Sam Vaughan FINE ART
Sam Vaughan is a Bay Area artist and printmaker specializing in classical drawing techniques and figurative, narrative themes. He is most influenced by northern renaissance artists but may stumble towards the Baroque at any moment. He has a degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, and is the proprietor and master printer of the infamous Dead Duck Press, and is widely regarded as one of the most handsome and charming stone lithographers in Eastern/Central El Cerrito.
Lilla Cory Warren JEWELRY
Born and raised on a New England island, I graduated from MassArt in Boston with a BFA in Metalsmithing, and moved to Oakland in 2012 to pursue my intuition’s direction. Trips to Penland, and the beauty of the natural world fuel my art. Using forming tools to bring sheet metal into another dimension is the most satisfying set of methods and materials that I have found. With interests in historical metalsmithing and what's beyond this reality we were taught to live in, the result is this question for me to pursue: Can metal rise to another plane, where latent energies are brought to life?
Kim Webster GLASS
Glass has been used to contain what is precious for over 5,000 years. This knowledge, combined with her love of the garden, has become a foundation for Kim’s pieces that celebrate themes of nurture, memory, light, and fecundity. An Honours graduate of Canada’s Sheridan College School of Craft and Design, Kim’s work has been recognized internationally for its narrative content and sense of whimsy. Kim makes her glass in Berkeley, finishes it in Oakland and exhibits most often where glass and gardens meet.
Barbara Weissler JEWELRY
I have a BFA in Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, MO where I studied design under the late Howard Jones.My background and style were born out of the Bauhaus tradition. I work in sterling, gold and gold fill with a love of simplicity and form. I use traditional fabricating techniques, allowing the materials to express themselves as limited editions or one of a kind pieces.
Ray West CERAMICS
I make one-of-a-kind thrown porcelain pieces using crystalline glazes and other similar high-fire fluid glazes, some matt and some high gloss. These kinds of glazes require an exacting application of glaze and firing schedule to be successful. I experiment with new glazes and applications in every work cycle, which are fired in a large commercially manufactured electric kiln with a modern electronic controller which I rebuilt to fire these kinds of glazes. I gravitate to and select glazes that reflect to me some property of nature, whether the cosmos or lichens growing on a rock. My studio is in the Southern Sierra on a tract of private land in what is now Sequoia National Monument.
Sarah Williams JEWELRY
Sarah Williams was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Having grown up in an artistic household and community she was encouraged to explore many avenues of art. Sarah attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art. After graduating college, she spent several years traveling and painting around the world. Through her travels she cultivated inspiration for her design aesthetic within her medias of painting and jewelry design.
Iris Willow JEWELRY
Iris Willow makes handmade enamel jewelry in her studio in San Francisco. Her colorful jewelry adds a splash of color to any outfit. Her pieces begin as copper that she kiln-fires at 1500° to fuse with vibrant powdered glass enamel. She sometimes integrates screen-printed designs into her jewelry or uses fine silver rivets to combine two pieces together allowing for movement between the pieces. Her jewelry is finished with sterling silver ear wires and chains.
Susan Wolf CERAMICS
My inspirations come from nature, someone else’s work, a daydream… The ‘style’ of my work is directed by the clay. When I use a fine white porcelain my work becomes very painterly, but porcelain is extremely temperamental: sticky, prone to cracking, slumping when thin; though the thinness and translucence keep me coming back. Coarse sculpture clays lead me in a more gestural, visceral direction: they are very plastic, forgiving, and the work holds together like iron, but the surface itself is often unbeautiful. A white stoneware is in between, without the best features or pitfalls of either. Looking for grace and humor, I use them all!
Melissa Woodburn CERAMICS
I am inspired by using a variety of media to express statements about the rhythms and cycles of living. The creative nature of the universe excites me and I filter this through my lens of female experience.
I started making pine needle baskets in 1996, a direct result of living under some messy long needled pine trees. I enjoy the meditative aspect of making a coiled vessel, connecting to the greater rhythms, cycles and circles of life. In 2011, I added ceramic to my mix of media, exploring sculptural forms, mosaic, and primitive pit fired clay.
Jane Woodside CERAMICS
Jane Woodside is an independent ceramic artist working in Fairfax, California. She works primarily in red and black stoneware clays because she loves the unusual effects they have on glazes. She decorates each piece with wax resist and several layers of glaze to achieve a unique textural surface. Her work is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, the ceramic arts of Morocco, various textile arts and the geometry of the natural world.
Eko Wright JEWELRY
San Francisco-based Eko Wright’s passion for jewelry making comes from the way a torch and tools can transform a sheet of metal into wearable art. Her minimalistic forms created with sterling silver are influenced by the Japanese concept of the elegant, tranquil and imperfect simplicity of nature. She appreciates both tradition and cutting-edge fashion, and sterling silver is the perfect medium for translating these aesthetics into jewelry. Her work honors nature, the material and the wearer, and she seeks to engender serenity in all her pieces.
I enjoy the technical challenges in creating my mosaic work, whether applying the mosaic to a substrate that I cast in concrete, build up an armature of wire mesh, or repurpose an old frame or ceramic roof tile. Color, texture and shape are central to my work. As a resident of the Bay Area for 30 years, I feel a strong connection to the western landscape, and often integrate natural materials in my work, including river rock, pebbles, beach glass, fossils and shells.
Itsuko Zenitani CERAMICS
Itsuko Zenitani, from Kyoto, Japan relocated to the US in 1980 and began her work at the Potters' Studio in Berkeley, CA. Itsuko's current emphasis is on creating pieces that, while perfectly functional are still pleasing to the eye. Her delicately thrown porcelain forms are quite thin but very strong and feel right in the hand. Further depth is added through subtle patterns of a traditional Celadon or Tenmoku glaze.