Friday, September 27, 2013

Why Handmade: Old Friends, New Friends

by Lynn Mohney of Prunella’sWorkshop

Saying goodbye is always bittersweet, especially when we know our friends and compatriots are on their way to new exciting adventures. So it is with heavy heart, Boston Handmade says goodbye to one of our own, as Karen Mahoney of City By the Sea Ceramics moves on. She has a wonderful opportunity to move to Oregon, where she will continue on making beautiful ceramic pottery.

Hokusai Tea Bowl by City By the Sea Ceramics
Please join with me, as I wish Karen all the luck and happiness in her future endeavors. She is an amazing artist, and I am positive she will find success where ever she goes. I actually first encountered Karen before I joined Boston Handmade. Her husband was selling her work at StART at the Station, in Worcester, MA. My intention had not been to purchase anything, but rather to scope out the venue to determine if I wanted to be a vendor there in the future. However, City By the Sea Ceramics was selling yarn bowls, and after a brief demonstration, I was positive this was an item my mother needed as a holiday gift. Imagine my delight, when I finally got to meet the artist behind the piece!

Yarn Bowl by City By the Sea Ceramics

Though Karen’s sense of humor could never be replaced, I am pleased to also welcome our new friend, Laurie Lynn of Beryllina. While we have not had the opportunity to meet in person, I know we will have plenty to talk about, as Laurie Lynn is a metal smith who hand crafts high quality jewelry utilizing certified recycled silver, gold, and platinum and stones mined in the United States. She has even mined some of her stones herself.

recycled sterling silver dogwood ring by Beryllina

We are glad to have Laurie Lynn as our newest member, and hope that you will check out her beautiful art. Perhaps she will even play a little blue grass for us!

Colorado amethyst agate and Montana sapphire recycled sterling silver pendant by Beryllina

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