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.
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.
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
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.
“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.”
“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 in the woods, hiking, looking for mushrooms, and finding plenty of other things along the way. The variety and diversity of life that I encounter finds its way into my work.
“For me, working for myself and making things with my hands makes me feel more grounded and perhaps more human. My work is not rooted in a particular tradition or style, but rather a tempo or mood that I think comes from some combination of my personality and my interest in nature and biology. I try to make works that engage users visually and tactfully, while also fulfilling a purpose for the user. While I’ve gone through many styles and types of work, I think that feeling of animation and energy has remained constant, and it is this which I view as the defining characteristic of what I produce.”
“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 is painted with a black terra sigliatta. I then use an a variety of tools to scratch away the black sig revealing the white clay body. The work is the bisque fired to cone 06. The piece is then glazed and fired to cone 6.”
“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 bonsai pots are complete as art when customer put their plants. My dinnerware are complete as art when customers place their food and used in their everyday life.”
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 endeavor. By fabricating in silver and gold, I create an “armature” upon which I add feathers. These metal forms are linked, strung and/or woven to allow movement with the body– my goal being to create a textile-like feel.
My figurative bird imagery is also from the southern landscape—mainly coastal Florida. Each bird pin is based upon a species common to this area. Like the feather pieces, all of the birds are made in silver yet, I often add high karat gold, feathers, and even oxidization to them.
Ultimately, I want my art to convey harmony in design, grace in execution, and a sense of elegant simplicity.
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 silk/cashmere blend, but only require the easy care of machine wash, machine dry.”