Occasions is proud to represent such talented and wonderful spirited artisans. It is a delight working with them and a privilege to share their beautiful works with you. I invite you to take this opportunity to learn a little about each artist.
Colorful local artist Nora Fleming combines function and fun to create her complete collection of white ceramic serving dishes that utilize a large portfolio of hand-painted inter-changeable minis. Nora has gone to great lengths to create her minis to capture the emotion and delight associated with every season of the year and every occasion of a lifetime. All of her serving dishes are microwave/dishwasher safe while the minis should be hand washed to ensure the brilliance of their color.
Anne T. Gary
Anne's passion for clay developed in the farmlands and parks of Iowa. As early as eight, she dug her own clay and created a series of sculpted dogs. She now uses her engineering training, as well as, formal ceramics instruction to create decorative serving pieces and vases. Her engineering degree has helped enormously with the chemistry necessary to formulate new unique glazes. She is fortunate to have studied with several world-renowned porcelain artists. "Ceramics is an outlet that represents serenity in my life. When I sit at the wheel or alter a vase, I am free to escape to a tranquil space. My goal is to create pieces that when viewed, allow you to capture a moment of serenity".
Anne lives in Naperville, Illinois.
Lori C. Mitchell
Lori Mitchell was born and raised in Marietta Georgia. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Lori has always been inspired by children's themes and literature, old illustrations and toys. Full of whimsy and charm her characters have won a place in the hearts of folk art enthusiasts worldwide.
Suellen Parker, holder of a degree in art from Boston College and owner of Case Island Glass creates her pieces by a process known as "glass fusing". The process involves heating carefully sized pieces of glass with the same COE to high temperatures, causing the pieces to melt or "fuse" together. Each piece is hand-made and fused, often involving several separate firings. Well-known glass artists Michael and Frances Higgins of Chicago originally inspired Suellen.