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MACFest wraps up this weekend with variety of artists

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Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 1:29 pm

April 19 is the last event of the 2013-2014 Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival season. Bring the family and pets down to see the festival’s talented local artists and their products, like artists Mike Shaw and Michelle Shaw, who share the same last name but specialize in very different artforms:

Michelle Shaw: steampunk jewelry

If you’re into science fiction, steampunk or jewelry in general, you need to check out VictorianFolly.

Cameos with rabbits, skeletons, mermaids, octopi, and alicorns (they’re like unicorns with wings) are among Michelle Shaw’s jewelry. You’ll also find earrings and necklaces of scarab gems and Ancient Egyptian themes, and earrings with pendants like mer-lions and bird skulls.

Then, of course, you’ll witness Michelle’s pièce de résistance: her steampunk line.

Watch faces and tiny gears are married with pieces of copper, silver and brass to create one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings you can wear on any occasion. Perhaps the most unique pieces of the VictorianFolly line are necklaces made with the rare porcelain dials of Braille watches, which were actually used once upon a time.

Visit the VictorianFolly store on Etsy, and keep an eye out for Michelle at future Comicons. You can email her at or call her at (480) 285-6954.

Mike Shaw: ceramic tableware

Mike Shaw has been working with ceramics for five years, although his art looks like it was created at the hands of a god. Black Mountain and Soldate clays are his preferred base, and marbling (or joggling) is his favorite glazing technique.

From mugs and cups to plates and platters to business card holders and flower pots, and everything in between, you’ll see the beauty of Mike’s functional art. Shiny, matte, multi-colored, etched, speckled, antiqued and striped are some of the finishes on these pieces. His favorite pieces to make are chip and dip trays.

When he’s not at the Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival, Mike volunteers at Mesa Art Center and assists in teaching ceramic classes. He also has a gallery of his art work at the Center and more images of his art on his website, You can contact Mike at (480) 285-6676.


What: MACFest, an arts and crafts street fair

When: The last MACFest of the season is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

Where: On North Macdonald from Main Street to Pepper Place in downtown Mesa

Cost: Free admission

Information: (480) 644-6500 or

• Jessica Laughlin, a communications major in her senior year at ASU, serves on the MACFest Organizing Committee.

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