Pasadena: Jury

Pasadena art & craft fair jury members

Meet the jurors for Jackalope Pasadena:


MaryAnne LoVerme:
Owner of Los Angeles County Store

MaryAnne is the owner of the Los Angeles County Store in Silverlake, the only shop dedicated exclusively to fine goods made in Los Angeles.  From artisanal food, to small housewares, apothecary to prints & stationary, it's a thoughtfully curated collection of crafted wares. 

Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts & crafts world: 
A: I moved to LA from Brooklyn in 2013 to open Los Angeles County Store.  I was inspired by the makers I met in NYC while hawking my baubles under the Wabisabi Brooklyn brand.  

Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration?
A: I continue to be inspired by the creativity, hard work, and determination of the local artists and artisans whose work I represent in the shop.  

Q; How did you get into your position in the arts & crafts world?
A; I performed a magic trick: I turned my Brooklyn house into a Los Angeles shop.  Also, equal parts hustle, chutzpah, and the encouragement and support of others.  

Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours: 
A: Napping.  Bread.  Periwinkle. French Bulldog puppies make any day better,  But any dog or kitty pretty much.  

Q: What do you love most about the handmade movement?
A: It restores my faith in humanity and connects me to some of the best people I've ever met.  

Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you? 
A: Nothing matters more than the work itself.  Is it original?  Is it well-made?  Do I want it or know someone who wants it?  

Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Jackalope Arts jury?  
A: See all the amazing stuff people make!  

Q: Where can we find out more about you? 
A: www.instagram.com/lacountystore 


Huan:
Owner of Flower Pepper Gallery

Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts & crafts world:  

Flower Pepper Gallery has been in business for four and a half years. We exhibit contemporary art from local and international artists. We host monthly exhibitions. We also have a boutique area inside the gallery that features books on art & design, and art products for everyday use. Flower Pepper Gallery is located in the Old Pasadena district in the city of Pasadena. Pasadena is an exciting place to be for the arts. There is always something new to see, savor, and experience which naturally results in a wildly creative atmosphere. We hope to continue to be a platform for contemporary art in Pasadena for many more years to come.

Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration?

I’m always inspired by the artists we show here at Flower Pepper Gallery.

Q: How did you get into your position in the arts & crafts world?

I had the opportunity to start an art gallery four and a half years ago, and I jumped at it immediately.

Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours: 

The LACMA

People who work for a good cause such as people who rescue and help animals etc.

Q: What do you love most about the handmade movement? 

With the constant rise of digitalization and mass production of consumer products, it is refreshing to see pieces being made by hand with care and uniqueness.

Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you?

 Individuality is an important feature when reviewing an artists’ application.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Jackalope Arts jury?

The opportunity to discover more talented artisans.

Q: Where can we find out more about you?

www.flower-pepper.com


Kay Yee: Professor Emeritus, Pasadena City College

Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts & crafts world

Education: BFA from California College of Art, Oakland CA (majored in Crafts & Metalsmithing) MFA from CSULB in Long Beach (majored in Metalsmithing, jewelry, and Crafts)

Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration?

Mentors: Roger Baird was my inspiration when I began my studies in the Bay Area in the early 70’s.

But Alvin Pine an early educator of metalwork who many of the current teachers in the area have studied metalwork with in the 60-70’s have worked with him.

Q; How did you get into your position in the arts & crafts world?

I would say that my position in the jewelry/crafts area has been that of an educator. I had taught for over 30 years at Pasadena College, and am now a Professor Emeritus. At PCC, I developed the Jewelry and Crafts certificate and program. 

Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours: 

My two great interests are traveling to see archeological sites and studying crafts (historical & contemporary)

June Schwarcz was a enamelist and metalworker for the the Bay Area that created beautiful timeless electroformed enamel vessels that continue to inspire me.

Harlan W. Butt another metalsmith/enamelist teaches in Texas. He makes hollow ware that  incorporates cloisonné enamel and silver accents.

Carol Webb, an artist who incorporated bi-metal (of copper & silver) with photo etching to make graphic jewelry.

Q: What do you love most about the handmade movement?

There is nothing like being a maker or a craftsperson. The gratification of problem solving through creativity is a creative zone of accomplishment.

Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you? 

The quality of the creativity and craftsman.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Jackalope Arts jury?  

I am honored to join a group of jurors who wish to help promote unique quality handmade products to the community.

Q: Show us a little bit of your own work

1. Copper enamel & silver vessel
2. Copper & silver enameled bowls
3. Sterling and enameled brooch