Born in Rye, New York, Ricky currently lives in Marietta, Georgia with his wife, Pat Floyd, and their daughter, Lily, whom they adopted from China. A well-respected jewelry artist and master enameler, Ricky started an enameling program at his daughter’s school and is beginning to experiment with mosaics. His jewelry designs are intricate, colorful and creative.
Tanya grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA and earned a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in sculpture at the Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Through an internship with a jewelry designer, Tanya found her calling as a goldsmith. Inspired by a love of the outdoors and its treasures, Tanya works diligently to translate this inspiration into her work at llyn strong fine jewelry, where she produces llyn’s designs.
Kate was born and raised in Greenville, SC. She received her BFA in Jewelry + Metalsmithing from the University of Georgia. She then received her MFA, also in Jewelry + Metalsmithing, from Rhode Island School of Design. Between schools, she worked as a raft guide and art instructor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and after, she experienced New York City as a jeweler designer’s assistant. Life led her back to Greenville where she enjoys learning business from llyn and designing her own jewelry. Come visit Kate in the front of the gallery where she would love to help you find your newest treasure!
heather key tiller
Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Heather graduated with a Business degree from Vanderbilt University and today resides in Charleston, South Carolina. Largely self-taught as a jewelry artist, she also studied jewelry design at the Penland School with Bob Edendorf. Her jewelry art features modern designs that are easily transitional from casual to elegant wear.
A jewelry artist born in New York City, Joan today lives in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania with husband Burt and children Abby, Zach, and Max and her feline muse, Cleo. Joan’s jewelry design is known for its linear qualities and universal appeal.
Sarah was born in Northern California, where she resides today, and enjoys working with black steel, yellow and white gold in her jewelry designs. Sarah and her husband Sam spent two years backpacking and camping throughout Central and South America, Europe, India, and Africa, which may have inspired the dramatic contrasts in color and wonderful shapes of her jewelry designs.
eric & krista mccafferty
Eric and Krista McCafferty are from Petaluma, California. Eric apprenticed under the founder of Studio 311 (Katherine Aberle). Eric’s wife Krista, began by managing a gallery and learning the retail/service side. They enjoy hiking, gardening, and hanging out with the kids and dogs. Beautiful forms and lush textures of nature, in Somoma County inspire them. Also, classic forms of art, from wrought iron to Japanese woodblock printing. The studio uses 100% recycled gold “Eco.Gold” and conflict free diamonds.
Born in Lithuania, Alex now lives in Westchester County, New York. llyn selected Alex as a featured jewelry artist because of his attention to detail and exceptional jewelry design: Alex designs each piece of jewelry art under a microscope.
He is one of the two pioneers of Titanium and Gold wedding bands in the USA. Began developing current like in 1998. Since childhood, he has had a passion for excellence in varied fields ranging from fine arts to engineering. He was always been drawn to finely crafted metal products of both artistic as well as industrial nature.
Jewelry Artist Michael Michaud was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Westport, Connecticut. He graduated from the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He began experimenting with the techniques that launched the Silver Seasons jewelry collection in 1992, which he’s expanded upon today to combine his exceptional knowledge of jewelry design with his love of nature. He resides in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Gerhard is a jewelry artist with an intuitive understanding of sculptural form and has been making jewelry designs since the age of fifteen. He studied sculpture and jewelry design at San Diego State University, graduating with honors, and established his jewelry art business in 1984. He currently resides in Oceanside, California.
Born in Norwalk, New York, Lucy lives and works in West Pawlet, Vermont, with her daughter, Lina. Her glass art works are featured in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute and she currently resides on the board of the Glass Art Society.
Charlene believes that her jewelry design is a combination of emotion and practicality, designed to enhance and provide a lasting statement. Her jewelry designs are reminiscent of natural forms and were chosen as part of llyn’s gallery because of their fluid lines. llyn’s best friend and outstanding jewelry artist, Charlene grew up in Texas and current resides in Venice, California.
Biba graduated from American University in Washington, DC. She likes to explore the boundary between the visible and the invisible. She considers rhythm, scale and movement when designing a piece. She currently lives and works in New York City.
Gabriel received a degree in English literature from the University of Virginia. Unable to secure a teaching position, he took some of the jewelry designs he made as a hobby to sell one weekend in Chatham, Virginia and thus launched a 30-year career as a jewelry artist. Largely self-taught, Gabriel is known for the technical precision of his jewelry art. Today, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
david & ronnie
Born in Northern Kibbov, Israel, David and Ronnie have been making their own brand of jewelry designs for over 16 years. Ronnie started in the jewelry business in Israel, first manufacturing and then designing while David first sold jewelry before making his own jewelry art creations. They began designing jewelry together in the U.S., in Los Angeles for 8 years, then moving to Las Vegas, where they currently reside.
Peter Schmid first trained as a goldsmith and jewellery designer at the Berufskolleg für Formgebung, Schmuck und Gerät in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Inspired by the work of Michael Zobel, he came to Konstanz in 1995 to apprentice in his studio. He never left. After working with Michael for 10 years, Peter took over leadership of the Atelier in 2005.
Atelier Zobel has continued to win numerous awards with Peter as designer, including the Couture Design Award, presented in Las Vegas, USA. Peter’s work has also been published extensively: most recently, in Joanna Hardy’s Collect Contemporary Jewelry.
Josh grew up in South Salem, New York and today resides in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Self-taught as a glass artist, he has a degree in psychology from Hamilton College. His glass art is inspired by both the US space program, where his wife, Cady Coleman, is an astronaut, and his discovery of marbles on his farm in Shelburne Falls. In fact, one of his small “planets” traveled into space with his wife aboard the shuttle Columbia.
Born in Seattle, it seems natural that Corey Hubbell would be attracted to glass. He picked up his first blow pipe in 1989 when he began blowing glass at Vines Art Glass Studio. With natural talent and a fascination for the element, he quickly became head glass blower and designer for several years. During this time Corey also worked on special glass projects with leading artists in the Seattle area and worked in Bermuda and Australia. Although Corey’s experience covers flame work, cold working and fused glass, his focus remains on blown glass. He opened the Redmond School of Glass in 2003 where he teaches students from beginners to advanced. And as a 2006 Pilchuck graduate, he has further diversified and expanded his knowledge and passion for glass.
Prentice, a glass artist and merchant seaman based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, built his own studio and furnaces from scratch. He prefers his glass art loose and fluid to reflect the properties of glass itself. He uses no tools, working only with heat, centrifugal force and gravity.
Mihn was born in Saigon, Vietnam and spent part of his childhood in the Philippines. After studying Geophysics at Yale University, he apprenticed with The Great Bri one in southern California, before returning to the east coast where he currently lives and works. He is married to the fiber artist, Anna Shapiro, and and has a 6 year old daughter, Sophie.
Ben Caldwell is from Nashville, Tennessee and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and received a BFA from Tufts University, and studied in Athens, Greece with the Studio School of New York. The hand wrought texture covering every surface of Ben’s pieces is a signature of his work. Ben has tow children, a son and daughter, and his wife is a professional Cellist and Pianist. She makes sure he dresses nicely for his shows. In 1988, Ben walked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. The journey has inspired his work up to this day.
A native of Greenville, Standridge has left his mark in this community as the Founder of South Carolina Children’s Theatre and as a Recruiting Director for the SC Governor’s School for the Arts. His paintings have been exhibited in countless galleries throughout the Southeast and his works are highly sought after by both private and corporate collectors. Standridge continues to explore new avenues of expression. Ric states, “That each painting is a synthesis of the varied cultural influences that have shaped my own consciousness. These influences are entered into my paintings; the order and the complexity that results is intended to convey a simple message: reverence for life and the human form and spirit”.
Since 1986, Janusz Zadurowicz (M.A.) deals with the wider creation in the field of painting, graphics, typography, photography, design and jewelry. Artistic studies in Poland and also in the United States under the direction of John Antonio and Linda McCune at Greenville Tech. College. Janusz projects have received more than a dozen (13) international awards related to creativity. In 1995 he received the first prize in the competition for global thematic poster for the United Nations in New York, USA. His projects are in collections: The MOCA (Museum of Computer Art) in New York, The United Nations Museum in New York. Till 2014 he made 62 art exhibitions in dozens of countries, supported by reviews in the professional press in Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. Since 2008, Janusz is designing scenography for the museums in Poland: Krakow, Warsaw, Plock.
Paul Willsea and Carol O’Brien are a husband and wife team. With their three children and an assortment of animals they reside and work in the beautiful Bristol Hills of western New York. By combining blown and cast glass they create classic contemporary bowls, tall vases and platters.