WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Gifted and Clever Hands "About 50 people each put 20 dollars in Jewelry designer Maryann Englander in the pot and the shop opened." – Ann Schunior, Potter, Clever Hand Gallery Cohasset crafts finely detailed silver and gold pieces that showcase gemstones, such as gar- nets or labradorite. Her signature is a tiny dragonfly dangling from the clasp. Her influ- ences come through history, she says, from Celtic tribes, the Elizabethan era, or a mosque in Turkey. "My work is always evolving. I enjoy working with color and texture, and view designing as problem-solving, finding ways a knotted chain can be worn doubled for a different look. The Gifted Hand is one of the few places I sell my work because it has such a great mix of media—inlaid wood, glassware, Native American jewelry. As my influences change, Georgie goes with my evolution." And then there are deep wooden salad bowls and servers so sensuous one can't resist running a finger across the surface. Hotchkiss won't reveal her source. She'll only say they are from an elderly couple in Montana. The wife handles the business side; her husband is the woodworker who elevates serving greens to a participatory art. The Clever Hand Gallery Ambiance is not the only way the Clever Hand Gallery at 52 Central Street differs from other shops in town. An artisans' cooperative, the gallery is owned and operated by its members. Business decisions are made jointly at monthly meeting where they jury work by prospective new members. Everyone is required to pay rent and work part-time in the store. 134 WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012

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