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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Shirley Weiss of the Marin Jewelers Guild works primarily in sterling silver, incorporating the processes of lost wax, repousse and chasing to translate natural textures into jewelry art.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.