Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Lana Heckendorn

It is our pleasure to shine the Artisan Spotlight on member Master Artisan* Lana Heckendorn. Lana’s work is defined by elegant lines, ethereal colors, and everyday usefulness. Her command of her medium is undeniable and her style is unmistakable.

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What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working at it?

I work in porcelain, and love the material itself. Fragile but strong, translucent where thin, and compatible with my decorating style, porcelain is the perfect material for me to produce functional 3D objects, and allows me to combine form with surface in an integrated way.

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Porcelain is challenging, requiring much pampering in the forming stages, and, while a lot can go right with a piece, it’s clear when something is past salvation and it’s time to let go of it. For me, so much about making good work is noticing when something isn’t quite there. Some of my best work has been invested in pieces that were later abandoned, which is all part of the equation.

If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?

In art school, I tried everything time allowed, and might go back to my major, printmaking, which shares both a need for process and an integral beauty with ceramics.

If I had any musical talent at all (and I assure you, I do not) I might try jazz bass, just to feel the dimensional beat, and to have a physical experience of music.

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What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

It’s always so great to see the work of other artists, to see what’s new in the past year. I value being part of a creative community, and catching up with folks’ progress is a big part of that. In building a local event, this is an opportunity to check in with the progress we’re making as a fine craft community in the region.

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To stay in touch with Lana, before and after Fall into Fine Craft, follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Lana-Heckendorn-Ceramics-207921006051767/timeline/ and visit her website at http://lanaheckendorn.com/home.html

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*Master Artisan is a status awarded by the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen to artisans whose work is judged exceptional by these three key benchmarks: Excellence in Craftsmanship, Resolved Design, and Unique Voice.

Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Crystal Hunt

There is no better artisan to spotlight the beauty of our community than today’s member-artisan, Crystal Hunt. Crystal’s images of local scenes, buildings, and other landmarks are truly family portraits of our area. We’re delighted to have her return to Fall into Fine Craft again, this year.

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What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working at it?

I was first drawn to photography when I was in the Army. The scenery in California was stunning, and I wanted to capture it all on film. The more I was away from home, however, the more I became homesick. When I finally returned here to live, I wanted to make my home look as magical as the places to which I had travelled. This area has its own charm and scenery, and I want to capture it at its best.

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If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?

Woodworking. I have always been interested in crafting things out of wood. I have dabbled some in making furniture. It’s is very soothing.

What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

Meeting people and talking about my hometown area. I love it when people share the same passion for this area as I do.

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See more about Crystal and her work at http://crystalhuntphotography.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CrystalHuntPhotography.

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Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Carol Heisler

Chapter member and Master Artisan* Carol Heisler brings her own spotlight to Fall into Fine Craft with her exuberant personality and “not your grandmother’s” quilts.

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What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working at it?

After college, I did some home decorating sewing – lots of draperies. A woman with whom I worked suggested quilting as a complementary line, so I tried it and fell in love with the creative possibilities. What’s kept me working at it? Well, before I even knew how to quilt, I bought a long-arm sewing machine – that kind of capital investment will motivate a girl! I really just love everything about making my quilts, from purchasing fabric, selecting the perfect combinations from my stash, pressing those precise pieced seams, and dancing with my long-arm.

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If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?

My college degree is not in fiber; it’s in ceramics, so I got that “other medium” thing out of my system, early on. I do love my kitchen and I am an accomplished baker, so, if I had to choose another medium . . . . hmmmm . .. is batter a medium?

What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

I am a professional artist; I do fine craft shows almost every weekend from March through November, so there’s a lot I like about doing shows! It’s always fun to see my fellow show-pros and to reconnect with collectors of my work. The most fun about shows is seeing the look on the face of a new customer who has just fallen in love with something I’ve made. It’s happened every Fall into Fine Craft I’ve done, and I’m hoping to continue the streak.

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*Master Artisan is a status awarded by the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen to artisans whose work is judged exceptional by these three key benchmarks: Excellence in Craftsmanship, Resolved Design, and Unique Voice.

Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Marie Wohlfahrt

Today’s Spotlight Could be called Lumiere – guest artist Marie Wohlfahrt brings her continental experience and sensibility to Fall into Fine Craft and we know you’ll think she’s fantastique!

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What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working at it?

I grew up collecting seashells on the western coast of France. I have millions of them! In parallel, I’ve always been painting or drawing. I was in a workshop, mixed media came up and that’s when I linked the two together: oil painting that will incorporate sand and seashells. This resulted in abstracted 3D paintings. This will be a never-ending creation process to happily marry sand texture with real seashells and oil painting.

If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?

If I had to choose another medium, I would try glazed clay sculpture. The 3D aspect is intriguing and I feel it makes you want to feel and touch it!  Plus the chemistry that is involved in the glazing would remind me of my engineering degree – some of the resulting colors are predictable, some are just surprise!!

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What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

Showing my art at the FIFC is another great opportunity to network with other artists and art lovers. I find it a very stimulating experience! And finding a new home for your painting is always an exciting moment!

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Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Richelle Leigh Walk

Fine jeweler and chapter member Richelle Leigh Walk is center stage in this edition of Artisan Spotlight. This will be Richelle’s first time exhibiting at Fall into Fine Craft and we are delighted!

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What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working at it?

I was lucky enough to have a five year working apprenticeship under a goldsmith, gemologist and jewelry store owner. I started working under him while in high school. I was hooked on the first day wanting to learn more and soaking up as much as I could. At first I was drawn to just working with my hands and satisfied with having created a finished piece of jewelry. As my metalsmithing skills improved I started working with gemstones and learning more about them through GIA.

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I love gemstones! A lot. From the first year of jewelry making and still today. I use gemstones as a focus in my work by designing around them and using different color combinations. I have been making jewelry since 1997 and it still hasn’t gotten old for me. There is always something new to learn, different things to try at the bench and ways to change things up in business.

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If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?

I have dabbled in polymer clay and lamp worked glass for fun. Because I also love color.

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What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

I’m looking forward to seeing the variety of work from my chapter. It has always been fun to exhibit with this group and learn about all of their different fine craft mediums.  I’m sure each artist will capture their unique personality inside their booth space with displays and their beautiful creations. I’m excited to set up my own space and show what I’ve been creating.

We’re looking forward to seeing you, Richelle, and all the rest of our fine chapter members and juried guest artisans, at Fall into Fine Craft!  To pique your interest, even more, follow Richelle on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Richelle-Leigh-Collection-129706323731945/timeline/ and peruse her website http://www.rlcollection.com/.

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Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Leslie Halaby-Moore

Leslie Halaby-Moore steps into today’s spotlight. Leslie is a ringmaster, in more than one sense of the word. In addition to being a master of the extremely detailed and precise medium of chain maille; as the president of the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, she’s also in charge of our circus troupe of creative members. She manages to do these without benefit of top hat, megaphone, or net, too!

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What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working at it?

The detail is what captivates me and still does today. I love seeing how small I can take a weave.  

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If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?

Woodworking or carving. Why? I am not really sure why except that I find wood to be silky and smooth, almost fluid. These are some of the same things that intrigue me about chain maille. Silky and fluid yet it is metal. Something that is supposed to be hard and stiff.

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What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

I love shows in general for their energy. I am looking forward to sharing my work with all the great customers and art lovers I know will be there. 

Follow Leslie on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/L-Chain-Maille-168095963292927/timeline/ and see more of her work and her story at http://lchainmaille.squarespace.com/. Meet the artist herself and take home some of her incredibly wearable fine work – excellent, too, for holiday gifting – at Fall into Fine Craft!

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Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Rick Baily

We have another Fall into Fine Craft newcomer to introduce, today. This is guest artisan, photographer Rick Baily.

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What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working at it?

I got my start in photography a long time ago.  At the age of thirteen, my grandfather, who was a part-time professional photographer bought me a 35mm rangefinder camera and sat me down in his darkroom.  I always loved photography, but different needs and interests distracted me over the years.  I always came back to it and in the early 2000s, I got very serious and started on the path the has led to where I am now.  I have always enjoyed the magic that comes with creating an image.

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 If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?

If my passion was not photography, I would probably work in something closely related to it, such as digital art, creating digital worlds from my imagination.

What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

As with any show, the best part is meeting all the people who come to browse.  I love talking to everyone and getting their perspectives on all of the art and crafts on display.

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Rick’s work – like all our other fine exhibitors – is a must-see at Fall into Fine Craft.

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