Best Handmade Ceramics In Siesta Key- Sarasota Florida

Best Handmade Ceramics In Siesta Key- Sarasota Florida. We must include Luna-tiques at the top of the list. So how did Lynne Ostroman and Michael Newman create Luna-tiques Ceramics?

They share the following with us.

We began our journey with clay in 2002 when we returned to the USA and Sarasota after 17 years spent in the Dominican Republic and Turks & Caicos Islands. After exploring different artistic pathways though various classes, ceramics became the one we both instantly enjoyed.

Clay has allowed us to express ourselves with our hands and the intimacy of actually touching the material is like no other medium. The clay surface has become our canvas and a way to express our personal impressions of the surrounding environment. How we interpret what we see around us. The 3 dimensional form allow one’s eyes to travel around the shape and one’s hand to feel the surface with all its texture.

We began by taking pottery classes with Ann Darling at her studio in Sarasota. Over the years we studied with a series of teachers and mentors at Penland School of Crafts, NC; La Meridiana, Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy; Greenwich Pottery, NYC; St Pete Clay/Morean Center, St. Petersburg, FL and Ghost Ranch, NM.

Our inspiration comes from tropical island memories, present day life in our home, and studio compound in Osprey, Florida. Living and working on the same patch of land has given us the energy to focus on our work. The sea, the sand, the vegetation, the sky…..they all speak to us. We love mid-century modern design and architecture and those passions also influence our work.

We travel on occasion and try to return to Dominican Republic at least twice a year. Our home studio practice occupies most days as we continue to experiment and evolve. We are full time artists and parents of two Jack Russell Terriers. Our 28 year old daughter is currently working in NYC as costume coordinator on TV series Gotham, as she seeks her dream of being a costume designer.

We have chosen to sell our creations weekly and exclusively at Siesta Key Village Farmers Market. We especially enjoy the interaction with our patrons who come from all over the globe to visit famous Siesta Key. Its quite humbling to know our art lives in faraway places like Iceland, Australia, South Africa, Brazil as well as all over North America and Europe.

Most our pieces are truly one of a kind. We like to refer our work as “Functional Art”. We hope that our pottery has a place in your everyday life and provides a function whether it be only as thing of beauty or an object of daily use.

You can find Lynne and Michael every Sunday at the Siesta Key Farmers Market from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, located at 5104 Ocean Blvd in the Village on the beautiful paradise island of Siesta Key, Florida.

Tropical Beach Themed Oil Paintings For Sale

Tropical Beach Themed Oil Paintings For Sale by renowned Siesta Key artist Lloyd Dobson. It is not just the view, scenery or objects that matter but how, as an artist Lloyd is able to perceive and interpret them. He is able to see things that are uplifting and inspiring to him and he captures his vision in his paintings from the subjects he feels a deep connection with.

Lloyd’s paintings shine a spotlight on the beauty of God’s palette that he sees and he is always pushing himself to hone and evolve his artistic skills to create art that is fresh, original and a genuine expression of his personal view and connection with his beautiful surroundings. His moto is “Helping to make art happy for everyone.”

His paintings hang in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland. If you visit or are from the Siesta Key – Sarasota area, you can find his original tropical beach theme oil paintings at the Siesta Key Farmers Market every Sunday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm located at 5104 Ocean Blvd in the Siesta Key Village.

Artist Lloyd Dobson also has home decor digital printing of his artwork on giclee prints, prints, metal prints, throw pillows, shower curtains, hand towels, beach towels, duvet covers, clothing apparel, cell phone cases and much more. By visiting his website at www.LloydDobsonArtist.com you can find out more.

The key difference between original art and print reproductions is affordability. The gap between them can be significant. Whereas the sky is the limit on original art, most prints cost just $25-$60. For that price, you can probably afford more than one!

Tropical beach themed art offers many fun and attractive options. If you are decorating on a budget, you will want to shy away from original artwork although Lloyd Dobson Artist orginals are very affordable. While having an authentic original is great, the cost often makes it impractical. Instead, consider reproductions of original paintings and illustrations available as high-quality prints and posters on his website.

Take note of the works of renowned talented tropical beach themed artist Lloyd Dobson a Siesta Key-Sarasota, Florida coastal artist who paints vibrant colorful oil paintings on stretched canvas of the Siesta Key – Sarasota beaches, Caribbean beach scenes and Key West, Florida.

Here, are a few images of Tropical tropical beach themed oil paintings available for a happy home by Lloyd Dobson Artist. Affordable prices from $60 to $990 for size 5″x7″ to 34″x44″ to help decorate your home. FREE shipping is available for the lower US 48 & Canada.

“The Morning View”
#152517   BUY   $350
18″ x 24″ – FREE shipping Lower Us $8 & Canada

“Siesta Key Blue Lifeguard Stand”
#150317  BUY  $250
16″ x 20″ – FREE Shipping Lower Us 48 & Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Abandon Boat In Paradise”
#146816  BUY  $890
30″ x 40″ – FREE Shipping Lower US 48 & Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Boats Beached”
#144316 BUY $95
8″ x 10″ – FREE Shipping Lower US 48 & Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Real Truth About Bamboo Bodywear In Florida

The Real Truth About Bamboo Bodywear In Florida.

Why Bamboo Fabric?

The moisture absorption, dampness release elements and ventilation of bamboo fiber has proved to be best compared to that of other textile products.

The intersecting surface of Bamboo Fiber is filled with various tiny gaps and micro-holes; it has much better moisture absorption and ventilation.

With this unparalleled microstructure, bamboo fiber garments can effectively absorb and evaporate human sweat in a split second, and make the wearer feel cool in summer and never suffocating in winter. Apparel made from bamboo is 1-2 degrees lower in comparison to normal clothing in the hot summer.

Who is Bambooty Bodygear?

Bambooty Bodygear began with a single design concept in 2011, “The Bambooty Original” a neck gator/bandana alternative made from Bamboo Fiber.

Founder R. Joseph Monach  designed the “Bambooty Original” out of necessity. The search for a comfortable, utilitarian designed bandana alternative yielded no results. As a runner Joe realized a void in the market existed. Joe created the prototype by cutting and sewing a long underwear top.

While the design for the Bambooty Original worked, the fabric did not. Joe decided to pursue alternative natural fabrics and settled on Bamboo Fiber. The bamboo fiber is soft and luxurious to the touch but also offers a sundry of performance characteristics.

Joe spent the summer of 2012 in Pittsburgh after a nasty divorce. It is here that as fate would have it, Joe met Andrea Meythaler, his current life and business partner. The two found a synergy that translates into what the company has become today but at the time neither had known the evolution to come.

Joe returned to Florida to reconnect with his 3 sons and his mother (saint) who help launch the company with a $500 cash infusion and a house where Joe could re-invent himself and his life.

Joe continued to wait tables at the age of 47 while pursuing the concept of the Bambooty Original. He and his mother spent countless hours researching and developing what would be the basis of the company. Joe established a relationship with a Chinese textile manufacturing company and placed the first order “Bambooty Originals”.

The order arrived 45 days later and created a moment of future clarity. This was to be the direction! The order consisted of 3 colors in this one style which were Black, Pink and White. Joe started taking the product to running events, triathlons and anywhere athletes might be educated about the product.

The combination of the design and the bamboo fiber which aside from being ultra soft is also a natural performance fabric was received with open arms by the community. The black and the pink sold but the white was not moving.

Joe and Andrea continued a 6-month long distance relationship with Skype chats, and frequent travel. Joe is 51 and Andrea is 29 and as unlikely as the pair might appear in the initial meeting of them both, you soon come to see the connection. This connection was not to be denied and soon Andrea moved back to her home state of Florida.

Andrea and Joe are both University educated. Andrea attended Carnegie Mellon University for Fine Arts and Joe attended the Indiana University Of Pa. for Business. Joe’s Mother and the third business partner raised 4 children as a single mother owing her own hair salons for 50 years.

When Andrea arrived and moved into the home with Joe and Rochelle, she immediately started attending the events where the “Bambooty Original” was being sold. She notice the fact the white was not selling as effectively as the other colors and offered to hand dye the white thus creating some color.

Joe and Andrea, his girlfriend, went to Joann Fabric and purchased a dye kit and went to work. This was the beginning of Bambooty Bodygear as it is today. The newly dyed white originals sold out in 1 hour and gave us our first wholesale account with a national running store. Today Bambooty has 26 products in production.

Bambooty has grown in the last several years by taking the initial $500 investment and re-investing over and over and over again. Bambooty Headgear has since evolved to Bambooty Bodygear as we shifted away from offering a line of headgear to a more complete line of Bamboo Fiber Apparel. Our biggest obstacle to date was not having enough product to satisfy our consumer demand.

2017 will begin a partnership with AMAZON and multiple distributors via wholesale agreements and additional market models.

You can find Bambooty Bodygear with Joe and Andrea every Sunday at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located in the Village at 5104 Ocean Blvd. from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Their website

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The Best Gourmet Mushrooms On Siesta Key

The Best Gourmet Mushrooms on Siesta Key come from The Mushroom Guy, Bill Nelms. Are you looking for an engaging guide through the world of fungi? Then you need to talk with Bill Nelms aka The Mushroom Guy.

Bill sells a variety of gourmet mushrooms, maitake to shiitake, crimini to Portobello, oyster to lobster mushrooms, and morels to chantelles.

Bill brings to the job his experience as a chef in the Philadelphia area, where he once made pasteries for the world-renowned Le Bec Fin Restaurant. He also has worked as a chef in Martha’s Vineyard as well as Fort Meyers Beach, Florida.

When his brother married into a family that had a mushroom company, they ask Bill about selling mushrooms in the Sarasota area. That opportunity turned Nelms into a fungi whiz. “I researched and found out how good these mushrooms are,” he says.

And by good, Nelms means from a gourmet standpoint as well as nutritional and medicinal value. First, some of the mushrooms offer tastes you wouldn’t expect, such as the lobster taste of the lobster mushroom and the steak like taste of the maitake (also known as Hen of the Woods)

Then there are the health benefits. The maitake is used by some to treat cancer, as is the chaga mushroom tea he sells. “Chaga tea is one of our best sellers,” Nelms says. People report that the tea has helped them sleep better, given them more energy, and aided with digestive issues.

The majority of the mushrooms Nelms sells are grown indoors at a facility in Fort Pierce, Florida. However, Nelms also carries morels, which are foraged in the wild, as well as lobster mushrooms, which are shipped overnight from the state of Washington. The lobster mushroom variety sells out quickly at the markets, Nelms explains.The cremini is popular as well.

Some people resist eating mushrooms because they know only the bland white variety from supermarkets. However, those mushrooms are usually wrapped in plastic, killing their taste. Nelms explains. It is better to get them fresh and uncovered.

It is also important to know how to cook them. Nelms favors roasted mushrooms, evenly cut and with just a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, for 20 minutes in a 375 degree F oven. He also conjures up mouth watering images of mushroom bisque soup, Portobello mushrooms, stuffed with crab imperial, topped with raspberry jam and horseradish. He encourages customers to cook their mushrooms to get full nutritional benefits.

The Fun Mushroom Guy, Bill Nelms makes the rounds at local farmers’ markets, including the Siesta Key Farmers Market

5104 Ocean Blvd, in the Village of Siesta Key, Florida every Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. You may also check his website for addition information:  www.TheMushroomGuy.com