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Each jewelry box is designed and individually handcrafted by

Thom and Sue Anne Kellam

Thom and Sue returned to the West Virginia hills and became full time craftspeople in 1979, after a decade of travels, and of living in Germany, California and Florida. The homestead they have built is in a county without a traffic light, a mile and a half from the nearest pavement and neighbor. A quiet oasis for creating and contemplation surrounded by their forested hills.
"We each follow a unique path through life"
Surfing at Cannons, Mazatlan Mexico
Thom Kellam
Surfing at Cannons, Mazatlan Mexico
Thom's original designs grow out of his years as a nature photographer and student of art and anthropology, and the unique perspective of being a self-taught woodworker. He began Wood Play 101 on the workbench his grandfather built for him when he was four. Then he built all the basic furniture for their home with very rudimentary tools while earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photographic Design at Florida State University.

The idea of woodworking for a living arose and was followed by the slow accumulation of appropriate tools, space and knowledge. He attended seminars with fine woodworkers. His first with Sam Maloof set the tone for his work. Other teachers, including Ian Kirby, Wendel Castle and David Ellsworth, offered their perspectives. In the end most of his skills were learned through experimentation and persistence.

Thom continues to pursue his lifelong interest in photography, although the woodworking consumes so much of his time that photography often suffers from periods of neglect.

Sue as 18th century flower girl
Sue Anne Kellam
Sue began her craft career as a studio potter. She studied with Charles Scott at Glenville College and attended classes at the Marshall University Department of Fine Arts, she also participated in a number of workshops including one with David Leach. She worked for several years producing functional wheel thrown stoneware vessels until health issues caused her to give up the medium she loved. She then reluctantly joined Thom in the wood studio, where she learned woodworking by watching Thom learn and attending some seminars with him.

In addition to full time woodworking, Sue also pursues a passion for quilting and has recently begun to create lampwork glass beads.

Kellams Creations
Chloe Moonrise
Works by the Kellams have been represented by Fine Craft Galleries from Paris to Honolulu since 1980. Their boxes are used by people around the world, and are included in many private and several public collections. Kellams creations have been included in juried art exhibitions sponsored by arts institutions such as:
The Huntington Museum of Art
John Michael Koehler Arts Center
West Virginia Cultural Center
American Crafts Council
Stifel Fine Arts Center
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