleries throughout the United States.