Elaine Fuller June 2020
Elaine Xenelis Fuller fell in love with clay in 1978. Since then she has spent a creative life, raising a family and cultivating her craft. She continues to produce stunning pottery in her pottery business, “Handmade By Elaine” which relocated to Kittery, Maine from Old Saybrook, Connecticut in 2007. Her stoneware pottery is carved, stamped, sculpted and expertly formed. We’ve found her “Wedding Bowls” to be a particular favorite for customers. These bowls make beautiful gifts for engagements, weddings or anniversaries. The rims are hand-carved and colored with Double Wedding Rings- the symbol of marriage, Ivy- the symbol of fidelity, and Stephanotis- the bride’s good luck flower. On the larger pieces she also adds Periwinkles- the flower of friendship. Elaine’s beautiful pottery is functional, durable, and can make a thoughtful and meaningful gift.
Elaine is the president of The Southern Maine Clay Guild, a member of the New Hampshire Potters Guild and Maine Made, and as of June 2009, a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. She is a charter member of the National Council of Ceramics Educators and the Potter’s Council.
Come to the gallery and check out Elaine’s beautiful pottery for yourself!
Becky Sawyer February 2020
Handmade jewelry created by Becky Sawyer in her own unique designs. “I am inspired by the natural things that make up our lovely state, as well as abstract themes.” Each original piece of Becky’s jewelry is drawn, freehand, using pencil crayon on polystyrene, a lightweight plastic canvas on which to create her wearable artworks. With the addition of sterling silver findings, Becky’s whimsical art pieces are delightful!
Gabriel Parker October 2019
Gabriel Parker has worked with wood and graphics for more than thirty-five years designing and building furniture, musical instruments, kitchens, and a wide variety of architectural projects. Many of his pieces incorporate wood inlay and/or laser-engraved images as part of the design. Projects take an ever-changing form, but the intent is always the same: to produce artwork that is functional, beautiful, and emotionally uplifting.
Parker’s work has appeared in The Smart Approach to Kitchen Design by Susan Maney, The Boston Globe, Yankee Magazine, New Hampshire Home, and various other journals.
Stop by the gallery to see our selection of Gabriel’s functional and beautiful mirrors and serving boards!
Luann Udell August 2019
We welcome Luann Udell, a mixed media artist inspired by prehistoric cave art.
“My artifacts began as embellishment for fiber pieces. I wanted them to look truly ancient, to be authentic, not through blind reproduction, but by diligence and attention to detail. I use a faux ivory polymer clay technique similar to Samurai sword-making, to imitate the grain of real ivory. I shape each animal one at a time, by hand. My horses’ legs and tails are broken off, like real prehistoric artifacts (unknown to me at the time.) Domestic animals such as horses and dogs often carry my hand print as a miniaturized version of my own hand – but not the wild ones. I use a scrimshaw technique to bring out the markings. I hand sand and buff each one, to look like they’ve been polished by the constant touch of human hands. It’s a time-consuming process, but it’s important to me, and it works. New animals appear, seemingly with no rhyme or reason. Looking back, I see each appearance coincides with a period of great change or insight. They carry that story. People are often drawn to one animal over another. When I share the story, they say it makes perfect sense to them. The piece becomes their personal totem. I thought I would outgrow these stories. But the stories grow, and change, as I do. My art has been healing for me, and for others, in ways I often don’t understand. I write about this often, because I believe it’s the ultimate power of art—to restore us to ourselves spiritually and emotionally, so we can participate more fully in the world. If that helps others along the way, then we’ve truly found our place in the world.”
David Mischke June 2019
David Mischke has been making and selling pottery since the early 70’s. Currently working in partnership with Kat O’Brien, the work ranges from simple mugs to elaborately decorated vessels with a chun blue interior glaze that shocks you with its vibrant display, and contrasts with the delicate hand incised designs.
Each pot is thrown on the potter’s wheel and individually decorated. The decorating process starts by drawing on each pot with a pencil (freehand without using stamps or stencils) to set up the design. The next step involves using a wax resist, introducing color, waxing again and etching to cut through the wax. The final step, before the second firing, is to then introduce more color. This layering process allows for very rich and varied designs.The pots are then reduction fired to 2400 degrees to bring out the rich tones in the glaze.
These pots are created with the intention of being used and enjoyed on a daily basis. The clay is a high-fire stoneware which has been selected for its durability and chip resistance. All the pieces are lead free and made to be used in the microwave, oven and dishwasher. Beautiful pottery that is made to last a life time.
Randy Roos January 2019
We are honored to represent the multi-talented, Randy Roos, and his exquisite photography capturing the beauty of the White Mountains!
“My interest in photography began quite a few years ago, probably as a complement to my work as a musician, which I’ve always approached visually. Though I do some wildlife, I’ve gravitated toward mountain landscapes, intent on capturing those moments and conditions that few manage to experience. I view this as similar to wildlife photography in that the aim is to grab a moment where the right elements intersect in some compelling way. For me this entails hiking, perhaps fairly long distances, often in the dark, sometimes backpacking for several days in the wilderness; and usually involves a lot of waiting. When creating a print, my allegiance is to my eye rather than my camera, so I place a higher priority on representing what I saw and felt than I do on rendering exactly what the camera recorded. Obviously, our eyes and perception function very differently from a camera’s sensor or a piece of film.
As a musician, I’ve composed many scores for television including fifteen seasons of PBS Scientific American Frontiers, hosted by Alan Alda, and several in the NOVA series. I also teach at Berklee College of Music in Boston and operate a recording studio with my wife Kathy at our residence in Ashland, NH.”
Lisa Scala May 2018
We are thrilled to now represent Lisa Scala! Lisa is a gifted designer whose unique collection of handmade jewelry and accessories has delighted customers for over 25 years. Her one-of-a-kind pieces reflect a life-long passion for art and natural beauty. Lisa designs and crafts her works at her studio in Georgetown, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and their two sons.
“My designs are inspired by my observation and love of nature, reflecting the subtle beauty all around us.”
Come visit the gallery to see Lisa’s beautiful jewelry selection!
Douglas Alan Masury November 2017
“I try to combine all of nature’s color bounty in my weavings. The pattern changes by how one throws the shuttles containing the different colors of yarn when weaving. I have custom dyed most of my yarns with the exception of the plain solid colored yarns. The custom dyed yarns are hand painted according to the needs of the piece that came through some form of inspiration. Seeing color form the inspiration into a 3D piece becomes very awe inspiring thus eliciting more views of my world around me. It is these inspirations that allow me to create as I do. It is the translation of these inspirations that allow me to look forward into the world around me to break it down into simplistic forms utilizing variegated colors to complete the unique project. No two pieces are the same.
It is with these pieces, I translate my world as I see it. There are times it is difficult to finish a piece as in my creative mind, I see the next three pieces coming forth. With each piece woven, mentally, I am three pieces ahead of where I am weaving, each piece more of a vision than the one I am working on at that moment. This forward vision often affects the piece I am currently working on and often, something new comes into play.”
Come visit the gallery to see more of Doug Masury’s beautiful weavings!
Rosemary Orgren June 2017
“I love pattern, texture, form, and shape. I enjoy the challenge of bringing these elements together in cohesive and fluid designs. My father — a pattern maker — passed on to me a lifelong love of tools and their uses, an esteem for sound construction, and a fascination with mechanisms of all kinds. It is important to me that my pieces be fully realized, assembled with care, and attractively finished front and back. My education in metalsmithing has been largely acquired at the Hanover metals studio of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. I continue to participate regularly in League classes while planning, practicing, and producing in my own studio in Vermont.”
Come by the gallery to see more of Rosemary Orgren’s beautiful jewelry!
Jennie Blair March 2017
“The intention in my work is to incorporate texture, energy, and balance. I utilize glazes to enhance the surface of each piece making each one unique to touch and look at, while still embracing the pot’s function. Like the clouds in the sky, I like to think each piece can show a different scene each time you look into it. I have have always been greatly influenced by my surroundings in nature; the mountains, the rivers, the woods, and the sky. As each pot passes through my hands, from wet clay to a finished glazed piece, I can only hope that each one tells it’s own story and feels right to the person using it. Making pots has been a life force for me for nearly 20 years, not only as a source of work, but also as a comfort. I find solace with my hands in the clay. Throwing pots has a way of pulling me out of myself, while at the same time digging deeper in.”
Jennie Blair was born and raised in New Hampshire, in the Mt. Washington Valley. After receiving a BFA in Studio Arts in 2000, she continued to work in studios with other potters over a period of 15 years. During that time she lived in Montana completing a one year apprenticeship, managing a production pottery studio, while also developing her own pottery business. After moving back east to her home town, she continues making functional stoneware pottery in her studio in in Conway, NH.
Lars Turin September 2015
We welcome Lars Turin to the North Conway League of NH Craftsmen Gallery! Newly juried to the League of NH Craftsmen, Lars Turin is a ceramic artist in York, Maine. He began working in clay while attending SUNY New Paltz as a Fine Art Major in 1968. He became an art teacher in 1972 and spent the next 12 years teaching elementary and middle school students before moving into the high school level where he taught until he retired in 2007. In 2010, Lars became an adjunct ceramic instructor at Emma Willard School in Troy, NY where he remained until spring 2014. Lars also spent time at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center in Saratoga, NY with many talented clay artists.
As a self-taught metalsmith, Julie Schmidt has created jewelry since 1994 with all the right curves and twists. Each handcrafted design fuses vibrant metals with stitching or cold connection and heat. Julie enjoys working in sterling silver, copper and brass and she often combines them in the same earring, pendant, brooch or bracelet. Her love of movement, texture and form speaks with whimsical and organic inspiration that complements your style. Julie designs, produces and etches her name into each unique creation.
Earlier in her career, Julie worked for a number of world-renowned jewelry artists and designers. Her studio is located in a refurbished button factory that serves as an artists’ haven in the historic seacoast city of Portsmouth, NH.
“Julie Schmidt cuts and hammers bronze and copper alloys and gives them gleam and shapely appeal without the extravagant price. Her metal necklaces and earrings are three-dimensional hearts, flower petals or just free-form curvilinear shapes swinging and swaying with the wearer. The simple shapes are hammered for texture, sometimes heat-treated for color change and finally “stitched” together into 3-dimensional pillows or pods. Silver wire “threads” are a functional aspect to form the object and also add visual delight. The stitched-look is an inspiration from Schmidt’s past. As a child she received primitive artifacts from her grandparents who were missionaries in Africa. She says her first work had a tribal feel that has since been pared away, but the stitching remains as a signature look. Schmidt’s studio is in the Button Factory in Portsmouth. For the past 25 years, the building has served as a stew pot of artists working in close proximity. Meeting other jewelers, including Paulette Werger, gave her the courage to leave her administrative job and forge her own vision seven years ago.” (NH Magazine, November 2011)
Come to gallery to see the latest by Julie Schmidt!
Don Gorvett April 2014
We are proud to now represent master printmaker, Don Gorvett, of Portsmouth NH. Don Gorvett uses a reduction woodcut method, in which multiple colors are applied by removing additional material from the same block for each new color. He must determine the number of prints beforehand, since the preservation of prior colors is achieved by the gradual destruction of the wood block. One cannot retreat during this process. The result is irrevocable, and the finished print cannot be reproduced beyond the originally determined number.
“My goal is to express the abstract geometric shapes and distant configurations of our architecture in the Northeast. Upon the sea waters of estuaries and harbors are mirrored the play of interweaving lights and darks of buildings and piers, crowned by steeples and mast tops. I am fascinated by the ghostly quality of these buildings looming out of the mist, endowed with strength and endurance. For me, historic architecture represents a bridge between one lifespan into another. Abandoned not by time, but by those who built them. Our structures remain and continue to wage war with nature’s elements.”
Don Gorvett is a graduate of the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and a board member of the Boston Printmakers. His works may be found in the collections of the Boston Athenaeum, the Portland Museum of Art, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, the Cape Ann Museum, the Duxbury Art Complex, the Currier Museum of Art, and numerous corporate and private collections. He is represented in New York City by the Old Print Shop, and has been featured in solo shows at the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, Florida, as well as at Endicott College in Beverly, MA.
Mark and Kathleen Frank August 2013
We are proud to represent Mark and Kathleen Frank, stained glass artists. All of their designs are original and unique, with inspiration coming from the natural world. Having found glass to be an organic and versatile medium, Mark and Kathleen strive to create beautiful, functional pieces of art. Mark and Kathleen Frank, with the help of their son Kyle, cut, shape and solder each and every piece in their beautiful stained glass panels. They use traditional copper foil and lead caning techniques, along with more creative techniques including etching, fusing and slumping. They even include beach glass in their work at times.
Their beautiful stained glass adds warmth and ambience, and the natural motifs compliment nearly any environment.
Kathy Marx: Paper Mache Sculpture February 2013
We are pleased to now represent Kathy Marx with her whimsical paper mache sculptures. Her creatures are colorful and playful, and they remind us to not always take life so seriously. They remind us to smile.
“Art has always played a huge part in my life, and I discovered paper mache in 2001. Always inspired by animals, I try to capture what it would feel like to be a giraffe flying through the air, a dog sitting with his favorite toy, a moose trying to sit down!
“Many of my creations are enhanced by using ‘found’ objects; feathers, driftwood, shells, old barnboard, etc.., sometimes I just have too much fun. I love whimsical pieces, colors, and creating different characters. Making custom work of peoples pets or favorite animal is just as exciting to me as it is to my clients. I live in the woods of Francestown, NH.”