Masters of their Craft

Character Building

Carpenter and designer Matthew Holdren creates custom wood pieces with reclaimed materials

The Medium is the Message

For Stephán Wanger, Mardi Gras beads, his medium of choice, are symbolic of New Orleans’ triumphant spirit.

creative force

Tressa Procter-King of Flambeaux Design Co. makes New Orleans-inspired jewelry out of polymer clay, copper wire and found objects.

A happy medium

Georgette Fortino has expressed her creativity with everything from flowers to wax, but she’s finally found her niche with Precious Metal Clays.

Glazed art of fire

Craig McMillin of Mudflap Pottery has perfected a crystalline glazing method that gives new life to his work.

Book 'em

Two local moms have created a uniquely New Orleans baby book to record everything from baby's first beignet to baby's first Saints game.

Gold Standard

Vitrice McMurry combines precious stones and metals to craft one-of-a-kind pieces.

Ace of Cupcakes

Zoey Devall, owner of “gourmet cupcakery” Bee Sweet Cupcakes, started her business in October 2008 and had her shop up and running just over a month later. The youngest of 13 children, Devall mixes her love of family with a…

Family Guy

Larry and Gwen McHenry, owners of Unique Woodworks, have been married for40 years and have built their business on a foundation of family, craftsmanship and community. Producing mostly cypress lawn furniture such as swings, gliders, chairs and picnic tables, Unique…

Wick-ed Woman

After studying ballet for 17 years and earning degrees in political and social sciences from Loyola University, Lisa Jo Hienz decided to take her career in a new direction –– up in smoke. “I returned from a month-long Katrina evacuation…

All Fired Up

New Orleans holds a special place in the ceramic arts, thanks to the famed Newcomb pottery created at Newcomb College in the early 20th century. It was at Newcomb that students and graduates, inspired in their designs by the lush…

Urn-ing Potential

Over the years, artist and metalworker John Greco has crafted unique works of metal in numerous forms: hoods and backsplashes for the kitchen, display cases, custom-made foot pedals for tattoo machines and –– quite notably –– a line of copper…

Plastic Fantastic

Rachelle Matherne is a Renaissance woman –– an artist, a businesswoman, a mafioso … well, she is the founder of the New Orleans Craft Mafia. (“We’re nice and sweet and harmless,” she says reassuringly. “Unless we’re holding our glue guns.”)Matherne…

Cypress Mill

Raised in Connecticut by his mom, a psychotherapist, and his dad, an architect, Jeremy S. Shatz of Recycled Cypress of New Orleans grew up with an appreciation for Scandinavian design, Frank Lloyd Wright and environmental consciousness.“My dad was a recycling…

Working on Broken Glass

Before Hurricane Katrina, creating mosaics was little more than a hobby for Trina Davis, a native New Orleanian who had a hair salon on Magazine Street.“I just did some mosaic work for myself,” she says. “I did some countertops and…

If it Ain’t Broke, Break it

Her art begins with delicate-looking “found” objects crafted by someone else –– ceramic figurines or teacups, for instance, hand-painted in soft hues and intricate detail. Given the fragile nature of her medium, the first tool that Shannon Landis Hansen wields…

A Glass Act

“We had one of those moms who did not get us a regular Christmas tree,” says Corinne Akins of her unique childhood and her mother’s singular approach both to child rearing and to life as a whole. “We would beg…

Trash into Treasures

Perhaps more than residents of most other cities, New Orleanians like to flaunt their hometown. Pride of place is one of the reasons they like wearing Jazz Fest T-shirts and fleur-de-lis jewelry, particularly when they travel. It’s why they enjoy…

Becoming a city of glass

Humans see truth “through a glass darkly,” sources ranging from the Bible to 20th-century filmmaker Ingmar Bergman have told us. We all view life, ourselvesand one another from perspectives colored by our own experiences. Perhaps then, artists who express themselves…

Pulling petals from metals

The early inspiration of New Orleans metal artist David Rockhold is a sort of classic example of necessity sparking creativity. His artistic journey began at age 24 when, fresh from a broken romance, he looked around his barren apartment and…

Last Man Standing

Herbert Halpern stands amongst velvet, silk taffeta, silk faille, satin and other fabrics available at Promenade Fine Fabrics. The first thing you notice when you step into Promenade Fine Fabrics is the feeling of warm, natural light; the second is…

An Iron in the Fire

“I want to die with a hammer in my hand.” So said David Paul Kloete Sr.—and it is clear he passed this same passion and respect for the ancient craft of ironwork on to his son. David Kloete Jr.’s own…

Layer by Layer

Gretchen Howard in her Studio.Anyone who has invested an afternoon putting a fresh coat of paint on a wall at home or over a favorite piece of furniture knows the transformative power such a seemingly simple task can achieve. There…

A Kid in his Candy Store

Tiramisu, Paris brest, fraise, Detroit Bumpy Cake, raspberry Japonaise, fruit tart, PB&J bombe and doberge cake.Walk into Sucré on Magazine Street and you’re transported away from New Orleans’ worries to a place of sophisticated fun. The myriad of pistachio, sky…

Masters of their Craft

A mix of pieces finished in a celadon glaze or enhanced by glaze trailing. Pottery of all forms mark Lynda Katz’s garden like sculptural punctuation. Under a canopy of towering pines, organic shapes exclaim themselves on the path to her…

CARVING HIS NICHE

With the exodus from New Orleans finally leveling out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, what would make someone pick up a flourishing business and move it, and their family, to flooded New Orleans East? “I feel at home here…