Artists & Their Work

Brick & Mortar, Online & Social Media-The Pathway to Success

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in Artists & Their Work | Comments Off on Brick & Mortar, Online & Social Media-The Pathway to Success

In 1989 when Charleston Crafts opened it’s doors in a garage, the internet was in its infancy and called ‘the world wide web’. Jump ahead 30 years and the web has morphed into an online marketplace and Charleston Crafts Gallery has transitioned to a location in the heart of the historic market district with a rapidly growing Charleston Crafts Online Shop.  Supporting the success of Charleston Crafts and the Charleston Crafts Online Store is the Charleston Crafts Facebook page. Frequent posts highlight gallery displays, items in the online store and the talented members...

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The Ebb and Flow of Creativity!!!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2019 in Artists & Their Work, Marty Biernbaum | Comments Off on The Ebb and Flow of Creativity!!!

Marty Biernbaum loves ‘throwing pots’…clay pots!!! Our June interview includes a video that features Marty moving clay from a ‘lump’  into a beautiful stoneware shape on the potters wheel. After you read this post, caffeine and peanut butter will be at the top of your shopping list.  Marty’s work is also available in the Charleston Craft Online Store. How long have you been a member of Charleston Crafts Co-Op? 25 years.  I stepped back to associate membership for a few years when my art show travel schedule was too demanding. Many...

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Creativity Without Limitation

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Artists & Their Work, Selma Andrews | Comments Off on Creativity Without Limitation

When an injury limited Selma Andrews’ work in fiber, she shifted to polymer clay and continued her artistic career. Her bold polymer clay designs move in several directions…the ancient glass blowing technique of cane building and free form sculptural construction.  Selma’s work is also available in the Charleston Craft Online Store. How long have you been a member of Charleston Crafts Co-Op. I have been a member of Charleston Crafts for about 14 years.  I can remember doing a craft show and being asked if I would like to join the co-operative.  We...

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Flat + Folded = Work of Art

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Artists & Their Work, Regina Semko | Comments Off on Flat + Folded = Work of Art

As Charleston Crafts celebrates it’s 30th year, we focus on one of the founding artists, Regina Ann Semko. Today, Regina works primarily in origami, but in the following interview, she describes how her artistic background followed many paths, moving to origami when her studio space was confined to the kitchen table.  Regina’s work is also available in the Charleston Craft Online Store.  Many artists have been ‘makers’ all of their lives. Have you always been creative and what mediums did you explore before moving to origami?  I have always been an...

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Form vs. Function

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Artists & Their Work, Ed Bryan | Comments Off on Form vs. Function

Ed Bryan’s stoneware reflects a split personality…functional and decorative. Hemp wrapped handles and aged copper accents edge the pieces toward decorative. Vessels for carrying water, serving platters and hanging bird houses focus on the utilitarian aspect. Influenced by traditional Japanese pottery, much of  his work focuses on simple shapes and muted colors. Occasionally, there is a bit of whimsy, as seen in the featured Toby Jug.  You can find more of Ed Bryan’s work in Charleston Crafts Online Store.  [Show...

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Life and Design…A Journey

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in Artists & Their Work, Janice Cramer | Comments Off on Life and Design…A Journey

Among the many talented artists belonging to the Charleston Crafts Co-Op is Metalsmith and Lapidary, Janice Cramer.  Janice compares the design process to life’s experiences. It is all about the journey. “The process of cutting rough rock, polishing, finishing and making something beautiful reminds me that our lives are not only refined by our trials, but made richer for them.” Like most artists, Janice finds inspiration in the materials.  She uses sterling silver, fine silver and 14k gold filled metals. She selects quality stones with color and character...

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