Just Me Geralyn and Glass – Gerie Thelen

Gerie Thelen is a fused glass artisan whose wares include jewelry and various functional art such as plates, platters, and bottle stoppers.

Gerie believes that everyone has a story to tell, and her way of telling stories is through her glass. All her “stories” are assembled and kiln-fired with the utmost personal care. Each one is an original work of art.

All of the pieces have a similar cheeriness to them—with slick bright colors that are easy on the eyes. Her jewelry is created in a variety of styles; some necklace pieces look like polished rocks while others are more intricate—with overlapping shapes and angles.

The plates and platters are created in the same style (bright, fun, chic) —but she also does commission work.


Virginia Berry – YazBerry Fashion

Using mostly recycled material, Virginia Berry hand makes an assortment of items including: purses, jewelry, clothing, table liners, and fabric colored journals. Honing her skills creating theatre costumes and participating in fashion shows during college, Virginia formed YazBerry Fashion after graduating.

Most of her items are one of kind. Virginia prefers not to mass produce items because it impedes her creative process, and since many of her products are made from recycled material—it is often difficult to find the same materials used to make a particular item again.

Using a multitude of techniques, Virginia makes purses from old dresses, dresses from old sweaters, and old kimonos into table liners. Much of her jewelry is made from objects she has found—she has even used old records to make earrings! Her specialty is in the elegant and the unusual

Come check out YazBerry Fashion this Saturday at the Riverwalk Market Fair. And remember, all items are sustainable and made entirely by hand!


Barbara Zaveruha

Barbara Zaveruha makes high fire stoneware, mainly on a Japanese style kick-wheel. She fires her stoneware in a kiln that reaches up to 2350 degrees F. This ensures a stone hard non-porous exterior that is also resistant to scratching and leaching.

Barbara’s passion began when she came across some clay next to her home. She decided to bring it home and do a little research. She ended up with pinch pots that she heated to completion in her fireplace. In her words she, “Loved it. Loved the idea of starting with earth and ending with dishes!”

From then on she began taking formal pottery classes. Most of her work is fired at the Halling kiln;  Barbara has plans for her own wood kiln soon.

All items are of extreme high quality and elegance. The designs on the various pieces are carved or stamped before being fired, and some are done in contrasting slip under a transparent glaze. She has styles ranging from Japanese to wheat grass Midwestern. Some are glossy while others have a tactile rustic look.

All items were made without the use of: lead, cadmium, or manganese and are microwave/dishwasher safe.

Come check out her wares down at Riverwalk Market Fair!