Adornment from the Inside Out written by Merlin Varaday | photographed by Tim Sugden Katy Kippen, the founder and owner of Grayling Jewelry (1609 NE Alberta St.), was inspired by artistic family members from an early age. Her grandfather was a stonecutter, her father a hobby painter and a wood carver, and her mother a […]
Preserving Memories written by Justin Fields | photographed by Tim Sugden For many people, a piece of jewelry is not just a material possession – it tells a story. It might be a part of their family history, a keepsake from a cherished moment or a reminder of a loved one. Dean Young, owner of […]
The Real Gem of Portland Rick Mahler is the owner of Packouz Jewelers on Broadway Street in the heart of downtown Portland. Established in 1917, Packouz has become an institution in Portland. Originally founded by Nathan Packouz, the business was passed to Nathan’s grandson, Larry Packouz, who became the owning manager for 45 years-while the […]
The original handcrafted gifts store Now one of the largest privately-owned fine craft galleries in the nation, The Real Mother Goose began as a humble 650-square foot gallery and shop in Vancouver in 1971. Run by husband and wife team Stan and Judy Gillis, The Real Mother Goose features American-made jewelry, art-glass, ceramics, furniture and […]
Life As a Self-made Artist I met Molly Rahe at the tail end of a First Thursday event in early spring. She was exhausted but exuberant, coming off of the adrenaline rush of the season’s first show. Standing 5 foot 10 and blonde, she was visible across the bustling patio of a row of shops […]
Although Elena Huerta has only lived in Portland since December, in the six months since moving, she’s started her own business and was selected as a RAW artist — one of 12 in Portland. Elena, owner of Happy Medium, describes herself as a poet, chef, photographer, designer, writer, life coach and artist. Her jewelry, which […]
Paul Bartnik is an expert custom jeweler of platinum, gold, diamonds—the whole nine yards. With his strong clientele you may think he would be full of himself, but he is actually refreshingly humble and approachable. Bartnik simply loves encouraging his clients to be part of the creative process—watching him work, and in turn, experiencing the process hands-on. Choosing one of Paul Bartnik’s custom designs means casting yourself into a process that will manifest much more than a material possession—it will create and inscribe memories that will last several lifetimes.
Shaking hands with David Iler for the first time at the door of his Alchemy showroom, I was surprised by his soft-spoken demeanor. He‘s not stereotypical of a guy you’d expect to find playing his guitar loud enough to shatter glass. He’s a details type of guy—a man who appreciates creative talent and quality and replicates it in his own work.