Road Trip! Piedmont Craftsmen

November 24, 2010, 17:00 pm  Posted by Lark Jewelry & Beading

There were many delightful surprises packed into last Saturday’s Lark Jewelry team trip to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. At the annual Piedmont Craftsmen Fair, we met many jewelers, saw amazing new work, chatted with project designers and gallery artists, bounced around new book ideas, and even worked in a bit of holiday shopping. We spent what was left of our day strolling the Downtown Arts District, having a delicious lunch at Sweet Potatoes, and visiting Jack Jennings in his studio.

Megan Clark’s pieces featuring stingray leather were show stoppers. Megan has impeccable technical skills and a great design sensibility. Definitely one to watch!

Lisa Klakulak showed a very impressive collection, including an innovative design for hoop earrings. A recent stay in Mali gave rise to some new motifs and forms, and Lisa has also begun to include small mirrors in her jewelry.

The dynamic duo of Mary and Lou Ann (Mary Filapek and Lou Ann Townsend) showed wonderfully modernist designs that balanced their scrumptious polymer palette with sophisticated metalwork.

Taking a break from the fair to search for sustenance in the form of lunch, we stumbled upon Sharif Bey’s exhibition “Departures From Function: Recent Works in Earthenware” at Gallery 5ive 40rty.

It was the sort of divine stumble that provides a very different type of sustenance. The kind that feeds all of one’s being. For me, the work conveyed an intensity of power, meaning, and purpose that is rare, magical, and to be treasured.

Here is an image of the artist, his daughter, and a few of Bey’s monumental ceramic neckpieces.


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