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

Zach Jonas

We feel fortunate to have met Jonas at the Smithonian and Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Shows.  His work is the definition of handmade and one of a kind at it’s best.

“The art of the bladesmith is a deeply satisfying experience. It is both challenging and elemental in nature, requiring intense heat, considerable strength and focus, and an acute personal bond with the materials at hand. Without any one of these, there can be no knife. As such, the craft both offers and demands a reverence for the history and tradition of making and using edged implements. I hope to write my own small chapter into this history, to continue and expand the ancient art of knife making, and to produce exceptional blades in the process.” Zach Jonas

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.

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

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. Hand-dying my yarns gives me complete control of my color palette. My passion is to create refined scarves and shawls that are beautiful to look at and comfortable to wear.”
-Muffy Young