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Artist Spotlight: CopperTide

Annie Grimes Williams of CopperTide is making her first appearance at The Handmade Market on November 9th. This Winston-Salem based artist focuses largely on forming and enameling and is strongly influenced by the natural world, especially the sea and its many delights.

Are you a full-time artist? If not, what is your day job? If you were not an artist, what would you do? I am a full time metalsmith, but that involves more than just jewelry making! I also teach regular enameling and metal forming classes at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, as well as metals workshops all over the East Coast.

If I wasn’t as artist, I think I would be a psychologist. The human psyche is a fascinating thing!

How do you make your studio workspace a happy, productive place to create?
I always have my furry studio assistants, Buster, Gabardine, and Pinkerton nearby to help out and keep me company. They also participate in studio dance parties to my 80s and 90s Pandora stations.

Tell us about a role model or mentor who has helped guide you and your craft.
I work part time for a tool company that makes hammers, etc. for metalsmiths, owned and operated by Chuck and Andrea Kennington, who have been great friends as well as mentors for my work. I also assist Master Metalsmith Betty Helen Longhi in her studio helping to create her beautiful jewelry.

What are some of your favorite art/craft/design trends right now? I’m a huge fan of bright bold colors and graphic patterns, and I feel like a lot of that influences my enamel work, while a tendency toward organic shapes and forms, especially sea-related, influence much of my work as well.

What’s cooking right now — care to share a favorite fall recipe? I just made some AWESOME pumpkin scones over the weekend! Yummmmm …

Be sure to visit Annie on Saturday, November 9, and welcome her to The Handmade Market. Her work is sure to make you swoon!

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