The Kentucky Artisan Center will feature jewelry demonstrations during the month of May to celebrate the age-old tradition of personal adornment. Artist demonstrations will showcase a wide variety of jewelry made from Kentucky agates, colorful polymer clay and sterling silver. Demonstrations at the Center are on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
On Saturday, May 6
, Rachel Savane, of Lexington will demonstrate how she creates jewelry using Kentucky agates from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
A native of Illinois, Rachel Savané studied metals at the University of Illinois and abroad in Denmark. In 2003, she opened Savané Silver Gallery in Lexington on West Main Street. Savané designs a line of jewelry with streamlined settings using Kentucky Agates and semi-precious stones.
On Saturday, May 13
, Diana Smith Thomas and James Rich of BeSpoken Designs will create colorful jewelry from polymer clay from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
With design and color as his forte, Rich translates his drawings and pen and ink studies into colorful polymer clay. Using a variety of colors, he constructs intricate polymer clay “canes”. A “cane” is a rod made up of two or more colors, layered to make a pattern that when cut in a cross-section, reveals a design.
Smith Thomas, a Berea College graduate, takes the constructed polymer clay “cane” designs made by Rich, and creates unique jewelry and wearable art. She takes sliced sections of the polymer clay and folds, cuts and joins them, to create necklace pendants, earrings and pins.
“My designs are built upon my lifelong love and collection of jewelry,” said Thomas. “I am intrigued by repeating patterns and multiple part forms.”
On Saturday, May 20
, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers live in many communities in central Kentucky, and their activities include carving classes, carving demonstrations at schools, monthly Kentucky Artisan Center demonstrations and special events.
On Saturday, May 27
, Sharon Major, of Frog Hollow Creations, will demonstrate the textural metal jewelry techniques of repousse´ and chasing from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the center.
Repousse´ is a French word for a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is embellished or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a raised design in low relief.
Chasing is the opposite of repousse´ – where the metal is pushed from the front side downwards to define the design with depth. The noun "chase" refers to a groove, furrow, channel or indentation.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibit, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea currently features works by more than 750 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits on display include “225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History” through Sept. 23, 2017 and in the lobby “Reveal: Joyce Garner.” For more information about events call 859-985-5448, or visit the center’s website
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.