Jewellery & Beads
Tobias has been a working artisan for over 40 years. Some of his ceramics instructors include Harlen House, Hal Regar, Jack Surs, Marylin Levine, Roy Kiyooka, Santo Mignosa and Léopold Foulem.
Tobias also weaves, fuses dichroic glass, produces torch-work beads, and creates sterling jewelry. He has taken courses in “Hollowware” in London, UK, and Canadian metalsmith Crys Harse. Tobias has taken repoussé classes with Valentine Yotkov of New York, and Nancy Corwin of Calgary, as well as several local instructors in silver jewelry. His degree in Fine Arts was a major in Printmaking, and a minor in Ceramics.
Several years ago, Tobias discovered that his great-grandmother had Chickasaw Cherokee roots, and he has been exploring his First Nations heritage through his art. Much of his work reflects; ceremonial, medicinal, herbal, and food plants Chickasaw Nation, including traditional and historic depictions from the medicine wheel to sacred motifs symbols like the World Weaver Spider, Weeping Man.
Tobias has always been interested in textiles, the use of natural fibres and plants used for dyes. He has raised sheep, sheared wool, spun, and created woven material from “scratch to finish”. Today, the main fibres used are rayon, silk, linen, cotton, viscose, and rayon chenille. With these, rugs, shawls, and scarves are lovingly made. Colour and texture, forms and function, this is the historical essence of humanity and craft history, as well as ingenuity combined with practicality. Like the myth of the girl, the womyn, and the crone, weaving the threads of Life.
A love of color and a passion for working with polymer clay as an art medium resulted in designing a line of jewelry that appeals to fun-loving women of all ages. Colors are blended to reflect the tropics, the earth tones and classic neutrals. The lightweight jewelry is often tone-on-tone for added interest and depth. Black-and-white geometrics are sometimes added for spark. These eye-catching pieces are as much fun to wear as they were to make.
Also available are shawl pins, business card holders, pens, seam rippers and hair adornments decoratively covered in polymer clay.
When Debbie first yielded her first torch over 10 years ago, a love for jewelry making was born. Taking workshops from Vancouver, Seattle, Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Miguel de Allende, Debbie is constantly striving to add more skills into her “toolbox”. Working mostly in fine silver and sterling silver, Debbie has just started to add gold into this mix. Her pieces are made “one at a time” thereby making each piece unique. She has an affinity for beachstones. Recently she has been adding sapphires to this collection which makes for an interesting, unique and eclectic look.
Born and raised in Golden BC, Peggy moved to Edmonton AB in 1984 to attend the University of Alberta in the Honours Sociology/Philosophy program. After graduating and working in the academic environment for a few years, her husband, Jo Ludwig and Peggy moved to Victoria BC, where they opened KilnArt Glass Studio in 1997. In 2008, they moved the studio to Crofton, B.C.
At her studio, Peggy mostly makes fine craft jewellery; however, she sometimes makes stained and fused glass panels and often lamp-worked glass beads as adjuncts for her jewellery. Peggy takes great pride in the highly-refined and exacting workmanship of her jewellery as well as in the fact that all her findings are fashioned from nickel-free sterling silver.
Apart from making jewellery, Peggy oversees the daily operations of KilnArt Glass Studio as well as keeping her husband’s nose to the grindstone-no small feat, as all who know Jo can attest! Consequently, she has no time to offer workshops or classes.
Apart from her studio, her jewellery is available in:
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (250.384.4101)
Sidestreet Studio on Oak Bay Avenue (250.592.1262)
Whirled Arts in Fantan Alley (250.386.2787)
Chemainus: Rainforest Arts
Courtenay: Comox Valley Art Gallery Shop
Vancouver: Sterling Art Glass(604.681.6730)
Alexandra Reid is a Victoria, BC mixed-media artist who paints, collages and makes jewellery. Alexandra is an active member of the Coast Collective Art Centre, the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, the Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society (SPAC), and the Island Artisans Association.
Alexandra Reid’s encaustic mosaics have recently been awarded ‘Best in Mixed Media’ at the 2017 LOOK show in Victoria and received Jurors’ Choice awards at the SPAC Spring show in Sydney. Her artworks and jewellery are for sale on her online Etsy store at Lexi Reid Studio and in-store at the Coast Collective Art Centre.
Mimi Roy has been recycling since she was a little girl. A pair of pants turned into a nap sac, a jacket into a vest…no piece of clothing was safe from her sewing machine. It was only natural that she turned her love of silversmithing into her own creative way of recycling vintage and found metals. The copper pot that sat on her work bench was transformed into a funky pair of earrings. An idea and a passion was born.
That was 4 years ago and now Mimi makes creating jewelry and accessories from vintage family heirlooms into a full time career.
Mimi’s jewelry designs are handcrafted from time worn forgotten treasures such as serving trays, platters, and plates to name a few. Each piece that she comes across intrigues her because of the many secrets, history and mystery that are locked in their blemished, tarnished and sometimes dented exteriors. Some of these elegant pieces date back to the early 1900’s when times were quieter, simpler before today’s quick pace lifestyles and modern conveniences such as televisions, computers and cell phones.
Perhaps by wearing a piece of history one will be reminded to slow down and take a breath…even if only for a moment.
I welcome custom work. Please have a look at my web site at www.mixedmetalmimi.com