Tannei Casey - Stitchworks

Tannei studied fashion design in her home town of Toronto, Canada.  While her career has taken many turns, she is now doing what she loves most - creating tote bags, quilts and small accessory items with her sewing machines from start to finish, one at a time.  

She opened her Etsy shop in 2009 to share some of her creations with all those who appreciate the art of handmade stitch goods.  Tannei is most inspired when she finds the perfect fabric.  Because every item is cut individually, she can take advantage of the print of the fabrics to best showcase it in her work.  

To see more of Tannei's beautifully crafted bags, please visit her Etsy shop

Chainsaw + Wood = Sculpture

Sean Arthurs: Pine Baron Chainsaw Carving 

My name is Sean Arthurs. I've always had an interest in art, I have a fine art degree from West Chester University.

I started carving with a chainsaw in 2012 and found it to be very fun and challenging. It opened up a new world for me as far as being able to create 3D sculptures in a fairly short amount of time. I really enjoy making works of art out of logs or scrap wood that otherwise would be firewood or mulch. 

Take a peek at Sean's website

Art: Wrought and Forged

Blacksmith Seth Barchowsky

Artist Blacksmith Seth Barchowsky's work includes a full spectrum of pieces ranging from traditional to functional art.

He produces pieces that are not only exquisite in detail but are structurally sound. Seth's passion and inspiration for the art is obvious by the meticulous detail that is seen in each piece. He is always striving for the highest quality possible. Art by commission is also available.

Tied Up & Honoring Tradition

Kathleen Fitzpatrick: Tie-Up Textiles

Tie-Up Textiles was established in 2015 in the belief that the modern consumer more than ever deserves quality craftsmanship and detailing within the home setting. Our mission is to bring back the the age of the trades that has been stripped away by the modern day conveyor belt production methods. The Tie-Up Textiles name means that you are purchasing a product that has been touched by our teams own hands, no part is ever outsourced. Our wovens are designed and fabricated in house, as well as our block prints, dye pieces, and digital prints.

We week the company of individuals passionate to fill their space with the timeless beauty of textiles in both traditional and modern techniques. Tie-Up's inspiration is illuminated by the concept of new vs old and the art of combining the two. Our love story for the home is an interpretation of southwestern textures and colour, industrial and architectural history, and simple, modest living. 

Explore Kathleen's Website

Celeste Kelly - No sense crying over broken glass!

Celeste Kelly Mosaics

This glass mosaic artist loves to break things up and rearrange them into her own traffic stopping creations.

While visiting a friend in Barcelona, Spain in 2003, the artist unexpectedly viewed the work of Antonio Gaudi and was singularly inspired by his art and architecture.  She blends this newly found inspiration with her love of green space and woodlands.  Crafting mosaic birdbaths, benches and garden sculptures that are made to enchant and inspire the garden, patio, or deck. They can also adorn the inside of the home. .  

Her sculptures are made from stained glass, tile, mirror, bottles and found objects. She makes all her own ceramic faces and tiles and grinds each piece of stained glass. Her sculptures can withstand both the heat of summer and the cold of winter.  

See more of Celeste's work at her website.

Form and Function Expressed Using Technology

Sean Tapscott: Print A Pot

Combining technology, function, and our love for plants, Print A Pot is a small mom-and-pop business designing and creating decorative and fun pots. Our pots can be used in a variety of indoor settings by themselves or with plants to add beauty to any space in your home or office. We are also currently designing outdoor pots for patios, gardens, and small trees. 

We strive to be as environmentally conscious as possible. Most of our packaging materials are recyclable and/or reusable, and we reuse shipping boxes when possible. All of our printing materials are made from a bio-derived PLA that is 100% biodegradable. We also source our electricity from renewable sources (wind-powered and hydroelectric). 

As creators, we can customize or create something completely unique. If you would like to commission a 3D printed product, please contact us through our social media, or visit with us at CRAFTED. 

Journey with Christina Oddo

Get to Know Christina Oddo of CO Studios

Travels, appreciation for the natural world and love of painting have shaped my vision as an artist. I create expressive, realistic pastel paintings that capture fleeting moments of rich color and luminosity in a landscape. I'm fascinated by the transformation of light and how these variations affect the mood of a piece. With pastels, my medium of choice, I'm able to work directly on textured paper or board applying color and blending the various layers. I primarily use earth tones and add highlights of vivid color to guide the viewer's eye through the painting.

I participate in many juried exhibitions, outdoor festivals, and I’m represented by local galleries, including private collections throughout the world. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, I received my BFA from Moore College of Art and Design and my studio is located in Glenmoore, PA.

Beaded & Hammered into Beauty

Michele Fairley Jewelry Design

Color is central to the design of my hand-crafted jewelry. A featured hand-blown glass or hand- made ceramic bead is combined with beads that complement and enhance its colors. Woven beaded bracelets and earring patterns are designed in Adobe Illustrator, using bead colors for my palette. I also hammer silver or copper into interesting shapes for earrings, and torch the copper for a color patina. The elements in a finished piece should work together harmoniously, but I like to add a visual surprise every now and then.

I am also a graphic designer and find jewelry making to be intuitive and rewarding. I often begin by sketching, then play with materials to create what I have in mind. A piece usually evolves, moving away from my initial idea to something suggested by the materials.

Here are three process photos. One shows a sketchbook, where I not only sketch ideas, but paste models of shapes, noting sizes, tools to use, etc. The workspace photo shows the table where all jewelry making takes place. Behind the table is an old bench, where where beads are stored according to color, along with wire, cord, metal plate, etc. The studio with the iMac is where I design beading patterns in Adobe Illustrator, converting bead colors to palette colors, and also where I load photos of finished jewelry onto my Etsy site.

Here are examples of my designs as I interpret them on Adobe Illustrator.

I shop locally for materials at Blue Santa Beads. At Bead Fest, a huge wholesale market, I look for my favorite bead artists, especially glass and lampwork artisans. I like to travel, looking for bead shops wherever I happen to be. One May I went to Thailand and China. On one 105-degree afternoon in Bangkok, I shuffled through the maze of the Chatuchak market, where I eventually found beads from Nepal and Tibet. In Morocco I found amber at a reasonable price. I became a little better at bargaining in China and Morocco.

I enjoy meeting the people who buy my jewelry. It is great fun to spend time making something, and then watch someone pick it up and try it on. Happy shopping!

Visit Michele's Website

Estelle Lukoff: Meticulous Craftsmanship

Estelle Lukoff Designs

I handcraft unique, elegant and sophisticated jewelry designs in my light filled Pennsylvania studio.  Most of my jewelry is eclectic but yet classic in the way I combine materials, textures and color.  My signature style, meticulous craftsmanship and rich color combinations give my jewelry a uniqueness and elegant artistry with broad appeal.

Inspired by colors, textures and patina of global cultures and all things nature, my designs use a mixed media approach by combining solid brass with an antique brass finish, fine metal elements, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, assorted gemstones, glass, epoxy clay, paint and fiber.  A multi step antique process for my brass findings as well as hand set Swarovski crystals are just some of the many detailed features that you will find in my jewelry designs.

Grace Marks: Weaving to her heart's content

Grace Marks: The Hand of Grace

As a weaver, I believe that the textiles we use everyday should be as beautiful as they are useful. I combine color and pattern with texture to create artistic pieces durable enough to use everyday. Each item is unique, while some may be similar in color and pattern. I always insert a slight variation that keeps my interest while weaving a project and also offers you a one-of-a-kind piece.

I studied Fiber Arts at Kutztown University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Crafts. My studies gave me a firm foundation in technique and a background in creativity, design,and history.

Married to my wonderful husband Timothy, I work in my home studio while raising my two young sons, Caleb and Matthew. Family comes first, and I am privileged to be home to raise my children. The few quiet moments I have during this busy season are spent in my studio where I weave to my heart’s content and let the creative juices flow!

Jewelry Juxtaposition: Andrea Bretz

Andrea Bretz: Metal Worx Jewelry Designz

Jewelry from Metal Worx Jewelry Designz is dedicated to vintage inspired, upcycled, and handstamped jewelry.

My jewelry is constructed from aluminum, bronze, copper, pewter, and sterling silver. Metal Worx Jewelry is born out of passion for designing distinctive keepsakes and creating personalized jewelry that tells the story of the past, present, and future. I use proportion and balance when creating my pieces of jewelry so that each piece is balanced in regards to color and size and that it is visually appealing to the eye. As a result, Metal Worx Jewelry has an eclectic style and feel to it.

What sets my jewelry apart from my competitors is how I create a juxtaposition between jewelry materials and how I combine unique and interesting components to create the final product. 

See more at Andrea's website.

What if I do this?

Laurie Canfield: Sunshine Sunflower Ceramics

Laurie Canfield, of Sunshine Sunflower Ceramics, is a proud mom, artist, art educator, and museum lover. She has dreamed of being an artist since she was a little girl, and began studying ceramics while earning her Bachelor's Degree in Visual Art from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg. She began teaching art and earned her Master's Degree in Art Education in 2011 from the University of Florida.

Like her flock of inspiration suggests, she persisted in her dream!

In 2016, she made it her goal to get back to creating her own artwork. Her artistic process is to ask herself, “What if I do this?”, and then she does it to see what happens. She enjoys experimenting and pushing the medium of ceramics by altering wheel thrown pieces and adding elements such as glass, wire, sticks, reeds, geodes, and anything else that looks interesting.

A look at Laurie in the studio:

And her work in process:

She currently teaches children's classes at Wayne Art Center and Chester County Art Association. She lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania with her husband and children, and their two naughty dachshunds. 

It's always sunny at Laurie's website - wear your sun specs!

Little Spoon, Little Spoon

Kathleen Brady: The Little Spoon Co.

Shhhh, just read. Take in the words. Enjoy your thoughts. Relax. A sweet giggle. Simple words, lovely thoughts. The beauty of Kathleen's hand-written word

She creates in her studio - just makes you want to smile!

The power of her pen, her dedication to the process, all evident in her creative process.

Keep reading at Kathleen's website

Deanna Haldeman: In Studio

From Mud to Mug: a look into Deanna's process making her Dragon mugs

Deanna Haldeman creates beautiful ceramics. Take a look into her process from start to finish in the photo tour below. Deanna will be at CRAFTED for her third year in a row, and has a devout following of ceramic collectors. 

delicate . silver . jewelry

Amanda Knight: Delicate Designs by Amanda

I am a jewelry designer from Malvern, PA with over 20 years of jewelry design experience. I am inspired by color, stones and nature and have created a delicate looking sterling silver jewelry line with semi-precious gemstones, fresh water pearls and Swarovski crystals.

I focus on designing jewelry that is stylish and trendy yet classic and timeless so my customers will be able to appreciate it for years. As an entrepreneur, I have a passion for living a creative lifestyle and enthusiasm to create accessories that will allow women to express their style. 

Make a wish list at Amanda's website.

Lost in the Wilderness

Jen Leighton: Little Glass Houses

Jen Leighton plays with nature.

Taking moss and and roots and blending them into a potion of visual relaxation. A place where gnomes wander and leprechauns roam.

Elegant and playful in their design, everyone is different and unique, alive with imagination. 

Curious - maybe you'll find a gnome at her website.

Deanna Haldeman at the Potters Wheel

Deanna Haldeman: Deramics Clay Studio

Deanna Haldeman was introduced to making pottery in high school in the mid 80s. The first day of class, after fighting with the clay for an hour or so, she had created a small pinch pot. She was hooked. Deanna continued taking classes throughout High School and College finally receiving her BA with an emphasis in ceramics from the University of Wyoming in 1991.

After starting up Deramics Clay Studio and working out of her living room for a few years Deanna started taking classes and working as a kiln tech at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford. In 2007 she became a juried member in The Potters Guild and has been creating functional pottery there ever since.

Most of Deanna's pottery starts on the potters wheel. After throwing (forming) the piece, it is either altered in some way or left to dry until it is ready to be stamped, drilled or trimmed. The piece is then left to dry slowly until is it bone dry and ready to bisque fire. After firing the pots to 1888 degrees Fahrenheit and allowing them to slowly cool they are ready to glaze. Deanna mixes lead free glazes which she applies by dipping, pouring, dribbling, and squirting. Her color combinations include her popular midnight daisy design, her newest melon colored glaze, and some beautiful blues and greens. The pots are then fired again this time to 2232 degrees making them water tight as well as microwave and dishwasher safe.

Deanna's work is inspired and influenced by traditional pottery forms, nature and her customer's comments and needs. Although she does not take custom orders, a request may influence future work. So if you mention something to her that you have been looking for, don't be surprised to find it at a future Deramics Clay Studio event.

Deanna's current functional work includes bowls, plates, mugs, French butter dishes, one piece chip & dips, serving bowls, and luminaries. All of these pieces look great on the holiday table and transition well to everyday use.

Take a peek at Deanna's beautiful website.

Chainmaille Jewelry: Not Just for Knights

Rebecca Warda: Jewelry

I am a jewelry maker living in Media (PA), the small town where I was born and raised.  I grew up in an artistic family and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love making things.  I’ve always been drawn to things that require patience – chair caning, quilting, embroidery.  For the last 15 years or so, I’ve been making jewelry.

My favorite technique is chainmaille.  Not just for knights anymore, chainmaille weaves are beautiful as jewelry. It involves opening and closing hundreds of metal rings, requiring a lot of patience, but it’s so much fun to watch the pattern develop. My pieces are lightweight and easy to care for, made mostly of bright aluminum and enameled copper.

Another technique I love is Kumihimo, a Japanese method of braiding silk strands together to make a very strong cord originally used to hold various pieces of a Samurai’s armor together. My necklaces are made with eight strands of strong nylon cord, loaded with beads of different sizes.

I’ve recently retired after almost 38 years managing a small university art museum/gallery.  I look forward to growing my Etsy shop and many hours of happy jewelry making!

Want to see more? Check out Rebecca's ESTY shop.

Elaine Brooks - Weaving in Tradition

Elaine Brooks: Brooks Family Threads

Elaine Brooks is a weaver in the Southern Chester County Pennsylvania area.  She hand looms home goods like table runners, pillows, wine bottle bags as well as personal items: small purses, totes and iPad covers.   Her style traditional rag weaving with a unique twist using upholstery fabrics and remnants.  The result is striking patterns, textures and colors that provide a unique look to an age old craft.  

 

Website not available yet.

Facebook page:    Brooks Family Threads @facebook

Bob Lott - the man behind the camera

Bob Lott: JustBob Images

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After working as an engineer for 43 years at DuPont, Robert now directs his creativity toward nature, landscape and urban decay photography. Robert also does volunteer photography at fund raising events for the Delmarva Red Cross Chapter.

Although Robert holds masters degrees in engineering (LSU) and business (U of DE), he is primarily a self-taught photographer. Robert is a member of Chester County Camera Club, Chester County Art Association (CCAA), Rehoboth Art League and National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Robert’s work has been published in Philly Creative Guide, Schmap Guide of Philadelphia, Holiday 2008 Washington Life Magazine, Bravo...art Heals Weekly Planner (published by CCAA), March 2011 DE Art on the Town Magazine and shown recently at several locations in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Robert also teaches HDR photography, Image Post-Processing and Photography Workflow at Chester County Night School.

In 2011 Robert received Photographer of Year award from Chester County Camera Club and was elected president for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 club years. In 2014 Robert’s work was voted Artists Choice during Plein Air Brandywine Valley.

Take a look into Bob's high tech studio where he produces his beautiful images:

Check out Bob's website