Anthony Stoneware has been operated professionally and successfully for over 45 by Paul Anthony and Tim Jaqua.
They were both educated in clay production at the University of Florida, and are designers by training, with an aptitude to work and create works of art. They feel honored that their products enter their customers’ lives with the intent that their lives are enriched, not only because of excellent craftsmanship and good design, but also the ‘heart and soul’ of handmade objects, as opposed to the mass produced.
All of their products are hand made in their studio in Western North Carolina using traditional techniques of wheel-throwing and slab construction. They mix their own glazes and fire in a gas-fired kiln of their own making and design. All of the components of their work are made by Paul and Tim, the two producing potters. All of their outdoor garden products are “winter proof’ by design. Their bakeware and serving pieces contain NO lead glazes and are formulated for easy food release.
Cate & Levi Collection — Josh Title, Owner and Dad
All of their products are handmade—designed, cut, sewn—in the artist’s studio in Toronto Canada. Josh Title is hands on with every aspect of production. He also hires graduates from the Ontario College of Art for both design and production. The X’s on the eyes are hand sewn in a workshop in Toronto that employs people with physical and mental challenges.
No two Cate & Levi products will ever be the same. Each one is made from reclaimed wool whose colors and textures are individually selected. Not only is this process environmentally responsible, but it ensures that each animal is truly a one of a kind creation never to be duplicated. Each item is as unique as the child who adopts it.
The Cate & Levi Collection is HANDMADE at and all materials are sourced as close to home as possible. The choice of reclaimed wool reduces demand for new materials that require both water and oil for production. The goal is for these items to leave the softest possible pawprint on our planet.
“Giving Back: It is important for me to set a good example for my children, to work in a highly creative and responsible fashion, and to produce long lasting items that can be today’s plaything and tomorrow’s keepsake. I am building a company my family can be proud of. A percentage of profits will be donatd to funds that help children in need. “—Josh Title
Cosmic Clay–Louis and Christine Colombarini
Louis and Christine have been partners and collaborating artists for over 30 years and are the artists at Cosmic Clay. Their romantic journey with clay has led them in many creative and technical directions. A deep appreciation of nature, and intrigue with Pre-Colombian culture, and vast foreign travel have inspired them to design distinctive clay vessels and sculptural forms. These works of art evolve through hand building, wheel throwing and slip-casting. Two methods of primitive firing are the current focus: one using an applied copper patina surface on vessels buried in slow burning sawdust inside an enclosed metal container, the other employs an open air straw combustion with oils, acrylics, and modeling paste hand colored after the firing. Each technique results in an impressive clay art piece. Louis and Christine’s unique collaborative vision continues to unfold in the beautiful hills of middle Tennessee where they have kept a home-studio since 1978.
Born in New York City, John spent most of his childhood in central New Jersey, attending local schools including Seton Hall University and Rutgers. He received his BS degree in landscape Architecture. Realizing that he had an instinctive desire to draw and create, Jon decided to fulfill his calling. He began to concentrate his energies solely in that direction. After some encouragement from his wife, John entered a local art show. The response to his work was overwhelmingly positive. Testing the waters at some New York City exhibitions brought a similar response and he was on his way.
John has been commissioned by many corporations including the Pepsi Cola Co., IBM, ABC TV, the Dr. Seuss estate, the Rockefeller Group as well as individuals to apply his unique style of art work and creating to their needs. John’s drawings and illustrations have been often compared to Charles Bragg and Daumier. He depicts his unusual interpretations of common situations and clichés creating complex and sophisticated satirical art pieces. A keen observer of life, John tends to zero-in on society’s idiosyncratic elements in practicing his brand of art work.
John’s work has been exhibited in many major galleries both here and abroad. He has written and illustrated children’s books, magazine articles and newsletters. He continues to produce limited edition lithographs, etchings and silk screens and is barely able to accommodate the demand for his work. Some of the more notable owners of John’s creations include Dudley Moore, Lionel Richie, Gerry Herman, Elton John, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Luciano Pavarotti, Barry Manilow, Henry Kissinger and many others. John is presently concentrating his energies on the development of a cartoon strip. In 1998 he was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Gary Larson, the creator of The Far Side. It was truly an ‘interesting’ experience!
Funiture–Debbie & David Burkert
Up-cycled furniture with a splash! FUNiture is up-cycled articles designed and created by Debbie Burkert with an emphasis placed on color and pattern as well as for quality craftsmanship to yield a visually pleasing end result. Her husband, David, preps and finished each piece. Debbie was an art teacher for 32 years. In 2006, she was elected “Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Art Educator of the Year” Her love for creating these pieces comes from her passion to restore new life while creating an artistic and original art work in every piece.
An artist and calligrapher for over thirty years, she began her career with Judaic-style papercutting and traditional Hebrew calligraphy. She expanded her media to include acrylic, watercolor, collage, and has experimented with both abstract and figurative design. She is obsessed with color and light, movement and contrast.
In addition to many original art pieces, ketubot (Jewish wedding documents) and other commissioned work, she creates an every-growing line of cards with quotes on many subjects from women and men throughout history. These include cards to celebrate birthdays and occasions as well as quotes about politics, humor, animals, ecology, and creativity. She hopes that people are intrigued and inspired by her work, and that they are provoked, amused and made more thoughtful about our world by the words and concepts she has chosen.
She uses the best materials with an emphasis on “green” materials and studio practices. Her cards are mounted on recycled paper that is USA made, and she recycles and reuses all of her bits and pieces, often in local children’s art programs.
The wilderness is her favorite habitat, and her most recent adventures have been done afoot with a pack on her back and a song in her heart.
The Great Cosmic Happy Ass Card Co.
Diane English is a self-taught artist, who at midlife, threw caution to the wind to follow her dream of combining art with a spiritual path. She reports surviving countless spiritual crises, seeing the occasional ’light’ and discovered the secret of Higher Consciousness. After years of deep meditation, medication, fasting, prayer, and a few bottle of Merlot, she now knows the secret to Enlightenment is being in the ‘Now’ with a piece of rich dark chocolate.
Hands On Art Glass
Owned and operated by Cy Turnbladh and Karon Ohm, husband and wife, Hands On Art Glass is located on what was once an abandoned farm in Wisconsin. A few years ago a local gallery owner asked Cy and Karon for some small glass strips for use in vases and potted plants. From these small fused glass sculptural pieces, the Hands On Art Glass “totems” were introduced. Each sculpture is made by hand by either the owners or their staff. While the totems are produced in five colorways in many size configurations, each piece is individually made and unique. They are all signed with the studio name.
Having worked with clay for more than twenty five years, Jan’s porcelain, stoneware and earthenware works can be found at the residence of the Governor General of Canada, have been presented to the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of England, and are included in the collections of the Bronfmans, Reichmans and Jazz Musician Dr. Oscar Peterson. She has won numerous awards and been included in many exhibitions. Jan resides in British Columbia, Canada.
Each piece and all processes are done entirely by hand and entirely by Jan Phelan from the original design through to the last luster firing. Each piece is carefully drawn onto and cut into the w small blade while the clay is still soft. Stains, oxides, glazes and lusters are applied in layers and fired many times to achieve depth and a rich, vibrant variation of color. Each piece has 22K gold painted and permanently fired onto it. The magic, music and beauty of nature is her inspiration.
Linda’s study of the ceramic arts throughout history has broadened her view and saturated her work with idea. Her experiences in Europe and Japan are reflected in her gardens, in her kitchen and in her self-designed food serving and cooking pieces. This love of cooking and gardening has led to some very unique pieces that are not only beautiful but entirely functional.
Linda is an artist, potter and teacher. After first experiencing the fascination of working in clay as an art major at Indian University of Pennsylvania, she made a lifetime commitment to the media. She received both her B.S. in Art Education and M.A. in Ceramics at Indiana University, working with potter Frank Ross. The work for her Master degree was both functional pottery and sculptural combinations of fibers and clay. She has also studied ceramics at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Tokyo Designer Gaukuin in Japan, under the auspices of Parson’s School of Design. She taught Ceramics at the Boyertown Area Senior High School for 35 years.
Each of Linda’s stoneware works express a flowing spontaneity, a pleasing blend of craftsmanship, a free form and the colors and textures of nature. In these works there is a kind of organic peace and balance, the echoes of the elemental forces that surround us and affect us. Such is the nature of the potter’s art to bring together earth, water, and fire through the will of artistic expression.
Sabbath-Day Woods—Desmond Suarez
Desmond Suarez makes his original finely handcrafted designs in Certified Sustainable Appalachian cherry, hard maple and walnut. His studio is located at the edge of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. Each piece is carefully finished with hand-rubbed oil finishes.
He is a second generation furniture maker and wood worker. He received his college education in the U.S. and in England with formal degrees in Art History, Religion and Education. He has worked for over 30 years owning his own furniture and fine crafts businesses. He has been inspired by the best of American Shaker and Arts & Crafts designs and craftsmanship.
Ten Good Sheep
A love for friends of the four-legged woolly variety started Karyn and Mark Belknap of Onancock Virginia on their way. A fascination with wool and immersion in wool’s creative pallet are the natural results. Beginning with the acquisition of their first (but not their last) spinning wheel in 1993, they began their love affair with natural fiber and taken a path they could never have imagined. The ability to spin dictated that sheep would be in their future. And so, the ten most wonderful sheep in the world entered their lives and changed it for the better.
They still do custom spinning and fiber preparation, but their current focus has narrowed to wool felt and the variety of ways that wool can be interpreted for both functional and purely aesthetic art. As shepherds they have come full circle with natural fibers, from birthing their sheep to creating treasures in a wide variety of natural fibers that satisfy the soul of the wearer or user and lend beauty to their immediate world.