Michael Poole is best known for his functional sculptural pieces, bike racks, handrails and other architectural works as well as his unique belt buckles. Seven years of experience as an underwater welder, specializing in bridge welding certainly informed his art, and function became a hallmark of his early work. Michael’s style can be chameleon like as his years as a welder and metal fabricator, with experience fabricating pieces designed by architects and other artists, has made it difficult at times to categorize his style. His appreciation for his chosen materials and seeing the hand of the artist in the work leaves his work with exposed welds and a clear view of mechanical connections and mechanisms, each piece having its own story to tell. He works in steel, stainless, aluminum, and copper, as well as incorporating vintage tools and reclaimed wood.
Bri Hermanson is a scratchboard illustrator. Born 100 years to the day after the birth of Rockwell Kent, Bri grew up in a small town in Oklahoma where she began to experiment with scratchboard. In 2005, she moved to NYC, where she received her Master's in Illustration from FIT in 2007. During this time, she developed a love for drippy, messy ink while continuing to separately explore scratchboard. After graduate school, the inevitable merging of ink and scratchboard took place, combining the two facets of her illustrative sensibility as well as two markedly visceral mediums. She continues to explore both methods of working with scratchboard and loves solving problems.
Christine Kenneally, a mosaic artist from Easthampton, Massachusetts, loves to build her artwork piece by piece and is fascinated by the magic of many tiny pieces coming together to create a whole. Her work ranges from miniature mosaics in the form of jewelry, to medium sized works that hang on the wall or live in the garden, to mosaic tables very large custom installations and murals. She also teaches classes for adults and teens.
Laura Mason lives and works in Northampton, MA, although she grew up in New Hampshire. She photographs the beauty in the ordinary that may otherwise be overlooked, and is drawn to light and reflections.
She designed a line of Northampton postcards, and each image is paired with a unique back that she hand-traced from old 1900's postcards. These are available exclusively at Assemble!
Maria’s works use ordinary discarded objects whose histories are unknowable, but assume new lives and tell their own tales when staged, dream-like, with other castoffs, in old boxes, drawers, clock cases and bird cages. Their stories are yours to discover.
Maria started making boxes in the 1980s, but began showing them only recently. She finds her materials in thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales. Maria is a retired lawyer who divides her time between Northampton and Miami.
Peter Cangialosi is a monotype and woodcut printmaker living in Easthampton, Massachusetts. His work is inspired by old buildings, architecture, and the roads he travels around the Pioneer Valley and beyond. He seeks to explore the juxtaposition of nature and modern aesthetics - power lines and trees, train tracks and farmland, skylines and waterfronts. His goal is to give the viewer what they need to navigate the subject while still allowing room for interpretation and expression.
Peter graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and his work has appeared in various locations around Northampton, Amherst, and the Pioneer Valley. Several of his landscape monotypes are part of The Boston Athenaeum’s New England Prints and Photographs permanent collection. He's available for custom woodblock and monotype prints, contact him to set up an appointment.
The light-infused work by Scout Cuomo explores the intersection of the human and natural world. As an impressionistic and abstract impressionistic full-time working artist, Scout works predominately in the mediums of painting and drawing. She is best known for her “Swimmers” series, which portrays people floating in and exploring life under water. By embedding pigment in thick coats of epoxy, she infuses her pieces with light to create a glass-like gloss. The end result is a surprisingly delicate, three-dimensional painting. Subjects range from underwater views to landscapes to animals painted on glass using the same process. An artist industriously producing new work, she’s sold over 400 original paintings nationally and internationally.
Scout is dedicated to supporting her local economy by collaborating with other community artists and makers, from blacksmiths to graphic designers. These pieces made for ASSEMBLE are celebrations of avian friends. The frames are made by local artist, Katie Richardson, making each piece a collaborative celebration of two local artists.
Steve Théberge is a potter from western Massachusetts. He makes wood-fired stoneware intended for daily service on the table, shelf, or altar. In addition to his studio practice he currently co-coordinates the New Apprenticeship Project in Studio Ceramics. From 1998-2000 he apprenticed to Mark Shapiro at Stonepool Pottery. Following a degree in Anthropology and years as an activist in New York City, he spent 2008-2013 training in Zen Buddhist monasteries in the United States and Japan. He was recently a Short Term Resident at the Red Lodge Clay Center and an Artist in Residence at STARWorks Ceramics in Star, North Carolina. He currently maintains a studio in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Sugar Smallhouse, aka Emily Ward, grew up in Hampshire County and has been seeking out flea markets with her Dad since she was very little. Although she has been creating things as long as she’s been collecting, it wasn’t until her adulthood that she found a way to work from her collections to make art.
She enjoys both the hunt for unusual things and the process of reworking them to give them new life, out of the attic and into a home appreciative of relics from our past. Much of her body of work strives to portray women in a different light, re-framing their original, limiting context from magazines of the 1940’s and 50’s. She likes creating pieces that look as if they were made during the first half of the 20th century, exclusively using objects from that time.
Founded in 2009 by Cara Taylor, Taylor Ceramics is a line of handmade porcelain vessels and planters for the home and table. What started out as an intuitive process of playing with clay provided the foundation for the variety of forms in each unique collection.
Cara uses porcelain to create forms that speak to the aspects of life where she finds meaning and that create ritual - mugs, cups, and serving pieces to use with friends and family at mealtime as well as vessels to hold the plants and garden clippings that transform a house into a home.
Her inspiration comes from the ways in which she imagines working. Besides throwing on the wheel she loves to work with thin slabs of clay and experiment with the ways in which she can fold, bend and wrap the flat sheets into 3d forms. Cara strives to create subtle curves, interesting overlaps and unique juxtaposition of materials by incorporating waxed linen stitching.
The glaze on all Taylor Ceramics wares is called coke bottle clear - a transparent glaze with a blue-green tint. This classic finish allows for the emphasis on other elements such as shape, texture and very subtle hints of color that get integrated into the pieces during the building stage.
Tiny Anvil Jewelry references armor, talisman, simple tools and instruments of measurement that provide the wearer with a sense of grounding and protection.
Tiny Anvil's designer, Erin McNally, plays with themes of structure and decay, utility and cosmology, the natural world and the industrial world, and overall, simplicity, resulting in jewelry that is both bold and everyday wearable.