Kathryn Kristmanson

Jewelry made of sterling silver and red brass (jeweler’s bronze). Images are hand sawn from silver, soldered to a brass background, and then filed and hammered into shape. A patina is applied and the finished works are polished.

Artist’s Web Sitehttp://www.user.dccnet.com/tmcl/k/index.html
Artist’s Hometown: Roberts Creek, BC

, , ,
,

Forge Craft Designs

Forge Craft Designs is owned and operated by Adam Bateman, a coppersmith and artisan located in Victoria, British Columbia.  Having worked in wood and metal for over fifteen years, Adam makes everything in his workshop in Esquimalt, just across the harbour from downtown Victoria.

Artist’s Websitewww.forgecraftdesigns.com
Artist’s Hometown: Victoria, BC

, , ,
,

Tran’s Origami

Ba-Hung Tran is a self-taught origami artist. He immigrated to Canada from Vietnam in 1981, and has made his home in Saskatoon, SK since.

During the 1990s, he renewed his childhood passion for paper folding. His unique art includes framed works, greeting cards, flowers, vases, and Christmas ornaments in addition to his painstaking jewelry.

Artist’s Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

, , ,

Alasha Lantinga

Designed and made in her home studio in Calgary Alberta, Alasha transforms a lump of Precious Metal Clay into a wearable piece of art. Her jewelry is a synthesis of bold and delicate, funky and elegant, earthy and ethnic, always with the use of color. Her jewelry can be worn as an everyday piece or dressed up and worn as a special occasion.

Alasha believes jewelry is an expression of who we are, and she hopes you can find a piece in her collection to express your unique spirit.

Artist’s Web Sitehttp://alashalantinga.com
Artist’s Hometown: Calgary, AB

, , ,

KellyDesignsBoutique

Kelly is a Lampwork glass and mixed media artist. She has been interested in all art forms for as long as she can remember. At the age of 8 her teacher saw some raw talent and presented her with her very first how to draw animals book and charcoal set. Both of Kelly’s parents were very talented artists and encouraged her to experiment with a variety of mediums.  She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Physical Education with a minor in Art.

In addition to Kelly’s commissioned work in drawing, she continued to explore other mediums. Her love for making delicately detailed items led her into making wearable art, mainly jewelry. She made pieces out of sterling silver which she wrapped intricately. Needing to add something more she took a class in Lampworking which is a term used for working with hot glass in a flame or flame working. The term came from the use of oil lamps centuries ago to produce heat and flame needed to melt glass. Today modern flame workers use torches that can mix both fuel and oxygen for a much hotter flame and easier control.

Kelly has developed a passion for the art form as it is both beautiful and captivating. There are endless possibilities to make incredible pieces of art. No two are ever alike. Each of her beads are made one at a time which is a small piece of art in its self. She mostly loves to create sculptural beads; whimsical animals, fish, birds and flowers. She gets her creative inspiration from the beautiful world around her. It could be the color patterns on a woman’s dress to the colors of the setting sun. Kelly hopes to never stop learning and evolving as an artist.

You can find more of her work at her Etsy shop.

, , ,

GentleMoon Metals

GENTLEMOON METALS

Gentlemoon Metals began in a garage in Minnesota thirty years ago when Tom Coyle discovered the alluring glow of molten metal. A former psychologist, he became a self taught jeweler and sculptor going to the University of Trial and Error and later graduating from the School of Hard Knocks.

Tom migrated to the Kootenays where he met his wife, Karen Wynn Dubord a talented artist in her own right. Together they fused their skills, different strengths and artistic approaches to form an exciting new Gentlemoon Metals. Both are inspired by natures’ grace, beauty and dazzling array of colours.

Gentlemoons’ unique metal sculptures are displayed and sold in many fine galleries in the United States and Canada.

Artist’s Hometown: Nelson, BC

, , ,

Blissbeads

Sandra Arnold Beingessner, a native of Invermere, BC took her first Lampworking class in 2003. The glow of fluid glass and the beautiful wearable art finale make this medium very exciting and ever-changing.

Lampworking got its name because hundreds of years ago artisans heated glass using oil lamps. Modern lampworking involves using a propane/oxygen torch to heat rods of glass to over 1700 F. The molten glass is wound around a stainless steel mandrel. A variety of shapes can be made with the use of special tools and gravity.

Sandra’s beads are made with Effetre (Moretti, Murano (Vetrofond) and Lauscha soft glass. Beads are kiln-annealed for lasting durability and properly cleaned. Each bead is an original, wearable piece of art. The finest embellishments with her wearable art pieces include Sterling Silver, Bali Silver, Swarovski Crystals, Semi-Precious Stones and Pearls.

Blissbeads a small studio in Invermere, BC displays Sandra’s colourful, elegant and feminine jewellery. Sandra welcomes custom design orders. Visitors are welcome to drop by and watch her work but call ahead to make sure she is there.

THE ALLURE OF THE FLAME OPENS MY MIND TO NEW DISCOVERIES EVERYTIME I LIGHT MY TORCH!

Artist’s Web Sitehttp://blissbeads.ca
Artist’s Hometown: Invermere, B.C.

, , ,
,

Twin Vision Glass

Leslie Rowe-Israelson and her twin sister, Melanie Rowe-Prosser spent their childhood in Victoria. For the last twenty years, the twins have lived and worked in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The beauty of the mountains, particularly in Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, is their passion and inspiration.

It was in the mountains that they discovered their other shared passion. Glass would come to consume their thoughts and dreams.

Through dedication, this passion became their visual language. Part of the dedication has been training and dialogue with other glass artists. From 1985-1994, Leslie and Melanie attended the world-renowned Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Both sisters say, Pilchuck Glass School was a wonderful atmosphere to share ideas and experiences with people from around the world.  Pilchuck provided an environment where they could contribute to and learn from the triumphs and failures of top calibre glass artists. The sisters also received training from the Alberta College of Art, Andrighetti Glassworks, Colton Glass School and the Vancouver College of Art.

To express their artistic voice, their visual language has required the development of unusual techniques involving sand-casting, mosaic and pate de verre. Because of the time consuming nature involved in the creation of each piece, it becomes a contemplative process which both Melanie and Leslie find rewarding. As an extension of this contemplative process, Leslie often writes poems relating to the pieces that the twins are working on.

Artist’s Web Sitehttp://www.twinvision.fusedglassartists.com
Artist’s Hometown: Invermere, BC

, , ,