elizabeth b. ceramics

Elegant design and details that make a difference are hallmarks of the porcelain pieces made by Elizabeth Borowsky in South Carolina. The artist: Borowsky grew up in Acton, MA, and graduated from Clemson University in 2000 with a fine arts degree and an emphasis on sculpture. In 2012, when her youngest of five children turned…

sheri schumacher

With their muted color palettes and modern and minimal style, the textile works of Alabama’s Sheri Schumacher are sought after by collectors and designers. The artist: Schumacher was born in Munich, Germany and grew up in Europe, where her father served as a military attaché, and later the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. She earned a…

kimberly winkle

Tennessee woodturner Kimberly Winkle hand draws dots, lines and other patterns on her quirky-cool painted furniture and wood objects. The artist: An Oklahoma native, Winkle earned degrees from University of Oklahoma (ceramics) and San Diego State University (SDSU) in furniture design. She has also completed woodworking workshops at: Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Haystack Mountain…

Virginia Scotchie

Many of Virginia Scotchie’s mixed-media sculptures possess a visual quirkiness, with their fragmented forms, pop colors and worn, crusty surfaces. The artist: Born in Portsmouth, VA, where her father was in the Navy, Scotchie grew up in Asheville making art of all kinds. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and…

Corrina Sephora

The first time she forged steel, Corrina Sephora knew she wanted to work with metal. Now the Atlanta metal artist, once called the Queen of Forge, is known for her one-of-a-kind sculptures and mixed media paintings. The artist: Born in New Hampshire, Sephora started welding at age five with her father. Her interest in art continued…

Jomo Furniture

Virginia’s Jomo Tariku designs modern African-inspired furniture that some have called Afrofuturist. The company: Jomo Furniture, based in Springfield, VA, started in 2017. The artist/maker: Born in Nairobi, Kenya, to Ethiopian parents, Tariku grew up in Ethiopia. As a young boy, he was drawn to art, souvenirs and furniture pieces his father collected while traveling. During…

Nate Cotterman

In North Carolina, Nate Cotterman uses traditional Venetian glass blowing techniques to craft his contemporary collections of barware, lighting and home accessories. The artist: Born in Coshocton, Ohio, he majored in glass blowing at the Cleveland Institute of Art. After graduating in 2007, Cotterman worked for a local artist in Cleveland, while maintaining his own studio practice.…

Pippin Frisbie-Calder

Canoeing the swamps and wetlands in the Gulf Coast, Louisiana native Pippin Frisbie-Calder developed a deep appreciation for the raw beauty, fragility and diversity of the various ecosystems. The New Orleans printmaker hopes to document what these threatened areas have – and what they may still lose – in her art. The artist: Born in…

Eileen Braun

Georgia’s Eileen Braun made a name for herself as an award-winning ceramic artist. Then four years ago, she abruptly turned her talents in a completely different direction. The artist: Born in Boston, Braun grew up in the nearby suburb of Newton Center. She earned a degree in sculpture and art education from Indiana University. After…

Alan Daigre

Tennessee-based wood artist Alan Daigre hand-builds heirloom-quality chairs that are sought after for their smart design and handsome woods. The artist: Born and raised in historic Natchez, MS, Daigre received his undergraduate degree in business from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He then earned a master’s in social work and a good part of his career as…