Marin Art Directory
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:
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.
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.
Rosie Echelmeier draws, paints, sculpts, and designs unique head adornments. At her Original Rosies Posies Etsy store, she offers handmade floral head garlands and adornments. She also offers expressive accessories at Spirit of the Goddess — unique bands, crowns and circlets in classic, tribal and modern styles, made 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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Sudha Irwin is a jewelry artist, inspired by the natural world that surrounds her in Mill Valley, California and from her travels around the world. She has been working in silver, gold, and precious and semiprecious stones for over a decade. Recently she has been exploring vitreous enamels, along with gemstones.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Shelly Rae is a contemporary jewelry artist in Marin. She uses metal fabrication, lost wax casting and wire wrapping techniques. She has a B. A. in Art and Design and an M.A. in Art Therapy.
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.
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
The Marin artist Virginia Simpson-Magruder is known for her collages, book art, and mixed media jewelry. She likes to work with vintage and hand-dyed ribbons, handmade papers, Swavorski crystal beads and rhinestones. Virginia makes heirloom quality, hand-soldered glass pendants with wild animal motifs and “Oriel” pendants.
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.
Yoshi Stokes is a semi-self taught jewelry maker of Marin County. She makes all her pieces by hand with a jeweler’s saw. A quote from the artist: “I can make almost any of my designs out of colored vinyl, brass, aluminum or sterling silver.”
Julie Tuton is a jewelry artist and glass artist. In 2011, she opened Jewels, her first jewelry store in Tiburon.