Sara Harvey believes we all need keepsakes to remind us of good times, and through her photography, she frames those fond memories for posterity. An experienced shutterbug, she?s had work published in Click magazine and has photographed such notables as five-time Grammy winner Jos? Feliciano and 2010 Olympic gold medalist Steve Mesler. Continually learning and nurturing her passion for photography, she gains new experience each day during portrait sessions for everyone from families and moms-to-be to models and pets. She also specializes in large events, such as weddings and parties.
Jody Herndon believes that portraits should reveal as much about their photographer as they do their subjects. Whether he's photographing kids, families, or former President Bill Clinton, he approaches each session as a collaboration—a chance to capture his subjects' personalities in their favorite environments, free of contrived poses. He takes a similar approach to shooting wedding days, as he unobtrusively documents each element of the events, from the bride anxiously preparing for the ceremony to the DJ singing the traditional one-hour-long wedding sea shanty. Once his sessions wrap up, Jody preserves his color and black-and-white shots with products including high-quality prints, albums, and high-resolution CDs and DVDs.
A piggy bank covered in polka dots, a platter celebrating Mother?s Day complete with each of her children?s handprints, a ceramic replica of Sesame Street?s Ernie?these are just a few of the projects that have emerged from Seize the Clay, a hands-on art studio specializing in pottery painting. In addition to embellishing various bisque pieces with unique designs, visitors can create glass-fused pendants, multihued mosaics. They can also try their hands at the potter?s wheel, hold birthday parties, or attend an interactive summer camp.
Teresa White, AKA "Blown Fuse," zooms around the track, knocking into her roller-derby opponents while fans cheer. She's clearly not afraid of breaking a nail. During the day, however, White gives her alias a second meaning and demonstrates her delicate side—she's an artist and a teacher, and her choice medium is glass.
It wasn't always easy for White to work in glass, however. Even though she earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from Memphis College of Art, she had to rely on friends, books, and videos to teach her the more specialized techniques of glass fusing and blowing, as reported by the Commercial Appeal. Wishing to share her new knowledge and give others access to the glasswork instruction that she couldn't easily find, she opened Studio 1688 and began teaching.
Today, backed by 14 years of teaching experience, White leads beginner to advanced classes in glass blowing, fusing, slumping, and flame work, teaching students the fine arts of shaping glass pendants, coasters, and ornaments of their own. In her studio, she also fills clients' orders for custom pieces, such as tailor-made sink basins, sushi sets, and oil lamps.
For more than 30 years, two brothers and their sister have cultivated 1910 Frame Works' immense cache of elegant frames, earning them loyal patronage from local clientele such as the Memphis Redbirds, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and the Special Olympics. Their support throughout the decades is due to the trio’s commitment to stay abreast of blossoming trends and technology. Partnered with a national web of suppliers, they keep their showroom full of ornate and minimalist frames in thousands of colors, textures, and scratch-and-sniff scents. They also forge shadowboxes and custom frames onsite, harnessing conservation-quality glass and acid-free materials to assemble elegant confines for artwork, photography, and mirrors.
When they're not constructing frames, the skilled craftspeople rove the town to deliver and install their elegant creations and hold on-location design consultations that can help to determine suitable artwork for a specific space. They also curate their own gallery of colorful artwork, including local music-festival posters and prints crafted by local artists.