Wednesday, November 30, 2011

silent goddess

Tiny Bouquet necklace
"With an independent streak that seems to extend beyond anyone's sight line, I have always needed to do my own thing. I was lucky to find the love of someone (my husband, Paul) who fully supports my wild, independent streak and actually encourages it. I took a long break from creating jewelry when our son, Cody, was a baby because I wanted to dedicate my time to him. Once he was in school full-time, the pull to return to my jeweler's bench was nearly overwhelming. With the discovery of the wonderful online handmade venues and the near instant first saleÃ, when I listed a pair of my sapling earrings, I was off and running again and Paul and Cody both were my biggest supporters! That was nearly four years ago and I have been going strong ever since. I spend my weekdays working away soldering, stamping, sawing and oxidizing metal in my studio and my evenings and weekends with my family. Having a home studio maintains the freedom to balance my time with my family and be able to be there for anything that life throws at us all the while being able to live my life as an artist. I realize this makes me one of the luckiest people alive!"
bio written by silentgoddess via her artfire profile

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Timber Green Woods

Wood Snowflake Ornament - 3 1/2" Laser Cut Black Cherry Wood
"Timber Green Woods was created with the combined talents of Matt Van Susteren and Amie Elizabeth of Spring Green, WI. Utilizing sustainably harvested wood from our family forest, we create art that forms a unique union between high tech and low tech to form a body of work that we call Modern Rustic."
bio written by TimberGreenWoods via the etsy profileWEBSITE * ETSY

Monday, November 28, 2011


Hand embroidered necklace with ukrainian ornament white and red on green
"I'm Natalka, I'm from Ukraine. Embroidery and cross-stitching are ukrainian way to meditate... But also I love many thing to do by my hand."
mini-bio written by Natalka via her etsy profile

Friday, November 25, 2011

Alice's Looking Glass

Red ticking rag ball Christmas tree ornaments - Set of 9
"I am wife to the most wonderful husband {aka StJoshua here on Etsy} and mother to the best baby in the world, our sweet Hazel Mae born 8 1/2 weeks early and spending the first 50 days of her life in the NICU. I spend my days caring for my daughter while fitting in creating/listing items during her nap times and on the weekends. I cannot wait until she is old enough to start creating with me :) I have a love of all things old, worn, romantic and vintage. I enjoy finding beauty in imperfection. My camera is almost always around my neck and my imagination running on overload for coming up with new creations"
bio written by Alice via her etsy profile

Studio By The Forest

Ceramic Buttons, Rustic Porcelain Leaves in Sage Green, Set of Four
"Anyone who is familiar with my works and inspirations knows that I'm hugely influenced by nature, especially leaves, trees, and woodland creatures. Upon researching my maiden name, Derrough. I discovered that it is derived from a Celtic word for oak, which happens to be a tree of which I have always felt a magical bond, even from a very young age. I feel that my love of nature is genetic--a nod to my ancestors who would be proud to know that it is alive and well in the 21st century.
I am a stay-at-home mother with 4 young children which definitely keeps me busy!"
bio written by Anna via her etsy profile

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lyla accessories

Embroidery Hoop Art - Pomegranate Wall Hanging
"I was born in the UK and moved to Turkey 11 years ago after meeting my Turkish husband. Now we live in a lovely sunny resort called Didim and we have a very active 8 year old little boy. I studied a variety of 3D art and design courses before moving to Turkey but it wasn't until a few years ago that I decided to use my talents again to produce my unique one off designs.
Jewelry should be unique and eye catching and thats whay I use a mixed range of medias like silk, natural stones and Polymer clay. Polymer clay is extra special to me because each and every creation is never the same as the other. I'm forever making interesting and new designs so please pop by again soon.
I have previous internet sales experience selling on a very well known Turkish site quite similar to Esty. So if you haven’t quite found what you’re looking for please contact me and I’m sure I can make something to suit your special requirements.
Every client is very special to me, I love to hear when and where they’ve worn my lovelies and the compliments they receive. So feel free to convo me anytime even if it's just for a chat."
bio written by Louise Demirbas via the etsy profile

Aurum Jewelry

Ring - 14k Gold And Peridot Gemstone Ring
"Aurum Jewelry was founded in 2010 when my passion for fine craftsmanship and jewelry design were combined.
I fell in love with jewelry-making and the arts a long time ago, but it took me a while before I actually started designing and creating my own art. I enjoy art and history which are the chief sources of my inspiration when creating jewelry. The jewelry is designed to have a clean and simple look as I respect the materials that I work with.
All of the jewelry is one-of-a-kind, hand crafted, using silver or gold (14k, 18k, 22k or 24k) in conjunction with precious stones, gems and ancient coins. I strive to preserve the natural, unprocessed and non-synthetic appearance and properties of the resources that I work with so that they remain true and accurate. I take pleasure in the unity of old and new - luxurious precious stones, ancient stones and coins - with their authentic finish, to achieve a modern urban look."
bio written by Orit Kanner via the etsy profile

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Explore #65

Untitled by silent sequoias
Untitled, a photo by silent sequoias on Flickr.

Roberta Polfus Porcelain

Porcelain gourd teapot in orange & tan with black pillow
"I have always been attracted to natural objects, at least as long as my clothing has had pockets. My carved and sometimes gestural pieces are intimate forms that fit and feel good in the hand. While they are generally not representations of actual objects, they reflect the shapes, patterns, colors and surfaces that I am drawn to in nature—the petals of an apple blossom, the grooves of a spindle shell, the pattern of a hosta leaf or the texture of a weathered rock all inform and inspire my work.
I was introduced to porcelain about 11 years ago and we’ve been inseparable since then. I use a combination of wheel thrown and handbuilt forms that are altered, carved and sprigged. With a variety of airbrushed matte and gloss glazes that enhance the surfaces, the pieces are fired in a gas kiln, cone 10 reduction, around 2345 F.
I have many works in process and will be adding them as they come out of the kiln. Each one I've listed is made individually by hand by me."
bio written by Roberta Polfus via her etsy profile

kiki and polly

As Well
"My love of painting is inspired by my dad who is also an artist and my children who make my creativity pale in comparison. I create portrait art of children and families and have illustrated a childrens book."
mini-bio written by Lisa Golightly via her etsy profile

Mary Elizabeth Arts

Festive White Tree on Red Glass Vase
"Introducing my organically designed line of dinnerware. I invite you to celebrate your next meal as an art-filled experience, toasting to the slow delight of “a fine palate.”
Food, wine and art are central in my life. I love the texture of paints, the nuance of light that shimmers through the layers of paint as much as I love the pure flavors and textures of fresh, organic food.
Today, it seems that we are tempted to live without any of those things. We live fast and cheap. We eat mass produced foods from ugly, disposable plates. We rarely go to art museums or galleries to see the beauty of original works, but settle for cheap prints that reproduce the colors, but lose the soul.
It has become my passion and profession to restore the art of a simple meal by offering hand painted ceramic and glass dinnerware to compliment every meal. Served on a pure white plate, painted with a simple leaf or flower, a humble supper becomes an extraordinary experience of line, light, color, flavor, aroma and textures.
A little background information:
As a student in Fine Art, I originally specialized in oils and watercolors, painting hundreds of traditional canvas paintings. However, my mentor and professor, Dr. Robert Winter, the President of the World Archeology Foundation, introduced me to the simple delights of ancient art. During an archeological trip to Sicily to explore ancient cave paintings and frescos, I found painted pottery sherds brought from over from the Greeks, and realized that the precise detail they achieved was created by painting rather than glazing.
The experience left me eager to seek out new mediums for my work, and ceramics and glass became my new canvas. Like the Greeks, I believe that the humble act of eating and drinking should be made as beautiful and sensual as possible. I help you elevate your meal to the next level by allowing you to serve your consciously prepared food and wine on platters, goblets, and plates of functional art.
The most rewarding part of working with everyday items is that so many more people can appreciate them. I’m able to place my painted dinner and glass works in more homes than I ever could have dreamed for my oil paintings. Having created entire lines of dinnerware for homes in 12 different countries, I like to think of myself as being a guest at dinner parties around the world.
Cheers to artful living everyday!"
bio written by Mary Elizabeth via her etsy profile

Sunday, November 13, 2011

the zen artist

Vintage and Modern Coffee Table - Reclaimed Upcycle Rustic Wood with Vintage Eames Style Steel Hairpin Legs - 48" x 24"


Silk Cocoon Pendant 01
"Walter Chen (Taiwan, 1970), jeweler and art designer, has lived and worked in Barcelona since 1997.
After graduating in Industrial Fine Arts at the National Taiwan Academy of Arts , he furthered his study with a graduation in Artistic Jewelery and Chiseling at the Escola Massana (Barcelona). He has since followed this with a graduation in Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate.
He has authored extensive works, and realized his first individual exhibition in 2002. Since 2000 he has taken part in several collective exhibitions in cities such as Barcelona, Girona, New York, Paris and recently in the International Jewellery and Precious Stone Symposium of Turnov (Czech Republic).
He has four Enjoia't Awards by FAD (Barcelona) and his works appear in international publications including Ed. Lark Books, “Arte y Joya” Magazine, “Contraste” and “Gold and Time”.
He uses materials and philosophy related to the Chinese and oriental culture on his jewels and objects. He loves to work with paper, bamboo and silk cocoons.
Walter Chen combines creator's activity with the study of arts, design and oriental culture. He is the author of two books “Chinese Painting” (Ed. Parramón: Barcelona, 2005) and “The Fine Art of Chinese Painting” (Ed. Parramón: Barcelona, 2005).
He is a regular guest speaker at institutional conferences, discussing the process of his artistic creation and the relation between thought, art and forms of life, in the Orient."
bio written by monteazul via the etsy profile

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Approaching Storm Watercolor Print
"Hi, so nice to meet you. so a little about me, I've been making things since I was 5 yrs. old. My interests have changed over the years,some of the things I've done is baking, then making womens and childrens clothes for shops.Then I made teddybears and dolls and traveled to shows all over the U.S. Recently I discovered felting, so now I'm a happy felter, painter,seamtress, sculpter, and all around maker of things, living in a tiny cottage in the mountains of Colorado."
bio written by P. Maure Bausch via her etsy profile

Taylor Crafts Engraved

Personalized Cutting Board - Custom Engraved Cherry Wood
"Personalized products are our specialty. We own a small engraving shop that is run out of home. Cutting Boards, Humidors, Signs, and Plaques are some of our big sellers, but we can custom engrave almost anything! We want to create something unique and personal for people, and find a lot of satisfaction in knowing that something we engraved is a part of someone's home, whether on display or in use.
All of the items in our store are somewhat custom in that each customer has added their own touch. We have them categorized the best we can, but we want to keep creating items for people, no matter the design or category."
bio written by Belinda & Tony via the etsy profile

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Real Maple Leaf Necklace with Labradorite
"Beautiful handcrafted jewelry for all occasions. Modern, classic and vintage style. Bridal parties, weddings, gifts or just a little something to treat yourself.
I use the best materials in all my designs, sterling silver, 14kt gold filled and antique brass with beautiful pearls and gemstones.
I'm well known for adding new designs weekly so pls come and browse my store frequently.
All my jewelry comes individually packed in ribbon wrapped boxes and a thank you note"
bio written by Lizi via her etsy shop announcement

Leili Design

Ceramic Stoneware Dish with Black and White Cosmos Dots
"I'm an artist, writer, filmmaker and educational technologist who is also a citizen of the world. I like color, science, art, math, music, architecture, nature, design, patterns .... They all make frequent appearances in my work. I've studied drawing, painting and ceramics for years, including as an apprentice to Kahlil Gibran (master artisan and cousin of the writer), as an archaelogical artist at a major museum, and with Boston potter, Darrell Finnegan. I love to keep learning, experimenting and reflecting.
I make wheel-thrown/hand-built stoneware pieces in my MIT studio. My work has been exhibited and sold in the US and Israel. I also design and make limited-edition wearable art jewelry using European vintage beads of the 1950s-1970s. Soon, I may offer some of my VERY BRIGHTLY COLORED acrylic paintings and fine art photography"
bio written by LeiliDesign via the etsy profile