Bare Hands Artisans Team
Jillian Manno, owner of BareHands Artisans, has been dreaming of this space for years. As a small child, while visiting her grandmother in Boston, Massachusetts, Jillian would hide out from all of her older cousins and sit for hours in a third-floor loft lined with canvases watching her grandmother paint. Eventually she joined her and developed a love for the arts at a very young age. Jillian pursued her path and graduated from Green Mountain College, Vermont with a BFA. She particularly gained a tremendous amount of experience during an internship at a bronze casting foundry. Some of the mediums that Jillian has worked in throughout her life are: print making, stone setting, stone carving, watercolors, paper-making, sculptural design, and ceramics. Sprinkled with remodeling and interior design projects, Jillian reflects her artistic journey in the BareHands Artisans studio.
Currently, Jillian resides at the Jersey Shore with her husband, Steffan, and her five children, which are absolutely her greatest gifts.
Lucie Dickenson, founder of the Inspirational Life, is a successful, inspiring blogger and photographer, with 25 years experience in training and business. Lucie is certified in EFT, and created her own method called The Inspire Method ™. Her passion is helping others to truly understand that their life stories hold the key in healing and connecting with others
"My wish is that every one of you finds the peace that you were meant to experience. If you need help, I would be honored to speak with you. There is a way out of anxiety."
Kate Eggleston is a multidisciplinary artist, with a focus on hand dyed textiles and soft sculpture. She has over 13 years of experience teaching artists of all ages. She lives in New Jersey where she exhibits her work, teaches art, and lives with her husband and daughter.
Eggleston received her BA in Visual Art from Ramapo College in 2005, as well as her K-12 New Jersey Art Teacher Certification. She attended artist residencies at _gaia studio (Wonder Women 9: Superfood) in 2015, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University (Summer Sculpture Intensive) in 2012, and completed the Creative Capital Blended Learning Professional Development Program for New Jersey Artists in 2016.
Kate Grady has been working with stained glass for over 25 years — from repairing giant cathedral windows to designing and creating unique Manhattan entrances to producing leaded glass cabinet panels. She has worked at prominent studios in Manhattan and Philadelphia and continues to study technique with masters in the field.
Kate loves the art today as much as she did on that first day she set foot in her neighbor’s upstairs studio. She continues to hone her artisan skill by studying with masters in the field.
Pamela Hastings is a freelance author, spokesperson, and consultant who has been in the home sewing business for nearly 20 years. As spokesperson for Velcro USA, she is a frequent guest on decorating publications, including Woman's Day Specials, Better Homes and Gardens, and Home Magazine. She is also the author of Creative Projects for Computerized Machines and Sewing Shortcuts
Mud Hen Pottery is a Jersey Shore based potter and mud-slinger that creates handcrafted pottery pieces for people who love beautiful things for their daily lives. Each individual piece is wheel-thrown or handbuilt. Decorative and functional stoneware from the mind and hands of Mary Leather. Because of making a mess with clay for the past 30 + years and feeling the drying effects on my skin, it seemed a logical progression to making natural soap and skin care products in small artisan batches. Thus, Jersey Girl Soap came about.
New Jersey based award-winning artist Ericka O'Rourke creates her art as an exploration of relationships and connections to the natural world. She is inspired by geologic formations, walks along the coast, past civilizations, flora and fauna - the inherent natural beauty in the surfaces, textures, colors, and organic forms. She received her BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts with concentrations in painting, ceramics, printmaking, and photography. Ericka is also an accomplished commercial artist whose work graces the covers of over 300 books. Her artwork is represented in private and corporate collections internationally.
Joanne Traskiewicz discovered her love of the arts at an early age. She studied music education and fine art at Bucknell University, then went on to earn a Master of Creative Arts Education degree from the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. A passion for clay developed a few years later when she took an adult education class at a local high school. She was hooked.
Joanne’s work ranges from functional stoneware to decorative Raku . “I am drawn to smooth curves and balanced proportions as reflected in the forms of my pots. Designs inspired by nature and interlocking geometric patterns also intrigue me and are often carved or applied using tape resist.”