I love the natural colors, all my work has a clear, hand rubbed finish. Many are local (Texas) woods, cut by myself from logs on a sawmill. I like to use parquet (1/4" thick pieces fitted together), stone inlay, and Lichtenburg technique--which involves running a 12,000 volt current through the wood to produce dramatic fractal patterns.
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It is all about function and creating a canvas for the glorious jewel toned glazes in the collaborative work of Potters Brown, Doug and Beth Brown from Edom, Texas. To say that Doug is obsessed with glazes would be an understatement, committing his 50 years as a potter to the science of glaze chemistry. Since founding the Edom Craft Community in Edom in 1971, things have not changed much in the studio, still done pretty much the old fashioned way. Clay is made,then thrown or slab-rolled, layers of hand painted glazes, and high-fired in a reduction atmosphere. “We love to entertain and cook, and whether you are hosting a lavish dinner party or dinner for 2, our work is meant to be enjoyed on a daily basis, and would be honored to grace your table, home and lives.”
We, as artists today, are the shapers of myths for tomorrow. Our ideas interpret past, present and future experiences as we perceive them. All art forms are the definitive influence of society on us, its’ artists, its interpreters, its’ creators of myths.Our task in today's society is the creation of works that explore a combination of materials encompassing all of these influences. Our concentration on integrating sophisticated naturalism with precious metals lets us link our future with the primal spiritualism of our ancestors. Using the natural character of materials paired with polished surfaces and colored planes gives the forms of our pieces spirit."Ancient Futurism” is our concept of this societal experience. With the freedom to explore and be influenced by the materials –OUR WORK BECOMES THE MATERIALISM OF OUR IMAGINATION.
I am a maker of fancy porcelain pottery. Each pot is carefully and precisely executed with a mindful meditative approach to the overall design and decoration. I purposely want my pottery to feel tactility soothing and visually exciting. I would like you to have a sense of wonderment and excitement each time you use my pottery...I know I still do each time I create one.
We love glass. Glass is a perfect material for exhibiting light and color, and it is continually fascinating to manipulate the hot orange liquid on the blowpipe, shape, blow, and form it, and then it cools cold, hard, and colorful. We have been told when we collaborate in the studio it is like a dance, and we enjoy the process and our interaction as we perform to create each piece of glass. Several of our customers have told us our glass has a zen quality. We are pleased our glass objects have that special and natural presence. We strive and we think succeed in making art glass that is beautiful, decorative, functional, and affordable. Every piece is signed McKenzie and dated with the year we made it.
Mike Haley & Susy Seigele
We live on a mountaintop in the middle of an old Ozark farm, so we see critters all the time: deer, turkeys, snakes, turtles, lizards, fish. It is interesting to look for the essence of their animal nature, and to give our own interpretations to these things that have inspired artists throughout the ages.We are constantly striving to create work that resonates with a connection to the natural world and to humanity’s place in it.
I’ve had a lifelong passion for making functional pottery, the Zen quality of the time at the wheel has always been mesmerizing to me. Today my work has left the realm of high production for “slow clay”. Now my work has morphed, and has many sculptural elements. I take my time with each piece and work with it until it says, “I’m here, you can stop now.”
My work is primarily executed in pen and ink. Depending on the desired effect, I also occasionally use watercolor. As a young person, I was fascinated by the intricate works of Escher and the wild flights of mechanical fantasy by Rube Goldberg. My work is, in part, a study in tension and movement, and positive and negative space. Whether the subject is serious or whimsical, my pieces are intended to provoke a dialogue with the viewer. I show them my thoughts, my humor, my take on the world, and invite them to share the same with me.
I love exploring colors, textures, techniques,and patterns. It inspires me to create my collection of functional art; whether it be wearable art, or items for interiors. I am devoted to the creation and enjoyment of beauty.
My jewelry is hand-fabricated using Sterling silver and 18k gold. I have a passion for gemstones with interesting colors, shapes and textures. I focus on texture as I design and fabricate, and I am always experimenting with new ways to achieve it. My belief is that jewelry is an art form, it is a small sculpture that is worn. When I sell a piece, I sign it and record the year to reinforce that when you wear one of my pieces of jewelry, you wear a sculpture. You are wearing art.
My wall art is made of wood. I cut wooden panels to reveal images hidden within. As you gaze at my art, you'll recognize the image that has been designed, cut apart, like a puzzle, air brushed with acrylic paint, glued together again, and framed under glass. It's a multi-step process that I discovered on my birthday in 1992.
The Chicken Farm Art Center
Named for the StarKeeper, Roger Allen, our pottery studio is a team of amazing potters and artists working tirelessly to create colorful and functional works of art. Our home base, The StarKeeper Gallery, located at The Chicken Farm Art Center in San Angelo, Texas, is our creative haven where we are blessed everyday to play in the mud and make pots. This ongoing project makes for a creative atmosphere of inspiration, drawing from the past, present, and always looking towards the future, with old and new designs meshing together to create new and wonderful works of ceramic art. Our Team of Studio Potters and Artists: Horacio Casillas, Ashley Crumley, Kassie Dilworth, Rebecca Goodwin, Eric Grasham, and Chandra Satterwhite
I hope my creations "speak" to you, both visually and through the messages inherent to the pieces.
As a sculptor, I work in leather creating mages, guardians, and mystics. Drawing on writers and other creatives helps solidify my creative vision. Natural and found objects are incorporated into my work as each piece becomes its own. I am also a maker of functional leather goods, because...leather is awesome! From home goods to personal items, each piece is handcrafted / hand stitched and made to last. Finally I am a maker of steampunk gear and mixed metal jewelry. Many of my sculptures contain a bit of fabricated metal work and I expanded that into a wearable line which is very organic and full of personality.
Imagine the pleasure of owning and gifting exquisite handmade garments and accessories. Anne’s hand woven designs are one-of-a-kind pieces created from natural fibers: cotton, linen, silk, wool, alpaca, bamboo, and tencel. All are completely hand crafted and finished by her. Finishing details accompanying some pieces include glass beading, handmade dichroic glass pins or buttons, and shawl pins. Handmade scarves, shawls, bags, and iPad covers make wonderful gifts for yourself and others! Anne also offers a line of finely crafted household linens, tea towels, aprons, and home accessories. Though many of her designs are for women, Anne is presently weaving and designing handmade neckties and scarves for men.
My work is influenced by what is available; I repurpose and reuse as many things as possible. The fun part is you can be serious or playful. Nothing is random, all things are placed for visual impact. My motto is "Life's a trip, keep your mind open and your bags packed"
Specializing in hand-blown glass objects ranging from multiple-piece wall hangings, Ron and Chris Marrs have over 20 years’ experience creating glassblowing art. The glass art typically exhibits intense pattern work from color spirals, frit and overlays along with hand manipulation using age-old tools and techniques.
My joy of creating jewelry is ever ongoing. There is no end to my imagination.
I have made art throughout my life that has incorporated found materials. The use of materials that are "post consumer" has been challenging at times, but the reward of making art with something that others find no use for is very gratifying. Green ethics aside, I just love making and creating- and I can't imagine a life of not doing this.
I have gone thru many mediums over the years. Currently I find the art of encaustics very satisfying. It involves heating wax and laying it down in layers. One can achieve great texture and density-even fusing photographs in the wax. The effect is somewhat mysterious and full of images and color.
I am a clay brained, saw toothed warrior in a struggle over the tyranny of ageing. Inspiration for my work comes from the amalgamation of dissimilar styles both historical and aesthetic. With influences as diverse as David Leach, Rosanjin, John Maltby, and Dave Drake, pulchritude is created from both mundane and recondite ambitions.
I use clay metaphorically to capture a piece of a persons soul. When I first started working in clay, I promised I would work directly with the public, no gallery, juried shows. The public places,schools,craft fairs and workshops have been my avenue for sharing my craft.
I make art because I wish to preserve memories from the America of my youth, which slowly fades from our landscape, but not our memories.
Debra Worrell Hernandez is an art glass designer and mixed media artist. Her paintings and designs are inspired in nature and its perfect imperfections. Her glass art is complimented with all-natural elements, each piece unique in design and workmanship. Her paintings are boldly colorful, with a dash of whimsical.
I am a Dallasite, a life-long teacher/professor of art, and I maintain a clay studio in the White Rock area of East Dallas. My work has been described as whimsical and my goal is to make people laugh.
Carl Block has been making face jugs since 1987. His mantra is ATD (Attention To Detail). "I breath the spirit into each piece."
Lynda Kingsley is a McKinney artist who works in watercolors made from natural minerals and gem stones. Organic Abstracts is a title that defines her work centered around nature. She creates pieces in both 2-D and 3-D on a 2-D pane! Whether it’s flowers in an up close view, or just the thought of nature represented in one of her 3-D watercolor collage works, the natural world is evident. Lynda spends countless hours tending her perennials, trees and a greenhouse. Her inspiration comes from the natural beauty in her own yard in McKinney’s Historic District! Her paintings have garnered many awards and are sold in various galleries in the N TX area.
My favorite thing is exploring the possibilities of taking a worn-out or otherwise discarded metal item and forging it into something new and useful. My kitchen knives and herb choppers began their lives as farrier’s rasps, sawmill blades, or new high carbon steel.
My pottery is 100% non-toxic, food-safe, and completely durable. All work is fired in a gas kiln to 2400 ºF and is oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. The glazes are made with ashes from burnt grapevine cuttings from Napa Valley's Hundred Acre Winery and are used in combination with other non-toxic food-safe glazes.
Chin creates glossy stoneware vases, bowls, cups, and other pieces bearing his signature clay frog. Striving for a balance between aesthetics and function, Chin's goal is to simply create "good" ceramics. His subtle glazing adds an extraordinary level of elegance to his pottery.
In 2000, High, who’d been playing drums for more than 20 years, was given a gift certificate to a beginners’ clay class. Next thing he knew, he’d thrown his drumsticks away and committed himself to sculpting. Specializing in Raku-fired ceramics, High says he draws inspiration from songs he’s listening to, seemingly mundane daily experiences, and interactions with everyone from clients to friends to new acquaintances.