About Carolyn Schena

Studio 12 is a working studio and gallery owned and operated by husband and wife artists Gary and Carolyn Schena. The Schenas' art work includes pottery, glass fusion and mixed media. Located in Avon, North Carolina on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, studio 12 welcomes all ages to paint pottery, make mosaics or try glass fusion. The Studio 12 gallery is filled with hand Crafted American art with a focus on North Carolina Artists.

My Summer Internship

This is a guest blog post from One of our summer interns Cat Sar

In the month of May, I threw two suitcases in my car, and drove 14 hours from Louisville, KY to Avon, NC. I had never been to Avon, had not met my employers in person, and had never seen the trailer I would be renting for the summer. I wasn’t sure I would like Avon. I wasn’t sure I would like working at Studio 12. All I knew for certain was that I was ready for an adventure. Now, as I hang up my glaze-splattered apron for the last time, I can testify that an adventure is what I got including unattended children, Shark bites in the ocean, and a fire at a hotel close by,—oh my!

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I remember walking into the studio for the first time—my first day of work—and being completely overwhelmed. There was so much to visually take in, and on top of that I was soaking up information about my responsibilities as an intern. Carolyn later told me I looked like a deer in headlights. Over time, of course, I learned the ropes, but there were times I was stressed out and spread thin. Although the majority of customers at the studio are easy going and fun loving, sometimes I faced red-faced, bawling babies and red-faced, bristly grandmothers (and everything in between!). Apparently, not everyone is easily able to relax on vacation. I had to learn to take a deep breath and do my best to solve one problem while there were three other issues tugging on my apron strings. I gained valuable experience thinking on my feet and multitasking.

Overall, working at the Studio was a wonderful experience. I could not have asked for better employers. Carolyn and Gary have always been understanding and supportive—in and out of the studio. They took time out of their extremely packed schedules to teach me about their respective art forms: glass fusion and ceramics. I value this time above any other experience I had this summer. During my last week, Carolyn asked me what my favorite thing about Studio 12 was. My answer? I love the hustle and bustle of a rainy day. I love being kept on my toes in a challenging and fun environment. But most of all, I love the day to day interactions with people—customers and especially my employers—who know how important art is for everyone’s well being.

Everyone needs cat sarand deserves a place to create. At Studio 12, Carolyn and Gary have achieved this. Anyone who steps across that signature teal doorstep can leave the stresses of the world behind and just be. This transformation is my favorite thing about the Studio. Come in on a quiet Saturday morning and you will see it. Take a deep breath, let everything else go, and get a little messy!

I’d like to thank Carolyn and Gary for this opportunity.

 

Interested in a internship with Studio 12?  Contact Carolyn Schena

Summer Art Classes 2015

Glass Fusion Class on Wednesday

Summer art classes are in full swing at Studio 12.  There are many different medium to choose from and lots of great instructors to work with!

On Wednesday learn how to work with glass and create your own glass fusion sun catcher with Studio 12 owner, Carolyn Schena.  Carolyn has been working in glass fusion for over 8 years. She started small creating a line of dichroic glass jewelry and has since “graduated” from the small stuff and now creates decorative and functional works such as bowls.  After you have made a sun catcher in class you can also try your hand at glass fusion jewelry. Carolyn’s work can be found online! The glass fusion class is great for adults and kids ages 7 and up and is taught every Wednesday through August as well as in September.

Canvas Painting Fun!

 

On Thursdays there are two classes that alternate.  One week you will find artist Deborah Tucker in the Studio teaching painting on canvas.  And on the other week you will find Laura Howard teaching mermaid rings.

Deborah’s Painting class uses acrylics and focuses on either a sunrise or sunset over the ocean or sound.  Deborah’s 20 years of teaching experience makes her classes fun and easy peasy!  All skill levels will have a blast creating their own canvas creations! Bring your own beverage, relax and have fun

Laura Howard’s mermaid ring class is a lot of fun, I mean who does not like making their own bling!  Laura will have a huge array of Pearls, and crystals in more colors than you can imagine so that you can create your own unique ring that any mermaid is sure to be jealous of!  Laura is great with kids and adults, but we recommend ages 8 and up so that little hand won’t get frustrated with the bending and twisting of wires!

On Friday morning make something beautiful to wear!  artist Betty Kungle takes you step by step and shows you how to wrap sea glass to make gorgeous necklaces or you can create earrings, a bracelet or all three!  Betty’s 20 years experience of collecting sea glass on the beaches of Cape Hatteras has left her with wonderful stories to share and a tremendous amount of knowledge, letting you know the type and time period of various colored sea glass.  No matter which class you choose you are sure to have a great time learning a new art skill and making new memories, not to mention a terrific souvenir!

To get the latest schedule just check out class page on our website so you can get exact dates and times.  We also love booking private session for groups whether you are celebrating a birthday or a bridal shower! Just Call us to get the fun started, 252-995-7899

Making Waves

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Carolyn’s Wave Sun catcher 6″ diameter

sun catcher in progress

Boxed and ready to ship

I got a great opportunity a few weeks ago to meditate on waves.  It started with a phone call and questions.  Could I make several dozen wave sun catchers and ship them out in the next two weeks?  My response: Gulp! and So I began meditating on waves.

My line of glass fusion wave pieces was created a few years back, under similar situations.  Gary, my husband and I were asked to make a contribution to our local empty bowls fundraiser.  We anticipating donating Garys wheel turned stone ware pottery bowls.  But as the deadline drew near it became clear we were not going to be able to get his bowls glazed and fired in time.  We needed something done faster.  Glass was the answer since they could be made and fired within a few days.  (assuming the kilns aren’t already spoken for with other projects).  But what design?

At the time I had been painting canvases, working in a very loose and fun style, often putting the brushes down and working with my hands.  Waves were a favorite subject and so I had been doing a series of them in various colors.  My arms had been moving in a wave pattern for a few weeks so it was only natural to apply that motion to glass.  I worked with cut glass and then ground glass called frit.  The frit acted more like paint allowing me to apply it loosely and get the flow that was similar to applying paint to a surface. The first kiln load came out good, I  made our deadline for the  donation we had promised and a whole new line of work had been born.

Even though large orders, on a deadline can be stressful, I have grown to like them. It is  an opportunity to solve problems that arise when meeting new demands. And the process of making a piece of art work over and over again becomes a type of meditation, an opportunity to focus on a particular motif and examine it deeper. Making the art work becomes a meditation.   Each time I set down a clear glass blank and begin the process of creating a wave sun catcher, I can get a new inspiration. Suddenly a different combination of blues seem even better such as adding some opaque streaks, or shifting a color to the left or to the right, adding a lighter or darker value.

In the process each new piece of art becomes an improvement on the last. It becomes a luxury to create multitudes, in this case a blue wave glass fusion sun catcher over and over again.  And although I feel that the art continues to improve, like most art it never feels done.  The next wave will be even better, or at least different!

Carolyn Schena owns and operate Stuido 12 along with her husband Gary.  Carolyn teaches glass fusion classes throughout the busy summer season. Find out more about her classes or purchase her work at  www.studio12hatteras.com

Gifts with Meaning for the Holidays

Glass Fusion Cross Sun catcher
By Carolyn Schena

When Gary and I started Studio 12 ten years ago it was a life changing experience.  We had taken a moment in our life and asked ourselves if we were to choose what kind of energy we wanted to put forth in the world what would it be? For us it was peace.  We were also interested in starting are own business in our new home on Hatteras Island. Creating an art studio where we could invite people to come in and have a contemplative creative experience and make our art was the answer to our dream.

Our own art has developed along the way.  And we often find that when we are following the principles that had first led us to creating our art studio, creating peace, we end up making some of our most beautiful pieces of art and favored items by customers. Those items are most often the ones that speak to others as well.

Egret Pendant by Carolyn Schena

Recently we received a note from a customer who was looking for a special gift for a family member.  Her note reminded us of why we do what we do, and why purchasing a piece of art can be such a special experience for the giver and receiver.  We are ever thankful  for the customers who appreciate our art and allow us to continue making it.

This is what she had to say:

“…. My aunt’s husband of 40 years passed away in June from a very long battle with cancer. At the moment he died, an egret flew passed the third story window of his hospital room. In the recent months, my aunt has had a daily visit from an egret at her house in Sanibel who will walk around the property for hours. Shes convinced this is my uncles totem and finds so much peace in egrets. As if her husband is always with her. I wanted to share this very personal thing with you as I was moved that you opened your business to bring peace. I thought you would find it rewarding to know that this is exactly what you are doing.  Thank you.. Heidi.

Gary and I wish you lots of peace during this holiday season, especially when it comes to your shopping experiences!  And if you do choose to buy some hand crafted art for those folks on your gift list, well we thank you in advance! Check out all of our work here!

 

Gifts for OBX lovers

Wheel turned pottery mugs by Gary Schena

What to give some one on your gift list that LOVES the Outer Banks? Well, we have a few suggestions.  Of course we always recommend giving them something hand crafted by local artists and fortunately Studio 12 has many that are featured in the gallery.  Here are just a few of our favorite gifts to give!

Glass Fusion made by Studio 12 owner Carolyn Schena.  Carolyn began working in glass Fusion about 8 years ago and has not looked back.  She began small making gorgeous jewels such as bracelets and pendants and now has expanded into functional pieces like her popular wave bowls which come in several sizes and range in prices from $39 to $110.00 dollars.

Another favorite item to take home for yourself or a loved one is a pottery mug.  Studio 12 features three different potters and all make unique mugs that are great for coffee, tea or cocoa.  Studio 12 owner Gary Schena’s sea turtle mugs are one of the most popular choices.  Each mug is made by hand on the pottery wheel and is embellished with a sea turtle that comes from a hand carved mold.  Blues and Greens are favorite glaze choices.  Various sizes are available in prices from $24 to $34

 

One can never go wrong with a gift of jewelry and what better gift from the island than a piece of sea glass that has been carefully hand crafted in silver wrap.  Two local artists work can be found at Studio 12 and both offer and array of gorgeously wrapped pieces. Some with beads and others with charms.  Shown here are earrings by
Both Laura and Betty Kungle offer classes throughout the year so you can learn how to create your own treasures!

How about a portrait of you favorite dog done by artist Deborah Tucker who does amazing work with colored tissue paper! You will find several breeds on display in the gallery and Deborah is also available for commissioned work to create a portrait from photos of your beloved pooch.  No matter what your tastes or budget Studio 12 has lots to choose from when it comes to finding a gift for someone on your list!

 

 

Artist Demo Thurs May 8th 3:30 pm

Meet artist Meredith Young on Thursday May 8th.  Meredith will demonstrate how she makes her uncanny collection of Jewelry from 3:30 to 5:00pm at Studio 12!  Shop for something cool for your Mom and give a gift that Mother Earth would approve of!

As the saying goes, one mans trash is another man’s treasure or in the case of artist Meredith Young’s jewelry one man’s trash is every women’s treasure! A popular new line of jewelry at Studio 12  is made, not from precious metals or semi-precious stones but the not so precious stuff you find in your garbage can.

Artist Meredith Young saw trash in a whole new light and has made us want it dangling form our throats and ears every since! Meredith received a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Maine College of Art, creating jewelry has been her passion for over 15 years. She is always looking for inspiration in common objects such as the Arizona Tea can that was the inspiration for her current line of work.

Meredith says: “While trolling the grocery store I had an ah ha moment in the soda aisle. All the pretty patterns and colors… wow! So I started playing with things I had from other projects and voila! A new “green” jewelry idea was taking shape.  

Meredith’s necklaces and earrings are made from recycled soda, beer, iced tea and juice cans. Each “petal” is individually cut and layered to create a three dimensional flower. Then it is secured in the center and topped with a clear faceted rhinestone. Earrings dangle on sterling silver ear wires. Necklaces hang on an 18″ shiny silver colored metal ball chain that is nestled into a tiny handmade envelope made from paper grocery bags.

Meredith Young  called the Outer Banks of North Carolina her home for over 13 years until re-locating to West Virginia, to assist her ailing parents.

We welcome Meredith to Studio 12 on Thursday May 8th when she will demonstrate how she creates her uncanny collection from 3:30 to 5:00pm!

A Passion for History and Sea Glass

Meet The Artist – Betty Kungle

Studio 12 is proud to feature Many Outer Banks artists in the gallery and studio.  Meet one of our favorite sea glass jewelry and sun catcher artists and class instructors Betty Kungle:

“I always knew from the time I was very young that I wanted to be an artist.  I can remember as a small child watching my Dad create beautiful pieces of work either in wood or photography and I knew I wanted to follow in his footsteps.  I would listen to his stories over and over again of how as a young boy and then later a man would go out through the fields and caves of West Virginia in search of history and bring back treasured pieces of the past.  I still have a few.” Betty Kungle

The love of history and art was instilled in Betty from an early age; little did she know it would all come together someday as a passionate profession.  Betty grew up in Akron Ohio and attended the University of Akron Ohio, where she studied art and history and took archeology classes.  “I would have been an archeology major, says Betty, but in those days (the 1960’s) women weren’t allowed to go on archeology digs, so I switched my major to art and minored in archeology.  But that fascination with things from the past never left Betty and although she did not participate in digs then the eye for finding the rare and historical is still a part of her.

Sun Catcher by Betty Kungle

Betty began going to the outer banks with her parents as a teenager and fell in love with the place instantly.  Later,  Betty and her husband  would take their vacations on Hatteras Island; each year extending them a little longer until they made the move to permanently become an islanders in 1995.

During their weekly excursions in the Pamlico Sound to find Clams and oysters for dinner, Betty and her husband found small pieces of old bottles from the 1800’s along with beautiful glass and very old pottery.  “They fascinated me , Betty says, so I began collecting all the pieces I could and stored them in 5 gallon buckets.  My husband would always ask me, what you are going to do with those.  I would always say I don’t know, but I know they are meant to be something.” Then one day the design for Betty’s sun catchers came together.  She wove the pieces of history she found on the shores of the Pamlico Sound and Ocean together with copper, each and every one with its own story to tell of the past, beautiful pieces of glass and pottery from 50 to 150 years ago. She utilized her archeology training to date her findings. Each sun catcher has its own card telling dates and what the treasures found on the beach might have been long ago.  

Of course during Betty’s beach walks she found sea glass on the ocean beaches and was inspired by them, the range of colors, soft to bold and the history of what each piece might have been.  Betty says “Each and every piece seems to talk to me as if I’m holding my own little time machine in my hands.  Sometimes when I find that beautiful little gem lying on the sand nestled among the shells, I know immediately what it will become and how my design will be for that piece.  Just to think they could have come from the many shipwrecks that scatter our shores each with its own story to tell.  I can’t wait to take those walks on the beach with the anticipation of what may be there waiting to be found”.  Finding a piece of the ex rare black glass knowing that it could have from a shipwreck and that it is from the 1700’s to early 1800’s and that she might be the first person to have held it since the day it was tossed into the sea is what keeps Betty going back to the beach despite any weather conditions.  Betty says, “One day I was so absorbed sifting through a shell bed that I was knocked over by a wave and tumbled through the sand.  That taught me a good lesson to never turn your back on the ocean!”

 Betty has kept her sights on the ocean ever since finding rare and beautiful treasures that she transforms into unique and wonderful works of art.  “I love my job as an artist, it’s a passion and it all started from those special times with my Dad.”  Betty says that she hopes people love her designs, both the fascinating sun catchers and the beautiful pieces of sea glass to wear which will always remind them of the beauty and history we have here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.”

Student shows off bracelet from Betty’s class

Learn how to make your own beautiful piece of sea glass jewelry or a sun catcher during one of Betty’s workshops at Studio 12.Betty teaches classes every Friday from the beginning of April through November.  Check out our web page and register for a class online today! www.studio12hatteras.com

 

 

 

Meet the artist – Irv Smoot

This is one of a series of blogs about the artists that you will find in the Gallery at Studio 12 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina!

Irv Smoot – Wood Inlay

To me a surf board is a work of art, a sculpture. It is the perfect expression of form following function.  When I carve my small surf board sculptures I am trying to capture that line where the board meets the wave. When I am out looking for my driftwood bases I want the same expression of fluid motion in the wave that powers the board.”

Irv Smoot and his wife have been annual visitors to the Outer Banks for
over 30 years. He and his wife have always had a love of water, making their home in tidewater St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Irv says “ we feel a kinship to Avon,NC for we have always had a love of the water and the people who depend on it for their living.

Irv’s interest in art in all forms began in childhood. “I lived out in the boondocks and I frequently amused myself with long hikes where I explored the woods and streams around my house. I collected insects, fossils, rocks and minerals. I would sketch and make sculptures out of found objects. I have worked in a variety of mediums but, wood, oil painting, pen and pencil seem to be my focus areas.” 

As a young adult in college Irv roomed with a gifted painter and sculptor who shared his skills with Irv while he was working on his degree in biology. As a biologist Irv was always looking for connections between the form of objects and their function. This in turn led him to his avocation as a luthier. Irv has played the guitar and mandolin for decades.  As Irv states “ String instruments fascinate me,especially the mandolin. I find the sculptural design of the F-style mandolin to be a perfect melding of form and function. Each piece of tonewood must be hand carved in a way that will bring out the best aesthetically and musically in that instrument.”

Irv’s eldest son is an avid surfer. On the families week long visits to Hatteras Island Irv and his son would stop by the surf shops in Avon and Buxton. Even though Irv does not surf himself he is drawn to the fluid curves that are essential to the design of a surfboard. Irv says “To me a surf board is a work of art, a sculpture. It is the perfect expression of form following function.  When I carve my small sculptures I am trying to capture that line where the board meets the wave. When I am out looking for my driftwood bases I want the same expression of fluid motion in the wave that powers the board.”

Artist Irv Smoot

Irv is now in his 42nd year of teaching science to middle school
students. He says that he still enjoys seeing the light bulbs go on in young minds; “I am committed to getting teen agers to see a connection between the arts and sciences. As I wind down my teaching career I hope to make my music and art avocation a full time endeavor.  I believe in the maxim, “If you love your career you will never work a day in your life.”  I hope to continue in that fashion.

Irv says that for all of his work he hopes that his creations generate a memory, a feeling of a moment in time, an experience that is meaningful. “I
would wish that my art would make them joyful.”

s hand carved surfboard and drift word sculptures, Christmas ornaments and magnets from the Studio 12 gallery in person or online! http://www.studio12hatteras.com/shopping

Hatteras Island Gallery Tour Thanksgiving Week

Studio 12 is excited to be participating in the first ever Hatteras Island Gallery Tour.  The landmark event starts on Wednesday November 27th and runs thru Saturday November 30th. Take the journey down Highway 12 where in addition to the island’s natural beauty, you will discover 60 miles of handmade creations housed in more than fifteen artist owned/ operated galleries which dot along the main highway.

Original art & photography, pottery, glass, jewelry and more. From the smallest working studio to the largest all inclusive gallery, each place offers you a warm and inviting experience.

The Gallery Tour will be Start Wed. Nov 27th and will continue on Friday the 29th and Saturday the 30th! Pick up a gallery tour map at any of the participating galleries or click on this link Hatteras Island Gallery Tour and down load a copy now! Happy holiday shopping!

Studio 12 will also be offering a selection of classes during Thanksgiving  week sign up for our glass fusion dish or jewelry class and make some unique treasures or great gifts to give!  And enter our drawing for this beautiful glass fusion coral bowl by Studio 12 owner, Carolyn Schena

Enter to win this glass fusion bowl during the gallery tour event!

 

OBX Art shopping – Eco- Friendly Jewels

Soda Cans one day Earrings the Next!

As the saying goes, one mans trash is another man’s treasure or in the case of artist Meredith Young’s jewelry one man’s trash is every women’s treasure! One of the most popular new lines of jewelry at Studio 12  is made, not from precious metals or semi-precious stones but the not so precious stuff you find in your garbage can.  Artist Meredith Young saw trash in a whole new light and has made us want it dangling form our throats and ears every since! Meredith received a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Maine College of Art, creating jewelry has been her passion for over 15 years. She is always looking for inspiration in common objects such as the Arizona Tea can that was the inspiration for her current line of work. 

Meredith says: “While trolling the grocery store I had an ah ha moment in the soda aisle. All the pretty patterns and colors… wow! So I started playing with things I had from other projects and voila! A new “green” jewelry idea was taking shape. No two are alike. 90% handmade with recycled materials and quality findings… It’s a great idea. I believe in “One mans trash is another’s treasure”

Meredith’s necklaces and earrings are made from recycled soda, beer, iced tea and juice cans. Each “petal” is individually cut and layered to create a three dimensional flower. Then it is secured in the center and topped with a clear faceted rhinestone. Earrings dangle on sterling silver ear wires. Necklaces hang on an 18″ shiny silver colored metal ball chain that is nestled into a tiny handmade envelope made from paper grocery bags. All jewelry is carded on hand made card backs made from recycled materials such as pizza, cereal, soda boxes and anything else made of cardboard with pretty colors. Each piece is a one of a kind due to the unique nature of materials. 

Meredith Young  called the Outer Banks of North Carolina her home for over 13 years until re-locating to West Virginia, to assist her ailing parents. Studio 12 is proud to be representing her work since the Grand Opening of our newly expanded gallery in April of 2012.

This year Meredith has included bracelets, necklaces and fun dangle earrings into her line with bright and fun colors! Next time you are in the gallery ask us about Meredith Young’s uncanny collection! Mention this Blog post and receive 10% of your next purchase of the Meredith Young line of Jewels!

Lightweight hoops!