Laura Balombini & Pamella O’Connor are in West Palm Beach this weekend sharing the beauties normally found @ Upper CURVE #9 Studios & Gallery… This beauty, the largest Pamella has ever made already has a new home! Do stop by to say “Hi” if you are in either neighborhood… Suzanne Gernandt is holding down the fort here in Asheville!
STUDIO STROLL THIS WEEKEND! NOVEMER 9 & 10, 2013 • 10AM TO 6PM BOTH DAYS!! SEE YOU THERE!
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Grey & black with all its variations for Fall 2013… love my new origami skirt & the new rayon poly sweater knit for the grey cascade jacket. The cream red grey ikat pattern in the wrap dress is looking great. Feel free to stop in @ CURVE anyway between 11am & 4pm!
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Thanks to Marghe Means @ Deljou Art Group, Pattiy Torno has had the pleasure of making a 4′ x 8′ photopiecing for MSC Industrial Supply Co. for their new headquarters in Davidson, NC. Photos used include bits of the new building, of Lake Davidson just north of their new building, photos of the trucks that will haul all those tools, widgets, bits, etc & some vintage car tail lights from Pattiy’s most recent trip to California…. The spirit from her last solo show was… go BIG or go home… so she went big! and the clients, architects & designers all loved the results you see above.
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Find Kyle Carpenter @ AKAR… The platter above is but one of a few of the new pieces they will feature…
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Contact Laura @ 207.266.9634
Creating unique narrative sculpture, HaTfoLk wearables and imaginative paintings.
A small boy once asked me how I fit all this “stuff” in my head. I answered that in fact the more I make the lighter my head feels. Maybe my goal should be to create until I hear only a woooosh of waves and wind.
Straw Hat © 2013 by Laura Balombini
“Wish Her Story” © 2012 by Laura Balombini
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Contemporary classic designs have been at the heart of Mary Timmer’s jewelry
since she began metal smithing in 1996. After a three year apprenticeship to a well recognized jewelry gallery in her home town of Chapel Hill NC, she forged ahead building her technical knowledge and proficiency through additional education and production work for other distinguished jewelers in the Asheville NC area. Mary established Timmer Designs in 2002. Her growing artistry of design and gifted craftsmanship has earned her several awards Award for increased sales and good customer service from Grovewood Gallery of Asheville NC, a Niche Top 10 Gallery.
With a focus on Jewelry as Art, Mary’s work combines artistic designs with technical skill. Using sterling with gold accents for the basis of most production pieces, she adds the beautiful luster of pearls and the shimmer of precious stones to achieve a look of simple elegance. Classic designs that stay in style. Graceful lines and fluid shapes.
“Every time I create a piece of jewelry, I am looking to uncover the softness in
metal. The entire process of jewelry making excites me – from my first inspiration, to concept and design, to the moment I hold the finished work in my hand. My style is expressed by using a unique combination of forging and hand fabricating. I love creating things that people want to touch, that move or seem to have a natural warmth of their own. With a variety of unusual pearls, precious stones, and fine gold and silver, I am able to accomplish my goal – elegant, finely crafted original jewelry of the highest quality. Items that are unique, yet extremely wearable. My ultimate compliment is when a customer returns and wants another piece or something special for a friend or loved one. My hope is for the buyer to find a personal connection to my work, and to feel as great about wearing the jewelry as I feel about making it.”
Mary received a B.F.A. in Art Education from the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro, and continued her technical education in jewelry with classes at Penland School of Crafts and a specialists’ degree in Professional Crafts Jewelry from Haywood Community College near Asheville, NC. She is a member of The Southern Highland Craft Guild, The Piedmont Craftsmen Guild as well as The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild. Her work is sold in galleries both local and national. She participates in juried art shows around the US and teaches classes at John C Campbell Folk School. Presently, her studio is located at Curve Studios in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. She delights in the personal opportunity to see her jewelry appreciated and enjoyed by her customers.
Dangle Earrings © 2013 by Mary McCall Timmer
Silver & Gold Bracelet © 2013 by Mary McCall Timmer
Square Stone Earrings © 2013 by Mary McCall Timmer
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Cassie Ryalls is currently a studio artist at Curve Studios in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. She graduated from Berea College in Kentucky where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art and Psychology.
Cassie’s first experiences with clay was during a summer hand-building course she took at the university near her home town in West Virginia. When she returned that fall to Berea, she took a wheel throwing class and became completely mesmerized by clay. As part of Berea’s work study program, she worked in the Ceramic Apprenticeship Program making functional pottery. Although captivated by the wheel throwing process, what most interested her about pots was the suggestion of the human form.
Upon graduating from college, Cassie attended Penland School of Craft in North Carolina to study glaze chemistry. While at Penland, she discovered Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts and became a resident there for the next two years. After the residency, Cassie attended the University of Florida for post-baccalaureate studies in Ceramics. Now she has set up her studio in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC.
The Map © 2008 Cassie Ryalls
RAD © 2008 Cassie Ryalls
I Grow & I Grow © 2008 Cassie Ryalls
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Suzanne’s love of textiles began with the women in her childhood. Her Russian grandmother taught her to sew and knit, stitch and crochet. Her Chicago grandmother gave her an appreciation of vintage textiles by dragging her to many church bazaars in the affluent suburbs. And her Mother’s love of fashion taught her to love the style and feel of fine fabrics. She didn’t have a chance.
Learning to weave as a young woman, living in San Francisco, she is essentially a self taught weaver who has instructed numerous people in learning to weave. She is considered an expert in many areas of fabric dyeing, silk-screening, and complex surface design techniques. With abstract, contemporary art as her inspiration, she has specialized in the creation of intimate mixed media weavings that perfectly blend fine craft and fine art.
She has taught at the prestigious Penland School of Craft, Haywood Community College Professional Craft Program, and The Appalachian Center for Craft, as well as numerous workshops for area schools, Handmade in America, and in her own studio.
Suzanne is excited to be relocating her studio to Curve Studios, Upstairs. She will be focused on creating framed art pieces, a line of fine silk shawls, and large commissioned wall hangings.
“Floating Free” © 2012 by Suzanne Gernandt
“Provost” © 2012 by Suzanne Gernandt
“Blue Matisse Sky” © 2012 by Suzanne Gernandt
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Contact Maria @ 828.280.2962
Maria Andrade Troya is a studio potter in Curve Studios. Maria received her BFA in Printmaking from UNC-Asheville and immediately began work as a Studio Assistant at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in 2001. Through this opportunity, Maria became involved with the ever evolving community in the River Arts District.
Maria works mostly on the wheel with white stoneware clay and fires to Cone 6. Her pieces are functional and decorated thorough the application of slips and stamps. Using her printmaking background, Maria incorporates linocut techniques into the surface treatment of her pottery.
Three Pitchers © 2009 Maria Andrade Troya
Three Square Vases in Green & Cream © 2009 Maria Andrade Troya
Black & White Vases © 2009 Maria Andrade Troya