My joy is in working with fine, found, and recycled materials to form unique, wearable sculptures. I create pieces that emphasize texture through metal crochet, weaving, multiple patinas and other adventurous techniques. My background in painting and printmaking also often come into play in the tumultuous, wonderful marriage of practices that form my art.
Joshua Haiman & Holly DeFount
Husband and wife artists Joshua and Holly handcraft every aspect of their jewelry, from initial design sketches, to delicately carved casting models, to hand-forging one of a kind statement pieces with an elegant, eclectic emphasis on art, history, and magic. They rely on ethically sourced materials including recycled and fair-mined metals, and practice environmentally responsible principles both in the studio and out.
Mexican border town culture, three years of childhood spent in Iran during the early 1960's and the Greek heritage of her father's family have all been active influences in Mirto's creative endeavors. Everything harkens to strong color, coupled with an effusive and mystic intent. The state of being human --the state of the heart; all striving to be accomplished with very humble elements, discards and sticks found on the ground.
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.
My Studio and home are in Martinez, California. I have been a glass artist for over 30 years, working with various techniques. These tempered glass mosaics are made with mostly recycled materials. The colors seen are paintings and pigments on the piece itself, and then broken tempered glass is adhered to on top of the painting. I am also a glass bead maker. Some of the mosaics have glass beads embedded in them to give more of a 3D appearance. Translucent pieces allow natural light to shine through displaying colors and movement, and as light hits the opaque pieces, the reflection and refraction of light changes the pieces all day long.
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.
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.
I've been turning art pieces for decades and have finally decided to make it my day job. I started by turning the handrail posts when renovating my Victorian home in Berkeley but quickly moved to bowls which provide me with more creative dimensions. I only use downed wood from the urban forest--city trees that have fallen or need to be removed for some reason. The finishes are non toxic. If you ever lose a favorite tree give me a call so I can make a lovely memory piece out of the trunk.