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Crafters on The Mezzanine

Crafters on The Mezzanine

THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY - 10:30am - 4:00pm    -  SUNDAY- NOON - 4PM

Each Saturday & Sunday, through October, you can enjoy demonstrations and activities from some of the Pink Palace Crafts Fair’s master craftspeople and purchase their creations. Join us on the mezzanine and experience the creativity of local craftspeople and do some early holiday shopping.

September 26 & 27 Featured Artists

Aileen Anderson - Hooked Rugs

Rachel Stovall Davis - Pottery

Donna Hathaway - Leather Work

Lester Jones - Afrocentric Styled Sculptures

Jessica Mahan - Artist/Paintings

Fran Sorrell - Hand Woven Baskets

Aileen Anderson - Hooked Rugs

Aileen Anderson
Bear Creek Studio
badger2573 [at] aol [dot] com

Aileen Anderson is a certified McGown rug hooking intstructor and demonstrating craftsman for the Memphis Pink Palace Craft Fair.

She is the owner of Bear Creek Studio in Oakland, Tennessee. Aileen's work has been exhibited at the University of the Ozarks in the Stephens Gallery.

Aileen regularly travels and teaches workshops in the Midsouth and into the Midwest. "I love all forms of folkart and enjoy helping my students achieve their own style of self expression in the craft."

Rachel Stovall Davis - Pottery

Rachel Stovall Davis is a potter living in Memphis that informs her work through patterns and forms found within nature. She studied under two local potters Brin and Dale Baucum through the Master Artist Apprentice Program (MAAP), and got her BFA from the Memphis College of Art. Her work has shown internationally as well as locally, and she is a proud member of the Memphis Potters’ Guild. Currently she is pursuing her MFA at the University of Memphis.

Donna Hathaway - Lakeland Leatherworks

lakelandleatherworks.com

After several career changes, Donna and Tom Hathaway opened a leather shop in 2010. Tom began leatherwork at the age of eight, studying under master craftsman Don Atkinson. Atkinson kept his horses at Donna’s parent’s home. Donna and Tom met while showing horses and married while in college. After college, Tom drifted away from leatherwork became a police officer and Donna a registered nurse. Over the years, the couple made several career changes; Tom left law enforcement, and went into banking and real estate. Donna obtained her Ph.D., conducted research in the field of organ transplantation, and was Dean of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Lester Jones - Afrocentric Styled Sculptures

Lester Jones is a Memphis TN. based African American artist who specializes in creating Afrocentric styled sculptures. His artwork incorporates raku firing to fashion tribal costumes and hairstyles of African descent.

Lester’s work requires days of forming, bisque firing, and glazing. Raku is a fast and unconventional firing technique that originated in Kyoto Japan during the 16th century. During the firing process, his work reach 1800* F in the kiln within twenty minutes.

Lester uses stoneware clay. The artwork's dark tones and metallic finishes are created by direct contact with fire and smoke produced in the firing. 

The piece is lifted out of the kiln and transferred into an galvanized container filled with combustible materials. The container is closed quickly with a tight fitting lid to create an oxygen starved environment.

As heat, pressure and smoke is released around the lid, explosive bursts of fire and smoke affects the glazed areas and the overall appearance of Lester’s  work.

The piece is removed from the ashes after it cools and giving a good cleaning.  Lester’s  joy comes when the work shows the most unusual dark matte, metallic, and iridescent colors by the homemade glazes he create.

This effect works well with the dark unusual skin tones Lester portrays in women, men, and children.

 Lester uses 16 gauge wire, beads and handmade objects to complete each art piece' hairstyle and wardrobe.

While the process is delicate, he is willing to chance and lose artistic control with fire and smoke in order to achieve the unique color combinations that he admires.

With raku, Lester continues to discover and explore endless palettes and glazing possibilities

Jessica Mahan - Painter

I am a traveling artist with a home base in Memphis, Tennessee. When I’m not painting in my Midtown Memphis studio, I often take long camping trips in my large converted camper van to inspiring locations to hike, paint and find solitude. My inspiration is found in the natural world, where I slow down and examine shapes, colors, movement, rhythms and light

This particular photo was taken during a trip to Abiquiu, New Mexico. I visited the home and location of Georgia O'Keefe’s inspiration later in her life at Ghost Ranch. Pedernal Mountain is a famous landmark in many of her paintings and I traveled to many locations around the mountain to paint different views and take photos. This particular location was a stop down a long and slow dirt road on public lands that led 13 miles to the Monastery of the Desert. I stopped here to capture this view of Pedernal mountain in paint before continuing the long journey to the Monastery and later finding a place to camp for the night along the Chama river.

My study of nature is vividly and whimsically expressed onto canvas using fluid mediums. If I am unsure where to start, I begin by observing the organic flow of paint and patterns created by puddling the paint or adding surface texture. I then spend hours adding fine details and sometimes hidden symbols, inviting the viewer to a close study, as well. My goal is to create vivid paintings that might inspire others to appreciate all that nature can provide our well-being and interpret the world around us.

 

Fran Sorrell - Hand-Woven Baskets

Fran and Bedford Sorrell started weaving baskets over 20 years ago as a hobby. Both had exposure to the skill of weaving art form as children from their parents and grandparents but did not adopt the hobby at that time. However once they started the hobby quickly turned into a passion. That passion also covers learning the history of basketry and the many cultures that have made and used baskets for hundreds of years. From the very usable Appalachian baskets made with white oak to the delicate vessels made with pine needles and learning the styles and vibrant colors of Native American Basketry the challenge of learning new patterns, styles and medium keeps the couple ever learning. For the past 5 years, they have taught basket-making classes to extend the exposure of this old craft to others. Fran and Bedford especially like teaching the history of the different cultured vessels to young people so that this history and skilled craft lives on.

October 3 & 4 Featured Artists

Jean Ashmore- Tatting
Donna Hathaway- Leather Work
Becky Ziemer- Pottery

Jean Ashmore

Tatting is a hand tied, knotted cotton lace, and has embellished our lives for centuries. I learned tatting in the traditional way that handwork has been passed down for generations – I was taught by my Grandmother. I have taught tatting classes since the early 1970s, and participate in educational events promoting living history demonstrations.  

Being a part of this rich legacy, a link in the fibery chain of creativity – this is why Tatting calls to me. It is geometry with string,  the math intrigues me, and the patterns are simultaneously simple and complex.  

Donna Hathaway - Lakeland Leatherworks

lakelandleatherworks.com

After several career changes, Donna and Tom Hathaway opened a leather shop in 2010. Tom began leatherwork at the age of eight, studying under master craftsman Don Atkinson. Atkinson kept his horses at Donna’s parent’s home. Donna and Tom met while showing horses and married while in college. After college, Tom drifted away from leatherwork became a police officer and Donna a registered nurse. Over the years, the couple made several career changes; Tom left law enforcement, and went into banking and real estate. Donna obtained her Ph.D., conducted research in the field of organ transplantation, and was Dean of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Becky Zee - Ceramic Artist/CritterMaker

https://www.beckyzee.com/

Hello! My name is Becky Zee, and I am a ceramics artist and CritterMaker. All of my work expresses the deep love that I have for nostalgia, storytelling, and humor. I take special joy in breathing new life into old puns, and exploring the nooks and crannies of our cultural heritage. My goal is to make people laugh as well as feel some connection or sense of wonder when they encounter my creations. Artists like Jim Henson, Gary Larson, and Dr. Seuss are my role models. I see their work and I am reminded that silliness is something that can be taken quite seriously, and is a valuable tool for connection. My hope is that I can continue to push myself to make critters that are more than just a silly face. I want them to have a soul, and tell a story. 

As a child, I had many different interests and enjoyed all forms of artistic expression, but none of them captured my attention like clay. After getting a BFA from the University of Mississippi and spending 15 years as a professional graphic designer, I realized that my heart was still set on being a sculptor. I was using every spare moment I had to build my little clay studio, and my clay achievements always seemed to feel so much more satisfying than my graphic design work. Etsy provided me with a simple and easy way to get my stuff online. People who weren’t friends or relatives started finding me and requesting custom work. The final push came with a wholesale inquiry from a nationally known gift catalog; I gathered all my courage, dropped my graphic design career, and took the leap to become a full time ceramics artist in 2015. The rest, as the cliché goes, is history.

 
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