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Founding Artists

Mother-Daughter Partnership

Mary Szakmeister

Mary Szakmeister is a retired teacher whose many passions include beading and cooking. She loves finding interesting new stones and crystals and creating beautiful jewelry. She also enjoys sharing both the finished products and the process of creating them with others.


Mary Szakmeister, founder artist and jewelry maker

Virginia Ellen

Virginia Ellen has been an amateur potter for more years than she would like to count. It started with a child’s plastic battery-operated wheel and turned into a life-long passion. After years of throwing in other studios, she finally has a studio of her own, and loves to share her studio with friends.


Virginia Ellen, founder artist and potter