2019 Guest Artists
Mike Griffin at Lauren Hirsh's studio
Mike Griffin’s passion for ceramics began when he was exposed to the great potters and artistic environment of Alfred University. As a golf professional he found He had lots of time in the winter and taught himself how to throw pots by watching YouTube videos. Through lots of trial and error and a few studio spaces he has been playing with clay for ten years.
Around Naples Mike is know best as the golf pro at Reservior Creek but his true passion is creating unique functional pieces in clay during the off season. He finds balance in this duality but looks forward to retiring to be a full time potter! His work is sold at a few galleries around the state.
Joanne Schwallie at Scott Grove's studio
I believe that starting your day with something special can make all the difference, whether with a beautiful sunrise, a great cup of coffee, or a luxurious soap. So in 2015, I embraced my obsession of natural ingredients, a love of high quality luxury, and a desire to create beauty, and launched Ravenwyne Mercantile, the place for beautiful, handcrafted, vegan, bath and body products.
After many trials and errors I have perfected my recipes and create plant-based, skin-loving products that add that little luxury. I also add artistic touches: swirls and blocks of color, solid appliqués, and glittery flourishes, to make each piece unique and beautiful.
Some of my products have been created to represent the wonderful things Upstate New York has to offer. For example, my Wineberry and Rochester Lilac scents are a reflection of our gorgeous Finger Lakes Region, something our community is very proud of.
Eli Applebaum at Leon Applebaum's studio
Born and raised in the Finger Lakes, I grew to love sailing the lakes, skiing the hills, and blowing glass in my father’s glass studio. I was mesmerized by the physical process and craftsmanship that goes into making each piece of blown glass. Learning by doing, I have worked with Leon Applebaum, my father, and many Czech master glass artists as well as for Simon Pierce in Vermont and Corning Glass on the Celebrity Cruise Line.
As I continue to explore my creativity and develop more advanced skills, I focus on form, shape, and color in my functional approach to the ancient craft of glass blowing.
Paul Mitchell at Joan Mitchell's studio
Back in a former life I trained as a professional photographer at the Glen Fishback School of Photography in Sacramento CA, I operated a studio in this area for several years doing weddings, portraits and commercial work. I have maintained my interest throughout the years and have recently started to produce more. I am currently interested in using landscapes for abstractions while maintaining photographic qualities of sharpness and detail.