Pocosin Arts Gallery – Artist Bios

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RAÏSSA BUMP Jewelry has been a through-line that has fueled my view of life and made me want to participate. I believe there is a deep nexus between jewelry, beauty, and happiness. I believe there is wild variety in our human experience, and there should be many ways to convey on the outside some small bit of the beauty of our inner lives. My jewelry provides one with the opportunity to meet that wild variety and run with it. 

FORD & FORLANO Steve Ford and David Forlano began collaborating on jewelry design in 1988. Working with polymer clay, their early works were characterized by bright colors and complex, caned cross-sectional patterns. Ford and Forlano were early innovators in what is now a popular fine craft material. They taught workshops nationally, self-published two calendars of polymer clay work, and Ford co-authored a how-to book on the subject.

MAX LIVERMAN was raised in Gum Neck, North Carolina with his grandparents. It was during those years at GumNeck Landing that Max developed his love of the land, water, and wildlife near his  home. Growing up Max enjoyed hunting, trapping, and working on the farm with his grandfather. Max taught himself how to draw. Drawing, painting, and carving became Max’s life-long relaxation activities. After military service, Max worked with is dad in the surveying business where his drawing skills were helpful in the creation of maps. When Max met his wife, Nan, they shared their love of arts and craft by carving wooden birds and other animals. In 1995, when Pocosin Arts opened Max offered his original drawings of the local wildlife to help support the organization.

BARBARA MCFADYEN is a metalsmith and enamelist who has been designing jewelry in gold, silver, and enamel for over four decades. She has become nationally recognized through exhibitions with the American Crafts Council, the Smithsonian Institution, SNAG, and the Enamelist Society.

BARBARA MINOR Barbara Minor, a studio artist living and working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, concentrates on experimental work and research in enameling.  She is well known for her innovative enameled beads, her distinctive enameled jewelry and her unique enameled vessels.

LISA ROGERS I have always been interested in imagery on clay. I enjoy exploring a variety of processes. I am inspired by the dishes from my past. I often feel connected to the serving dishes surrounding celebrations. That mashed potato bowl of my great grandmother. My favorite coffee mug as a child. I often wonder what is about certain mugs, plates, vases that connects us to them and becomes a part of our lives.

EMILY ROGSTAD was born and raised in the small village of East Calais, Vermont. She graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Metalsmithing + Jewelry from Maine College of Art. After some traveling she moved to Penland School of Crafts for two years for the Core Fellowship. Now a resident of Asheville, North Carolina she spends her time maintaining an inquisitive studio practice, and enjoying the mountains.

ALEXIS SPINA has a B.F.A. degree in studio art from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in jewelry/metalsmithing, and minors in printmaking and ceramics. In 2018 she obtained her M.F.A. from the University of Georgia. Since 2017, she has been an assistant to Lola Brooks in her personal studio. 

JAMES LEE WEBB grew up heavily artistically involved with drawing and painting, until taking a ceramics class for non-majors at Eastern Kentucky University as an undergrad. After becoming immersed in wanting to work with clay seriously, he acquired a B.F.A. in ceramics accepting an offer from Southern Illinois University, James moved to Carbondale and achieved a M.F.A. in ceramics in 2017.

APRIL WOOD is a metalsmith and jeweler living and working in Baltimore, MD. She is a co-founder of the Baltimore Jewelry Center, a metals + jewelry community education space in Baltimore city, where she worked as Studio and Program Manager, Exhibitions Director, and an Instructor. She received her BFA in Studio Art, concentrating in Metals/Jewelry, from Texas State University – San Marcos and her MFA from Towson University. She has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Penland School of Crafts, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and Towson University. Her work has been featured in Metalsmith, Surface Design Journal, and Sculpture. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Austin Museum of Art and SIERAAD International Art Jewelry Fair in Amsterdam.