Mark turns his wonderful vessels mainly from green wood. His sculptural touches for example, notches, the wood he uses, and the beautiful colors he adds to his bowls make his functional pieces works of art.
Melissa Stiles received her degree in Architecture and worked in the field for ten years before founding her jewelry company. She makes modern jewelry that combines the discipline of her architectural training with the exploration of industrial materials and processes. Her work expresses modern simplicity and flawless execution with the illusion of effortless design. She strives to expose only the intentional form without gratuitous details. The result is design that celebrates the simple and pure form in beautifully wearable color combinations.
Stiles works in various materials including hand-pigmented resin, laser cut stainless steel, brushed aluminum, powder-coated enamel, and silver. These materials lend themselves to blending different means of fabrication resulting in a collection of minimal, durable jewelry in cheerful colors with bold graphic designs.
“Becoming a metal smith was less than a direct path for me.
Like most of us, I began making art at an early age, and because I was encouraged, I continued to create. In my undergraduate work at Indiana University, I co-majored in the BFA sculpture program and psychology. Although this path was interrupted, I was able to reunite these passions in my clinical graduate degree, MAT, Master of Art Therapy.
“After 18 years in private practice, I decided to retire and devote all my energy to the arts. I’m now 11 % in “jeweler” years and still forming my identity. Primarily self-taught, my work is based on formal concerns, design and function. Coming from a fine arts perspective, function is a new and important dimension for me. Coming from a psychological perspective, I make jewelry because of the intimacy the function allows. I use metal and stone (river rocks) because they are inherently strong materials. The combination of metal and stone allows me to integrate the industrial and organic elements of our world. These materials are rich in their historic value, and intrinsic to our growth as a civilization; their abundant character, separate or in relation to each other, offers me infinite possibilities as a language.”
Three Wheel Studio is a ceramic studio and gallery which features a mix of fun, eclectic, and functional handmade ceramics and gifts from a variety of artists, including proprietor Dwo Wen Chen. Unique, one-of-a-kind pottery is made on site.
Yuh works with several quality textiles and processes
including silk and Shibori. Yuh creates stunning surfaces
which project three-dimensional illusions.
Soft with flow and energy, her scarves are fun and fanciful contriving features of coral and sea animals immersed under water.
Yuh gained her basic design skills in Tokyo before coming to the US and completing her education at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has shared her ideas and taught all over the world.
In the late 90’s Yuh’s distinct ability and flair began attracting prominent clients. Her expertise and work was sought by fashion and fiber art. Her creations were included in Donna Karan and Martha Stewart. Shortly thereafter, TextilesYuh was born.
Eric Cruz studied architecture and worked as an architect for several years before discovering glassmaking. He studied with Curtiss Brock at the Appalachian Center for Crafts and Frantisek Janak at SUPSS in the Czech Republic.
Tomo Sakai studied glass at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan, and then went to the Czech Republic for advanced training in glass engraving and coldworking. She worked closely with Peter Rath of Lobmeyr, in Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic.
In our work, we are passionate about exploring the beauty of glass through experimentation and technique. Our goal is to combine a high level of traditional craftsmanship with a modern design sensibility – a fusion of materiality and simplicity.