Softspoken jewelry artist Kay Fazio makes a big statement with her cat jewelry! The owner of both a Bengal and a Savannah cat, Kay is passionate about cat breeds and puts her creative talents to good use in crafting beautifully detailed pendants, charms, and earrings depicting not only the breeds' show standards, but little aspects of their personalities, as well. She started making her jewelry in 1999, with a pendant made as a sort of portrait for her Bengal cat, Sterling. She's shown here getting a cuddle from her Savannah cat, Judah. Kay's jewelry is done in 14k gold and .925 sterling silver. Many pieces are set with genuine gemstones in the eyes and/or spots, which you can match to the color of your own cat's eyes. You'll delight in any of Fazio's jewelry, whether bought for yourself or as a gift!
Oil painter, cartoonist, and fused glass artist Linda Huffman has been working out of her studio in Everett, Washington since 1992. She began making her memory pendants in 2001. They are constructed with dichroic glass and Argentium Sterling silver. Linda makes each one by hand, including some of the ashes or hair of your departed pet.
Says Linda, "I absolutely love the feel of the glass & often find myself reaching up and stroking the pendant I wear (very similar to rubbing a worry stone, the glass is very soothing). In February of 2003, our sweet boxer girl, Daisy passed away. I was inconsolable for several weeks and would find myself patting the wooden box that contains her crematory ashes. It was somewhat comforting to have her nearby. Then I decided to make myself a cremation keepsake with a bit of Daisy's crematory ash fused into the glass. I totally fell in love with the idea of having such a beautiful keepsake that I could wear. Now, whenever I'm having a particularly bad day or find myself stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, I can reach up and stroke my pendant. It's a bit like having my Daisy girl with me. I feel a tremendous sense of well-being knowing that I can offer this service to others who have lost their soul mate, loved one, family member, very special friend or cherished pet."
Artist Amy Lacombe has been making contemporary American ceramic folk art from her studio in Los Angeles, California since 1983. Her Whimsiclay items are highly sought by collectors. Each one is handmade, from start to finish.
Says Amy, “I love people, animals and color, and I like to make people smile. This is the inspiration I use to create my happy bits of art. I am so grateful to be able to incorporate my passions into my work.”
A native of Puerto Rico, Mercedes Rivera opened her New Mexico galleries, Native Art and The Pottery Studio, exhibiting her pottery that reflects both traditional and contemporary influences while developing a variety of shapes and sizes that carry their own personality. Mercedes is known for her creativity and perfectionism and has provided art instruction for people from all over the United States.
Since relocating to Florida in 2007, Mercedes has continued her work and diversified her lines. Her playful cat and dog art combines Mercedes' wonderful sense of humor with her love of pets.