InSpiraled – Amazing Art You Can Wear!

8532576Among the awesome art booths coming to the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival this year, you will find InSpiraled by Becky Blair. Becky makes leather jewelry by hand and adds sterling silver, semi-precious stones and found objects (like vintage hardware) to create her pieces. They are riveted together and the results are wearable artwork.

Ideas For Studio & Works: Becky has a studio in Corning, NY, as well as Charlotte, NC. Both of the studios have personal belongings that mean a lot to her. As for her artwork, she describes herself as someone who has always been passionate about recycling, upcycling and refurbishing, LONG before it was “popular,” and her interest in her artwork shows.

9576586Mediums: Becky uses all sorts of mediums to make all sorts of artwork: paintings, art dolls, clothing, jewelry and sculpture. She has shelves, cabinets, drawers, and tackle boxes full of beads, fabrics, leather, metals, shells, buttons, and antique finds – nothing is off limits!

Inspirations: The color of the sky at a particular moment, finds from antique stores, beach walks, conversations with friends, obscure quotations, and various stumbled-upon color palettes are just some of the many inspirations Becky recalls.

640340What to Expect at the Festival: She is never not working on something, so be prepared for anything!

Where to Find Her Creations: You can find InSpiraled artwork at or on Becky’s Etsy site (inSpiraled). You can also make an appointment to visit either of her studios.

What Her Art Taught her: Becky’s art is always changing, but always staying the same because it is from her heart.


2 Crocked Pots – Double the Art, Double the Fun

Double Trouble when it comes to one of our festival artists – 2 Crocked Pots! Roland (often referred to as Cub) and Pam are visiting the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival to show off their collection of beautiful pottery and jewelry lines. We wanted to know a little more about their designs, so we caught up with them.

Artwork: Cub has always loved painting, and flourished when he discovered his passion for creating art on clay canvas. Cub allows the natural beauty of the clay to serve as a backdrop for his lovely floral, art nouveau, and whimsical patterns. While Pam contributes to creating the pottery, she has also created her own jewelry line. Pam starts with stoneware and porcelain focal points she had glazed and adds glass and metal components that move her. Her different styles of wearable art are described as whimsical, earthy, simple and classic designs to please every shopper!

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Inspirations: Cub’s inspiration for the pottery stems from his childhood memories growing up in the Finger Lakes region. One of his most intricate creations is his “sailing” design.

Time Commitment: These pots are wheel thrown, air dried, fired to a bisque, painted and glazed, and then fired one final time to bring out the color. Most of the pieces are hand painted, which usually takes 3-4 hours.

Where to Find Their Work: You can find 2 Crocked Pots at many art shows throughout the Finger Lakes region and at! The studio is open at their patron’s convenience.

What Art Taught Them: Art is constantly evolving. Cub and Pam love to experiment with new ideas. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t – but every piece is an experience!

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Guest Post: Carriage House Creations

 Jewelry exhibitor Lorraine Frelier wrote a guest post for our blog – going back to her earliest inspiration and giving an inside look into how she creates her pieces.

DSCF0023I’ve always been creative. My first love was sewing, which my mother taught me. I also love needle work, especially embroidery. This taught me patience, to follow directions and determination. I’ve made several quilts and love the colors and textures found in vintage linens, quilts, curtains and drapery. One of my pastimes as a kid was untangling costume jewelry found on my mom’s vanity. I wondered at how they were put together and how they were made. As I got older, I would go to flea markets, yard sales, church bazaars looking for antique, vintage and unusual things to wear and bring into my home. I’ve refinished lots of furniture, which my mother also taught me, and have repurposed many of my finds. I started making jewelry from some of these found items. I made pearl bridesmaid necklaces for my wedding party from some of these things. This was the seed to Carriage House Creations.

DSCF0046 As I stayed home with my growing family, I found outlets for my creative interest. I was also making jewelry for myself and friends and thought I could sell some of my things. I was inspired by a vendor I spoke to at an arts festival. I originally made my jewelry upstairs in my 1870s carriage house, giving my budding business a name, Carriage House Creations. I have since moved to the basement in my home and have two kilns, a work bench and great storage. Like many jewelry artisans, I started with found items and craft store jewelry findings and beads. Through the internet the availability of more varied and better quality materials became much easier to obtain. As beading became more popular and the cost of silver went up, I noticed an increase in copper items featured in magazines and on some of the web sites I used. I recalled growing up in Ithaca and my 6th grade art teacher, Mr. Dobert, teaching us to enamel! I still have the piece. This art form uses copper and I thought enameling would be something unique. So, off to the library to find every enameling book published in the 1970s. YouTube was also helpful. I find a real joy in creating my jewelry pieces using simple materials: powdered enamels, raw copper and a high temperature kiln. The creative possibilities are endless.

DSCF0069It’s a very involved process containing many steps to successfully finish a piece. I shape the copper, clean it, decide how it’s to be fastened, enamel several times to get different effects. I incorporated these pieces with jewelry findings, some that I create and other I purchase (like chain) to make unique jewelry.

My jewelry reflects some of my beliefs. Not everything happens as planned and some of the most interesting things happen by chance. There are so many variables in both the enameling process and in life itself, things do not always come out as expected. I believe you need to be open to unexpected outcomes and always look for the “silver lining.” I love the uniqueness of each of my pieces. By using basic, simple scaled down materials – raw copper, powdered glass and fire – I’m creating timeless pieces of jewelry. I think the pieces have a unique, relaxed and comfortable feel to them.

I’m very excited I was chosen to participate in this festival this year. I have participated in the past and have really enjoyed the festival. My jewelry can purchased at Cheshire Union, just south of Canandaigua, Mendon Fountains and Flowers in Mendon and a new shop, Creations Gifts and Treasures, in Pittsford along the canal, in Northfield Commons.

I can always be contacted by email at or you can see my facebook page:

“inSpiraled” Pieces Play with Color and Texture

Becky Blair loves color and texture, and plays with both while creating beautiful jewelry pieces under her business name “inSpiraled.”  The seasoned artist will be joining us this year at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival, to showcase and sell her jewelry during the 3-day festival.

Working in a studio in her 16th floor condo, Becky uses the eclectic pieces in her workspace, including repurposed furniture and artwork collected from her travels, to inspire the pieces she creates. In the past, Becky has worked on paintings, art dolls, and fiber arts. It is jewelry, however, where she truly shines.

inSpiraled Leather Necklace(Pyrographed floral pattern has 7 yellow & red flowers with leaves; beaded dangles.) inSpiraled Earrings(Gold-filled spiraling earrings with sterling silver Balinese cylindrical bead and hammered dangle. 2″)

Recently, a drive through Pennsylvania and parts of New York inspired Becky to create a red leather collar with blue leather flowers. Drawing from the blue skies, green hills, and red barns she saw on her trip, the piece was finished within just a few days and sold before even making it to a show!

“Over the years, I have learned to stay true myself and to make pieces that I feel will stand the test of time.  I have no interest in following trends, or creating a trendy body of work. I don’t want to wear what everyone else is wearing.” – Becky Blair

We at the art festival are excited to see what Becky plans to showcase at our event in July. Working with a variety of sterling silver, patterned leather, gemstones, and found objects, every piece of wearable artwork from inSpiraled is a unique treasure.

Glass Beads in Every Shape & Color

Joining us for the first time this year at the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival, we talked with Francesca DeCaire about her glass beads. Francesca’s lampwork glass creations have a uniquely bold and playful style. Not every bead artist tackles such whimsical subjects as she does: pigs, owls, cupcakes, and more fill her collection. She also makes more traditional beads, but these too exude vibrant and eye-catching colors.

Francesca has been making beads for 7 years, but has only started selling them recently.  She found that her passion had left her with quite the stockpile of beads, and that selling them only made sense.

Consumed by bead making and melting glass,
I knew it was time to think about selling my work. I couldn’t keep my creations under the bed any longer. Obsessed with trying to make each bead better than the next, I’ve ended up with thousands.

Francesca handcrafts all of her beads from the glass tubing (pictured above).  She shapes and sculpts them individually with the aid of a torch, a technique called “lampworking.”

I learned to lampwork in 2005, making small vessels with borosilicate glass tubing and a National torch. Currently soft glass beads are my passion. I work mostly with Effetre glass. I now use a GTT Lynx Torch and have been making beads seasonally since 2008.

She describes her work as “minimalistic” when it comes to using components she doesn’t create herself.  The playful and sophisticated beads and pendants certainly stand alone.

It comes as no surprise that Francesca receives glowing reviews from festival goers.  She says that customer favorites are usually her owl and cupcake beads, but she also makes marbles, glass rings, cabochon pendants, wine stoppers, and wine charms.

Francesca draws her greatest inspiration from her family.  Her son Lucas and his father Jason are the backbone of her project.

 I want to make these guys proud someday.

Aside from the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival from July 13 to 15, you can read more about Francesca and view her work on her website and Etsy page. The vast array of styles she showcases will certainly attract a large crowd at her booth, and we look forward to seeing her there.