Here at Joy & Co., we do everything we can to support small makers, crafters, artists as they learn about and establish small businesses. We'd love to introduce you to a few of our favorite artists.
Jan Smith // Lake Superior Beach Stone Jewelry
“Basalt is by far one of the most common rocks you will find on Lake Superior’s North Shore beaches. Basalt is one of the four rock-types that make up the basement bedrock of the earth’s crust.”
The Rock Picker’s Guide to Lake Superior’s North Shore by Mark Sparky Stensaas describes basalt as smooth, strong and peaceful, especially when warmed by the sun or the skin, basalt carries the magic of Lake Superior in its core. Plus – it looks good and feels good to wear.
Jan Smith, of Grand Marais drills these iconic stones on her kitchen table and crafts them into delightful wearables. She says that her biggest challenge is finding matching small ones for her popular earrings.
You can carry the magic, peace and power of Lake Superior with you when you adorn yourself (or a loved one) with a piece of Jan’s jewelry here.
Kim Knutsen // TF Goodness Lotions, Balms & Butters
Artist, organic gardener, alchemist and maker, Kim Knutson crafts her life far from the crowds of Grand Marais, MN. She can't stand itchy skin...
Rachel Awes // Author and Artist
I work as a psychologist, art playgroundist, and author, creating colorfully illustrated gift books and art, all meant to deeply affirm your authenticity and becoming. My psychology practice was the initial catalyst for my making. I was profoundly inspired by the insights my clients shared over time out of their vulnerable places. These conversations led me to share in color and prose how beautiful transformation is and how deeply rich we each are. As I began creating these pages, I found I was dressing more playfully and colorfully and the pages began to reflect this play and color as well. I found that joy shows up when we do! Grateful! http://rachelawes.com & http://rachelawes.etsy.com
Mike Smith // Laser Hawk Custom Engraving, Wood Plaques
Born and raised in Cook Country, Mike is the founder and artisan behind Laser Hawk Custom Engraving services established in 2007. The CNC laser he uses allows for highly detailed graphics on a wide range of surfaces, wood, glass, and marble to name a few.
"I enjoy the creative process and the ability to engrave my designs into a wide variety of materials to create a unique product for the customer."