Thursday, August 01, 2013

Celebrating North Carolina Artists at Carolina Creations Part 2

We represent over a hundred North Carolina Artists and we're going to introduce you to them five at a time! We'll intersperse other posts in between. These are artists six through ten.

Susanne Coatta, Soft sculpture and paintings.

From Angels to Santas, kitties and dogs, witches and ladies Susanne's soft sculptures have been collected by Carolina Creations friends for almost 20 years.

Using vintage materials, Susanne creates enchanting soft sculptures, hand painting or hand stitching the faces, adding pins, ribbons, buttons and feathers!

Susanne moved to Greensboro from Kansas City where she was a partner in a co-op gallery there.

She has lived in North Carolina for over 22 years. Visit her page on our website.

Rick and Val Beck - Glass

Rick earned his Bachelors degree in Art with an emphasis on Glass and Valerie was awarded her degree in Human Services Administration and Political Science. Both went on to Southern Illinois University where Valerie completed Masters coursework in Educational Psychology and Rick earned a Master of Fine Arts with a specialty in Glass.

Between 1991 and 1994 Rick was Instructor and Artist in Residence at the Penland School of Crafts, NC. He also served as a teaching assistant at the Pilchuck Glass School, Washington State, and Artist in Residence at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, TN. In 1995 Rick was awarded a SAF/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship.

Rick started working in glass in 1978, Valerie in 1984. They established their own studio in rural North Carolina in 1991. In 1991, the Becks were among only 100 glass artists selected from among thousands by the Corning Museum of Glass to be published in the prestigious New Glass Review 12.

Since 1992, the Beck’s work has been featured six times in American Craft Magazine, as well as Glass Magazine. Their work is included in numerous private, corporate and public collections throughout the world, including Dutton Lainson Company; Federal Reserve Bank, NC; Glasmuseum, Denmark; Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, WI; Mint Museum, NC; Johnson Wax Corporate Collection; and McDonalds’ Corporate Collection and others.

We always have their ornaments in stock. 

Paintings by Sally Anger. 

Sally Anger grew up in the coastal town of Beaufort North Carolina after moving there at the age of nine. She has loved art all her life, and attended workshops and painted for many years. In 2002 she took the plunge and left a career as a nutritionist to pursue art full time.

She obtained her associate's degree in fine arts from the local community college and then studied for several semesters at a local university's art school before heading off on her own. She continues to explore new ways to express herself through art by experimentation, life drawing classes, critiques with other artists and workshops. For the details on this painting click here!

Desmond Suarez Clocks and boards

Desmond was born into a home resplendent in the design and the craft of furniture making. His mother, Juanita, designed homes and furniture, and he grew up working beside his father, Tem, in his furniture and cabinet shop. He gained an eye for design and the woodworking skills needed for success in the furniture business.

His formal education led him to North Carolina, England and Tennessee, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in art, history, religion and education. After teaching school, he next turned back to his roots, and went into commercial furniture design and manufacturing for 18 years.

It was during this time that his appreciation for the beauty in the clean-simple timeless designs, such as; the furniture from the Shakers, and the American “Arts and Crafts Movement” of furniture. Since 2001 all of his furniture, clocks and serving-boards are handcrafted one piece at a time in his studio/workshop in North Carolina.

To see more of his clocks and serving boards click here. 

Dorothy Samson soap.

 Soap on a rope, just cut a bar off when you need it! Dorothy Samson used to make all of her soap in her kitchen, but now she's graduated to an official workshop! With the help of her husband, Jim and her daughter, Jennifer they produce all of the soap in their little shop in North Carolina.

Their goal is to offer products made by hand with loving care and wonderful ingredients that pamper and soothe in today's hectic world. Details on the soap! We have many more North Carolina artists to introduce to you.

Watch for more about our NC artists in upcoming posts - in between our other rambelings!

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