Steve was first a member of the Valley Artisans’ Coop from 1998-2001.
He rejoined the Coop in 2018.
Sara Carlisle, born in the United Kingdom in 1958, travels between her home in Deep River, Ontario, Canada, and Sheridan College in Oakville, where she is working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Craft and Design: Glass.
Sara’s interest in art is long-standing. She has been a member of The Valley Artisans’ Co-op in Deep River since 1996. She has given several workshops on multi-media art in the local public school, and one-on-one classes in lampworked bead making. While her earlier work focused predominantly on landscapes in ink and crayon, and botanical watercolour (exhibited in Toronto at Canada Blooms (2003) and in New York at the 7th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition (2004)), she has more recently developed an interest in glass art. For several years now, she has created hand-made lampworked beads in her Deep River basement studio, but in addition, in 2017 she went back to school to learn to be a glass blower.
Sara designs and makes jewelry incorporating her own lampwork beads, semi-precious stones, sterling silver, and a variety of other glass, stone and shell beads, which she sells at the Co-op and at local markets and craft shows. She has exhibited her work at several local group exhibitions in Deep River, Ontario. Her blown glass work – paperweights, small sculptural pieces and drinking glasses – is now starting to make occasional appearances at the Co-op.
Heidi den Hartog
Working out of my home studio in Peterborough Ontario, I create small pieces of art as well as jewellery, using a variety of enameling and metal smith techniques. I use copper, fine silver and sterling silver in my pieces, often incorporating gold accents and detail. I try to strike a balance between boldness and eclectic delicacy in my work.
My exposure to art began at an early age, through my mother’s oil paintings and batiks. As a child I was drawn to the different and varied cultures around me. This fascination with the beauty of diversity — its colours, textures and possibilities — continues to influence me and my work, as does sailing the seas with my nomadic seafaring father and his wife.
My motivation comes from a philosophy of what can be achieved through curiosity, experimentation and an open mind.
“Everything is so infinitely simple, so infinitely beautiful” ~ Friedensreich Hundertwasser
The art of crafting coin rings is relatively new, with frequent innovations
throughout the industry. What first started with a drill, mallet, and mandrel has reached jewellers, historians, and coin collectors worldwide. Rings made from coins are often very beautiful with intricate, vintage designs that are polished or antiqued to create a gorgeous appearance. These rings are made of either silver, copper, or bronze.
James is a 16-year-old student and the crafter of these coin rings. He entered this business because he wanted a coin ring for himself. Several months later plus hours of practice, he was making his own rings for family, friends, and customers on eBay and his online store. He has since branched out of primarily coin ring making to crafting his own fine jewelry.
Vintage Spoon Jewellery
The true beauty and mystery is already there in the spoon…masterfully created by the silversmith many years ago. My intention is not to take credit for the intricate detail or charm of the spoon. My task is to re-invent its purpose taking the spoon out of the silverware case on the top shelf of the bureau. Then to ultimately transform it into an heirloom piece of silver jewelry to be worn, cherished and enjoyed by yourself or given as a gift to your loved ones. If you fell in love with the spoon jewelry in the 60’s or 70’s or your love is a new one please view my silver spoon jewelry collection and take home a vintage piece of history…whether it be a pendant, bracelet, earrings or a ring.
Enjoy and thank you for looking.
Born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, Laura is surrounded by nature and strives to capture the beauty of her environment in her wearable artwork.
A long time member of the Valley Artisans Co-op in Deep River she has honed her skills over the years working with many different mediums.
A professional fiber artist, Laura has mastered the art of Sun dyeing, also known as Heliographic Printing. Over the past 15 plus years she has been collecting interesting looking plants, seeds, flowers and nuts from nature and her own back yard gardens to imprint their images on silk, rayon and cotton. Her one of a kind scarves are sold all over the world and are often shipped to distant lands as symbols of Canada, especially the ones she makes in Autumn colours using maple leaves, sumac, wild raspberry and beech nuts.
When the summer ends and the sun is no longer strong enough to sun dye, Laura turns indoors to continue the creative process by using other dye techniques like spray, ice and snow dyeing.
Durability is an important component of Laura’s work and everything she creates is made to be washed, ironed and stands the test of time.
To expand her accessory line Laura began to fashion scarf jewelry that perfectly matches the colours in her scarves. Using a selection of thousands of different beads, crystals and stones, Laura produces individual, unique and one of a kind pieces of jewelry that are used to hold and accessorize her scarves.
The vast colours found in alcohol inks attracted Laura several years ago to explore other mediums such as paper art and home décor. Anything that is colourful and vibrant is a magnet to Laura and her pursuit of new applications is boundless.
Come visit her at the Valley Artisans Co-op in Deep River or at one of the many art shows she exhibits at around Ontario.
Boni has been a member of the Valley Artisans’ Coop since 2002.
Janet Whittington creates elegant, artisanal jewellery featuring intricate multi-cultural motifs, using fine silver, sterling silver, bronze and semi-precious gemstones.
Janet has studied jewellery-making techniques at George Brown College, Haliburton School of the Arts, The Oakville Art Society, and Thames Institute of the Arts. She has been fortunate to work under the tutelage of Celie Fago, Susan Watson-Ellis, Todd Jeffrey Ellis, Dianne Karg Baron, Lis-el Crowley and Gail Stouffer.
She applies textures to soft and pliable forms of silver or bronze, forms components, and fires them in a small jeweller’s kiln, leaving behind pure sintered silver or bronze. The result is handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewellery.
Playing with colour and balance delights her. Janet’s creations are inspired by her travels and her appreciation of the natural world. She considers each earring, pendant, and bracelet, an individual work of art and strives to produce designs that are timeless and elegant.