Daria Salus JEWELRY
Daria Salus has been working with small metals for over 15 years, now working in Santa Cruz California but always inspired by nature. She hand fabricates all work using techniques like photo etching, embossing, forming, enameling, and bezel setting.
The process used to create her images in enamel is her own unique version of the basse-taille technique. It involves a photo-etching process, and the application of an underglaze to set off the etched image in black. She then uses transparent enamels to add color to the piece while allowing the image to show through. Many of Daria’s images come from photos she has taken herself.
Suzanne Saul FINE ART
After moving to The Bay Area, I now find myself in a transition in my approach to painting. Abstraction is creeping in, and I find a new love and joy of the pure application of paint. Some images are apparent, at times, but the more formal concerns are with the juxtaposition of color, line and shapes and the movement created throughout the composition. I start with no preconceived idea, shapes merge, disappear, reappear to be reborn, and create a narrative of some sorts until it all seems a finished dance.
James Scott's passion for wood began in Europe. He worked in Germany making flutes, while studying old recorders and baroque flutes in the museums until 1982. He later moved to Berkeley, raised a family, and started a career in computer engineering. He has recently come full circle to his creative past. "What I make has flexibility, I can be experimental with colors and shapes. Wood is beautiful nothing compares to taking a few scraps of it and watching something emerge. I am enchanted by the smell of it, I can recognize 20 different kinds of wood by their scent alone."
Arbel Shemesh JEWELRY
My pieces are inspired by nature and a life long love of fantasy and science fiction. You will not find a replica of a terrestrial flower or butterfly, rather, a collection of flora that could exist somewhere. I use the Italian Millifiori (million flowers) method of caning to create the leaves. The technique was used by the ancient Romans and Phoenicians to work glass, in modern times, polymer clay artists have embraced this versatile technique which makes it possible to create images in a tube shape.
Zahava Sherez FINE ART, MIXED MEDIA
Art is my preferred mode of communication. Color and form give me a language that allows me to directly convey my beliefs about the human race and our differences/gifts.
I come from a long lineage of Jewish nomads. My people are Immigrants that fled countries and continents due to physical, political, or economic survival. Along the way pieces of many cultures got attached to my DNA: numerous languages including Russian, Yiddish, Spanish, Quechua, Hebrew, Arabic, and English, plus a variety of ethnic foods, jokes, and stories. I join my voice to those who elevate the conversation to new heights, arguments to new understandings, and conflicts to resolutions. This is what I focus on and this is what I express through my art.
Mary Shisler PHOTOGRAPHY
I love beauty and find it often in flowers and leaves. I consider myself a simple person with a straightforward approach. I enlarge the botanical specimens so others may find their beauty of form and color more readily. My job as an artist is to help others find beauty in simplicity.
Ellen Singer-Vine TEXTILE
For the past 30 years, I have helped people peel away layers of their past, look at each layer in detail for patterns and repetitions. I have worked to clarify hidden meanings and to stretch a person’s desires and potential to their fullest, to think outside of the box and to keep what is dear and put aside the unnecessary. People remain who they are at their core, but have more freedom to develop the best parts. This is a process of deconstruction and reconstruction with careful attention and deep feelings. I experience a parallel process when I create art.
Ethan Snyderman FINE ART
Ethan Snyderman is a Berkeley Artist born and raised. When he isn’t carving woodblocks late into the night, the elusive printmaker gravitates towards either the sea or riparian environments in search of natural treasures and solace. The Artist favors the reduction technique for color prints– multiple layers are built up in succession from the same piece of wood. No matter the Artist’s intention, the medium ultimately determines qualities of the image. Intuitive decisions are made along the way, thus the end product is always different from the initial sketch.
Valerie Sobel JEWELRY
Valerie Sobel is an artist of many trades. She shares her time between mixed media painting and textile art. She finds inspiration in nature, world culture and historical fashion, to create objects that people can enjoy and use in their daily life. The designer works with natural materials such as wool, silk, linen and cotton. Her concern for the environment also led her to explore the use of discarded pieces of fabric and second hand clothes which she deconstructs, and fashions into new elements. She often combines a variety of felting techniques as well as sewing, embroidery and beading.
Michael Sosin GLASS
My work emphasizes the process of blowing and forming hot glass using design elements that can be incorporated into the molten material. The long tradition of working with the material in its "purest form" is compelling. My challenge is to add these elements into the pieces and still maintain the integrity of the process. I want to capture the beauty that can be implicit in the simplest form, line and color.
Ross Spangler CERAMICS
Elegant form and brilliant glazes are the hallmarks of Ross Spangler's work. Reminiscent of the refined styles of ancient Chinese and Japanese pottery, Ross' pieces reflect a timeless balance of graceful form, delicate glaze techniques and meticulous craftsmanship of porcelain. All pieces are completely lead free.
Gail Splaver CERAMICS, JEWELRY
I like my work to tell you that it was made by hand - the shaping, texturing, and glazing - and as you can see, not even two parts to a pair are exactly alike. The basic material is clay plus ideas suggested by nature.
Anne Stewart CERAMICS
After a formal education in fine art and sculpture, I turned to clay. I'm now constantly challenged to make a functional piece that brings beauty and aesthetic into people's daily lives. I'm attracted to the strong clean white quality of porcelain, but also to the wonderful raw, warm earthiness of sculpture clay. I guess working in both media somehow keeps me balanced.
Woodwork has been a part of my life for many years. Over the past several years, I have been designing jewelry boxes, creating hardwood earrings, making animal jigsaw puzzles for children and using lovely walnut for creating decorative trivets. I use exotic hardwoods because of their unusual colors, patterns and textures. Finding new woods with beautiful hues and intrinsic figured patterns in them is a big part of the excitement, creativity and fun of making useful and aesthetically pleasing hardwood artwork.
Junko Stickney JEWELRY
My goal in designing and fabricating jewelry is to achieve a line and flow reflecting forms that occur in nature. The materials themselves create their own flow. I feel like I am listening to the metal or stone. I play with them until the form tells me to stop. My jewelry is a expression of my spirit, to be in harmony with the natural world.
Irene Storch began studying fine arts after moving to the Bay Area from Germany in 1981. Eventually her interests expanded into jewelry-making. Equally inspired by the designs and materials of modern technology as those of nature and ancient crafts (like wearing wire-wrapping) her jewelry symbolizes the interaction between the two.
Aisling Svennungsen JEWELRY
Except for a few forays to the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest, Aisling Svennungsen grew up in New England. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012, she was a resident artist at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, Oregon, and then established herself as an independent jeweler in Northern California. She launched Moss Follows, a collection of crocheted jewelry inspired by explorations of landscapes, seascapes, forests, and Earth’s seasonal transitions. Her wearable art pieces invoke a sense of wonder and enchantment.
Katie Swan is from Southern California and a UCLA graduate. She moved up to the bay area to pursue her art where she now teaches Yoga and Art during the day and sculpts by night. Katie finds joy and inspiration in her teaching and the healing arts.
All of Katie Swan’s work is handmade without the use of any sculpting tools. She forms the texture as she individually builds up each piece. The amount of clay that she starts with is the same as she finishes. The work of Katie Swan shows the dance between handmade and fully natural.
Jacqueline Thompson CERAMICS
I consider myself a painter/potter because I choose to paint images on clay rather than canvas. I enjoy the decorative process of combining form, function and decoration. Whether its a complicated repeat pattern or an abstract overall design, form and usability are very important and an integral part of the finished piece.
Carolyn Tillie JEWELRY
Hearkening back to the days of yore, Carolyn’s jewelry taps into a primal and internal sense of history. Either in the repurposing of vintage Edwardian jewelry (most notably items created with Guilloche enamel) or into the Jungian archetypes of Alchemical symbols or commonplace utensils, there is a sense of mystery in relation to tradition, ritual, and a personal mythology. The symbolic storytelling within each piece of jewelry bridges a primal need for body adornment with a secret Gnosis encased in each piece that is worn.
Karen Trown JEWELRY
Karen Trown Jewelry is designed to be modern and edgy, yet also delicate. Industrial shapes, patterns and textures, as well as those that occur in nature, are the inspiration for my work. I follow a very organic design process. Most of my designs are a result of experimentation with materials, shapes and fabrication techniques, which I use to create forms that appeal to me both visually and texturally. I’m committed to sustainable practices and use recycled and natural materials. I design and handcraft all of my jewelry in my studio located in the SF Bay Area. Artist Website