Marin Art Directory
Anita Selinger casts silver and gold jewelry art, using the lost wax process. Her designs are often inspired by architecture, nature, and paintings. “I feel that I am painting with gemstones when I play with different combinations of accent stones.” – Anita Selinger
Carmen Froemke creates handcrafted jewelry that fuses elegance with everyday wearability. She graduated from California College of the Arts with degrees in metal work and design.
Carol Emery, a jewelry artist native to Marin, creates semiprecious beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings. A quote from the artist: “Making jewelry is a passion for me. I especially love the beads themselves, the texture, the color and their ancestry.”
Christine Zecca is a shamanic artist, painter and jewelry designer. Her art often incorporates alchemy and dreams.
As a painter, CiCi Chao works intuitively with watercolor and Chinese black ink and brush on Xuan rice paper. She has a contemporary Chinese style and focus on the Marin County environment. As a jewelry designer, CiCi specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces.
Coreen Cordova designs “jewelry that inspires”. Each pendant features the Cordova Claspfor easy mixing and matching.
Creek Van Houten, founder and designer of Compass Rose Design, creates jewelry inspired by Victorian and industrial fashion. Creek has been making jewelry for the last fifteen years with vintage and found treasures. The Compass Rose Design collection is made with authentic antiques and storied heirloom treasures.
Deborah Darling Gray focuses tempera painting and collage using themes from mythology. She also teaches art.
Debra J. Inman handmakes beautiful jewelry pieces out of copper, classic bronze, silver, steel and found objects.
Julie Tuton is a jewelry artist and glass artist. In 2011, she opened Jewels, her first jewelry store in Tiburon.
Katya Wittenstein is jewelry artist who specializes in glass and has a studio in Sausalito, California.
Kristen “Bucko” Sinn designs and handcrafts jewelry with sterling silver, gold, semi-precious gems, and enamels. She enjoys finding ways to integrate color into her jewelry using unconventional materials.
Laurel Burch (1945-2007) was a American artist, jewelry designer and painter. She was born in the San Fernando Valley, and moved to Marin County, California. From an early age, Laurel made jewelry, dolls and sewn art. She sold her early jewelry designs on the streets of San Francisco from tackle boxes. In the 1960’s, Laurel worked full time as a fine artist, commissioned to paint by restaurants, businesses and private collectors. She traveled to China in 1971 and there discovered cloisonné enamel designs, that inspired many of her paintings and jewelry designs. Burch also worked with cast metals and wood, and made spin-off products in paper, porcelain and fabric. She licensed her designs to a dozen or so companies that now make and distribute her creations worldwide. See also her books and art prints:
See also her books and art prints:
Lyn Matson is an artisan who creates contemporary, handcrafted jewelry for Peter James Design, a jewelry design studio at the ICB Building in Sausalito, California.
Maria Carmella Luna designs jewelry that is inspired by the sea and also by ancient cultures and architecture. “The Aztecs, Incas, Olmecs, Maya, and Toltecs had a complex society and created great towns from the Pacific, to the Gulf of Mexico and South America … My findings, center pieces and earrings are designed with elements from this rich architectural history, their embellishments depicting the temple gods and animals and decorative elements of hieroglyphics.”
Michael Chaille is a North Bay artisan who has taught ceramics, textiles, metal and woodworking for over 30 years, and now specializes in fine jewelry with precious metals, ceramic details, and beads. His themes include Carnival, Bali, Circus, Cubes, Marrakesh, and aquacolor ceramic figurines.
Michelle Vidro, also known as Meeshka, is a jewelry designer who likes to “tell a story” with jewelry. “It is Meeshka’s gift to be able to tell stories uniquely through her artwork. The process includes drawings, lost wax casting & fabrication using precious metals and gemstones.”
Pamela Minton is a jewelry artist who has studied fine art and metal work at Ohio University, attended The Aegina Art Center in Greece, and previously owned a textile factory and clothing design business for over a decade in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, before settling in Marin County, California. I have studied the metaphysical properties of precious and semi precious stones My motivation is to put a positive and healing intention in all I create. Pamela Minton.
Peggy Ann Lindstrom specializes in mosaic art and jewelry. She has a background in oil painting and watercolor and ceramics. Peggy uses found jewelry, gems, stained glass, and polymer clay in her creations.
Rosie Echelmeier designs head adornments bands, crowns and circlets, in classic, tribal and modern styles out of leather, silver, brass and gold, and semiprecious stones. “A crazy, wild mix of expressive accessories. From metal and jeweled circlets and crowns for accessing deeper spiritual planes to dressy, chic items.”
The Artist Sharon Searles specializes in watercolor, silk painting, and jewelry-making with precious metal clay. She is also an art teacher that gives classes in both watercolor and jewelry. Her silk scarves go through a process of preparing and stretching the silk, preparing the dyes and resist, hand painting, drying, and steam setting for a permanent bonding of dye to silk.