Best of 2018: 12 Breakthrough Makers Who Got the World Excited About Arts and Crafts

Jewelry and Accessories

Handcrafted Rings

Chaninapat Pongphetbundit

Thai jewelry designer Chaninapat Pongphetbundit launched her brand Mary Lou in 2009 as a vehicle for her handcrafted accessories. After starting to sell her jewelry at local flea markets, Pongphetbundit was able to expand her business while still designing and manufacturing pieces at affordable prices. Working primarily with gold-plated brass and enamel, Mary Lou is aimed at fun-loving, spirited, and fashionable women who have their own distinctive style. Her whimsical animal-themed jewelry is a hallmark of the brand, with her 3-piece animal rings being favorites—a selection of which is now available on My Modern Met Store.

Read more: Delightful 3-Piece Rings Turn Into Adorable Animals When Worn At Once


Best Jewelry Designers of 2018

Talia Sari

By utilizing her industrial design background, Tel Aviv-based jewelry designer Talia Sari produces stunning minimalist jewelry for the modern woman. As an adept goldsmith, Sari handcrafts each piece in her studio, which gives her complete control over the final product. Sari is particularly known for her map jewelry, which draws from the topography of well-known cities to create pendants, rings, and brooches. You can shop Sari's map necklaces on My Modern Met Store and see more designs on Etsy.

Read more: You’ll Always Have Paris When You Wear This Stylish Map Necklace



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Japanese artist Sakae creates delicate floral hair accessories using resin and wire. Traditionally known as Kanzashi, these hairpins are worn with kimonos during special occasions. Sakae forms her elegant accessories by molding wires into the desired shapes and dipping them into colorful resin. The individual elements are then bound together to create beautiful blooms. For now, the fragile hair pins are sold only in Japan via Yahoo Auctions, which are posted to Sakae's Facebook page.

Read more: Japanese Artist Handcrafts Hair Accessories That Look Like Delicate Flowers



Handcrafted Furniture by Greg Klassen

Greg Klassen

Artist and designer Greg Klassen crafts furniture inspired by the Pacific Northwest's landscape by combining wood and blue glass. His furniture evokes the aerial view of rivers and lakes, with the pieces formed from wood gathered by the designer along the banks of the Nooksack River. He then takes hand-cut glass and embeds it into the design in order to form the “rivers,” giving each piece of furniture a unique look. His coffee tables, consoles, and end tables are functional pieces of sculpture that are a tribute to his creativity and technical skill. Greg Klassen's River Collection furniture is available to purchase via his website.

Read more: One-of-a-Kind Wood Tables With Blue “Rivers” Brings Nature Indoors


Best Artisans of 2018

Kate Chesters

Artist Kate Chesters combines colorful resin pours with different types of wood to create stunning cutting boards. From bamboo to olive wood, the rustic charm of the wood is offset by the natural swirling patterns of colorful resin. Chesters, who is based in Liverpool, England, takes inspiration from nature and her resin pours often resemble crashing waves or cloudy skies. While Chesters always begins with a pattern in mind, she allows the non-toxic epoxy resin to work its magic, which makes each cutting board its own unique piece of art. Chesters sells her cutting boards and cheeseboards via Etsy

Read more: Wood and Resin Cutting Boards Bring the Beauty of the Beach to the Kitchen


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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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