Holland Van Gores

Holland Van Gores
Holland Van Gores
Holland Van Gores

I usually begin my pieces on a wood lathe.  After I have created a form I am happy with, I hollow out the inside of the form on the lathe or with bench-top tools.  The wood is left to dry for 30 days or more before the finishing process begins.  I often carve or texture the outside of the piece before painting.  Some of my work is left natural and finished with a varnish or lacquer, depending on the type of wood I use. Continue reading “Holland Van Gores”

Tom D. Sims

Tom Sims
Tom Sims
Tom Sims

I create fine woodworking from the Arts and Crafts movement, with a slant toward Asian influence.  Being creative in my woodworking designs and a day in the workshop is a relief from the exasperating world.  It always puts me in my “happy space.”  For me, expressing my craft in smooth flowing designs with the natural beauty and character of the wood is a key choice in my work.  My projects are made to be touched and will bring warmth into your home. Continue reading “Tom D. Sims”

Tom Atkins

Tom Atkins
Tom Atkins
Tom Atkins

“I try not to be too philosophical about my photography.  Simply stated, I look for unique qualities of form, intrinsic beauty, and visual interest in my subject matter and attempt to combine the artist’s inner vision and craftsmanship to produce a photograph of the subject that commands interest and attention.”  Quoted from Tom Atkins. Continue reading “Tom Atkins”

Sue Hershey

Sue Hershey
Sue Hershey
Sue Hershey

I have been a photographer for over 30 years. I have worked commercially in advertising, but really enjoy the fine art side of the medium. While working full time at a marketing/advertising career, I studied photography at both New York City’s School of Visual Arts and New York University at night and learned my craft at the feet of some well known photographers. All of my images for sale are limited editions of not more than 50 each. Continue reading “Sue Hershey”

Sue Grier

Sue Grier
Sue Grier
Sue Grier

In 1984 I put down my paintbrushes and picked up soft throwable balls of clay.  Working with clay is very “process oriented.”  Using stoneware clay, I work from wheel-thrown components.  Beyond the throwing – mesmerizing and meditative as that can be – there is the quality of mark making and creation of form.  Working with clay for over 30 years, I have a decided interest in the quest for problem solving when making more complex forms.  Alongside the creating of interesting clay pieces is the challenge of glazing and firing the work to best advantage.  I have enjoyed working in a variety of firing types – oxidation, reduction, and wood fired.  The resulting work incorporates references to the landscape and often has gesture and animation with which to intrigue the viewer. Continue reading “Sue Grier”

Sonia Arnold

Sonia Arnold
Sonia Arnold
Sonia Arnold

I have resided in Brevard, NC, with my husband, Jerry, since 1968.  We have one daughter, Ashli Arnold Crump, who lives in East Flatrock, NC.

From 1968-83, I was a language arts & art teacher.  Prior to turning to designing and making jewelry, I was passionate about two-dimensional art, which evolved into a BFA in art from UNC-Asheville (1985).  In 1990, I took my first silversmithing class and soon thereafter, a wire wrapping class.  I have since gone on to become one of the most sought after wire artists in the area. Continue reading “Sonia Arnold”

Ruthie Cohen

Ruthie Cohen
Ruthie Cohen
Ruthie Cohen

In the quest to emulate the colors, textures and patterns that I observe around me and out in space, I utilize both ancient and contemporary techniques to create my designs.  These include torch soldering, forging, bezel setting unusual stones in handmade bezels, producing chain maille, utilizing chasing and repousse, wax carving, lost-wax casting, and making cold connections.  Often these are combined with the use of a hydraulic press or miniature pulse-arc tig welder to skillfully create timeless designs in 14k and 18k gold, sterling silver, titanium and mixed metals. Continue reading “Ruthie Cohen”

Rose G. Haynes

Rose Haynes
Rose Haynes
Rose Haynes

I work in a burnishing technique with the colored pencil.  It involves using the white color pencil to change values and hues.  Ink is done in several ways: stippling (small dots), hatching (parallel lines), strokes (lines spaced in short or long ways).  Scratchboard is created with the use of an Exacto knife, carving out areas to make different values. Continue reading “Rose G. Haynes”