The fork bender

    When Brion Kerlin sees an old silver spoon or fork, he sees raw material and endless possibilities.  
    “Just call me the Happy Fork Bender,” Kerlin said from his Urbana home and workshop.
    Kerlin makes jewelry and other pieces of art for his business called Spoonforkcreations. He can be seen every Saturday morning, from May to November at the Urbana Farmer’s Market on The Square, where he sets up shop and sells his products. It makes him really happy when customers enjoy his work.
    “It’s almost as good as money,” he said.

Artistry and artifice in new tiles

Tile has a rich and varied history in decor, from Roman floor mosaics to majolica to Delft ceramics to Mexican terracotta.
These styles and more continue to inspire artistry. Many of the newest collections of ceramic and porcelain tile were on display last fall at the five-day Cersaie international exhibition in Bologna, Italy.

The art of the lure

A fire warms the room on the lower level of Kevin McGill’s  house, the place he calls his man cave/art studio. The fire heats a bowl of peanuts sitting on top of the stove. A pipe sits on a nearby table as McGill works, winding thread around and around and around a metal spring held in a vise.

Brightly colored deer hair is attached to the spring. And after he applies a layer of glue, McGill adds tinsel — similar to what you might put on your Christmas tree — and some small orange feathers.

Turquoise on Display

Jody Littleton of Champaign has found a way to remember her late grandmother every day as well as display a collection of jewelry she received from her grandmother.

Littleton’s grandmother, Josephine Tewel, collected turquoise and silver jewelry. She wore much of it, but toward the end of her life she passed on the collection to Littleton.

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