Glenda Jordan CERAMICS
Landscapes and nature have always been a powerful presence in my life. My garden planters, birdbaths, and shrines combine a love of this region and an interest in some of its earlier history. My glaze colors inspired by the nature of the Bay Area, are reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century. The Victorian embellishments gleaned from antique stores and junk yards also evoke an earlier era of California culture.
Robert Kahl GLASS
Robert Kahl's studio is nestled in a rural community in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Built in 2012, it has became the portal for his creative endeavors. With over 20 years of experience as a glass artist, Robert is passionate about combining color, texture, and form into each piece. With established craftsmanship as well as experimentation, he concentrates on the importance of quality and originality. Inspired by natural elements found locally and during travel, he blends them into his work.
Osa Kauffman TEXTILES, UPCYCLED
Osa Kauffman is a self-taught leather worker in San Francisco, CA, creating bags for both women and men. Osa enjoys working with leather because of its’ versatile textures and colors. Her interest in creating leather bags started when she sewed a bag for herself as an experiment to create a bag that was pleasing to the eye yet practical. Since then, she has continued to create bags in various designs and colors. Her style is characterized as straightforward and rustic with a modern edge.
Janet Kaufman JEWELRY
Please enjoy my heartfelt jewelry made for everyday living. I enjoy creating jewelry to adorn and accentuate the beauty and femininity of women. As a dancer and teacher of the Nia technique, I am inspired to design jewelry that can be worn gracefully in movement. I think of jewelry as a statement revealing a woman’s unique style and personality. I received my training at the Richmond Art Center and the Revere Academy in 2000.
Diana Keevan JEWELRY
Diana was born in Bogota, Colombia. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Duke University and then returned to Bogota to work at the Andes University. While doing biological drawings for the University, she developed an interest in the arts and began studies in drawing and painting at the David Manzur Academy. After moving to the U.S. Diana continued to develop her art in numerous workshops. It was in one of these workshops that she became intrigued by three-dimensional art and now works mostly in sculpture and jewelry.
John Kenyon FINE ART
Growing up in Lancashire milltown surrounded by stone-built moorland farms has strongly influenced my choice of subject. I find suburbia unpaintable, so I have sought out gutsy images such as old boatyards, industrial dereliction and remote pre-modern rivers and harbors.As there are less and less of these around, I occasionally take refuge in fantasy, enlivening serene Lake Merritt for instance, with a sinking ocean liner and a surprised Tyranosaurus Rex.
Spring Kraeger TEXTILES
For the last several years I have concentrated my weaving focus on making chenille scarves. I love texture and color. Rayon chenille is a fiber that feels luxurious. After much experimentation, I found that using a very fine tussah silk weft allows the textile to have a good drape and also prevents the rayon chenille from “worming.” I design the placement of color and stripes for each scarf individually, so each scarf is unique. The stripes are based on the fibonacci sequence, a series of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers… 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, etc. These numbers are found in nature and can be observed in flower parts, leaflets etc
Edward Lay JEWELRY
I love the dual nature of metal: rigid and unyielding, but with the proper tools and techniques it can be coaxed into fluid forms. Iím particularly drawn to the techniques that emphasize those qualities such as forging. Another method is fold forming in which sheet metal is folded, hammered, and unfolded to generate 3D forms. Fold forming has helped my work to achieve a more spontaneous, improvisational quality.
Enameling (fusing glass to metal) is the other major branch of my work. When I'm not making a things out of metal, I teach others to, primarily at the Richmond Art Center.
Jannie Ledard GLASS
I am fascinated by the endless opportunities that glass offers to the artist.My compositions are mostly abstract where I let the interplay of color, texture and form invite reactions from the observer.Brazilian agate is an important component in my creations for its translucent beauty and the healing power of its innate energy.I have been honored to have my work displayed along with 107 other glass artists from around the world, in « Creative Glass » by McFadden and Kracun, published in 2008. I live in the Ashland-Talent area of Southern Oregon.
Sarah Liron JEWELRY
Much of my work focuses on creating textured gold and silver jewelry. I use a variety of processes including etching, corrugation, heat treatment, hammering and roller printing with lace and paper. Gold is often added through the Korean process of Keum Boo, which bonds thin layers of 24 karat gold to a silver surface.
My inspiration comes from a variety of sources. Outdoor photographs I have taken are used to create etched images. Simple geometric shapes become earrings and Japanese paper is captured inside resin to add color and design to the metal.
Dania Lukey CERAMICS
Dania Lukey is a full time studio potter in the Sacramento area. After receiving her architecture degree from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo and studying in Italy, Dania discovered her love for clay while pursuing her Masters in Education at Sacramento State University. There her interests in architecture, Japanese poetry, contemporary art, and ancient textiles found a natural expression in form and function. She currently works from her home studio in Carmichael where she lives with her husband, dog Lucy, and their three chickens.
Karin Lusnak TEXTILES
My work alternates between two art forms, quilt making and sculpture. Layering, repetition, and a metaphorical overlay of patterns and personal stories, are used to evoke the element of time. Favorite motifs include the house form and the spiral. Along with the many examples of spirals in nature such as seashells, air currents and the double helix of DNA, the psychological connotations of growth and development are appropriate and delightful associations.