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Crafts Section :: Page 4

  • Artist in residence at Mills Lawn—Students redesign their sign

    Fifth grade Mills Lawn students Will Mitdbo and Stephen Kaiser-Parlette worked on a joint mosaic project last week, which will soon become part of the newly tiled Mills Lawn School sign at the front entrance of the school. (Photo by Lauren Heaton)

    The fifth-grade art students dove into the buckets of pottery shards in muted shades of blue, pink, orange and brown.

  • Ashes to ashes, dust to diamonds

    Rita Caz recently set an unusual diamond ring for customer Vernon Dunlap. The diamond itself was created from the cremated remains of his wife, Roberta, using a process that distills and concentrates the carbon in human ashes under high heat and pressure. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

    Local jewelry store Rita Caz has long helped customers honor deceased friends and relatives. But a recent request by a former Springfield man who now lives in Arizona to set a diamond ring made from his wife’s ashes was a first.

  • Bowling ball jewelry knocks ’em down

    New village resident Matt Cole makes jewelry from bowling balls, and sells his work at craft fairs. He and his family moved here recently from Bali. (Photo by Sehvilla Mann)

    Bowing balls distinguish themselves with bright, eye-catching patterns. Some may even find them reminiscent of semi-precious stones. Yet who takes this observation to the next logical step?

  • Bowling balls inspire local jewelry

    Villager Matt Cole creates original jewelry from the outer shell of bowling balls. His designs can be found online at http://www.matt-cole.com.

  • First Cyclops fest a spectacle

    Handmade craft vendors and far-flung visitors hung out on the Bryan Center front lawn on Saturday for the first Cyclops Festival, put on by local businesses Basho Apparel and Urban Handmade. See photos from the event.

  • Fêting the unique, handmade

    Do-it-yourself is the latest thing among the young and hip and two local trendsetters are throwing a new festival in its honor, at the first Cyclops Fest on Saturday, Sept. 17.

  • Cyclops Fest fosters Dayton DIY culture

    Do-it-yourself is the latest thing among the young and hip and will be on display at the first Cyclops Fest in Yellow Springs this weekend.

  • Spoons become art at new store

    Jose and Connie Soto recently opened Artistic Silver on Dayton Street at the site of the former Sugar Cubes. The store sells Jose’s original jewelry, along with other offerings. (Photo by Sehvilla Mann)

    A new jewelry store downtown has its origins in Jose Soto’s desire, 38 years ago, to capture the attention of a woman who would later become his wife.

  • Local pottery features new work

    Miami Valley Pottery completed the most recent firing of functional ceramic pots in the pottery’s large wood kiln last week.

  • Macbeth offers up the Oten for sale

    After several decades of creating art with the bricks and mortar at his Xenia Avenue Oten Gallery, Alan Macbeth is putting his building on the market. The Yellow Springs Arts Council resides in part of the building, and the Asian Collection rents another space. MacBeth lives in a basement apartment.

    The brick archways of the Oten Gallery have been a labor of love and obsession for Alan Macbeth, the owner and creator of the distinctive structure on Xenia Avenue. But after several years testing the sound of his voice saying he feels ready to sell, he is sure that he is no longer in a position to steward his master work.

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