ArtWare's striking one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry is created for the woman who looks beyond the commonplace and mass produced in search of distinctive eye-catching accessories that stand out from the crowd. ArtWare's designs juxtapose the familiar with the exotic, integrating elements from near and far, past and present, and raw and refined, in contemporary designs, from uncomplicated minimalist styles to bold dramatic assemblages of texture, shape and color, that are both timely and timeless. They are modern artifacts that reflect the diverse, multi-faceted, and interconnected world in which we live.
Sources from Bali to Beijing, from Nepal to the Netherlands, provide the diverse elements that inspire ArtWare's creations. From the one-person studios of American glass artists and the centuries-old factories of Murano, Italy, come handblown and lampworked glass beads. A woman's cooperative at the foothills of the Kenyan mountains supplies handcrafted ceramic beads in richly glazed patterns and colors. Silver elements are produced by Thai Hill Tribes and Balinese metalworkers using traditional tools and age-old techniques. From the storerooms of 20th century jewelry designers come ArtWare's supplies of rare vintage beads, and from the marvelous resources of the Earth come those fabulous wonders known as gemstones.
ArtWare's owner/designer, Marsha Beitchman, has been creating wearable works of art since childhood. Her professional experience ranges from couture dressmaking, to constructing costumes and headwear for Broadway productions and celebrity clients, to designing and fabricating women's accessories sold in boutiques, museum stores, juried craft events, independent designer markets, and through the internet at www.ArtWareNY.com. After years of living and traveling through Europe and North Africa, and completing graduate studies in Art History, she served as Art Registrar at China Institute in America and at the Museum of Arts and Design for over a decade. In 2004 she established ArtWare with the goal of creating one-of-a-kind jewelry for sophisticated, fashion conscious women that would reflect and compliment their independent spirit.