"I am enamored with glass as a workable medium. Its ability to freeze motion and to appear liquid in a solid state intrigues me most. My driving motivation to work with glass is the process: the heat, the smoke, and the teamwork. My approach to glass stemmed out of my formal training as a potter. When I worked in clay, I had an affinity for unglazed wood-fired vessels. The rough texture invites physical contact which is the opposite with most glass objects. I am inspired by clay, a far more tactile medium, to create glass objects that invite touch and exploit the tactile quality that glass can possess."


Since 1982 glass has had a constant presence in my life. Our relationship has been enhanced and explored with some of the world’s glass masters, but predominantly my knowledge of this magic material is built on day-to-day experience and practice in my studio. This path has led me to a fairly simple artistic approach; trust the glass, have fun, accept mistakes, study nature and search for beautiful forms and colors inherent in glass’ personality.


Mary Frances produces designer handmade handbags, purses and accessories hand beaded and just right for your unique personality.


"My work has been greatly influenced by my love of nature and the wonders it has to offer us. I have tried to incorporate my fondness for flowers and gardens with glass to vreate an impressionistic vision of the landscape. For me, the flowers are small worlds filled with colors and shapes that produce incredible beauty. The glass murrinis in my work represent the flower. These flowers together become a field of color floating between grasses and stones. This is much like a millefiore, a million flowers. My intention is to evoke a feeling of serenity and solitude, an homage to nature."


Tina is a third generation artist and is known for hyper-realism in watercolor, acrylic and gouache. In addition to her painted offerings, Tina manages Multitudes Gallery and with her husband Lee, creates wonderful garden art for The Coop Around Us.


Dane has been creating the most mesmerizingly beautiful dichroic glass pendants for Multitudes Gallery for several years now. Dichroic glass is glass which displays two different colors by undergoing a color change in certain lighting conditions.


Sarah Cavender designs and produces several new seasonal collections each year. She specializes in metal mesh jewelry, belts and handbags. Each piece is hand-made to order by local artisans under Sarah's supervision in Oxford, Alabama, using materials made primarily in the USA with stones imported from Europe.


"I’m a Glass Minimalist. This term is not descriptive of the work itself as many of my designs are quite ornate; rather, it defines the process. Glassblowing is an ancient art form. The tools and techniques available to the modern glass worker vary little from those used by previous generations. I believe too many glassblowers rely on traditional, complicated techniques to define their work. My belief is that the concept should be of more importance than the techniques that created them. The years involved in learning the skills to master blown glass is a life long commitment, finding the balance between design and perfecting the process is the constant challenge. Glass can be disguised to look like other materials, but not many other materials can look like glass. I think of glass as a lens to the subconscious. I endeavor to create objects that stimulate the optic nerves of the brain and uses color as a mood-enhancer. It’s a simple concept, minimal."


"I am an artist and art educator as well as a creator of sacred space for women's soul work. I have great passion around relationships, including relationship with self, others, and Life. My art is inspired by myth, symbol, and whatever my life story is at the present moment. Most often my art is meant to bring joy and affirmation around life transitions and transformations."


Kenny Pieper was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in the mountains of North Carolina. He began his craft career in high school when he studied at the Penland School of Crafts. Initially, he studied pottery with Norm Schulman and Cynthia Bringle. Later, he found his passion for glass under the tutelage of Richard Ritter. After high school, Kenny moved to Detroit under scholarship at the Center for Creative Studies; he subsequently received his B.F.A. from California College of Art and Design, Oakland, CA. he then spent 16 years working as a glassblower in the San Francisco East Bay area. Kenny’s career came full circle when he left California and moved back to North Carolina. While constructing a studio there, He worked at Penland School and managed the glassblowing and lampworking studios. It was during this fruitful time that he developed his expertise in the tradition of Italian glass. Kenny now resides in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Reflecting the harmony and beauty of his surroundings, Kenny produces an exquisite line of glass vessels and sculpture.


The Michael Michaud Jewellery Collection, designed by Michael Michaud, is a world renowned collection of botanical jewellery. It captures the beauty and exquisite detail of nature using soft patinas on bronze accented with pearls, beads, coral and stones. His exacting attention to detail gives you true to nature, botanical jewellery.


"My fascination with the intricate patterns of the natural world and my love of color are reflected in my work. I work in a series format that allows my ideas to evolve slowly as I explore the way glass of different colors interacts. Although a specific reference to nature is often intended, I enjoy the fact that people form their own interpretations. What is important is to capture the viewer’s imagination."


Blenko Glass Company has been a family owned and operated company since 1893. We have been located in Milton, WV since 1921. With Exquisite color, skilled craftsmen, and imaginative designs have made Blenko famous in the time-honored craft of hand-blown glass. In a world of ever increasing automation, we at Blenko pride ourselves in paying particular attention to the forms and designs of our hand crafted products. We all need, now more than ever, hand-made possessions that are unique and inspiring.


Over 17 years ago I began experimenting with many alternative materials and objects to create jewelry. Through self-taught methods, I found that designing was a natural medium of expression for me. As my art evolved, I began working in larger format to create sculpture as well. I usually don't have a vision of the work beforehand but usher in an intuitive process which helps me to "see" and complete my pieces. With the completion of each piece, there arrives a clarity in its design about beauty or balance or a human condition or emotion.


Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi has worked with clay for over 25 years. As a little girl, she was fascinated with the items found on and in her Grandmother’s dresser. It was filled with old button boxes, crazy quilts, and hand tatted lace. Laurie is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her pottery is inspired by the traditional needle crafts made by women in the 19th and early 20th century. Using a combination of wheel throwing, coil, and slab techniques she transforms vintage designs into contemporary stoneware. The work is somewhat spontaneous. She strives for a non-manicured organic look, by layering impressions taken from vintage lace, buttons, and hand made stamps. Influenced by the colors and textures found in her travels throughout France, Italy, Spain and the rural Midwest, her pallet is lush and vibrant. Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi is perhaps most notably collected for her mastery of glaze patterning and critical attention to detail. Her work possesses a feminine, playful touch that speaks to contemporary sensibilities with bits of nostalgia woven into each piece.


"Glass is often described as a super-cooled liquid, but I prefer to think of it as static motion. I try to design pieces that retain the organic character of their molten state. Using primarily transparent colors and a few well-placed stripes, my pieces highlight the material’s transparency, fluidity and potential for brilliant coloration. Rather than making works that demand to be center stage, I envision my pieces as quiet assistants, subtly enhancing the environments they are placed in."


Loretta Eby received her BFA in Glass, with minors in Printmaking and Drawing, from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH in 1981. She has continued her education at the Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Pilchuck School of Glass. Her emphasis since college has been on hot glass, working in and managing several studios before opening her own studio in 1985. "My idea of a good time is finding a new junk yard or farm equipment salvage lot. It's way more fun than mall shopping."


Michael Vincent Michaud experienced first- hand the art of creating handmade jewelry and metal objects as a young man. Surrounded by the skilled craftsmen at his father’s studio he envisioned combining the master craftsmanship of his father with his own true love of art glass.


Angela Duffin creates unique hand-fabricated sterling silver and mixed-metal jewelry with semi precious stones. Her designs are inspired by a background in textile design as as well as organic forms found in nature. The interweaving of metal and color combine to create intricate and wearable works of art. The metal is highly polished and with a patina finish to further add depth and color. Each piece is handmade and one-of-a-kind.


The mission of Eangee Home Design is to provide eco-friendly, fair trade home goods. We focus on unique designs that are a collaboration of our experience and the creative minds of the artisans with whom we work. Eangee Home Design believes in fair trade practices which means that all members of our producer groups have access to a dignified working environment, living wages, healthcare, continuing education, and quality housing. Our products are eco-friendly being composed of renewable and/or recycled materials with food based dyes and low-impact finishes. By providing quality goods in this manner, we hope to fill peoples homes with goods that make them smile while supporting artisans and other people worldwide.


Peacock Park Design is a wholesale distributor of European chic home decor; decorative accessories for the home and garden with an antique inspired edge. Partners Gina Galvin and Adam Marcial have joined together to create Peacock Park Design, where Gina, our very talented and passionate designer, is perpetually creating new and exciting creations for our line. The company was started at the end of 2008 and has been recognized in Where Women Create, Victoria Magazine, House Beautiful, Country Living, among other publications. Peacock Park Design is dedicated to creating unique and new products at incredible prices.


These meticulously hand-crafted wind chimes are precision-tuned to A440 (standard orchestral pitch). Our elegant design features central tube suspension, with smoothly polished tube ends to prevent cord abrasion. The tempered aluminum alloy tubing is custom-manufactured to our exacting specifications and will never rust. The tubing is coated with a sleek black corrosion-protective finish that provides durability in all kinds of outdoor environments.


Highly fragranced WoodWick candles by Virginia Gift Brands feature a natural wooden wick to create the soothing sound of a crackling fire while a RibbonWick Candle transforms the room by engaging your senses with its hypnotic flame and sophisticated scent. Masterful blends of essential oils and fine fragrance notes ensure the best possible fragrance experience.


Kalalou, doing business in over nine countries with over 1500 products is a name that represents the unique product mix that fills their ever expanding catalog. The word Kalalou is Creole in origin for a type of soup that is never made the same way twice, much like many of the company’s artisan products.


Located in beautiful Blue Ridge, in the north Georgia Mountains, Fishbone is a haven for locally made art in a booming mountain art town north of Atlanta. Home to Betty Wassmer Ceramics, Fishbone Gallery features the original creations of this noted ceramicist.


The creators of the original handcrafted art-glass nail files, Eye for the Find also features high-quality handcrafted dichroic glass jewelry, beaded bracelets, dichroic glass coasters for the home or office, stunning art-glass collages, beaded dog collars and glass files for dog grooming, and fanciful writing papers. Eye for the Find is a Portland, Oregon-based woman-owned company that ascribes to fair trade practices.


A unique collection of Vermont designed thermometers, rain gauges, walking sticks, ornaments and other home & garden gifts handcrafted from natural wood, stone and metal.


Born in Philadelphia, PA, Michael Trimpol was first introduced to glass working during a high school stained glass course in Stowe, Vermont. He pursued a career in stained glass while attending Concordia University in Montreal designing and creating many residential commissions as well as several public installations. Frustrated with the limitations of the two dimensional process, he enrolled at Sheridan College School of Craft & Design in Mississauga, Ontario to learn the art of glassblowing. Upon graduation in 1985, he was accepted for a residency at Harbourfront Craft Studios, one of Toronto's most popular tourist destinations. Shortly after he left Harbourfront in 1989, he established his own company Hotglass Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario for which he designed and created a full line of blown glass products. In 1995, Michael relocated to Stowe, Vermont and founded Little River Hotglass Studio. He currently designs and manufactures a diverse body of product in addition to overseeing the operations of the studio.


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