Creativity Expressed Through Adornment

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Buds of May Artist Profile: STONEWENCH

STONEWENCH by Maria Hendrika

Creating jewellery is my “hands on” creative passion outside of my career which is my other passion.  After winning a beading kit at a local fundraising event a number of years ago, I became a regular student at the Neil Balkwill Arts Centre.  I continue to take classes and enjoy working with others, sharing ideas and learning new techniques. 

I work in sterling silver and copper and I love incorporating semi-precious stones and enamelled metals into my designs.  I find that inspiration can come from anywhere - nature, architecture or the colours and textures of everyday items. 

I am delighted to offer one of a kind wearable works of art to my customers

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Buds of May Artist Profile: EllJay Design

Laura Steadman is a silversmith and glass artist from Regina, Sk. She began her training in 2008 by taking classes at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre. Laura continued her studies taking courses by artists from the United States, South Africa and France. Over the years, Laura has exhibited her work at numerous juried shows in the province including two annual shows hosted by JewelleryWon.
Laura is a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council and is co-founder of JewelleryWon - a group developed as a means to support and encourage Saskatchewan jewellery artists by providing a venue to help them thrive, grow and create marketing opportunities. These days you can find Laura in her brand new studio & shop in Regina's thriving Warehouse district. 1455 Rose St (inside Riders Gear Shop) in Regina.

Buds of May Artist Profile: Linda Olson Designs

Linda Olson is from Regina Saskatchewan.  She began her beading career by making jewelry for herself.   Soon her friends began commissioning individual pieces and by 2007 her hobby became her vocation. Each piece of jewelry is created from glass, crystal, or stone beads she has sourced from around the globe.  Although Linda’s beading prowess is primarily self-taught she is a member of “Amigas Jewel’s” which is an association of creative artisans in Ajijic Mexico that is dedicated to sharing their knowledge and skills in jewelry.  Linda’s goal is to provide distinctive jewelry at affordable prices.

Linda won first place in the Ajijic Society of the Arts 2016 Judged Show, Jewelry Division.

Buds of May Artist Profile: Teresa Moxley

My name is Teresa Moxley and I live in Regina. I work in silver clay, which is a medium I love, but it does have its challenges. I took a weekend class on precious metal clay in Feb 2009 and I have been hooked ever since. Customers have described my work as “organic” as most pieces have soft lines to them. The pieces I make are mainly pendants and earrings, although I have made a few rings. The clay must be fired in a kiln and it shrinks slightly during this process so exact ring sizing can prove difficult. I enjoy the diversity in creating my pieces and the development of my imagination.

Buds of May Artist Profile: Magic Web Glass & Jewellery Design

Profile: Magic Web Glass & Jewellery Design
My greatest fascination has always been with glass:  the vivid colours; the variety of textures; the way it comes to life and sparkles in the light.  Lampworking, stained glass and mosaics are my “meditation” and relaxation of choice.  Designing and making jewellery offers a way to merge glass with metal.

Jewellery is a way of expressing your view, making a statement or showing how you feel.  My designs are somewhat organic, with a focus on texture, shape and colour.  Pieces are one of a kind, but can serve as muse” for a piece that speaks for you.

Buds of May Artist Profile: Roxanne Brown

Roxanne Brown Jewellery

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Roxanne Brown grew up in a family of creative people. Roxanne has been an accomplished seamstress for her adult life with an eye and enthusiasm for tasteful embellishment and accessories.

Over the past 9 years Roxanne has also applied her accumulated skill and artistry to creating jewellery. In the beginning, it was artistically combining handcrafted Lampwork art glass beads of other independent artists from around the world.

In 2013 Roxanne opened her own silversmith studio and began working in silver and copper while at the same time taking new classes to advance her knowledge and skill level.

Roxanne is incorporating her large collection of art glass beads with the silver, a process that is not easy as the heat that is required to connect silver is the same heat that will crack glass. She is always looking for new directions to express her imagination.

Roxanne's creations come together under the label of Roxanne Brown Jewellery.

Ph# 306-757-9922

Buds of May Artist Profile: Jewellery by Joanne

Artist Profile—Joanne Pelletier

Tansi, my name is Joanne Pelletier and I am a retired teacher, currently living in the village of Lebret.  I have been a jewellery maker for over 30 years and use a wide variety of quality materials, including seed beads, semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls and sterling silver.  Thanks to my customers, my jewellery has travelled around the world, including Europe and United States. One of the things I enjoy most about designing and making jewelry is the excitement of seeing the pieces come together, resulting in a distinctive and wearable piece of art.  My jewellery is for the woman who truly enjoys a lot of bling!!

Buds of May Artist Profile: K & B Jewelry

K & B Jewelry

Kelly Welder and Brenda Crawford both have a love for jewelry, so this mother-daughter duo started K & B Jewelry. Located in Regina, we love to sit down and see what new pieces we can design. We use the finest quality of materials to create our designs. Our aim is to keep our jewelry reasonably priced so all women can wear some bling every day. We hope that wearing our jewelry will bring a little happiness to your day!

Buds of May Artist Profile: Myrna Allan

Jewellery handcrafted by Myrna Allan

I was raised in a small town in South West Saskatchewan.  Following graduation I moved to Regina to work with the provincial government.  When I retired I knew that I wanted to do something creative once again, so I enrolled in jewellery courses at Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre.  For the past nine years I have continued to learn and improve my skills.  I incorporate many of these acquired techniques and skills into my own Jewellery designs.

Characteristically, my Jewellery is colourful, petite and delicate.  Each piece is unique, demonstrating simple line and form and no two are exactly the same.  I apply many of the silversmithing techniques using sterling silver, copper, brass, titanium and niobium to design and create my Jewellery.  I have always loved colour and I enjoy experimenting and producing many colours which I incorporate into my designs.

Throughout the time at the studio I have met many wonderful people.  It’s been a great way to be creative and socialize at the same time. The social aspect of meeting other creative people is just what I wanted to fulfill my retirement.

I hope you will enjoy wearing my Jewellery as much as I enjoy making and designing the one of a kind pieces.

Buds of May Artist Profile: Surrayah's Jewels

Surrayah’s Jewels
My name is Elaine Gill and I’ve lived in Moose Jaw all my life. I started making jewellery about 10 years ago when I won a strand of gemstone beads. It was love at first sight and there has been no turning back!

I started simply stringing; learning things as I proceeded, picking up new ideas, techniques and awesome new supplies!

I love working with gemstones in as many ways as I can.…with wire, seed beads and incorporating them into other designs! There is something very special about handling these stones. It is the stones that inspire me.

I have tried a lot of different techniques but there are many more I’d love to try….time permitting!

I’ve been asked many times where the name ‘Surrayah’ came from and the answer to that is that it is a stage name used by me years back when I was Belly Dancing. I loved the name so much that I kept it. At that time I was making costumes with all of the sparkle that is Dance and this love for all things colourful and shiny has spilled over into my jewellery making….a natural progression, I think!

I’d say that my style is very eclectic because I have tried so many things but I find that creating something special with the earth’s gemstones to be very peaceful and calming.

More of my creations are available at

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