Monday, September 6, 2010

Media Spotlight—Jewelry Artists 2010

Looking for a gift for that special someone? Gallery at Marina Square has several Artists that hand make the most unique jewelry on the Central Coast! Check out our Crafts & Gifts page for more images.

Rod Baker—Jewelry

Rod Baker, blowing glass

Rod Baker grew up on the Central Coast as a surfer and sailor. He is influenced by the tide pools and rich marine environment.

A wood craftsman by trade, he began with stained glass 30 years ago, later discovering the art of fusing. His love for glass brought him to Cal Poly located in San Luis Obispo, California, where he studied glass blowing.

The colors and themes of his glass reflect the natural environments of the sea.

His skills include, glass fusing, torch worked marbles and jewelry, created in his Los Osos studio. All hand blown glass is done at his gallery in Florence Oregon. Each unique piece is individually hand crafted.

Pendants © Rod Baker
Pendants © Rod Baker

Sandy Christey—Jewelry

Sandy Christey, wearing “healing” turquoise 

Sandy conveys that turquoise is a very powerful physical healing stone it also gives self confidence and promotes endurance.

Artist Sandy Christey believes in the healing properties of art and nature. Sandy has been actively involved in pursuing her creativity, all her life. Her work has been shown in several galleries, the orange County Fair, and art shows throughout California. Sandy's art has been collected by people around the world. Sandy is an Registered Nurse and creates her healing art jewelry by utilizing semi precious stones which are thought to have healing properties. She also will use pendants from around the world.

Sandy conducts healing art workshops at her studio and gets her inspiration from the beauty she sees around her.

Purity © Sandy Christey
Chalcedony is the stone of purity and
concentration on the essential
Out of Africa © Sandy Christey
Beads are made of carved bone.

Deb Festa—Jewelry

Deb Festa

Everyone wants to know why I started making rosaries. So here goes-- last year I took a trip back to Italy to visit our cousins. I wanted to bring them all (27 cousins) a gift that didn’t take up a lot of room in my suitcase, so I decided to learn to make rosaries. I started to make them months before the trip. I really got hooked on making them. Friends would come to visit me and loved the rosaries, because they were different. I had a lot of sales right on the spot from my friends who wanted to give them as gifts.

I have always loved the feel of real stones. My family’s hobby when I was a little girl was rock hounding. We took many trips to the desert and different place to hunt for rocks. I learned at a young age just how the earth give us beautiful gifts in stones. That is why I try to make most of my rosaries out of semi-precious stones.

Some stones that I use are agate, amethyst, aventurine, aquamarine, blood stone, acarnelian, chrsocolla, coral, fluorite, garnet, gold stone, labradorite, howlite, jasper, lapis, malachite, obsidian, onyx, pearls, rhodonite, shells, sodalite, tigereye, turquoise, quartz and unakite to name a few.

After I had such a good response about my rosaries, I then started selling them in the gallery. Since I am Catholic and I do say the Rosary, I made myself one for every day of the week. When I was a small child, before I became Catholic I always wanted my own Rosary beads, because my cousins were Catholic and they had rosary beads. The beads were so beautiful. So there you have it, forty years later I started to make rosaries. You never know when a seed is planted in your head.

Rosaries © Deb Festa

Debbie McCrigler—Jewelry

Debbie McCrigler earned her Bachelor of Science Degree, in Dietetics and Food Administration, at California Polytechnic State University, located in San Luis Obispo, California.

Debbie has been interested in sewing since the age of 9, as her mother was a seamstress. Debbie began making many different items of clothing to include her own patterns. By the age of 17, Debbie was selling her fabric dolls.

Debbie worked for “Premavision,” in the 2004 Christmas production of “Davey and Goliath.”

Today, Debbie makes many wonderful things with her fabrics, to include dolls, animals, wearable art and more.

Pendant © Debbie McCrigler
Pendant © Debbie McCrigler

Hope Myers—Jewelry

Hope Myers

Hope Myers is an award-winning artist who paints watercolors and makes one-of-a-kind jewelry in her “An Artist's Garden” studio in Los Osos, California. She began to work with art forms as a child and continued her interests through a B.A. degree in Wisconsin with a minor in Art History.

Hope creates full detailed watercolor paintings, utilizing many washes of paint to emanate bold, rich color. Hope is noted for her imaginative and colorful depictions of animals, from her quail series, to the floral and local Central Coast, scenes.

Her primary medium is transparent watercolor. Using vibrant colors in sometimes unusual combinations; in clean and at times simple settings, she emphasizes her love for the beauty of living things and outdoor scenes that can brighten our lives.

Necklace & Earrings © Hope Myers
Necklace & Earrings © Hope Myers