Tag Archives: jewelry

Featured Artists – Valerie Thomas and Dana Shirley

1 Sep
Valerie Thomas and Dana Shirley of Laguna Blue Studios from ChagrinFalls, OH and Naples, FL, have studied with masters in gold smithing both locally at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and internationally at Alchimia Jewellery School in Florence, Italy.
All pieces are one-of-a-kind and Valerie and Dana use both ancient and contemporary fabrication processes to produce a unique style. With a combined 40 years of experience they have developed varying styles and designs which makes their collaborations most interesting.
The couple has won many awards over the years with Dana winning the most recent international and prestigious award in England for his Chasing and Repoussé techniques.
Valerie is a highly skilled gem carver in both organic and fantasy cut gems.
Dana has demonstrated his art of chasing and repoussé at fine art shows for years.
Their distinguished jewelry starts with Argentium® sterling silver, the best sterling on the market today with more pure silver (.935) and it is tarnish resistant and twice as strong as the older sterling.  18k and pure gold are used to accent their higly textured pieces. The artists fabricate quality, one-of-a-kind pieces that will give years of enjoyment

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Featured Artist – Brigitte Matchett

17 Aug

Brigitte Matchette – I have been making jewelry since my teen years. It all started with a rock tumbler that did not work which lead me to learning how to cut and polish stones. The variety of colors and patterns found in stones encompasses the colors of the rainbow and the patterns range from snowflakes in obsidian to bold stripes in banded agate! I also like to use pearls, shell and coral from the sea! Later I experimented with soldiering copper, brass and sterling silver. I really enjoy creating and making filigree jewelry! The best part of making jewelry is learning new techniques and ways to create new items like hand made beads or a new style of earrings. Since I enjoy a challenge, feel free to contact me for custom work!

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Featured Artist – Denise Donaldson

14 Aug

I’m Denise Donaldson, the artist behind Sticks and Glitter.  In 2011, my husband Rick and I started a jewelry design studio to showcase our combined talents.  Rick excels at putting together eye-catching color palettes, while I have a feel for stones and metals.  This site will show you some of our regularly changing portfolio, describe the services we offer, and give you the opportunity to purchase our work.  As artists, we’re always excited to be part of new and exciting projects!

For each of us, jewelry is an expression of our creativity.  To keep our designs fresh and interesting, we continually seek to expand into different techniques and materials.  We like to find unusual uses for standard components and to search for the “wow” elements that make our pieces stand out.  My first love was semi-precious stones, and they remain at the center of much of my work.  I use other materials as well, including several types of metals, fused glass, and even fibers.  Rick focuses on crystals, furnace glass, lampwork glass, and similar materials.  We consider our work to be earth centered.  In our studio overlooking the huge old trees of our back yard, we hammer, bend, string, rivet, wrap, emboss, solder, and otherwise contrive to produce signature pieces, while our dogs snuggle at our feet and our cats preside over the work table.  Our process is very personal and individual; our necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and pendants are made one at a time, not churned out in mass quantities.

In addition to our original design jewelry pieces for the general public, we do custom and commission work.  We can craft a necklace to match a new outfit or dream up a stunning piece for a special occasion.  Our custom skills also extend to repairs.  We can re-string that necklace your grandmother gave you, attach a new clasp, or handle other kinds of repairs so that you can wear everything in your jewelry box.  Whether we’re designing just for you or fixing something you already have, we provide reliable, timely service with professionalism and attention to detail.

Please browse through our pages and see what we’re all about.  Each piece we make is one of a kind, created for the wearer who will appreciate it, the person who doesn’t want to simply look like everyone else.  Feel free to leave us your comments and suggestions or to ask what we can do to make you sparkle!

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Thanks for coming, and enjoy your visit!

Featured Artist – Marie McGlathery

4 Aug

Paper Planet Wearables/Marie McGlathery – I cherish the opportunity to express and share myself as an artist and have always loved jewelry; however, I felt that there just was not enough affordable hand-made jewelry out there. My definition of “hand-made jewelry” is that which is created mostly or entirely from elements that are created by the hands of the artist such as glass beads, clay beads, or in my case, PAPER BEADS! Making jewelry out of paper allows me to recycle and keep my prices low so that everyone can enjoy multiple pieces from Paper Planet! My jewelry is made from recycled paper beads which are hand-rolled from various sources of paper including but not limited to: junk mail, abandoned posters, flyers, magazine pages, postcards, scrapbook paper scraps and yes…even cardboard cup warmers. After their transformation, my beads are sealed with two coats of acrylic. This creates a water-resistant shell and increases the longevity of each piece. After the acrylic processing, the recycled paper beads are combined with various types of accent beads and pendants to create the Paper Planet Wearables jewelry collection. I take great pride in my work and see each necklace, bracelet, and pair of earrings as having its own unique personality. A piece from Paper Planet Wearables can make the perfect eco-friendly accent to any outfit and is sure to elicit comments from friends, family, coworkers, your dental hygienist, or even friendly strangers passing by. My jewelry also makes wonderfully unique gifts!

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Featured Artist – Colleen Croniger

26 Jul

When I am not making jewelry, I work at Case Western Reserve University as a teacher and scientist. I have found that the creative process  to make a unique piece of jewelry is the same creative process used in research.

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Berea Arts Fest is Loved by Artists – Why is Surprising

10 Apr

BAF PostTop 5 reasons why successful artists love the Berea Arts Fest and why you will too.

The Berea Arts Fest is a one-day multimedia arts festival that draws more than 10,000 art enthusiasts to Berea’s historical Triangle on Front St.  Artists, musicians, dancers, and exceptional food set the stage for a great day for every guest and every artist. You may be surprised by the top 5 reasons that artists say keeps them coming back to the Berea Arts Fest:

  1. Hospitality: The Berea Arts Fest is known for providing displaying artists the support they need to help them have a successful day! From a hot cup of coffee, to a snack, or a booth-sitter when they need a break, the Berea Arts Fest is a great host to artists.
  2. Energy: The Berea Arts Fest Takes the word “festival” seriously! Every moment of the day s packed with performances, interactive experiences, music, and more.  Surprises keep guests eager to see and engage artists’ booths.
  3. Location: The Berea Arts Fest continues to refine booth locations and festival layout to maximize traffic and exposure so that every artist is featured.
  4. Feedback: After each Arts Fests, we ask artists for a review as well as their input on how the Fest can be improved. Every year you can see refinements based on artists’ feedback, which make the BAF an artist’s top choice for late summer festivals.
  5. Ease: Artists tell us that the Berea Arts Fest is easy to get to, it’s low cost and they do well in sales.

 

Apply to the Berea Arts Fest by April 23Click Here!

See you there.

Featured Artist – Brigitte Matchett

8 Sep

Brigitte Matchett – I have been making jewelry since my teen years. It all started with a rock tumbler that did not work which lead me to learning how to cut and polish stones. The variety of colors and patterns found in stones encompasses the colors of the rainbow and the patterns range from snowflakes in obsidian to bold stripes in banded agate! I also like to use pearls, shell and coral from the sea! Later I experimented with soldiering copper, brass and sterling silver. I really enjoy creating and making filigree jewelry! The best part of making jewelry is learning new techniques and ways to create new items like hand made beads or a new style of earrings. Since I enjoy a challenge, feel free to contact me for custom work!