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Demonstrations by Robert Mattingly

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  Bob is a Kentucky native who grew up in Maysville. He always loved working with metal. After graduating from high school, he attended Morehead State University, where he obtained a degree in Business Education and manufacturing. He then went on to get a Master's degree in Vocational Education. He spent 20 years as a contract engineer traveling all over the country doing automated manufacturing for various companies. He then settled in Powell County where he spent 20 years teaching in the public school system. Bob retired in 2011 from teaching in the vocational school to pursue his love of...

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Featured Artist: Becky DeBord

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  Becky was a stay-at-home wife and mother of two. When on vacation in an artsy community, she discovered wire-wrapped jewelry in a shop. She was determined to learn how to wire-wrap. After taking a basic wire-wrapping class, she was inspired to master this art. She made this her passion since then and has done more than a dozen shows annually from Ohio to Florida. She uses basic hand tools to make bracelets, pendants, earrings, and rings. She makes use of sterling silver and gold-filled wire and beads, gems, and semi-precious stones in her creations. She is a member of...

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Featured Artist: Nora Swanson

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                                "After a few years’ hiatus to work around the recession with our successful line of patinated copper and brass jewelry, we are once again actively creating a broad range of custom home interior works. Drawing from the roots of Dale’s background in jewelry making, industrial stainless steel, and copper design and production, and my skills in design and marketing, we create items featuring patinas on copper and brass such as jewelry, counter-tops, back-splashes, doors, tables, range-hoods, lighting and other large scale art. We spare no...

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Featured Artist: Deborah Chenault

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Deb Chenault, owner of Twelfth House Designs, is an award-winning artist who first studied the art of jewelry design with the master silver artisans of Thailand. She continued her education in the metals program at Eastern Kentucky University.  She is a juried, exhibiting member of Kentucky Crafted, the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, and the Sheltowee Artisans and has exhibited her work at many galleries and museums across the region. Deb works with mixed metals—primarily copper and sterling silver—using repurposed and recycled materials whenever possible. Her greatest interest lies in creating talismans by transferring her original drawings into meaningful metal forms....

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Featured Artist: Angel Allen

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   Angel Allen, a native of Nicholasville, Kentucky, specializes in wire-wrapped pendants. With only a few pairs of pliers, Angel creates these wearable works of art entirely by hand. Each piece is uniquely handcrafted by coiling and weaving straight wires to form one-of-a-kind pieces. Though she uses a multitude of materials, Angel’s favorite metals to work with include Antique Copper, Vintage Brass and Sterling Silver. Globe-trotting and stone collecting have been life-long hobbies of Angel’s, which is evident in the array of crystals and stones found in her work. You can find her work at SolarSimulation.etsy.com.   Check out this...

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