North Carolina wood artist Mark Gardner makes bowls in five sizes and five colors. He uses locally harvested hardwoods, mostly maple but also cherry, walnut, ash, birch and beech, from arborists. Contributed by

Bowls, jewelry and sculpture Mother Nature would love


Since childhood, Mark Gardner has enjoyed working with his hands. But there is something about working with wood that gives the renowned artist the most satisfaction.

The artist: Growing up in Cincinnati, Gardner started as a child working with wood, his father’s hobby. At 16, he enrolled in a furniture-making class at the University of Cincinnati, where he later earned a degree in theater design and production. After college, Gardner took a wood-turning class at Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn. That class helped him decide to focus on woodworking rather than theater. He moved to Saluda, N.C., to work with wood-turner and sculptor Stoney Lamar.

The company: Mark Gardner Studio opened in 2000 in Saluda. Gardner has created sculptural wood pieces, but is currently focused on utilitarian pieces, such as bowls and household items.

What’s popular: Bowls in five sizes and five colors: white (the top seller), yellow, blue, green and orange. Bowls ($50 to $300) are finished with a food-safe walnut oil and beeswax paste finish that Gardner makes himself.

Other favorites: Cutting boards ($95) and mirrors ($195 to $500).

Where to buy: In Atlanta, at the American Craft Council Show (booth 910). See Gardner’s work at


Annie Grimes Williams uses traditional metalsmithing techniques to create her contemporary, nature-inspired jewelry.

The artist: Grimes Williams grew up in Welcome, N.C., and studied metal design at East Carolina University.

Jewelry artist Annie Grimes Williams is fascinated with forms (and their interior spaces) and colors. She also draws inspiration from the sea, particularly its tiny creatures that live in tide pools, such as anemones, urchins and pods. Contributed by

After graduating in 2003, she made her jewelry on the side while working full time for another artist.

In 2009, she began teaching classes and workshops while starting her jewelry business.

The company: CopperTide Fine Metalwork and Enameling started in Winston-Salem, N.C., in 2011. It offers fine jewelry and metalwork using copper, vitreous enamel, sterling silver accents and findings (such as clasps, catches and ear wires).

What’s popular: Petal-shaped earrings ($40 to $150) in the Microcosm Collection, which feature pieces with torch-fired white enamel with organically inspired hand-drawn sgraffito (a form of decoration made by scratching) designs.

Other favorites: Chevron necklaces and dot earrings ($40 to $100) in the GeoChroma Collection, which includes simple geometric shapes with various color combinations. Many of the pieces are reversible.

Artist favorite: Pod forms in the SeaPods Collection ($100 to $300 with large cluster neckpieces ranging from $1,200 to $2,000).

Where to In Atlanta, at the American Craft Council Show (booth 1308).


North Carolina’s Christine Kosiba became fascinated with ravens while living in Arizona. The striking black birds remain a central focus of the sculptor’s work.

Christine Kosiba creates gestural wildlife sculptures, including ravens and crows. She learned of the birds’ importance in Native American spirituality while teaching on a Navajo reservation. Contributed by Christine
Photo: Christine

The artist: Kosiba earned a master’s degree in education from North Georgia College (now the University of North Georgia). She taught in public schools for 12 years in Georgia and Arizona, often using clay as an enrichment tool while creating her art on the side. In 1997, the self-taught sculptor moved to Brevard, N.C.

The company: Christine Kosiba Sculpture started in Brevard in 2005 and primarily creates wildlife sculpture, using stoneware clay combined with a variety of surface treatments.

What’s popular: Ravens and crows ($350 to $800).

Other favorites: Foxes. A single fox ranges from $750 to $950. Also owls ($450 to $850).

Fun (or unusual) request: Create a “Krampus” for an “Edwardian Dreamscape,” an installation curated by artist Kirsten Stingle in 2015 at the Signature Shop & Gallery in Buckhead. After researching this medieval European folklore figure, Kosiba sculpted a 3-foot-tall rendition.

Claim to fame: Selected to create six bronze sculptures (five in Brevard and an installation of 16 frogs in downtown Blacksburg, Va.)

Where to buy: In Atlanta, at the American Craft Council Show (booth 114.) To see her work or commission a piece, visit

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