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Bolo ties by Janelle Gramling.

Artist of the day: Janelle Gramling

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Janelle Gramling is a primarily self-taught fiber and ceramic sculptor living and working in Milwaukee's Clarke Square neighborhood. She has shared a large studio space with her husband, woodworker Matthew Gramling, for almost five years in a warehouse building on South 23rd Street. The couple share a home nearby with their four children.

"I create functional home goods and jewelry as well as wall sculptures," says Gramling. "I'm inspired by material and I am motivated to explore the ways that materials tell stories through form, weight and texture. I am also inspired by symbolism. I just recently started a year-long series interpreting the zodiac."

A large portion of Gramling's business comes from selling her art wholesale to small boutiques all over the US and Canada.

"The pandemic has closed all of these shops and my wholesale orders have completely died," says Gramling. "This has been devastating for me as we rely on this income to support our family."

Gramling is working harder than ever to promote her online shop.

"I'm offering free shipping to anywhere in the US right now," says Gramling.

To see more of Janelle Gramling's work, click here.

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