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drawing on metal


In her jewelry designs, Deb Karash draws on metal to blend colors and create patterns that are uniquely hers.

The artist: Karash, an Illinois native, grew up collecting antique jewelry and later earned a master’s degree in jewelry and metalsmithing from Northern Illinois University and began selling her work about 30 years ago. She moved to Asheville, NC, in 2007 to open a studio at Marshall High Studios in Marshall.

What’s popular: Flower pin/pendants ($390 and up) but lately her geometric work and insects, particularly for special-order clients. Most pieces can be worn as a pin or pendant.

Fun (or unusual) request: Repair a brooch that was lost in the snow and found months later on the driveway.

Where to buy:

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metal maven

Betty Necklace

Betty Helen Longhi, a master metalsmith, produces flowing graceful forms from flat sheet metal that allows her sculptural jewelry to be strong yet quite light.

The artist: Longhi started working metal in her last year of high school and continued studying at the University of Wisconsin, where she graduated, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1983, her then-hobby became a business: Fluid Expressions in Metal. She maintains a studio in her lakeside home near Lexington, NC.

What’s popular: Her beads, which are made by forming a strip of metal and then wrapping it into a shell-like object. Most of the beads are large and put individually on a cable to wear as a necklace. Prices for beads start at $270 for a simple silver one to $700 for bimetal and more complex designs. Also popular: earrings ($180 to $400).

Other favorites: Larger collars as show pieces ($1,500 to $3,500). “It is fun to see people try them on and occasionally buy them.

Big break: After nine years of work, she and her co-author Cynthia Eid published, “Creative Metal Forming.” In its first printing, the book sold out in six weeks. It is now in its third printing.

Where to buy: www.fluidformsinmetal. Also at the Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery in Winston-Salem ( In Atlanta, at the jewelry show.

Golden Current 7 x 2.5 x 2

designs in copper

Copper Candelabra


A lifelong tinkerer, Cathy Vaughn taught herself the basics of coppersmithing

two decades ago. The award-winning Virginia artist has been pushing the boundaries of what she can do with industrial-grade copper and everyday materials ever since.

The artist: Originally from Great Falls, SC, Vaughn graduated from the University of South Carolina and spent 25 years as a graphic designer before opening her copper studio and becoming a full-time artist.

The company: Tracery 157, a copper studio based in Richmond, opened in 2012. It produces hand-wrought copper candelabra; copper napkin rings with organic verdigris; custom gates; garden sculptures; vertical planter boxes; and fine art abstractions using locally-harvested leaves.

What’s popular: Copper napkin rings ($65 for a set of four and $79 for a set of six). Also the candelabra, ranging from single candle stands ($39) to an intricately intertwined eight-light candelabra ($325).

Fun (or unusual) request: Design, build and install an entry arbor for a private garden in Wyomissing, Penn.

Big break: Selected to do two large-scale installations as part of the recent “Wild Art” exhibition at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond.

Where to buy:


light fantastic


Sought after by designers, handmade lamps by Georgia’s Charlie West Pottery work with any style.

The company: Charlie West Pottery started in Homer in 1997. The company moved to Cleveland in 2007 and shifted from folk pottery to handmade lamps around 2007. It offers around 20 lamp shapes and 30-plus glazes.

The owners & artists: Charlie and Honey West. Charlie, who is from Blairsville, started in pottery right out of high school, working for Sims Pottery in Gillsville. He turns the lamps, starting with a lump of clay, on a wheel, and Honey glazes them.

Fun (or unusual) requests: Lamps in team colors for a couple of football coaches. Also rooster lamps.

Where to look & buy: to view lamps. To purchase lamps (about $750 each but often sold as a pair) in Atlanta, visit Dearing Antiques, 670 Miami Circle. Also Mathews Furniture + Design, 1240 W. Paces Ferry Road.


old meets new


In his New Orleans studio, Alex Geriner creates handmade furniture that has a history and tells a story.

The owner: A Louisiana native, Geriner, studied journalism and mass communications at the University of Southern Mississippi. After graduation, he moved to New Orleans and worked in public relations and advertising as well as interior design. Though Geriner had been building furniture on the side, he left his day job to start his company.

The company: Doorman Designs started in 2013. The New Orleans-based company produces handmade furniture using a variety of reclaimed woods, architectural salvage, and materials found throughout the Gulf South.

The company name: The first piece of furniture Geriner built was a bed for himself made from an old door salvaged from a home flooded in Hurricane Katrina. Friends and etsy customers liked the door headboards and soon he became known as the doorman. The company name followed.

The owner: A Louisiana, Geriner, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in journalism and mass communications. After college, he moved to New Orleans and worked in public relations and advertising as well as interior design. Though he had been building furniture on the side, he left his day job to Doorman Designs.

Best seller: The elegant all-metal Josephine canopy bed with brass accents (shown above). The bed was designed for the Henry Howard hotel in New Orleans famed Garden District. King or queen size ($2,350 to $2,550).

Other hits: The Earhart barstool ($315 to $385). The Industrial modern barstools with reclaimed wood seat are made from historic New Orleans houses that flooded in Hurricane Katrina. Also the Onzaga Coffee Table ($1,275), made from an angled brass base with walnut tray top (pictured below).

Claim to fame: Runner-up in Garden & Gun magazine 2016 “Made in the South Awards.” Also featured in domino and Southern Living magazine.

Where to buy:



go under cover


A lifelong outdoorsman, Radcliff Menge created a distinctive jacket suitable for the field and town.

The company: Tom Beckbe, founded in 2015, is based in Birmingham, Ala. The company makes classic outdoor apparel and accessories.

The owner: Raised in Winchester, Va., Menge graduated from the University of Virginia in 2004 and Washington & Lee University’s School of Law in 2008. While practicing law in Birmingham, he started Tom Beckbe by happenstance.

The name: Derived from the colonial name for Alabama’s Tombigbee River.”

What’s popular: The Tensaw Jacket ($495, S-XXL). The cotton twill liner is dyed in Alabama red clay.

Other favorites: The new Kinsman Vest ($395, S-XXL) and Weekender Duffel ($449). Also Field Hats ($125) and Shooting Gloves ($95).

Fun (or unusual) request: Limited edition jackets for an American distiller of some note.

Big break: Garden & Gun Editors’ Choice, “Outstanding in the Field” (August/ September 2016).

Where to buy: In Atlanta, check H. Stockton; Guffey’s; and Chuck’s.

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bagging rights

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Becky Stayner worked as a food photographer for most of her career. Stayner is still working with her hands, but she has shifted her focus.

The company: Started in 2014, Biscuit Leather Company makes soft and buttery  leather bags, purses, totes and clutches by hand in Birmingham, Ala.

The owner/artist: Stayner grew up in Lexington, Ky. She attended the University of Kentucky for two years before transferring to Brooks Institute of Photography, where she earned a degree in commercial photography. Stayner worked as a food photographer and was on the staff of Cooking Light magazine for nine years. After one lesson with a friend, she started making bags.

What’s popular: Original Grand Biscuit in vegetable tan with Indigo stitching, ($550); the Morning Biscuit (a smaller, cross-body version of the Original Grand, $450); and the Two Bite Biscuit, a cross-body clutch with enough room for a phone, lipstick, cards and cash ($160).

Big break: Appearing on “Absolutely Alabama,” a weekly TV show.

What’s new: Full and half aprons ($110), plus napkins, coasters, placemats and table runners ($40 to $160) made with a lovely heavy-duty canvas in solid cream. Also creamy canvas riveted curtains ($100 to $130).

Where to buy:

Biscuit Leather Co.