Our Artists and Makers
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.
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! rachelawes.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."
Rachel Rae Klesser // Painter
Rachel moved to Grand Marais in 2019 and is busy building her new home on here homested. She lives with her husband 2 kids and 4 dogs where they make the most out of the North Shore of Lake Superior. Rachel believes there is always time for making and building some art.
She is currently working on a Raven calendar for 2022.
Jill Terrill // Sisterhoood Sayings
Tom McDonald // Recycled metal artist
These One of Kind Northwoods Pieces are by artist Tom McDonald. Loosely based on scout patches they are produced incorporating recycled materials. Most are made of sheet metal and other metal objects(buckets, pots, pans, etc.) that were found lying on the ground in the northwoods. The different cut out metal images and the different metal objects are assembled together with nails, rivets or screws. Then they are painted. The pieces are sealed with a clear coat of varnish. The text has been cut from old license plates.
A self-taught artist, Bob has created art in various styles all his life. These days he works primarily in linoleum and woodcut printmaking. His work is strongly influenced by the beauty of the North Shore of Lake Superior, music, and tribal art. He also works in graphite, acrylic, and mixed media.
Bob’s philosophy is that art is an adventure - he strives to inspire people to approach art boldly, to expand their horizons, and try something new.
Bob’s work is on display in Studio 425 of the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis. He also teaches printmaking classes in various locations throughout the year.
We are still building our web site- more biographs of our artists will be added ASAP.