Stephanie Sersich

Stephanie Sersich, Inc.
Topsham, ME 04086
207 272-5774
stephanie@sssbeads.com
www.sssbeads.com

Stephanie is from a family of artists and collectors and has been making jewelry since she was a child. She challenges herself by using both the old and the new together. Whether shiny or pitted, glass or fiber, she strives to incorporate multiple elements into her work that give it depth, color, and texture. She has been making her own glass beads for over fifteen years and they are the focal point of all of her jewelry designs. For inspiration she draws on varied sources, including textiles, ancient art and the natural world.

Her unique approach to glass bead-making and contemporary jewelry design has led her to teach at craft schools and glass studios around the world. She’s lectured at many conferences and societies, such as the Bead Society of Greater New York and the International Society of Glass Beadmakers 2003, 2006 and 2008 annual Gatherings. She has sold her own work in many well-respected venues including the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s annual Craft Show and SOFA, both Chicago and New York.

Stephanie’s jewelry and beads have been spotlighted in the pages of many publications including The History of Beads, The Washington Post, Contemporary Lampworking, and her own book, Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads, published in March of 2008 by Interweave Press.

Gretchen Schaefer

Great Blue Mosaic
1709 Forest Avenue Portland, ME 04103
(207) 272-0519
greatbluemosaic@gmail.com
www.greatbluemosaic.com

 

An artist since childhood, exploring all manner of media from fiber to metalwork to painting, I turned to mosaic in 2000. Mosaic allows me to combine my love of texture, color and fine craftsmanship to create images inspired by the natural world.
My influences are diverse, from the patterns and stylized forms of Roman and Byzantine mosaic to the paintings of Gustav Klimt, with their juxtaposition of naturalistic portraiture against atomized, abstract fields.
I concentrate on natural images, notably wildlife found where land and water meet – fish, dragonflies and, in particular, herons, to which I have dedicated a series of mosaics.
The use of natural stone in combination with classic mosaic materials such as smalti, porcelain, marble and glass allows me to contrast color, texture and reflectivity in my work.
I do business as Great Blue Mosaic, and produce fine art wall pieces, a line of decorative vessels and a line of mosaic jewelry. I work with contractors and individuals on custom commissions.