Our Artists Are the Gallery
Get to know them:
“I love the challenge of creating something usable out of an otherwise uninteresting lump of clay.”
Tamara Becker, an Evanston Art Center potter, concentrates on creating functional pottery – bowls, pitchers, mugs, vases, and other items.
LAURA TANNER JEWELRY
Founder and designer Laura Tanner Swinand discovered her love for the jewelry craft at thirteen. After taking a course in enameling and metalwork, she had some early success selling her designs in a local boutique. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history, she realized that making things was more fun than writing about them. So she found her way back to making jewelry, while also exploring new techniques and designs.
EVERLASTING FIRE STUDIO
Everlasting Fire Studio is the work and lampwork glass studio owned by John Landin and Elektra Musich. Located in Lincoln Square, the studio has been open for 4 years and John and Elektra have been working with glass for over 7 years. John is trained as a chemist and finds the properties of glass to always be fascinating, and to always continue to challenge him in new ways. Elektra has always been fascinated with glass, and still loves to admire it wherever she goes. While John loves to explore bigger complex pieces in glass, Elektra loves to try to make things as small as she can. Both enjoy making marbles and pendants, and challenging one another to try new concepts.
Elektra and John teach classes out of their studio, and also host open studio time for those wanting to work on glass outside of a class setting. They also happily bring a torch where they can to do demos and talk about glass.
Lampwork glass refers to melting glass rods and tubing over table mounted torches. The skills applied are often the same, or similar to those employed at the furnace. Using the properties of glass, and tools, the glass is shaped and worked to create everything from pendants, marbles, ornaments, and wine glasses. Pieces can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours. Some pieces are worked over a few days, and some work is then cut and polished after having been annealed in a kiln.
Favorite places, things we love. Painted images of Chicago, Evanston, dogs, cats, and more!
Nancy Rose is a Chicago artist, illustrator and author. She loves working in beautiful luminous watercolor, and in warm expressive pencil. Portraits and animal art are specialities, and she welcomes commissioned work.
Her gallery space includes originals, prints, gifts and an extensive variety of greeting cards.