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Each piece of pottery made by Autumn is hand thrown on a potters wheel. After drying and application of food safe glazes, each piece is fired to over 2200 degrees. All clays and glazes are lead free, food safe and can be put in the microwave or dishwasher.
My medium of choice is painting in a variety of styles and types including watercolor, acrylic, oil and mixed media. Most of my inspiration comes from nature and my style can be characterized by bold lines and organic movements.
Jewelry utilizing corals from our states ancient sea bed. They include Petoskey, Horn Coral, Charlevoix Stone and Honeycomb Coral. The necklace, bracelet, and earring material are jaspers, amazonite, Botswana, and aquamarine beads. I also use leather. The corals come from Point Betsie Lighthouse and Christmas Cove.
Carrie’s lively spirit and pixie face might have been a clue to her creative personality as she grew up in Michigan. Always attuned to color and style, her artistic energies were first directed to painting. Work with clay seemed a natural direction to follow and for several years Carrie studied stoneware and ceramic clay as well as teaching clay craftsmanship to others. Carrie was introduced to fused glass by working with a well known glass artist in Dallas, Texas who designs and makes glass sculptures and vessels as well as leaded glass windows and doors. This stimulated Carrie’s interest and love for designing and creating glass jewelry.
The jewelry I create comes from a mixture of learning from others and experimentation. My passion lies with incorporating vintage tin and findings within the folds and textures of various metals. I love hammering and heating metal and seeing the changes that take place, like a painter adding color and texture to a canvas. Most of my jewelry is one-of-akind by virtue of the techniques as well as the vintage materials used. I also am always on the lookout for fabulous natural stone and glass beads from artists around the United States. I travel west to New Mexico once a year to scour for unique materials to incorporate into my pieces.
I am a jeweler working in sliver and mixed metals. My jewelry features unique gemstones in fabricated settings. I use Keum-boo (24k gold fused to sterling) and Mokume-gane (differently colored metals, fused and patterned), chasing and fold forming in my work. Most of my pieces are one-of-a-kind.
David’s romanticism has not been cured by 30 years of commercial art. A history scholar on the side, he love the old Dutch Masters and Pre-Raphaelites along with N.C. Wyeth and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Naturally, he prefers traditional oils on canvas, painting in several layers with drying in between. David’s philosophy is that “Good art is like Jazz: it should have artistic beauty, but also bring a spark of wit.” That said, most of his work rests beauty alone. Like many painters who are also photographers, he works from images captured as painting “notes,” but uses his drawing skills rather than projecting or printing onto canvas. David is excited about what’s next. You can follow his canvas adventures through DavidClassicDesign.com and his Facebook page. He will accept commissions in almost any subject, including formal portraiture.
Stephen Kinnard moved way too much as a kid. He found a way to make the most of it by shooting photographs during a cross country move to California when he was twelve. His knack for observing detail, pattern, light, and space found a home and flourished as he toted his camera everywhere he went. After spending his high school years inAnn Arbor, he traveled extensively as a young man and student of photography. In 2009, he returned to Michigan to make it his home and the subject of his most recent work. He is an opportunistic photographer who captures landscapes, nature, architecture, and abstract fine art images that are Michigan-based in general and specific to Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas.
I enjoy taking photos of all different types of things. I really love nature and trying to take that great shot of birds.
I use a mixture of exotic and domestic woods cut in fun shapes to create functional boxes.
My handbags are created using crocheted fibers, whimsical fabrics and other found objects. My upholstered furniture is re-upholstered vintage furniture using vintage grainsacks, crochet embellishments and other fabrics.
Hand Made Glass Lovelies designed and fabricated by Molly Rajski. My glass serving pieces are made from sheet glass which is cut or lampworked into shape and fused together, then slumped into its final shape. I also make lampworked glass beads who are either sold as bead only or fashioned into earrings, bracelet, or necklace.
Many years experience making high quality pens and jewelry boxes.
Mick Sayers started metalwork as a hobby to make campfire tools for personal use. His metalwork has evolved into a small business for campfire tools and more, including log holders, sign holders, plant holders. All hand made.
Silver Sisterhood is the collaboration of metalsmiths Kathryn Ruffin and Mary Kernahan. Joining us this year is Lesley DiPiazza. Drawing our inspiration from many sources, our sterling jewelry is handcrafted using traditional metalsmithing and fabrication techniques. Techniques employed include forming, forging, soldering, lost wax and direct casting, chainmaille, Keum boo, and various surface finishing techniques. We strive to focus on contrast, texture and surface embellishment. With the exception of an occasional purchased finding, everything is made entirely by our own hands. We offer a full range of earrings, necklaces, bracelets (wrist and ankle), pins and rings, and welcome custom orders.
While the majority of our work is executed in sterling silver, other metals may be used either alone or in combination. Those metals may include gold-filled, brass, copper, steel, aluminum or bronze. Many designs incorporate hand set stones or other media such as artisanal or beach glass, pearls, wood or ceramics. Whenever possible, we strive to use elements that are created by other artisans, rather than commercially produced pieces. If the design dictates, stone beads may be employed to achieve the desired effect, but beaded jewelry is not our intention. Our focus is bringing unique designs to market that reflect not just the influences of our muses and personalities, but also those of the client.
I started designing puzzles in 1998. We have been going to fairs across the country until last year when we settled in Michigan in our home state.
After a long and successful professional career, I developed my skills in the family craft of woodworking. A keen interested in the Arts and Crafts Movement in Europe and America between 1885 and 1920 inspires my work. I take special pride in the ability to showcase the natural beauty of the highly figured wood – quarter-sawn white oak, curly maple, and other domestic hardwoods, using environmentally friendly finishes – shellac, alcohol and water. I specialize in custom art frames for fine art, art tiles, prints/posters associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement, beveled mirrors, and awards. My innovative frame designs combine beautiful wood with mortise and tenon joinery to provide a unique and powerful presentation of art works. I also accept commissions for faithful and refined reproductions of significant Arts and Crafts period furniture works by noted movement artists.
My work is a reflection on what I see in the natural world. Living creatures drive my curiosity and guide me to create the images I desire.
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