Artful Trimmings

As you start to trim your tree this year, forget the big department stores and think local because 417-land is home to an abundance of talented artists who create beautiful holiday ornaments. We found four artists who can help decorate your tree.

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Trim your tree with papercasted ornaments from Waverly House Gifts & Gallery.

FUSED GLASS

Rebekah Santiago has held a variety of jobs over the years, none of them art-related, but in 2013 she wandered into a glass shop in Colorado, made a cross and fell in love with the process. A nomad for much of her life, she was determined to put down roots in Springfield, so she opened Creative Escape Glass on Commercial Street last fall.  Santiago sells handmade fused glass ornaments but also teaches people how to make their own. If you want to try it, plan to spend one to two hours at the studio. (It takes a week to get it back.) Feel free to bring the kiddos, but she recommends they be at least 8 years old.

Cost: $14 to make your own; $18 for one of Santiago’s creations

Where to find it: Creative Escape Glass, 219 W. Commercial St., Suite 104, 417-693-4991

 

SNOWFLAKES

During a June heatwave, Becky Dalton, a jewelry artist, started dreaming of snowflakes. Last winter, she made a snowflake necklace, and a woman commented that she’d love to hang it on her tree. So during this sweltering summer, Dalton crafted a line of vintage and antique bead snowflake ornaments that she’s debuting this season. Dalton has collected beads since she was a child and always been entranced by the beauty and magic of snowflakes.   The ornaments are 3 inches in diameter, and each one is unique.

Cost: $30

Where to find it: Waverly House Gifts & Gallery, 2031 S. Waverly Ave., 417-882-3445

 

PAPER CASTING

Roughly 30 years ago, Kevin Kloppenburg only needed one class at Drury University to complete his art education degree when a professor suggested he do an independent study under her and learn an old European style of paper casting, so he did. After graduation, Kloppenburg became an art teacher and was broke. He made paper ornaments for Christmas that year and everyone loved them and asked him to make more.

First he creates cotton pulp with paper that he has chopped, ground, soaked and then pressed into a mold. The fibers in the cotton pick up the shape. It is dried for days and then coated with clear acrylic spray. Then he hand-paints each ornament. His pieces are collected from Springfield to Kansas City. No two ornaments are alike.

Cost: $21

Where to find it: Waverly House Gifts & Gallery, 2031 S. Waverly Ave., 417- 882-3445. Kloppenburg has an open house at his home the first two weekends in December. Find him on Facebook under Kevin’s Paper Ornaments.

 

BLOWN GLASS

Terry Bloodworth and his son Gabe run Springfield Hot Glass, a downtown staple for nearly 14 years. Terry used to blow glass at Silver Dollar City, and during the second season of Old Time Christmas, he decided to make glass ornaments, which quickly became the No. 1 selling glassware at the theme park. Glass ornaments are still his best seller. He makes 1,500 to 2,000 a year and has mini, full-size, and this year’s new festoon ornaments that are more elaborate and multicolored. 

Cost: $12 for a mini, $18 for full-size, $20 for festoon

Where to find it: Springfield Hot Glass, 314 S. Campbell Ave., 417- 868-8181

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