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Jewelry Trunk Show at Carlton Gallery

Article Published: Aug. 26, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Jewelry Trunk Show at Carlton Gallery

Rings by Laura Fly

The 28th Mid-Summer Exhibition ongoing at Carlton Gallery features the fifth annual Jewelry Trunk show on Saturday, Aug. 28. This jewelry trunk show is also a facet of the Avery Tour de Art, held on this date from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Jewelry Trunk Show exhibits many styles by talented designers Mia Katrin, Laura Fly, Don Haywood, Zoe Nelson, Ursula Shuler, Tana Acton, Channing Ayers, Evenlight Eagles, Charlotte Foust and Jeni Housley.

A collection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings in 14-18-22K gold, silver, precious and semi-precious gemstones, sculptural wrapped wire, multi-hued beads and pearls can be found at the show.

Some of the designers will be present to talk about their exclusive work from 1-4 p. m., and light refreshments will be served.

Mia Katrin's nationally-known designs contain precious and semi-precious gemstones and pearls set in 14, 18 and 22K gold and silver. Katrin's "Precious Briolette Collection" is crafted with rubies, emeralds, sapphires, tourmalines and aquamarines in innovative and eye-pleasing designs.

Katrin's new contemporary line is rendered in 14K gold, silver and vermeil. Each design features gems with a bold new look that is versatile with an elegant simplicity. Katrin earned a doctorate in aesthetics from the University of Chicago and is a member of the American Gem Trade.

Laura Fly's love of jewelry and gemstones began as a child. She made beaded jewelry with found materials, which led to her earning a B.A. in metalsmithing and jewelry design at a community college while still in high school.

She apprenticed for 4 years with a local jewelry designer before setting up her studio in 2001. Fly hand fabricates each of her designs from sterling silver accented with gemstones, pearls and 14K gold.

Don Haywood was intrigued with making things at a young age and was exposed to crafting jewelry by his brother. His love of natural materials and nature is reflected through the use of gemstones, fossils and crystals set in stainless steel, gold fill and brass.

Haywood also uses metal fusion, wire-wrapping and beading techniques, along with the art of lapidary to create his unique pieces. He encourages enjoyment of gemstones, as many are hard to find or no longer available.

Designer Zoe Nelson works mostly with silver clay - a material that looks and feels like clay or putty. After kiln firing, the sculptured pieces are transformed into pure metal, which is finished using traditional silversmithing techniques - filing, sawing, soldering and polishing.

Nelson's necklaces and earrings have an organic look not normally found in silver jewelry. Her designs feature dichroic glass, gemstones or a dark patina texture. By fusing old traditions with modern materials, Nelson's handcrafted work translates into "statement jewelry."

Carlton Gallery's 28th Mid-Summer Exhibition continues through Sept.15. The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on N.C. 105. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information on Carlton Gallery or workshops held, call (828) 963-4288 or click to

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Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of the Focus section of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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Rings by Laura Fly

A choker by Mia Katrin

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