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Kathy Binns has a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and has worked in the jewelry business for 20 years. She has done museum reproduction work for the Smithsonian and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston gift catalogs as well as the Boston Symphony, UNH and the American Independence Museum. Kathy has exhibited her work across the US, is a former partner in Candia Enterprizes, a fine jewelry casting company, and creates custom silver and gold pieces in her studio in Candia.

Sarah Edgar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art (Ceramics concentration) and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education, both from the University of New Hampshire. She has been teaching in the public school setting for 10 years, currently as part of the Winnacunnet High School faculty. Her love of clay began at age 12 when she took her first evening pottery class. She is inspired by the limitless possibilities that lie in clay’s surface and form, the smell and feel of clay at all stages, its earthy qualities. She also enjoys learning from other potters as much as she loves introducing newcomers to clay.

Lia Gormley’s passion for jewelry started while a student at Rhode Island School of Design. She entered school with the intention of becoming an illustrator, however soon realized that she was drawn to working three dimensionally and found that making jewelry was the perfect outlet for her creativity. After graduating with a BFA in Jewelry and Light Metals, Lia worked as a goldsmith for a designer in Manhattan, where she perfected her craftsmanship and attention to detail.
In 2000, Lia earned the title of Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America. Her fascination with the beauty of gemstones encourages her to continuously explore gemology through advanced studies. She designs and creates each piece of jewelry utilizing traditional goldsmith techniques. Combining 18k gold and platinum with precious gemstones inspires her to create lasting pieces of jewelry with an heirloom quality.

Nancy Hubbard has had a fascination with handcrafts particularly anything to do with textiles since childhood. Sewing has been and integral part of her life since the age of 12.Nancy has been making quilts since the 80’s and has won several awards including “Best of Show”. She has had many opportunities to take workshops from some very notable teachers in the quilting field. Most recently she has expanded her knowledge of machine quilting by taking several classes in longarm quilting at the MQX in Manchester, NH. She has also worked on a variety of commissioned pieces ranging from quilts and clothing to penny “ruggs” and home decorating projects.
For 6 years she was a substitute teacher in the Rochester school system, has given workshops for adult education, quilt shops, and quilt guilds all over New England. For the last 6 years, she has worked as a sewing educator giving classes and lessons to children and adults in clothing construction, home decorating projects, beginner to advanced quilting classes, various sewing and quilting techniques and serger classes.

Karen Orsillo has a BFA from UMass Amherst and is a member of the League of NH Craftsmen. She has exhibited her work in galleries around the country and her colored porcelain has won numerous awards. She has taught for over 25 years and is a part-time faculty member at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Lia Gormley's  passion for jewelry started while a student at Rhode Island School of Design. She entered school with the intention of becoming an illustrator, however soon realized that she was drawn to working three dimensionally and found that making jewelry was the perfect outlet for her creativity. After graduating with a BFA in Jewelry and Light Metals, Lia worked as a goldsmith for a designer in Manhattan, where she perfected her craftsmanship and attention to detail.

In 2000, Lia earned the title of Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America. Her fascination with the beauty of gemstones encourages her to continuously explore gemology through advanced studies. She designs and creates each piece of jewelry utilizing traditional goldsmith techniques. Combining 18k gold and platinum with precious gemstones inspires her to create lasting pieces of jewelry with an heirloom quality.

Nancy Hubbard has had a fascination with handcrafts particularly anything to do with textiles since childhood. Sewing has been and integral part of her life since the age of 12.Nancy has been making quilts since the 80's and has won several awards including "Best of Show". She has had many opportunities to take workshops from some very notable teachers in the quilting field. Most recently she has expanded her knowledge of machine quilting by taking several classes in longarm quilting at the MQX in Manchester, NH. She has also worked on a variety of commissioned pieces ranging from quilts and clothing to penny "ruggs" and home decorating projects. For 6 years she was a substitute teacher in the Rochester school system, has given workshops for adult education, quilt shops, and quilt guilds all over New England. For the last 6 years, she has worked as a sewing educator giving classes and lessons to children and adults in clothing construction, home decorating projects, beginner to advanced quilting classes, various sewing and quilting techniques and serger classes.

Ray LaBranche graduated from UNH, class of 1961. He started pottery programs in two of New Hampshire’s school districts and subsequently taught for over 30 years. Ray has been the resident potter at Exeter Fine Crafts for many years. He is well known in Newfields, where he has a pottery studio and shop.

Larry and Jessica Lubowsky are the owners of Fire Pond Pottery in Fremont, NH. They create their functional, one of a kind, stoneware pieces in their home studio. Larry and Jessica are members of the New Hampshire Potters Guild.

Julia Parkhurst enjoys drawing upon nature for inspiration and especially likes creating one of a kind or limited edition pieces of jewelry in silver, fine silver and gold. She complements these metals with precious and semi-precious stones, pearls and beads. Julia is a faculty member of the New Hampshire Institute of Art and a certified Level II artisan in Precious Metal Clay.

Wen Redmond’s work centers on abstract expressionism using dyed natural material and surface design. New work includes manipulated digital images on fiber. Redmond is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen juried in stitchery and surface design. Wen has had her art published in books and art quilt magazines. Visit her website: wenredmond.com.

Linda Sten has been working in red earthenware for more than 20 years. Her functional handbuilt and thrown pieces feature brightly colored, textured surfaces. Linda has studied at the Maine College of Art, North Country Studio Workshops and the Vermont Clay Studio, among others. Her work can be found in several New Hampshire galleries. She is a juried craftsperson with the League of NH Craftsmen.

Cheri Wilkins was born in Cheyenne , WY . As an Air Force “brat” she traveled extensively, landing at Pease AFB in 1957. Three years in Japan have been a key influence in her quilting. She specializes in small wall and art quilts, and enjoys teaching, including Electric Quilt, Paper Piecing, NY Beauty, Mariner’s Compass, Improvisational Quilting, Fabulous Fantasy Fleece. Recently retired, she lives in Kittery Point.

 

 

 

    

 

 

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