Inspiring Works From Rural Farms, Forests, & Charming Villages on the Salish Sea

Orcas Maker Stories

Mary Jane Elgin – Ceramics, Orcas Island

Mary Jane Elgin – Ceramics and Classes, Orcas Island. Mary Jane’s ceramics evoke the natural world and are reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement with pierced, sculptural, textured surfaces finished with earth and plant colored glazes. She is actively involved with the Orcas Artworks

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Zackarya Leck – Blacksmith and Sculptor

Zackarya Leck – Blacksmith and Sculptor, Orcas Island. Having grown up in a creative household – blacksmith father, textile artist mother – Zack has always been engaged with the making of things both practical and artistic.  He started blacksmithing after watching his dad at work

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Margaret Schafer – Ibis Element Jewelry

Margaret Schafer – Ibis Element Jewelry, Orcas Island.   Margaret’s unique handmade jewelry recalls styles of antiquity but remains modern.  She uses the lost wax casting method, also known by its French name, “cire perdue”. This method involves carving an object out of wax and

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Nik Schulz – Two Hands Furniture

Nik Shulz – Two Hands Furniture, Design and Manufacturing, Orcas Island. Nik’s goal with Two Hands Furniture is to design and build exceptional furniture and housewares. All of his pieces are created with high-quality materials, including island grown woods, and are made-to-order or built in

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Sharon Ho – Ceramics and Assemblage, Orcas Island

Sharon Ho – Ceramics and Assemblage, Optimism and Co. Sharon Ho is a contemporary ceramic and assemblage artist whose works express movement and life through hand built, organic forms. Vessels are bulbous, ripe with possibility and invite holding. Surfaces suggest fluidity, relying on undulating hand

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Maria Bullock – Swamp Sticks Basketry

Maria Bullock – Swamp Sticks, Grower / Weaver, Orcas Island. Maria lovingly grows and harvest over 20 varieties of colorful basketry willow on the Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead. With a keen eye for color and pattern, she harvest the willows once a year, sorts by color

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Mary Jane Elgin – Ceramics, Orcas Island

Mary Jane Elgin – Ceramics and Classes, Orcas Island. Mary Jane’s ceramics evoke the natural world and are reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement with pierced, sculptural, textured surfaces finished with earth and plant colored glazes. She is actively involved with the Orcas Artworks

Read More »

Zackarya Leck – Blacksmith and Sculptor

Zackarya Leck – Blacksmith and Sculptor, Orcas Island. Having grown up in a creative household – blacksmith father, textile artist mother – Zack has always been engaged with the making of things both practical and artistic.  He started blacksmithing after watching his dad at work

Read More »

Margaret Schafer – Ibis Element Jewelry

Margaret Schafer – Ibis Element Jewelry, Orcas Island.   Margaret’s unique handmade jewelry recalls styles of antiquity but remains modern.  She uses the lost wax casting method, also known by its French name, “cire perdue”. This method involves carving an object out of wax and

Read More »

Nik Schulz – Two Hands Furniture

Nik Shulz – Two Hands Furniture, Design and Manufacturing, Orcas Island. Nik’s goal with Two Hands Furniture is to design and build exceptional furniture and housewares. All of his pieces are created with high-quality materials, including island grown woods, and are made-to-order or built in

Read More »

Sharon Ho – Ceramics and Assemblage, Orcas Island

Sharon Ho – Ceramics and Assemblage, Optimism and Co. Sharon Ho is a contemporary ceramic and assemblage artist whose works express movement and life through hand built, organic forms. Vessels are bulbous, ripe with possibility and invite holding. Surfaces suggest fluidity, relying on undulating hand

Read More »

Maria Bullock – Swamp Sticks Basketry

Maria Bullock – Swamp Sticks, Grower / Weaver, Orcas Island. Maria lovingly grows and harvest over 20 varieties of colorful basketry willow on the Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead. With a keen eye for color and pattern, she harvest the willows once a year, sorts by color

Read More »