A 3-day show for jewelry lovers


WEARABLE SCULPTURE

Aquatic forms and patterns inspire the bold yet elegant jewelry of artist Shana Kroiz.

The artist: A Baltimore native, Kroiz started doing art in high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She later earned a fine arts degree from Parsons School of Design and a master’s degree from Towson University.

What’s popular: Her lightweight, double-sided sculptural earrings ($150 to $380). They are hand-carved in wax and electroformed in silver and 18k gold over copper and enamel. Also popular: the one-of-a-kind enamel earrings ($600 to $950).

Other favorites: Enamel necklaces ($1,800 to $4,800).

Fun (or unusual) request: Create a bracelet inspired by a tattoo on a customer’s wife.

Big break: Started the Baltimore Jewelry Center at the Maryland College of Art when she was 25, and concurrently was published in Susan Grant Lewin’s book, “One of A kind: 50 American Art Jewelers Today.”

Where to buyShanaKroizJewelry.com. In Atlanta, at the 11th annual Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show. (See details below.)

METAL MAVEN

Betty Helen Longhi, a master metalsmith, produces graceful, flowing forms from flat sheet metal that allows her sculptural jewelry to be strong yet quite light.

The artist: Longhi started working metal in her last year of high school and continued studying at the University of Wisconsin, where she graduated, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1983, her then-hobby became a business: Fluid Expressions in Metal. She maintains a studio in her lakeside home near Lexington, N.C.

What’s popular: Her beads, which are made by forming a strip of metal and then wrapping it into a shell-like object. Most of the beads are large and are put individually on a cable to wear as a necklace. Prices for beads start at $270 for a simple silver one to $700 for bimetal and more complex designs. Also popular: earrings ($180 to $400).

Other favorites: Larger collars as show pieces ($1,500 to $3,500). “It is fun to see people try them on and occasionally buy them.”

Big break: After nine years of work, she and her co-author Cynthia Eid published “Creative Metal Forming.” In its first printing, the book sold out in six weeks. It is now in its third printing.

Where to buy: Fluidformsinmetal.com. Also at the Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Piedmontcraftsmen.org). In Atlanta, at the 11th annual Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show. (See details below.)

DRAWING ON METAL

In her jewelry designs, Deb Karash draws on metal to blend colors and create patterns that are uniquely hers.

The artist: Karash, an Illinois native, grew up collecting antique jewelry and later earned a master’s degree in jewelry and metalsmithing from Northern Illinois University. She began selling her work about 30 years ago. She moved to Asheville, N.C., in 2007 to open a studio at Marshall High Studios in Marshall.

What’s popular: Flower pin/pendants ($390 and up) and, lately, her geometric work and insects, particularly for special-order clients. Most pieces can be worn as a pin or a pendant.

Other favorites: Earrings ($160 to $300).

Fun (or unusual) request: Repair a brooch that was lost in the snow and found months later on the driveway.

Where to buyDebKarash.com. In Atlanta, at the jewelry show.

THE 11th ANNUAL ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY SHOW

The show, which features 30 jewelry artists from 16 states, will run for three days (Nov. 3-5) at the Carter Center, 453 Freedom Parkway in Atlanta. Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Nov. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10. Parking is free.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Living

Bill Cosby makes surprise return to the stage as sexual assault retrial looms
Bill Cosby makes surprise return to the stage as sexual assault retrial looms

Bill Cosby returned to the stage for the first time since he was accused of sexual assault. The veteran comedian appeared for a “special performance” in honor of jazz musician Tony Williams at the LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia on Monday. The appearance was his first time back in front of an audience since 2015. >> Read...
Interior designers won’t be decorating with these trends in 2018
Interior designers won’t be decorating with these trends in 2018

A new year is not only a chance to reflect on our accomplishments, but also an opportunity to look forward and set new goals for our health, career, relationships and home, too. While we don’t subscribe to the “new year, new you” tropes, we do believe in the power of intention setting. By clearly articulating your thoughts and desires...
Golden Berry hollies, dazzling in the winter landscape
Golden Berry hollies, dazzling in the winter landscape

Here at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, we are like the holly headquarters for the Low Country. We’ve got the imports, the hybrids, and fantastic natives that most have never seen. Two of my favorites are outstanding deciduous natives, the possumhaw (Ilex decidua) and the winterberry (Ilex verticillata). The possumhaw is native to 19 states...
Check snapdragons, replace if necessary
Check snapdragons, replace if necessary

Q: My snapdragons look really damaged from cold. Do you think they will come back? Is there anything I can do to help them survive? Jenelle Hickman, email A: I have seen snapdragons suffer a beating from winter cold and still look very nice in April. Gently finger-squeeze the stems of your plants. If they are firm, the snapdragons may recover...
Help make a difference in a healthier food system with seed catalogs
Help make a difference in a healthier food system with seed catalogs

“I believe that the positive power of seeds is the best way to accelerate our transition to a healthier food system,” says Tom Stearns, owner and founder of High Mowing Organic Seeds. He wants to help us all make a difference in the world with the great new 2018 catalog. A whopping 112 pages of full color veggies and flowers means the resource...
More Stories