AJ Power

ARTIST / EDUCATOR

When I was a kid, I watched “The Dark Crystal” by Jim Henson and Frank Oz and decided to create worlds and feed imagination. At the time, I was creating dioramas in shoeboxes with anthropomorphized flotsam -whatever was around me. My path hasn’t strayed much from this. I still draw and paint whatever is around me.

Professionally, I got my start as a commercial artist at university, reconstructing plants from fossil records before working across departments and school organizations as an illustrator. I went on to work a wide variety of jobs to supplement a freelance career a changing industry. I worked in the Sonoran Desert, West Africa, the Bering Sea, and the Amazon- allowing these places to feed a visual language that persists today.

I have my hand in a lot of creative projects: Book illustration, murals, curation among them.. but I primarily exhibit my artwork and teach Art/ Design classes in the Puget Sound area. My work can be seen on Instagram @AJPower_Studio or on my website www.ajpowerstudio.com.

Chris Anderson

CREATOR / EDUCATOR

Like many makers Chris is a self taught. However he will openly credit the many amazing mentors he has encountered during his journey. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Chris has a deep connection with the outdoors and many of his creations are inspired by nature.

Chris started at an early age (10-12 years old) in woodworking, mostly carving Ozark style figurines and animals. Later, he ventured into more construction related projects like furniture and residential and shop construction.

In 2016 Chris started Lion Punch Forge as a hobby after he, his brother, and father bought a coal fired blacksmith shop. Eventually learning to weld, do basic fabrication and light machine work to make his own replacement parts. Eventually Chris wanted to make his knives more intricate and started teaching himself goldsmithing and metal forming.

Making jewelry allowed Chris to rediscover his love for geology. He quickly picked up lapidary arts such as faceting gemstones, slabbing and making cabochons. Most of the year Chris can be found treasure hunting for his own gemstone and lapidary rough.
 
Now retired from 20 years of public safety, Chris is self employed running Lion Punch Forge Full-time. Chris’s experience as an instructor in Public Safety has transcended into the world of making. Making Youtube videos, Instagram posts and hanging out in Facebook groups Chris openly shares information and provides assistance to anyone who asks. When asked what he thinks is the most important aspect of a business is he will quickly answer, “people.”

Chris is inspired by the metalsmith and maker communities and values he fundamental skills. Believing that it is through the mastery of basic skills that one achieves the level up. Chris take this into account when designing tools.

While designing the Lion Punch Forge line of tools it’s important to him to evaluate the fundamentals, simplistic design and creates them with a unique bespoke and heirloom quality.

His work can be seen on Instagram @lionpunchforge or on his website lionpunchforge.com/.

Michelle Lierre

ARTIST / EDUCATOR

Michelle Lierre is a goldsmith and the filigree artist behind Lierreworks, specializing in handmade, one-of-a-kind, heirloom quality jewelry. Her mission is to learn the major filigree styles of the world, tell their stories, and pass on their traditions. She creates from her home in Mount Vernon, Washington, while small children are napping.

You can learn more about her process on Instagram @lierreworks , and view or purchase her filigree work at www.lierreworks.com

Leslie Perrino

ARTIST / EDUCATOR

Leslie Perrino began her artistic career studying theatre then detoured to receive an AD in nursing, detoured again after discovering metals and jewelry to to complete her BA She received her MA and in returned to Chicago in 1997 as a full time artist and teacher. She currently lives in Racine, Wisconsin, where she maintains a home studio. Leslie is an adjunct professor teaching jewelry and enameling at the College of Lake County, and is faculty /coordinator of the jewelry department at the Evanston Art Center, and jewelry instructor at the Racine Art Museum. In addition, she teaches workshops in Illinois and Wisconsin, sells her artwork informally online and in four Wisconsin galleries.

Leslie Perrino is an artist and "art evangelist" who loves to share the power of art and creativity with people, particularly in her beloved areas of metals and enameling. Her artwork is a quirky mix of traditional and found objects, most recently combining computer/electrical components with enamels. She is a charismatic and effective teacher who encourages skill building and exploration of the medium.

You can learn more about her process on Instagram @leslieperrino

Jan Smith

ARTIST / EDUCATOR

Jan Smith is an artist that works primarily with metal and enamel. Her work evolves from an intimate connection to place and reflects the observations of the complexity of patterns, surfaces, and colours of her environment. Her work is imbued with a language of mark-making referencing the natural world and the marks create a language or code.

She received a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, N.S. In 2016 Jan was part of the summer visiting artist series at NSCAD University and had a solo exhibition at the Anna Leonowens Gallery. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally in curated and juried exhibitions. She has been a guest artist at Okanagan College and at Pratt Fine Arts. Her work has been published in New Earrings: 500+ Designs from around the world, On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulet, Metalsmith Magazine: Exhibition In Print, Behind the Brooch, Art Jewelry Today, the Lark 500 Series, Color on Metal and the Art of Enameling.

Her teaching experience includes printmaking and enamel classes for both adults and children including enamel classes at Vancouver Community College, Danaca Design, VMAA at Katami Design. Jan loves the diversity and seductive qualities of the enamel and enjoy sharing an understanding of the material with students.

Her work can be seen on Instagram @jansmithartist or on her website www.jansmith.ca.

Fahan Sky McDonagh

ARTIST / EDUCATOR

Fahan Sky McDonagh (b. 1975, Chicago, USA) received an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts with a focus in Glass Sculpture in 2013. She has attended and assisted at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle and Bildwerk, in Frauenau Germany. Conceptually, she uses glass and found objects to create sculpture about impermanence and the transience of nature. The common thread in this work aims to shine a light on the fragility of our environment. McDonagh has exhibited and taught internationally.

Her work can be seen on Instagram @fsmcdonagh or on her website www.fahanskymcdonagh.com.