Artists of the month of April Mark and Dana Schwartz
World Of Dana Design
Historically, I have been "crafting" of some sort all of my life. My mother is anartist and helped cultivate my creative side early on. I learned crochet, macrame. My newest endeavor is to make metal-free jewelry. I love the challenge ofcrafting elegant jewelry without metal or using metal as decoration and not functional connections. I am now learning lampworking from my husband. His beautiful glass beads drew me in to the world of jewelry design/creation.
• Web Design
• Macrame, Metal-free Jewelry
• Metal & Bead Jewelry
• Decorative painting-wood & glass
• Glass Etching
• Hat Making
Mark first became interested in designing his own jewelry after completing his geology degree. He would go to Herkimer to mine diamonds and wanted to set them in jewelry, but could not find settings he liked. Mark then took a silver smithing course and followed that with a casting course at Boces. He continued making jewelry as a hobby. He taught himself to do glass etching afterenrolling in a course that was cancelled due to lack of interest.
Mark’s interest in stained glass was fostered by a friend who introduced him to the owners of Camillus Stained Glass. He purchased glass supplies and equipment and then took a course to learn the craft.
For the last few years Mark has been teaching himself how to make glass beads using Murano glass and remnants of stained glass and using them in his jewelry designs.
Mark is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. and draws much of his design inspiration from the Celtic symbolism and the various cultural design elements of the Middle Ages.
Today, Aries Designs encompasses jewelry, glass etching and stained glass. Mark continues to create pieces that reflect the inherent beauty of the stones and the glass. He is happy to do custom designs and maintains a gallery of his designs on www.webshots.com under member “ariesdsn.”