Holly J Carter

August 2017
Richmond, Ca
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Originally from Minnesota, my family moved to a small southwestern horse town in Arizona when I was in first grade, and then we moved to the ‘Big City’ of Phoenix when I was in high school. Making has always been in my blood as I come from a long line of custom cabinet makers. I loved to create with scraps of wood, paint, rocks, sewed Barbie clothes from fabric scraps, and created knotted embroidery thread jewelry. I used crocheting skills taught by my grandmother to make doll clothes and doilies. I even wrote poetry and had my first published poem in junior high. I was also quite the little entrepreneur, selling to my friends my hand and machine sewn scrunchies, and seed bead bracelets that I made on my bead loom.

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Lexi Daly

July 2017
Sebastopol, Ca
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Growing up, travel was very important to my parents, they wanted my sisters and me to see the world, learn its history, and experience the beauty of nature as much as possible. I remember always being so fascinated by little intricate objects I found in nature while camping and traveling; seed pods, tiny wildflowers, seashells, and butterfly wings. When I was five, my grandmother gave me a huge box of beads that I obsessed over, and my fascination with tiny objects slowly developed into a love of jewelry making. I fell in love with small glass beads called seed beads and spent much of my childhood teaching myself different traditional bead weaving techniques from cultures all over the world that use them. I found the intricate patterns of seed beads woven together with thread fascinating, like so many throughout history have.

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Kirk McGuire

June 2017
San Francisco, Ca
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I was literally born an artist, and from the young age of only four I was noticeably artistic, I amazed my kindergarten teachers and friends with my ‘born skills’ for drawing. Or sculpting ceramic animals, and nature scenes. Born in raised in the Sierra Foothills in Placerville California. I grew up hiking almost daily in the forest near my home, studying any kind of nature and wildlife I could soak in, including, insects, birds, mammals and especially amphibians and reptiles.

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Lucy Gamble

May 2017
San Francisco, Ca

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I grew up in the woods of New Hampshire playing in rivers and driving down dirt roads. I’ve always enjoyed creating with my hands and went through various crafty phases as a child- pillow sewing, card making, beading. The glue gun and I got along very well and we ended up with an old sleeping bag covered in dried hot glue. Metal work has become the favorite creative outlet of mine over the last few years, but it has always been important for me to have a craft. Outside of metal, I work on a business operations team for a tech company named Okta. I am an avid music listener, explorer, a bit of a runner and an aspiring dog musher.

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Olivia Shih

March 2017
Oakland, Ca
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Born in the US and raised in Taiwan, I’m an artist, jewelry designer, and writer currently based in Oakland, California. In my conceptual work, I explore the imprint of sexism on our daily habits, often through alternative materials paired with metal armature. Questioning the construction of gender and reinterpreting feminism are the driving forces behind my work.

I know some artists say they aren’t interested in political or confrontational issues, but identifying as an artist is a political act in itself. Instead of valuing the financial stability and familiarity of a 9-to-5 job, an artist might choose a part-time gig with little upward mobility in exchange for more creative running room. The artist values flexibility, creativity, and ultimately, freedom of expression, which is intrinsically political.

As Aristotle aptly puts it, humans, by nature, are political animals.

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Alexa

February 2017
San Francisco, Ca
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My life experiences have been very diverse, and are all part of who I am as an artist. I speak many languages, have traveled around the world, and lived in Mexico and India. I have known the rhythm of life in villages with no electricity or running water. I have slept in a manger in the foothills of the Himalayas, lived in a temple compound in southern India, and participated in ritual dancing and visitations through the night disguised as a demon in a village in Mexico. These and so many other experiences have enriched my inner landscape. Although, I am not drawn to mimic ethnic styles, my work often has a textural feeling that is reminiscent of lives more connected to earth and nature and simple tools.

However, at the end of all travel there is an experience of coming home and reintegration into one’s own sense of self. Ultimately, the effect of so much exposure to other cultures has been to clarify who I am as a person, a woman and an artist. It is mostly from the unique forms, textures and themes of the world in which I live that I draw inspiration. Although an element may appear in my work that has an ethnic feel, I am driven to frame it with a simple, sleek shape or surface that reflects a more modern sensibility. The best example of this juxtaposition is a series of cuffs that consist of fold-formed, oxidized copper attached to polished silver with silver rivets.

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Jenny Reeves

December 2016
San Francisco, Ca
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I grew up in Levittown, PA, a former steel town outside of Philadelphia. My grandma was an accomplished seamstress, needleworker and cook and she taught me many skills as a child. Thanks to her I learned to work with my hands at a young age while developing an eye for detail and fine craftsmanship.

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Cynthia Clearwater

November 2016
Pleasant Hill, Ca

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I have always been creative and feel compelled to make things with my hands. Ceramics, fiber arts, and metalsmithing have all occupied my attention at various times in my life. I have a BA in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University and an MA in Museum Administration. I have also had hands-on instruction in various metals techniques from the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. I count myself a hobbyist because I have never tried to make a living from my art. My professional career was at the University of California Berkeley as a college and museum administrator.

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Ed Lay

September 2016
El Cerrito, Ca

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I have a lifelong interest in education. For 30 years, I wrote programming languages for kids and teachers at the School of Education at UC Berkeley. Now I teach metalsmithing, stone setting and enameling at the Richmond Art Center in the East Bay.

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Bo Li

August 2016
Millbrae, Ca
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I had a Master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine and had worked in that field for several years. But I couldn’t give up the dream of art from childhood and became a painter. In 2016, I graduated from Academy of Art University major in Jewelry and Metal Art with outstanding records.

I love literature, traditional culture, and nature. I am good at extracting those elements and combining them with enthusiasm to my jewelry. My understanding and passion for life and my love of nature are resources of my endless great ideas and designs. When I was making jewelry or painting, I devoted my whole heart and soul to pursue the pure beauty.

By calm, elegant, and abstract design, my jewelry expresses beauty, pure, peace, and goodness of life.

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David Olson

July 2016
San Francisco, Ca

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I am an engineer by day. I grew up in San Francisco. After a stint as a Navy submariner, I lived Albuquerque and then Phoenix and have just moved back to San Francisco. I have two fantastic adult sons who were raised around all of the art, science and creativity I could cram into them.

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Carolyn Tillie

June 2016
Montara, Ca
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Middle aged, I’ve been juggling jewelry work with culinary work for over thirty years. Much of my bachelor’s in metals was done at San Diego State University under Arline Fisch and Helen Shirk. I obtained an MFA in 1998 at Cal State Long Beach under the tutelage of Dieter Müller-Stach and Al Pine. I am also a Certified Master Chef and obtained advanced certification under the Wine Spirit Education Trust (one of those steps towards becoming a sommelier). In the beginning, the jewelry work started in my early twenties with dragons, faeries, and Celtic knotwork designs that I sold Renaissance and street fairs.

Privately, I create occult- and alchemical-themed regalia and jewelry for several fraternal organizations with my Master’s Thesis work all based on the Kabbalah, occult-based Judaic mysticism. The past decade has been spent combining my great love of food in several jewelry lines that utilize miniature plastic and polymer clay food. I have worked as a food-and-wine author, with my first published book coming out next year, “Oysters, A Global History.” I am currently working on developing a project that will research and present the history food and ingredients as art forms: www.foodasartbook.com.

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Owen McInerney

May 2016
San Francisco, Ca
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I live in SF but grew up in Dublin, Ireland, where it rains all the time and the skies are always gray!  I love the warm weather here (for the most part!) and the blue skies.  I’ve had several careers on the way to being a full time metalworker but as they say, life is about the Journey…

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Wei La Poh

April 2016
Oakland, Ca
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I was born in Hong Kong, but raised with a multi-cultural state of mind. I have lived in Asia for sixteen years and moved abroad to finish her last two years of high school education in London. I then went to pursue the arts in Brooklyn, NY. I finally received her BFA in Jewelry/ Metal Arts with High Distinction at California College of the Arts in 2013. I then went to pursue my MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in Jewelry + Metalsmithing. My current body of work is based on found enamelware. I am deeply fascinated with the history of enamelware and investigate this subject in the context of how it can be jewelry. It is an ongoing investigation on how these found objects can become adornments. This work can be found under the Handle series.

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Sam Woehrmann

March 2016
San Francisco, Ca
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I am jewelry designer, gemologist, and custom goldsmith living and working out of my home studio in the Castro district of San Francisco. I am in my second year of doing both whole sale and retail trade shows and I work with a handful of galleries around the country that sell my work.

I came to San Francisco in 2001 to attend the Revere Academy. In 2004 I completed gemology training at GIA in Carlsbad California. I have been back in San Francisco since 2005 working as a bench jeweler for two different designers and developing my own line of jewelry.

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Oakley Parsons

February 2016
Concord, Ca
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I moved to California a couple of years ago, from Africa. I’m originally from Canada but have lived in the US off and on for many years. I came to metalwork and jewelry quite recently, beginning just two years ago at the Revere Academy in San Francisco. After a long and varied career I’m finally doing what I love – working with my hands, being creative and being my own boss. I love working in my studio where I can spend all day with my two dogs who are the joy of my life!

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