Artful Accents

Artful Accents

Since beautiful design is featured throughout this issue, it seems appropriate to include a boutique that’s just as beautiful to look at as it is to shop in. HYART Gallery has carried some of the most innovative and stunning artist-designed jewelry to date in our city. And owner Hiroko Yamada, a Japanese native, has leveraged her international experience and buying eye and brought it here to us.

Opening HYART was a bit of a roundabout journey for Yamada. She was an architect in Japan for five years before coming to UW–Madison to get her master of fine arts degree in metalsmithing. After earning her MFA, Yamada completed a three-year honorary fellowship at UW under notable professors Fred Fenster and Eleanor Moty, and then went on to show at highly selective American Craft Council shows throughout the U.S. There she met other artists with whom she forged bonds, and when she opened her own gallery six years ago, she brought them in.

“I got to know all of the artists, and I wanted to open a store with my work and the work of the people I met,” says Yamada. Yamada’s experience is evident in the artists she carefully chooses to showcase—about forty of them in all. Media range from highly traditional (pottery) to incredibly innovative (fused glass jewelry). They’re truly pieces that an art aficionado (or shopper!) should see in person.

“Meeting people and talking about your work is so fun to do—I get to do that here every day,” says Yamada.

HYART Gallery, 133 W. Johnson St., 442-0562,

Passion Project
“In the artists I carry the pieces must be consistent and the quality must be good,” says Yamada. “They also need to make new, one-of-a-kind pieces every year. It’s really different to make a living doing the craft—but it’s the best thing to do.”

Glass Act
Part art piece, part functional, these luxe perfume bottles are made by Little River Hot Glass Studio. $130

Heavy Metal
Yamada mixes her own alloys, which she says she’s known for. She works with gold, silver, platinum and titanium. Interestingly, Yamada does contract work for Burnie’s Rock Shop so she cuts her own stones and uses Burnie’s materials in her work, too. $85–$1,000

Rock of Ages
We love Natasha Nicholson’s chunky statement necklaces made with natural stones like green quartz and turquoise. If you’ve heard the term “wearable art,” these would embody that term perfectly. $350–$900

Colorful Chaos
This amazing wall hanging is actually made out of glass rods that are “woven” and fused and placed on a wood frame. Artists Gregory Hall and Alexis J. Boz of Firefly Studio are based in Monona. $325

Blue-Green Beauty
Potter Paul Lorber uses a unique glazing process to achieve two-toned and patterned looks on his pieces. $85–$185

Make a Statement
Christina Bergmann’s hand-painted scarves are totally unique accessories for a lovely price. Look for eye-popping color combos in these pretty, delicate pieces. $44

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