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. 

Richard Jones

Richard Jones: “I have been blowing glass for over 25 years and over that time I’ve come to realize a very simple thing, vases are meant for use. Making a vase is not just making another object of home decor, but creating an exquisite frame for flowers. It is an opportunity to engage a dialogue between vase, craftsman, landscape, flower, arranger, and guest. It is a bridge between human built architecture and the natural landscape.
My life as an artist began early with drawing lessons from a small town neighbor and propelled me on a path that lead to a BFA in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1988. I’ve since worked for and with other glass artists and in 2006 took over full ownership of Studio Paran.
When I’m not blowing glass, I try to learn a few things about this world,  current obsessionsinclude Ikebana and a life long commitment to drawing as meditation.”

Five Ply Designs

Five Ply Design is an award winning multi-discipline design studio based in Seattle, Washington. Our name reflects our commitment to viewing design and creative problem solving from multiple perspectives and scales. While many traditional design firms rely on a single approach to design resolution, Five Ply Design embraces the full spectrum of design sensibilities in order to solve our clients needs.
Five Ply was founded in 2006 by Peter Benarcik, an award winning designer and educator. Our team includes experienced architects, interior, furniture and graphic design professionals who work collaboratively to provide seamless integration of design disciplines.

Renee Sonnicsen – Hardwear

Based in Portland, Oregon, the company is owned and operated by Renee Sonnichsen, an artist and designer. She strives to create a line of strong, sexy, and smart handbags that easily transition from day to evenings. Inspired by her vision of today’s woman, the line of handbags proves durability need not be dowdy, nor femininity fussy and fragile, that’s hardwear, and that’s you.

Christine Hartsock

CEH Creations jewelry is made with glasses and beads from Japan and the Czech Republic and a braided fishing line.

CEH Creations was started in 2007 by Christine Heartsick. After 32 years in the world of finance, it was time to take a more creative route.

All pieces are hand woven, using traditional bead weaving methods but with non-traditional materials. Glass, metal, gemstone and hardware components are woven to create unique jewelry. CEH Creations jewelry is made with glasses and beads from Japan and the Czech Republic and a braided fishing line.

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 another technique, she creates unique textures utilizing original photographs she has taken in our National Parks. She etches the design into a texture plate and then roller prints or embosses the design onto the metal. Each piece of jewelry in the Yellowstone and Bryce series is embellished with 24k gold keum boo accents and then oxidized to fully develop the contrasts between the blackened metal and the gold.

 

Estelle has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, most notably at a show in Seoul, South Korea in 2005. She has been a member of the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths since 1988 where she was president from 2000 through 2003. She is currently a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and is a resident artist at The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia where her work can be seen in Studio 201, Metallum.

 

Estelle received her jewelry education at Montgomery College, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Touchstone Center for Crafts. She is continuing to perfect her craft through workshops given by the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths and studying under acclaimed instructors John Cogswell and Mary Ellen Trozzo.

Beverly Tadeu

“Beverly Tadeu coaxes delicate, organic jewelry from precious metals, conveying the vitality and energy of natural elements in gold, silver, and steel pieces… Tadeu achieves softness and grace, capturing the essence of natural objects in elegant, wearable form.” 
– Danielle Maestretti, Heck Yes Craft

We’ve come to love both Beverly and her beautiful jewelry over the past few years, try it on!  It’s amazingly light and beautiful