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I spend a good portion of the summer on the Outer Cape. There’s a lot of good here—beaches, oysters, artists—but not a lot in the way of good shopping. Nantucket it’s not. There are a few treasures though, including the Jewelry Studio of Wellfleet, owned by the very lovely local artisan Jesse Horowtiz. (I featured her sister Neile Horowitz’s Cape Cod silhouette necklaces in the Boston Globe this time last year.)
The shop, a charming green clapboard building in “downtown” Wellfleet, a former artist’s studio, showcases the work of about a dozen artisans of Cape Cod jewelry. Jesse Horowtiz’s pieces, which she hand forges, hammers, and casts (from real life treasures found on the flats) in the on site studio, includes representational tokens of area beaches as well as more abstract but still sea-inspired works. Lyrical and beautiful, never kitschy.
Stop in if you’re out that way and if not, Horowitz has a few pieces of her Cape Cod jewelry available in her Etsy shop.
Jewelry Studio of Wellfleet, Cape Cod
Horseshoe Crab Pendant Necklace
Double Sprial Wave Bracelet
Wave Ring with Diamond
Gold Oyster Shell Stud Earrings
Cape Cod jewelry designer Jesse Horowitz
Cape Cod Necklaces by Neile Horowitz
The Studio at the Jewelry Studio of Wellfleet
I love the authentic, original plywood wall in in the studio.
Jewelry designer Jesse Horowitz in action in her studio.
Trinkets on the work table.
Cast clam shell pendant in progress.
Assorted stones and such waiting to be made into jewelry.
Shell cast in gold. I think she should sell these as individual talismans.
My special order “BlackFish” necklace designed by Neile Horowitz.
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MassArt graduate John Guthrie, who previously studied aerospace engineering, has a fantastic show mounted at Room68 in Provincetown, a contemporary design shop cum gallery on Commercial Street. I stopped in last week and was wowed. I never made it to owner Brent Refsland’s original space in Jamaica Plain, though I feature pieces from the shop in my roundups for the Boston Globe all the time.
Refsland has a great eye and appreciation for contemporary design that doesn’t sacrifice useability. His shop could just as easily be at the ICA or MoMA (without the incessant branding), with furniture, accessories, and jewelry by designers who include Tina Fey, Black+Blum, and De La Espada, as well as local stars Debra Folz and Nervous System. He plans to stay put in Ptown for a while, after having transformed a tired women’s clothing retail store into an airy gallery space with white walls, track lighting, and pale wood floors last year.
An exhibition of Boston-based painter John Guthrie’s geometric abstract paintings is currently hanging. (According to Guthrie’s resume, in 2009 I wrote something in the Globe that included an image of his work—I’m guessing it was a decor story about a home with one of his paintings—but I can’t find it in my archives.) Guthrie’s work is crisp and delicious. The precise geometric forms in clear colors and perfectly shaded partner tones pop off the earthy tree trunk backgrounds, a sublime blend of mathematics and the natural world.
Photography by Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot
Portrait of Guthrie in the gallery by Brent Refsland for Room68.
Photo by Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot
Heavenly scented pink rose from my Truro garden.
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