Craftland is excited to introduce you to Sandra Bonazoli and Jim Dowd, the Rhode Island-based artists behind Beehive Handmade! We proudly carry Sandra and Jim’s homegoods . Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
What is your background and how did you get into creating what you make now?
We both went to art school (no – not RISD) and were originally trained as jewelers. We found our jewelry and design skills could be used to make household objects and kitchenware which we both loved, and felt there was a lack of well-designed and decorative functional objects, so we decided to make our own
What is the source of your inspiration?
We look at a lot of antique and vintage objects, folk art from the USA and around the world, children’s books, and mid century design for elegant proportions.
What is your preferred medium, and why?
We love metal – its’ what we know. One can achieve a level of precision with metal that you can’t with other materials. Plus – there’s soldering! However – it also takes forever to work with! So we’ve been experimenting with other modeling materials, and even 3D printing.
What do you find to be the most challenging and rewarding part of owning your own business/creative career?
The challenge is doing everything yourself with no support network. The most rewarding is making objects that become special things in people’s lives and homes. It’s also very rewarding to have an idea for a product, draw it over and over, make a physical sketch, make a prototype, and them finally see it become reality.
What do you think makes your process and product stand out?
We make useful objects with the sensibility of jewelers or traditional silversmiths. It’s a very old school way of making things, but we hope they find a place in a contemporary context. We use traditional skills to keep our craft alive, but want to make things that are modern and design forward.