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Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: January, 2016
Photography by David B. Moore, Garrett Cook & Tom Spitz
Our state is known for its distinctive topography, breathtaking sunsets and surreal vegetation. It also boasts a legacy of trailblazing and originality. Craftspeople and artists have long helped shape the Southwest lifestyle, and for more than three decades Phoenix Home & Garden has introduced many of them to you, our readers.

To mark our 35th anniversary, we selected the works of 17 Arizona artisans and companies - some iconic, others new to the scene - to celebrate  our region and its creative spirit. Our profiles of a Tucson artist and a Phoenix artisan couple keep the spotlight on the individuals behind the products - just where it should be. Enjoy!

With a love for concrete and its permanent quality, Tempe artist Brandon Gore has fashioned a bit of the desert in his collection of Concrete Cacti. The hand-cast pieces range from a 1"W bishop's cap cactus to a 6"W golden barrel. Gore says he will soon be offering molds so that folks can make their own concrete pieces. $35-$65 (

The Blown Glass Garden Spikes sculptures by Phoenix artist Joshua Dopp are a result of
27 years of glass-blowing experience and are inspired by his deep reverence for nature. Ranging in height from 2' to 6' and available
in a variety of colors, shapes and pairings, the spikes - installed over metal rods covered in vinyl tubing, are hammered into the ground or placed on a metal base. Prices vary. (
Inspired by the textures, forms and colors of the natural world, Phoenix ceramicist Diana Moulds works her magic with clay as she forms her otherworldly Hanging Tentacle Pots. Each one is handcrafted and high fired, making it just a little bit different than the last. They are designed with drainage holes, come with steel cables for hanging and are available in three sizes - 8.5"H to 16"H - plus a choice of colors. $50-$88 (

Prescott's family-owned The Copper Whale retail shop supports local artists whenever possible, showcasing homemade wares, such as these antique Jerome Copper Shield Earrings. Made by Alice Ross, they are designed from copper mined in Jerome back in 1908. The metal features an attractive turquoise patina that is different on each pair. They measure 2"L by 1"W. $45 (
Resembling the unique palette and design of a Zapotec rug, this custom alder cabinet is just one example of the work produced by Santa Fe Saavy, a fine-furnishings company that has been in Arizona for almost 30 years. The design is hand-carved and finished with stain and paint. It measures 62"H by 40"W by 16"D and features two drawers and a pair of adjustable shelves behind the set of doors. $5,795 (

Regina pays homage to her favorite artist with her acrylic painting "Embracing Frida" shown in a turquoise frame.

As a young girl growing up in Prescott, Regina Lord was forever sketching one thing or another and thought that one day she would become an art teacher. But when it came time to head to college, she chose nursing as a vocation, believing it was a more practical career move.

Two robins watch over their little blue eggs in this vibrant original acrylic painting titled "Robin's Nest." Most of Lord's pieces are available as prints, including this one, which measures 8.5"H by 11"W. $24

For 13 years, she worked as a pediatric nurse while raising two sons, all the while dabbling in various creative endeavors in her free time. Then one day she discovered acrylics, and her world brightened. Lord's lively, whimsical creations - featuring birds, butterflies, flowers and people - were awash in the bright colors associated with Mexican folk art. "I saw a lot of horrible things as a nurse, and I wanted to make people smile," she says. "Painting was a stress release for me."

Tucson artist Regina Lord displays some of her latest original works on her fireplace mantel. "I like painting images of strong, confident women who take risks and are at peace with themselves" she says. "I think it's because these are the type of women I'd like to surround myself with."

Lord's work evolved over the years, and her hobby turned into a full-time business three years ago when  she started her company, Creative Kismet. "It came about because of my desire to share my art, ideas and little bit of sunshine to as many people as possible," she says. Her work sells at local art shows and shops, as well as online. (

A small sampling of Lord's prints on archival paper are offered for sale at a recent art show in Tucson. All of her pieces are signed and dated. $15-$24

The colors of the Sonoran Desert serve as inspiration for many local artists, crafters and designers.

When he's not fighting fires for the Tempe fire department, sculptor Steven Schneider is busy perfecting his art and creating limited-edition bronze pieces, including this one, titled "Walk to Water." Inspired by his wife's discovery that she had Native American roots, he sculpted the 23"H work in her honor. $3,900 (

Phoenix-based luxury furniture company Paul Rene Furniture custom designed this shapely chair based on musical sounds. Titled "Autumn Leaves," it is part of the String Quartet collection and features a painted oak frame with its name written in script on its back. The seat is upholstered in a linen blend with screen-printed leaves. It measures 38"H by 18"D. $3,698 (

Thirty years ago, native Tucsonan Cheri Romanoski began preserving fruits indigenous to the Sonoran Desert. Before long, her homespun hobby took off into the thriving international business it is today. Cheri's Desert Harvest produces all-natural jellies, marma-lades, honeys, candies and syrups. The fruit is hand-harvested at the peak of ripeness to achieve the best taste and highest nutrient content. $2-$23 (
Phoenix photographer Michael McNamara not only makes his own cutting boards from locally grown wood that is often destined for landfills, but he also makes a wood preservative and moisturizer from his own recipe. Mixed in his kitchen, Handmade Board Cream consists of beeswax and mineral oil. Just wipe on a cutting board, let it soak in, and wipe off the excess.
$15 for a 2.7-ounce jar. (

Designed by world renowned architect Paolo Soleri, who lived in Arizona for nearly 60 years, the Soleri Windbell has become almost as iconic as its maker. Each bell is handcrafted by a trained artisan, finished and assembled at Soleri's longtime home in Paradise Valley. Bronze Bell #302 (pictured) has a patina finish with color patterns ranging from green to turquoise and orange to red. It measures
32"L by 16"W. $498 (
Crafted from recycled metal packing straps, Art's Incredible Hanging Wind Spinner is the work of Scottsdale resident Art Pizzo, who started making them just for fun. The lightweight, rustic piece features a wrought-iron finial and a wire string for hanging. It measures 17"H by 17"W. $65 (

Each Garden Table is built with a penny embedded into a notch. "To us, pennies represent wishes, dreams, prosperity and humble beginnings," says artisan Dawn Albright. For custom tables, a penny that displays a special year for the customer also can be incorporated.
Artisans PROFILE:

Sometimes two heads are better than one. When a young Glendale couple found themselves in need of extra storage space, they repurposed a coffee table into a kitchen island that perfectly matched their existing cabinetry. Not long after, Dawn Albright, a self taught wood-worker and her soon-to-be husband, Chase, who learned to weld at 15, began immersing themselves in DIY projects. "I'd come up with the concept, and Chase would do the fabrication," Dawn remembers.

One afternoon, she formulated the idea for a unique piece of indoor/outdoor furniture, and Chase brought it to life. The result is their one
of a kind Garden Table with matching benches. Constructed with reclaimed, locally sourced wood beams, it features an aluminum catch basin in the center of the table where stainless steel planter baskets and condiment boxes can be dropped in as needed. The basin doubles as a cooler for food and drink when the baskets are removed, and it also collects drainage from the plants and melted ice.

The two received so much praise from family
and friends for their creation that after getting engaged in 2013, they made 10 tables for their wedding. "Every one of them was purchased by either family or friends," says Dawn. "That's
when we knew we really had to turn this into a business." That same year, C + D Industry was formed. Currently, the couple is waiting for a patent to be issued on the table and its components. (

Made of Douglas fir reclaimed from a building demolished in Tucson, this table set is accented with bright red metal paint to pay homage to the old days when steel was primed as a safety precaution for better visibility, say the Albrights. $2,550

Arizonans’ penchant for buying localhas helped many small businesses find their footing and thrive.

Well-known Goldwater's Foods of Arizona orig-inated its fruit salsa in 1989, and it has been going strong ever since. The company, which was founded by the daughters and granddaughter of former Sen. Barry Goldwater, has since expanded its all-natural offerings to include several flavored salsas, barbecue and grill sauces, jellies and a chili mix. $6-$30 (

Family-owned and operated, Caduceus Cellars is headquartered in the mile-high town of Jerome, which overlooks the company's vineyards. Recent releases by owner Maynard James Keenan include these 2013 reds, whose grapes have been hand-picked, sorted and punched. $45-$125 (
Photo By:MB Sullivan

Combining Italian techniques for working with oil on canvas and a color palette from his childhood in Mexico, Phoenix artist Gennaro Garcia painted "Frida and Her Eyes." "I was inspired by the beauty of Frida Kahlo's eyes, where you are able to see and feel her pain, her love and her passion," he says. Now available as a 24"-square print, it comes framed on a stretcher. $800 (
Big and bold, Ruby Mae Jewelry's five-strand necklace set looks like a perfect fit for a cowgirl. Designed by Arizona State University graduate Leah Williams, "She's a Beauty" features a hammered buckle centerpiece that was re-purposed from an old leather belt. The 36"L set includes strands of beads, chains and leather belt links. $190 (  

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