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Our Artists

Lynn Adams - Jewelry
Brian Andreas - Sculpture
Archipelago - Candles
Ken Beddingfield - Mobiles
Jude Bijou - Author

Bud Bottoms - Sculpture
Blue Water Pottery - Ceramics

Christine Brennan - Painter
Kerry Brooks - Ceramics

Peggy Buchanan - Painter

Nancy Clark - Handweaver

Bruce Cobb - Blown Glass
Cover Up - Fabrics
Joanna Craft - Jewelry
Creative Works - Pottery
Dalton Quips - Painter

Dandee - Silk Scarves
Danny K. Tapestry - Fabrics
John Davis - Ceramics
Erda Leather, Inc. - Accessories
Irene Estrin
- Ceramics
522 Art Glass - Glasswork

Christy Fisher - Jewelry
Henry L. Fechtman - Photographer
Lynn Fogel
- Painter
Linda Fox
- Jewelry
Funktini - Glasswork

Great Alaska Bowl Co. - Woodworking
Denise Greenwood - Sculpture
Stacy Harkins - Jewelry
Judee Hauer - Painter
Amy Hazard
- Jewelry
Barbara Heard - Ceramics
Robert Held - Art Glass
Wyllis Heaton - Painter
Ron Hinkle - Glass
Joel Hotchkiss - Mobiles
Arlene Horvath - Jewelry








Erik Jorgensen - Woodworking
Allison Lee - Scupture

Jim Loewer - Glass
Arthur Korb - Jewelry
Sarena Mann - Sculpture
Valerie McLean - Fiber/Felt
Lesley McKeown - Jewelry
John McKinney - Author
Randy Meaney - Mixed Media

Danae Michele - Fashion Accessories
Virginia Miska - Jewelry
Frank Nelson - Literature
Pia Beads - Jewelry

Puppy Pad Pieces - Accessories
Pom Jewelry
- Jewelry
Picotte Wind Chimes - Wind Chimes
Jeff Price - Glass

Refugio Gardens - Lotions
Lynn Richardson - Author
Mike Rider - Painter

Dave Robertson - Jewelry

SB Soap Co. - Handmade Soap
SB Pistachio Co. - Nuts
Sisters - Jewelry/Ceramics
Kavita Singh - Silk Clothing

Alise Sheehan - Jewelry

Solmate Socks - Fabrics

Edward Merle Spaw - Ceramics/Painter
Terri Taber - Pastels
Genie Thomsen - Ceramics
Kelebeck Travers - Jewelry
Nina de Creeft Ward - Sculpture
Gary Wilson - Ceramics
Joyce Wilson - Photography


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Joyce Wilson

Joyce Wilson's remarkable career spans half a century, and although laurels keep landing in Joyce's corner, it is her work that speaks volumes, telling three stories of a distinguished career. In 1961, she photographed children in a local Santa house, and during film delivery to the studio, realized her earlier art training could be useful. She was soon oil painting photographic portraits for local photographers, but felt the portraits of children were contrived and ordinary. She purchased a Rollicord, and enrolled in an evening photography class. After practice and experimenting with her family as subjects, and honing her darkroom skills, Joyce announced to her friends that she was in business. A workshop with the legendary pictorialist Adolf "Papa" Fassbender in 1965, gave her insight into the aesthetics of photography, and her small portrait studio was growing. When her husband died in 1970, she convinced her banker to give her a year to make her business profitable. Joyce put her passion for art on hold for the next 20 years in order to work commercially and raise her three children.

Her business thrived with portrait and commercial assignments, and intertwined was a full schedule of lectures and teaching throughout the world. Joyce has been featured since 1990 as a member of the Fuji Talent Team, and is in demand to share her knowledge and experience. Her images have appeared in advertising usage by Fuji Film, Prudential
Insurance, Kodak, Mamiya America, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Peggy Buchanan

Peggy Buchanan began her painting career with a blue ribbon in watercolor at the Laguna Beach Art Festival at age 8. After a hiatus of almost fifty years and an international career in health and fitness, she nurtures her soul with a new diet and is painting once again.
Peggy is a member of SCAPE, Santa Barbara Art Association and was accepted into the Goleta Valley Art Association with three juror’s blue ribbons her first year.

Peggy taught physical education and coached high school athletics, but is better known for her 33 years leading the Santa Barbara Jazzercise program and is currently the director of Fitness, Aquatics and Physical Therapy at Vista del Monte retirement community.

Peggy believes the “art” of health and wellbeing is achieved by participating in an active lifestyle while appreciating the beauty that surrounds us and enjoying the happiness from with-in.

Lynn Fogel

My earliest memory of creating art was when I was just a baby, drawing with crayons on the walls or anywhere that I could find a drawing surface.

After graduating from the New England School of Art & Design and the Montserratt College of Art, in Beverly, Massachusetts in the late 80's, I've been painting prolifically that hundreds of my paintings and Giclee reproductions are now hanging on walls throughout the world.

As a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association, my works are occasionally displayed at different venues. Several of my paintings have been reproduced into limited editions and are currently being sold on the Princess Cruise Line ships in their auctions worldwide.

My most recent milestone is to have eleven of my paintings as permanent fixtures in the main lobby and other areas of the new Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara.

I wish for you to get inspiration and a joy in viewing my work as much as I receive in creating them.

Slainte Bags

Slainte Bags was started by Jillian Bornemann back in 2003. It was one of those accidental success stories – did a weekend sewing course, got addicted to fabric, made a few bags for friends, word got out….

What has been just as important to Jill as developing the perfect bag, is ensuring that every aspect of the business is conducted in the most responsible way. Slainte Bags has kept its operations and production in San Francisco in order to take advantage of local talent, local materials and get firsthand feedback from the thousands of local customers.

The most profound impact on the company in recent years has been the shift to recycled materials and eco-cottons. The recycled fabrics you see in this collection are the "gold star" of reusable resources – 100% post consumer recycled polyester. Yes, those bags used to be soda bottles! The Eco-Cottons are reprocessed, pre-consumer textile waste that requires no new dyeing, no land use, no fertilizers, no new pesticides and no pollutants in its production. All fabrics are bought directly from the mills in North Carolina.

Bruce Cobb

I began my training in glassblowing in 1976, as an apprentice at the Pairpoint Glass Company in Sagamore, Massachusetts. The work fascinated me, and I advanced rapidly through the stages of apprenticeship. In 1980, Pairpoint opened a second plant in New Bedford and the photo below shows me reheating a piece in the "glory hole" at the new plant.

In 1983, I took a job at a printing company, while working on building the glassblowing equipment I needed, as time and money permitted. Finally, in 1985 I began operation of my own studio in downtown Pittsfield, NH, becoming a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen shortly thereafter.

I work without a helper, and do not use molds. Each piece therefore is distinctly my own, and is unique. I use a technique based on the (19th century American) Lily Pad Design for much of my work. My lily Pads have a cleaner, more contemporary look, however, and are often referred to as 'waves'. The Lily Pads, besides being decorative, also perform as grippers, making it less likely for an item to slip out of one's hand. They also provide extra sturdiness to the work.

Virginia Miska

My work reflects my love of nature, drawing, and carving in miniature.
Since 1989 I have been designing and wholesaling animal-themed jewelry to many types of stores and catalogs. Cats and wildlife are depicted in whimsical and enchanting settings in my line of sterling silver jewelry. Comfort, simplicity and nature's beauty are at the core of these designs with a hand-wrought style. All focal pieces are derived from my original designs. They are hand carved in metal clay and cast in sterling silver. The components used in my designs are of the highest quality, made by companies right here in the western United States.

Archipelago

At Archipelago Botanicals our passion lies in creating products that help you experience ultimate relaxation & rejuvenation - and our benefit-rich Havana bath & body collection is no exception, boasting ingredients straight from the islands such as coffee, jojoba and tobacco flower and botanical extracts of orange, sugar cane & pineapple. The antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids found in these natural ingredients, known to actively hydrate and reduce the redness associated with dry skin, are infused into our body lotion, body wash, bath salt, bath oil and shave and hand cream formulations. The unique "green" packaging make this luxurious collection perfectly giftable; its sophisticated fragrance - based on our bestselling home fragrance blend of Ylang Ylang, Tobacco Flower and Bergamot - has clean, citrus finish and is enjoyed by men and women alike.

Barbara Heard

All of my ceramics are hand thrown using the potter's wheel, and adding clay cut outs and other components by hand. Each piece is hand glazed, painted or pit fired to create the beautiful variety of colors and finishes. To accent my work, I attach collected bird feathers, natural sticks and branches, raffia, and iron nails. I work at my studio in San Diego throwing on the potter's wheel and firing in my large 41 cubic foot kiln and 4 smaller kilns. I make all the work myself by hand. Variations in the color, size, finish and other qualities are inherent in handmade work. The photo of each piece is a representative sample of the appearance of the handmade product. No two pieces are identical.

Judee Hauer

An avid dumpster diver/ collector from the age of eight in Brooklyn, New York, J.L. Hauer pursued a "spotty amount" of art education and eventually graduated as an English major from a California university.

She wants her figures to remain ambiguous and defies putting a label on them. Her "people" are caught between "opulence and starvation".

J.L.'s work has been shown at Carnegie Museum, Ventura County Museum of History and Art, and several galleries in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Ojai, and Cambria. She has won several first place competition awards.

Jeff Price

The year I was born was the year my father built his first glass-blowing studio in our back yard. Both of my parents blew glass for many years. From an early age I would watch them with wonderment. They were having such great fun that I knew I also wanted to blow glass when I "grew up."


All of my glass is hand-blown by me. I use many techniques, some very old, some quite new. They are all very different, but each produces a very striking, memorable effect.

 

Erik Jorgensen

Erik lives on the coast of Virginia with his wife and two sons. Woodworking started out as a way to relax after a hard day at the office. It has now turned into a full time career. Most of the wood purchased is from local vendors. Endangered species are not used. Some of the wood is recycled from tree surgeons who remove it for natural or safety reasons. Some of the wood is one of a kind, therefore, will not be found anywhere else in the USA.

Selecting woods that are not only unusual but are spectacular in grain figure is one aspect of creating one of a kind pieces. Many of the batches of wood purchased contain both the heart and sap wood from the tree. The sap wood in most exotic trees has a major color contrast to the center part of the tree. This color is typically white and adds great character to the gift. I hope you enjoy my woodwork.

John McKinney

John McKinney is the author of 20 books about hiking, parklands and nature, including The Hiker's Way: Hike Smart. Live Well. Go Green. For 18 years, McKinney, a.k.a. The Trailmaster, wrote a weekly hiking column for the Los Angeles Times and now writes articles and commentaries about nature and outdoor recreation for both print and online publications. A passionate advocate for the environment and our need to reconnect to nature, McKinney also shares his expertise on radio, TV, and online.

 

 

Genie Thomsen

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Genie Thomsen was introduced to clay early in life by her mom who brought home projects that Genie would embellish.

After earning her MFA degree in 1986, Genie returned home to produce and sell her artwork. She was offered a teaching position at Ventura College and the Adult Education Program in Santa Barbara in 1996, where she continues to teach.

Clay has been Genie's passion for over forty years. She enjoys sharing that passion with all of her students.

Solmate Socks

Marianne Wakerlin, the Socklady is the founder and owner of Solmate Socks. The company is named after her mom, Sunny, who taught Marianne how to knit when she was nine years old. Marianne continued a life long enthusiasm for knitting, but it wasn't until she started knitting socks that her real passion was born.

Over the years Marianne knit over one hundred pairs of socks for family and friends. She then decided to turn her hobby into a business and in the year 2000 Solmate Socks was born. Her colorful and complex patterns are knit in the USA at a family owned knitting mill, hand finished and then "mismatched with care."

The company is run in a small town in central Vermont, where the Socklady is surrounded and inspired by the woods, brook, gardens and hills of the countryside.

Denise Greenwood

My work is mostly dysfunctional, mostly fun fun fun, & almost all about FACES! I do have a few functional pieces which are all best sellers.Art is life. Like the long deep sigh of the soul, it affects me on every level. I can't imagine my life without art, nor would I want to. A soulful, mysterious meditation is manifested in the faces & figures I sculpt. My passion feeds off the art & the art grows up from my passion. It is a brilliant mirror which I hold up to myself & bare all. For me, there is no separation. Life is art.

Lesley McKeown

Born in Kansas City not long after both her parents graduated from KC Art Institute, Lesley was exposed to art and design at an early age. Her father, Byron McKeown created studio art jewelry during the modern jewelry art movement of the 1960's and Lesley uses his jewelry bench today (shown left). Her mother, Deanne McKeown a nationally recognized sculptor also creates jewelry. It was this nurturing environment that enabled her to recognize and eventually express these creative proclivities and develop the skills to be a successful professional artist.

Acquiring basic metal smithing skills as an apprentice with a southwestern silversmith she became smitten with the silver and the sculptural possibilities of metal. Though primarily self- taught, Lesley has attended several classes and acquired various techniques through private and master class instruction. Her techniques include fabrication, hollow form, shell form, anit-clastic and synclastic raising, mokume gane, keumboo, etching, roller printing, sand casting and a variety of texture and coloration techniques. An abiding interest in Geology is at the core of many of Lesley's creations and the unique and unusual cabochons are a signature of her work.

In her spare time Lesley's other interests include oil painting, welding, organic and sustainable gardening, slow food cooking, environmental politics and renewable energy. She maintains a home and studio in the lovely high mountains of northern Arizona which she shares with her partner Steven and Samson (the Wonder Dachshund).

Christine Brennan

Often dreamlike and enigmatic, Christine Brennan’s work features a host of symbolic and allegorical references. Brennan’s images draw from the unconscious leading the viewer into richly lit narratives that evoke personal stories and associations.

Christine Brennan studied at the Rhode Island School of Design earning a B.F.A. in illustration. She is currently represented by galleries throughout the United States. She has had numerous shows in galleries from Washington State to Vermont, and her work is included in many private and public collections. She paints and makes jewelry out of her home studio in Ojai California where she lives with her furniture maker husband Jim McCarthy.

Elisabeth Puetz

Elisabeth Puetz has been crafting delightful knits since she was a child. A native of Duesseldorf, Germany, she has lived in Santa Barbara for about 30 years. Her children's hats have a wonderful, soft feel. They are all hand knitted one by one with love and care.

Machine wash on gentle cycle, cold water. Drip to dry.

Jude Bijou

Jude Bijou is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT), an educator in Santa Barbara, California and the author of triple finalist, Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life (Riviera Press, 2011).

As the daughter of a famous pioneer in the field of behavioral child psychology and applied behavior analysis, Jude's upbringing sounds like it would be pretty cool. There was just one problem: she was miserable.

Earning a BA in psychology from Reed College and a master's in psychology from Carleton University, she became a marriage and family therapist. Success was attained, yet something was still missing. Looking eastward, she immersed herself in the world of meditation and Vedic philosophy. The result: an integrated, truly holistic approach to viewing ourselves and our relationships with others. Her award-winning system, Attitude Reconstruction was birthed into the world.

Mike Rider

I grew up at the beach in Southern California. I learned to surf at a young age, back when long boards were the only boards and no one wore wetsuits, even in winter. Living near the beach and the nearby inland valleys has shaped how I see things and what I appreciate. I have always tried to identify why things look the way they do and what makes some things more interesting and beautiful than others.


Capturing the delights of everyday life in watercolor has become my
passion. My technical background gives me a more realistic perspective and I thoroughly enjoy finding the detail in the midst of the big picture. I
like to recognize familiarity of the people, place, and scene in a painting.


That is what makes a work of art more worthwhile for me. Familiar scenes of favorite activities and events add a touch more than just the quality of the art.

Stacy Harkins

Stacy Harkins Handcrafted Jewelry juxtaposes the sparkling clarity of gemstones with the textures of hand-hammered metals, creating jewelry with a romantic yet organic feeling.

Using genuine gemstones and high quality metals, I have created a handcrafted jewelry collection inspired by the colors and textures of my materials and the natural world. My focus is on creating clean yet intricate lines and harmonizing the colors of gemstones, from the soft and subtle to the bold and bright.

Having grown up in my mother's craft gallery, I have a longstanding appreciation of artisan handcrafts, and feel lucky to continue that tradition. Each piece of jewelry is crafted by hand in my studio in Washington, D.C..

 

Nancy Clark

My first weaving studio was an outdoor patio adjoining our country home on the Greek island of Paros in 1971. There, in view of the turquoise Aegean Sea, nestled among lemon and olive groves, drenched with sunlight from a cloudless, brilliant open sky, I taught myself tapestry techniques on a primitive hand-built loom, tension provided by a large marble boulder attached at the bottom with rope. When my husband and I returned to our native Missouri, I continued weaving tapestries for two more years, but then I took a beginning weaving class using a small four-harness table loom. My tapestry weaving days were over.

I have continued to weave fabrics on a wide variety of floor and table looms, producing highly textured and colorful accessories such as scarves, shawls, and simple, elegant garments I call hugs and cozies. My weaving hobby transitioned into a full-time business in 1993. Currently I participate in national juried art shows, selling to the public and to a number of shops and galleries from coast to coast, and I am involved in a wide variety of fiber-related guilds and organizations.

John Davis

J. Davis Studio
is a small ceramic studio located in Texas, close to Big Bend National Park, an isolated, harsh, and rugged land in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert.

The immense beauty and peacefulness of the area have  a way of reinforcing faith, dredging up an unknown inner strength, and of sparking  a deep appreciation of even the smallest things in life.

Making a living as an artist is hard anywhere, but in remote far west Texas it takes real determination and resilience. John Davis and his wife Robin, have supported their family of four with handmade American craft for almost 25 years.

Kerry Brooks

Kerry Brooks has been a potter since 1988. She learned to throw in Ann Arbor, MI and has been working as full-time studio potter in Minneapolis, MN since 1997. She works primarily in wheel-thrown, high-fired stoneware. Her pots are fired to about 2400 degrees in a natural gas kiln so pieces without fused glass can be used in the oven, microwave, and dishwasher. Pots with fused glass are primarily decorative but can be used with dry foods and should be hand-washed. All of Kerry's pots are durable and they will not lose their vibrant colors over time. She hopes you will enjoy her pottery for both its function and its art.

Robert Held

Born in Santa Ana, California, Robert Held aspired to be an artist from an early age. His father, a sculptor, only lived six years of his son's life, but passed on the talent and appreciation of art that gave Robert the beginnings of a quest to create beauty in form and color.

Robert uses techniques that date back as long ago as 2000 B.C. however, his collections range from classic to contemporary. Some works are inspired by the paintings of famous artists such as Monet and Klimt, while others take inspiration from photographers and even interior designers. Our studio prides itself on providing its customers with a large selection of affordable hand-blown gift items, as well as Robert Held's individual creations for the serious collector.


Bobbie Pell

For over 25 years, Bobbie Pell has shared her love of story with audiences of all ages through written works, storytelling performances, and workshops. Her speciality area, Celtic folklore and traditions, focuses on faerie lore, ballads, and archetypical myths. She also tells world folk and fairy tales filled with universal truths to show how Story explores the human heart.

In 2009, Bobbie transferred her love of weaving words into wearable fiber art creations. Using high quality wools, silks, and rayons, Bobbie blends hand-dyed colors and variable textures into elegant women's wear! Each piece allows the wearer to reveal her regal inner goddess or playful inner child as the ribbon fringe dances with light! All works are created by hand, either crocheted, woven, or a mix of both techniques resulting in delicate folds and drapes. Bobbie’s inspiration stems from Celtic Traditions.

Jim Loewer

Jim holds an undergraduate degree in painting from the University of California and a teaching degree from the University of South Carolina. He taught school for four years before devoting himself full-time to glass. He is self-taught through trial and error, focusing primarily on contemporary organic forms influenced by Japanese craft and the American studio glass movement.

Terri Taber

Terri Taber has lived in Southern California her whole life. Leaving Los Angeles in her late teens, she moved to the glorious city of Santa Barbara where she earned a degree in art and painting at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She continued her schooling at Santa Barbara City College where she earned an associate degree in nursing and worked for 25 years as a registered nurse. Terri never completely abandoned her painting while nursing and when she discovered the richness and depth of pastels in the late 1990’s she resumed her art education by taking workshops and adult education classes offered in Santa Barbara.

Terri has always found a friend and solace within the beauty of the countryside and uses this as the inspiration for her paintings. She wants to impart the serenity, love and freedom she finds outdoors through her paintings, so that those feelings can endure for others inside their homes. She enjoys the lighting, contrasts, textures and mystery the landscape has to offer and the opportunity and challenge to bring it to life again on paper. She has studied in the past with Glenna Hartmann, Michael Drury, and William Dole among others. She continues to learn with the wonderful teachers Bert Collins and Richard McKinley.

 

Great Alaskan Bowl Co.

Back in the 1800's the demand for large wooden bowls for making bread and for mixing and serving food kept many bowl mills in operation. The Great Alaskan Bowl Company is one of only a very few mills operating that use equipment designed from the machinery developed over a hundred years ago.

The Great Alaskan Bowl Company was established in 1991 to serve local and nationwide needs for a quality, one piece wooden bowl product. It has since become a premier visitor stop while in Interior Alaska serving both Fairbanks and Denali National Park.

A family run business, The Great Alaskan Bowl Company is intent on providing quality Made in Alaska and Made in America products in those it produces and by carrying a wide variety of exquisite and gourmet goods from across Alaska.