Heather Murray is the owner & metalsmith behind Forest Emporium. Having lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan for almost her entire life, her spirit is entwined with the Great Lakes. In the summer she spends much of her time in Northern Michigan, searching for treasures along the beaches and dunes. Graduating in 2014 from Grand Valley State University with a B.A in Studio Art she was determined to make a living off her work. Today, she has been our longest standing member at The Hot Spot! She also has a passion for travels, where she continues making in hopes of sharing it with the world! Her earthly work is sold on-line as well as in our gallery. Keep tabs on her for all her shows too!
I’m an artist, welder, jeweler, and chef. A lot of what I enjoy making are functional and decorative. This ranges from tables and chairs to shelving and plant hangers.
Jesse was educated at the College of Charleston, SC in the Visual arts and Arts MGMT. He also received several awards from the college in the field of visual arts. This includes the Best in Show overall, Presidents Award, 2010. As well as, Best in Show sculpture, the previous year.
After college, he gained employment at a designer lighting factory, where he learned many skills related to non-ferrous metals. He also began building furniture with a table manufacturing company, strengthening his knowledge of woodwork and steel manipulation.
The focus of Jesse’s work is plant himself within the past with found object. To take something lost and renew it and make it relevant again. Taking design from the past and reapply it with a modern context.
Sadie has been a member of our studio since 2018 and has worked primarily with the warmth of copper but has grown into using sterling silver with her works. Uncomplicated and wild, she has a unique working style of dedicating time to charge her stones and crystals before setting them. The added forethought makes for jewelry with positive vibes!