Alison Cannon is the owner of Woolymamma fiber arts. She makes beautiful felted wool decor. But let Alison speak for herself. “I make felted wool pieces using a combination of shibori, applique and reverse applique. Shapes and textures from nature inspire my designs, but so too do the funky pop-art shapes of the ’70s design I grew up with! My art is meant to be an interactive experience. Each work starts as a knitted fabric that is then fulled and manipulated in various ways. There is an element of surprise in the process." Surprise yourself at Woolymamma here.
Dan Mirer started working in glass at the age of 16 and honed his skills by studying at Rochester Institute of Technology, Alfred University and the Pukeberg School of Design, Sweden. He incorporates both innovative and traditional glassmaking techniques. The result? Vessles that are elegantly shaped - as decorative as they are functional. See more of his beautiful work here.
Eric Boos starts with his porcelain forms - in all white - and then adds vibrant glazes in bold colors. What we're left with are clean, sumptuous lines and forms. He's a featured artist at Philly's Snyderman-Works Gallery in Old City. Don't miss him.
Artist Mark Nantz starts with wood. But then he encases the vessel, or integrates it, with materials such as ebony or precious metals to create exquisite containers that are an aesthetic delight. No wonder he received the Wharton Esherick Museum Prize For Excellence In Wood at the 2012 Craft Show. “With every piece I make, my goal is for it to be clearly identifiable as my own and flawlessly executed,” says Mark. See his impressive galleries here.
We are so taken by jeweler Christy Klug. She's inspired by the sumptuousness of 17th century Dutch still lifes, the color sensibility of fashion photographer Chen Man, the line work of Sol Lewitt, Brice Marden and Cy Twombly and post-World War II German stained glass. Whew! She creates by hand (of course) in her studio small quantities of finely crafted pieces that are intimate, honest and feminine. See her work here.