Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
This set is made with carnelian, a translucent red orannge. Red jasper is an opaque red orange that also coordinates well with carnelian. Lapis lazuli, a deep bright blue and demin lapis, the same stone in a lighter bright blue, make beautiful sets. Black onyx is available in many size stones, as well as ivory-colored river stone and tiger eye. A beautiful green stone, aventurine, and an olive stone with pink flecks are others that are available in standard sizes and easy to keep in stock for custom order.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
Rings with stones and stamped bands are new, as well as bracelets with many separate links that each have their own stone cabochon. An extra link attached at the clasp gives more weight so that the clasp stays down when worn.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
These new hoop earring are hammered hoops with shaped and stamped leaves or flowers. The leaves or flowers can be removed and the hoops worn alone for a simple statement, or the dangly ornaments can be attached.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Prairie Oak Artisans is at 207 Commerce Street. It is a small building with only 20 feet of storefront, so we can be easy to miss, but worth looking for.
In season, approximately May through October, we are open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also at other times when shop owner, Karma Grotelueschen, is there working on art.
There are friendly helpers in town willing to let you in to shop by appointment at other times, so just call Karma's cellphone at 630-728-9998 and she'll round someone up to help you out.
Or we can ship something to you. If you saw it while in the gallery last time you were in town, or you see it here, or you saw something a friend obtained from us, describe it and we can send it. Email a description to plannedscapes @ aol.com (take out the spaces) and we'll try to help.
Karma also has an Etsy shop at www.Etsy.com/shop/PrairieOakArt where many of her things are listed.
Or if you don't see them there, if you call or email, she can put them there in a listing for you so that you can use it to order.
Karma also has her sterling silver jewelry at www.Etsy.com/shop/PrairieOakSilver so you can shop for earrings, pendants, rings, cuff bracelets, and other lovelies year around.
Thanks for showing an interest in our artwork and do let us help you find the right lovely thing for your home or for you to wear or as a gift.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Karma Grotelueschen has been making copper and copper wire sculpture since before Prairie Oak Artisans was even a gallery. Copper wire birdnests have been a staple at the gallery since the beginning, with customers using them for table centerpieces, window sill art, and even outdoors as garden art. They have been given as housewarming gifts, gifts to celebrate a new baby, as part of a wedding gift package, and are a favorite as a birthday gift to a friend. In recent years, Grotelueschen has expanded the line with silver-color nests made of aluminum wire and black nests made of stove pipe and electric fence wire.
Grotelueschen's latest additions to the line of wire nests are lapel pins. These are made of copper, brass, or black wire, and feature 'eggs' of fresh water pearls or other beads. These little lapel pins have a tie tack style post back with a winged backing clasp. As with the nest sculptures, these little pins make great gifts.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Sterling silver with botanically influenced designs are the specialty of silversmith, Karma Grotelueschen. Leaf shapes of sterling silver are shaped and set with stone cabochons to create wearable are in the form of pendants, earrings, rings, cuff bracelets and other interesting and beautiful jewelry. Buy it at our gallery or at www.Etsy.com/shop/PrairieOakSilver.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Karma Grotelueschen demonstrates the process of making her felted landscapes at Fall Art Tour and other times throughout the year. In response to customer demand (literally, a customer who felt she could not yet afford the full size versions said "You need to make little ones as pins so we can take home a sample while we save up for one for our wall."), Grotelueschen has made teeny tiny versions as lapel pins. These little gems are made just like their larger cousins, with wet felted backgrounds and needle felted details. Sometimes, to make up for their diminutive size, they are embellished with a few sparkly beads. They are a little under 2" x 1 1/2" and they have a tie tack style pin back. Some are mini landscapes, some feature trees, others flowers or bird nests with little eggs in them. Another great gift item for a friend! Or for yourself!