Friday, January 10, 2014

Are You Ready for Some More Shugah?

Artisan Faire & More!
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 1 - 5pm
Just in time for Valentine's Day!

It's that time again to bring you mouthwatering morsels from some of your favorite jewelry designers, textile, ceramic and mixed media artists! Our 2014 Eye Candy Artisan Faire will be chock full of glorious goodies to feed the eyes, soul and body. Here's just a taste of what will be available - each of our artists will be bringing a trunk full of new treats just for you!

Craving Jewelry
Michelene Berkey
Nature-lovers rejoice! Michelene is traveling back to California all the way from Colorado with her latest "twiggy" treasures just for YOU! (Don't worry, she won't forget to bring her pearls and semi-precious stones!) Sample her newest tidbits that use bees, hearts, flowers, dragonflies and even twigs in her designs. Silver and gold complement her concoctions of pendants, rings, bangles and more.

Elliott Chandler
For the tailored palate, try the exquisitely designed earrings, necklaces and bracelets that are the hallmark of Elliott Chandler. Based in San Francisco, the team creates treats that are timeless and elegant using gemstones and CZs, gold and silver. All jewelry is handcrafted in Italy and the results are oh-so-scrumptious! Sample rose gold with purple & lavender crystals, or delicately enameled drop pendants finished with a flourish of silver.

Joanna Craft
Favored ingredients of mixed metals are shaken (not stirred!) together by Joanna to produce tasty results. Her contemporary designs range from the geometric to the free-form and are just the right portions of silver, copper and brass. Lately, she's been using raw ingredients like unpolished stones as garnish. Create your own custom recipie from Joanna's extensive list of fixings. An old-school crowd pleaser are her special decorative paper in resin pendants and earrings with an eastern aesthetic.

Amy Kekst
Gemstones, crystals, one-of-a-kind vintage elements and chains feature in Amy's titillating tidbits. Her eclectic selection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets change with the seasons - most recently she's served up mixed metal chains and nuggets paired with sparkley stones, and beads. Her selections for this year's show are sure to provide you with a buffet of choices

Barbara Lanci
Feast your eyes on Barbara's scrumptious treasures! Her tempting earrings, bold "elevation" cuffs and intricate necklaces are crafted entirely by hand from fine silver, argentium and unique stones. Trained under master jewelers, Barbara continues to challenge herself to come up with new dishes tastier than the last. She'll also create a personalized statement piece just for you!

Soraya Montelongo
Local gal Soraya has an appetite for gemstones, beads and crystals! She labors over her delicious hand-beaded creations, and oh, my! What a luscious array of colors! A mostly self-taught artisan, Soraya's necklaces and bracelets follow intricate designs, some even based on Faberge eggs. Come see her latest concoctions and find just the right one for yourself or a friend!

Ayala Bar
If you're craving something decadently colorful, Ayala is sure to have a treat or two to satisfy! We're still riding high on the treasures she designed last season, and we are in love with Ayala's latest offerings. Her drool-worthy collections bring to mind sun-sparkling Spanish villas this season, with names like Sayulita and Mesa Verde. While Ayala won't be joining us, she will be sending a trunk-full of goodies in yummy fabrics, beads and charms for your enjoyment.

Miranda Konstantinidou of Konplott uses crystals, pearls, glass and metal to create jewelry that pops with color and sparkle. This talented designer whips up her creations in Germany and her delectable delicacies can be found all over the world. Miranda's recent influences include the colors and textures of India and the Art Deco period. Her ever-evolving line of Konplott jewels is sure to satisfy your more exotic moments. We'll also miss seeing Miranda at the show, but rest assured she's sending plenty of fun fare to try.


Susan Horton
Cotton, silk, wool and tencel are key ingredients in Susan's fine woven scarves and shawls. If you're craving soothing colors and soft fibers, you'll flip over Susan's creations. You only need to watch her at her loom for a few minutes to realize that "perfection" is her middle name. Her enticing treats are perfect for all seasons and are always in style. If we're lucky she will bring her latest creations of clutches and handbags that are 100% woven & 1000% awesome!

Valerie McLean
Added to our mix this year is felt artist Valerie, who hails from Santa Barbara. Her felted wool stylings are full of color, form and whimsey. This textile artist fell in love with felting after visiting New Zealand and encountering other artists willing to share their expertise and creativity to help give her a boost on her way. Valerie's felt scarves, hats and vessels utilize yummy colors both bright and muted and textures ranging from smooth and silky to heavily woven.

Passion for Clay
Maria Counts
Let the whimsical and sophisticated ceramics from San Diego artist Maria tempt your senses! Candy-colored glazes highlight her stunning designs. Maria's clocks, vessels, embossed kimonos, teapots and fun cast of characters enhance any setting, from dining tables to bookshelves to home offices. New creations include indoor/outdoor garden "totem" sculptures. Maria is always experimenting to whip up something new for you to savor!

Lisa Mertins
Working in as many mediums as she possibly can, Lisa does it all! From intriguing ceramics and fine art,  to jewelry and children's book illustrations, this talented lady is always up to something new. Lisa's creativity satisfies the whimsical palate with her stamped, fine-walled porcelain creations and asymmetrical shapes. Always cooking up something new, we can't wait to see what she brings us this year. 

Mixed Media Mania
Suzanne Currie
Pure, glossy color in free-form organic shapes? Can you say "yummy?" Suzanne mixes up paint and paper to create her brightly-hued mixed media on board medleys. Offering small, one-of-a-kind contemporary images and larger, bolder statement pieces, Suzanne stirs her creations into a frenzy of color and finishes them off with a layer of epoxy resin to give them a sugar-coated gleam. Her newest experiments include artsy bangle bracelets and furniture featuring her unique designs.

A small sampling from each artist is available online, but don't worry - everything will be new on Feb. 8th! Each artist is bringing a larder of new goodies! 

Don't forget - not only will we be serving up a feast for the eyes, we'll also be serving up a sweet feast for your tummies. So grab your girls or favorite guy and come spend the afternoon with us!

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