"I make art because I am searching for things. I do not approach my easel with an overriding objective to change anything or anyone. Rather I am looking for something. Looking teaches me, and teases thinking out of me, and precipitates internal and external conversation that I believe do me good. My job of course is to paint, and to paint very well, but I have observed that art often accomplishes something quite independently of any artist's intentions. It is understandably difficult to accomplish things beyond your own intentions and so my way is to walk forward into the work looking for something and being open to finding something else altogether.
My subjects are typically not grand, they are you and me – a little awkward in their common work-a-day holiness. They are often not "getting it", or perhaps getting it wrong. They are misunderstood, like you and I are misunderstood, but loved and lovely too. They are a little heavy footed in their dancing, a little disheveled in their useful and inscrutable activities, a little disoriented in their best of intentions. The subjects in my paintings are metaphorical and mythological autobiography and when it is working, they are you too."
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"I am endlessly inspired by the colors of the sea and warm sun brought together. I imagine while wearing this topaz ring, one could gaze down at the cool pool of blue and be transported to tropical waters. For me, this ring and necklace evoke feelings of twinkling starry nights and enchanting tide pools.
One of the very special elements in this necklace is the tiny hand cut lapis beads that the pendant is strung between. They are the finest quality of lapis, and I absolutely love how tiny yet bright they are. The human hand is evident in them, giving them an organic yet refined feeling. The radiant blue topaz pendant is wrapped in 22k gold, which creates contrast and warmth.
I love designing jewelry that creates a statement, but can be worn and enjoyed every day. I feel these topaz pieces embody that spirit."
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"Living by the coast gives me inspiration every day. Opening my eyes in the morning, seeing the great beauty of the sea gives me joy and fills my heart with happiness.
When spring comes along, and flowers blossom all around, so many colors brighten my days. This necklace defines what I love most - the combination of blue green and spots of yellow, just like the nature around us. There are many possibilities to wear this necklace. You can wear it with light or dark colors, brightening your look at any time and all seasons around the year."
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The natural world inspires me to create from my soul. My inner wisdom comes alive while following my heart, while drawing from things I find beautiful like these old wise California Oak trees. These are the symbols that resonate with me and why I feel so deeply passionate about creating vibrant inspirational jewelry.
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Alex Marshall's blue and white glaze; a contemporary twist on the familiar blue and white combination. Evoking the sea and skies with a few perfect clouds, a blue and white palette brings comfort and style that's cool, calm, and collected. Alex Marshall’s blue and white ombre' glazing pays homage to this timeless color combination while updating it for today's design sensibilities. Staying true to our handmade ethos, our blue and white vase is glazed by hand dipping 60% of the vase in our royal blue glaze, turning it over and hand dipping 60% of the vase in our gloss white glaze. This hand glazing technique creates multiple layers of subtle light blues where the two glazes overlap and ensures each vase is as individual and unique as its new owner.
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"I've always had a love affair with colors. Perhaps, because I was born in the Spring...
Springtime is when the magic begins...washing away grey days...bringing forth blue skies...greenery...delightful blossoms...and the aromas and sounds of life. I tried to captured these colors of life in these two pieces. I think we wear jewelry because we are drawn to it, maybe because it captures or reflects a part of us...it's personal, not just something to match an outfit. Colors make me happy, and I want a constant reminder of what I strive for in my life...happiness."
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Noelle VanHendrick and Eric Hendrick
Sentiment Bloom Be Cups
"We have all that is needed inside of us, to bloom to our greatest potential, to be our grandest self. I made a product "Bloom Be" to remind us to water that seed to grow."
Handmade cups crafted from artfully asymmetrical, glazed clay then handpainted, inspiring people to bloom into the best version of themselves.
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"Sparkling stars in a peaceful midnight sky have a universal quality that all people, in all cultures in the world can find beauty. It unifies us all in a small way. To capture the magic, each shade is pierced with constellations that sparkle when lit."
Janna Ugone melds a passion for the natural world with a modern perspective to create artful objects for the home. She brings backgrounds in jewelry, ceramics and painting to her work, along with exceptional attention to detail and uncompromising dedication to quality. From conception to final inspection, each piece travels a long path of careful consideration. The result is handcrafted works of art that light up a room.
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Dennis and Roy Barloga
"The remarkable metamorphosis from Caterpillar to butterfly is my own personal reminder that anything is possible."
" I was first intrigued by butterflies on a trip to Mexico when I was a boy. As butterflies of all shapes, sizes and colors danced in the air around me I became aware of how fragile beauty can be. That moment and that realization have never left me."
Father and son photographers Dennis and Roy Barloga, each acclaimed in his own right, combine their separate expertise and visions. The arresting black and white photographs are giclée printed on unique paper, handmade from plant bark in Nepal. Totally handcrafted, each piece of paper is unique, with slight variations in color and thickness. Photos are individually printed, titled
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New York native Jane Diaz has collaborated with Nepalese metal smiths for twenty-six years creating a unique hand-made line of designer jewelry. A background in fine art, anthropology and dance, combined with a life-long passion for ritual and ornamentation, lead Jane to her success as a designer. Tying all these interests together, she envisions a collection of jewelry perfectly matched with the traditional hand- made techniques of Nepal. As the industrial world expands to consume many ancient crafts, Jane Diaz values the one of a kind distinction of the "human touch" to each individual piece. It is important to her to keep the skills of these craftsmen alive. Jane designs her jewelry as a way to express her life experience and aesthetic. The confetti of charms in the line make up a spiritual symbolism that has come out of personal inquiry, world travel and cultural studies. Painterly colors characterize her stone collections and the romance of periods such as the Victorian, Art Deco and Mid Century Modern give form and shape to her collections.
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Living on her ranch in California, Jes MaHarry is often inspired by her surroundings, turning them into whimsical pictographs scrawled into precious metals or home goods. Jes MaHarry's nesting tables are no exception. "My husband and I set out to make a functional piece of furniture that had an organic flare yet a rugged twist. We decided to make Nesting tables, coming from Ojai which means "The Nest" we felt it appropriate. Patrick and I designed the Nesting Tables to fit perfectly inside each other, each one styled with clean lines and ingredient; cold rolled steel. Each piece is handmade in Ojai, California - from welding to cutting the metal to giving each one a beautiful patina to hand signing. These tables are sturdy, durable and always dependable. We work in our outdoor welding studio with a nice breeze, our dogs always a foot or so away and good music flowing through the air."
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Heather B. Moore
Heather Moore's designs blend her passion for art with her talent for storytelling. Each personalized piece is hand stamped letter by letter, number by number, thereby imparting one-of-a-kind character. The stamps themselves are unique to her creations, designed and milled in her Cleveland, Ohio, studio. Her jewels are collectible classics. In sterling silver or 14kt gold, they are imbued with meaning and destined to become treasured heirlooms as they're passed down through the generations.
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My inspiration for this piece came from an Art Deco ring I came across. It has such great sweeping, graceful lines and I just imagined it so perfectly as both a pendant and a redesigned ring. By changing some aspects of the piece from its original design, I was able to really bridge the gap between old and new. Recreating vintage is a huge passion of mine. If you are familiar with any of my other pieces, I tend to create very delicate "girly girl" jewelry, many necklaces are made to layer with one another. As I am often quoted as saying "why wear one when you can wear seven."
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