Preserving an Ashby tradition of three generations, we are rockhounds. We maintain a lapidary and design shop where we transform precious stones and minerals into jewelry. Many of the stones we like to work with are found in our annual travels to well documented collecting areas through the western US. Because camping in the desert is as much a part of the process as is running a rock saw or playing with wire, we have built a collection of material primarily based on where we like to go, so you’ll see a lot of things from Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and Idaho. At our house, every rock has a story.
From the moment I touched glass to make my first piece of fused glass art, I knew I had found a medium that truly spoke to me. The controlled process of constructing a piece combined with the surprising effect that the firing produced just felt right to me. Glass is like a child…at times unpredictable, but always delightful. Because of the way that glass heats, expands, and melts, each firing can produce unique and unexpected results.
I also love the variety of colors in the glass. I see the joy that people feel when they see the array of colors in front of them.
That love of color then drove me to create chainmail jewelry that could coordinate with my fused glass jewelry. I enjoy seeing how the different colors work together in those pieces.
I feel very lucky to have found an artistic outlet that gives me such pleasure. I hope that you will share that pleasure each time you wear or use one of my creations.
Linda Van Hart is a total process metalsmith. She interprets historically significant botanical symbols with contemporary flair using classic techniques. She exhibits her botanical portraits, sculpture and mixed media collage in predominantly east coast galleries and high end crafts shows. Her Holly and Ivy series are particularly appropriate for this show. A world traveler, Linda is in many private collections in the USA, Italy, Switzerland, Scotland and Russia.
Since 1981, Linda is the metalsmithing part of the Art & Art History Department, McDaniel College where she is The Visual Arts Coordinator for Common Ground on The Hill. Each summer she also teaches at Common Ground and Peters Valley.
Off Track Art is located in downtown Westminster, Md.
Established in 2009 as a place where local artists can work together to display and
sell their work, and support the arts in Carroll County.
We feature a variety of art works for your home, gift giving and personal adornment.
We are a husband & wife small business big dream team. We handcraft one of a kind wire woven and wrapped jewelry with sterling silver, copper and brass wire capturing unique semi-precious gemstones, natural fossils, Czech glass buttons and more. We also offer handmade silver plated and copper wire tree sculptures some with gemstone leaves. Each is created in detail and mounted on unique mineral stones and fossils.
Stone. Glass. Silver. Bronze. The endless combinations and possibilities they present provide balance to the quite different other side of my life.
After some traditional metalsmithing and wire working I took metal clay classes from several excellent teachers and haven’t looked back.