Journal

  • 'Art in the Barn' with Forever Friends Christine Peters and Anita Roelz

    A love of the Maine coast, morning light, the meeting of metal and hammer, and finding the perfect stone... In our new ‘Art in the Barn' series, we interview artists to gain insight that goes beyond process and gets to the root of inspiration.

    The Good Supply host Catherine McLetchie sat down recently with metalsmiths Christine Peters of Christine Peters Jewelry and Anita Roelz of Circle Stone Designs to have a conversation about their friendship, the state of Maine, and how they continue to better their craft.


    Styles varying from polished, delicate flowers to bold, textured shapes, and light silver chain to leather cord... Christine and Anita may have differing aesthetics; however their approach is very much the same. The metal of choice, finding the perfect stone, and letting the tools lead guide both artists in their processes.

    While Christine occasionally starts a piece by sketching and formulating a plan, both find that materials are the best guides. 

    The Good Supply Midcoast Artisan Store Made in Maine USA Original Christine Peters Fine Silver Jewelry Bauble Ring on Lupine

    Christine came to jewelry design in her early twenties after studying sculpture. While self taught she found working with fine metals “just clicked”. Her designs are simple and elegant, layering on imagery she collects on morning walks and living in Maine. Delicate silver flowers or bold stones circled by gold baubles, Christine's work is playful and elegant. Her confidence in exploration creates a beautiful, evolving body of work.

    The Good Supply Midcoast Artisan Store Made in Maine USA Original Anita Roelz Circle Stone Designs Statement Ring

    Anita is moved by her hammers. A collector of antiques for years, she creates unique textures with hammers that have been used for decades. Some have been altered to her specifications by a bladesmith to hold patterns of her design. Honoring the history of her tools, Anita creates pieces that are both primitive and contemporary. They command to be reckoned with, invoking a sense of sacredness.

    The Good Supply Midcoast Artisan Store Made in Maine USA Christine Peters Jewelry and Anita Roelz of Circle Stone Designs

    At the center of their relationship as professionals is a bond grown stronger through mentorship. Christine has helped guide Anita’s growth as a metalsmith and in turn the two have formulated a wonderful friendship. Having another creative to bounce ideas off strengthens both of their work. The limits are lessened and permission to play and explore is granted. In developing their independent styles while leading the cheering section for the other, they are truly stronger together.

  • Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox in Maine

    There seems to be a consensus these days that time is moving in unfamiliar ways... Our usual work and school routines have been disrupted and look very different due to COVID-19. 

    The Good Supply Midcoast Artisan Store Made in Maine USA Lobster Boat Scene

    The markings of what makes a day, a week, month, are consistent only in nature.

    We have a calendar here at the Good Supply, a few calendars actually. Each tracks different projects through blocks of time. A smaller weekly calendar sits on top of the monthly as a magnifier, you are here. 

    The Good Supply Midcoast Artisan Store Made in Maine USA Red Leaves in Fall

    Our monthly calendar is the heart of our office.

    A bit like Hal2000 - Space Odyssey, for those who need a movie recommendation - it is an omnipresent reminder of our mission and keeps us from straying too far off course.

    Our curator Catherine is an enthusiastic doodler. Days are marked in bright marker with little drawings scattered across the pages. Holidays, meetings, election days (!), birthdays, events (stay tuned), all with their own flare. 

    The Good Supply Midcoast Artisan Store Made in Maine USA Calendar

    This year however, the true art on those monthly pages was created by mandala artist and photographer Kathy Klein. We purchased her 2020 calendar Dānmālā, by Gladstone Media, at Rising Tide Food Coop in Damariscotta.

    Each month features a new intricate mandala created entirely with elements from nature. Flower petals, stamens, leaves, shells, seeds, and rocks are arranged in a perfect outward reaching circle full of color and texture. The images are beautiful and grounding providing a vibrant place to land each morning to go over the day to come. 

    The Good Supply Midcoast Artisan Store Made in Maine USA Fall Mandala

    The Autumnal Equinox inspired us to create a mandala in reference to Kathy's work for the coming season. Fall in Maine is upon us, and the need for sweaters and wool hats in the barn is an honest reminder. The changing leaves and fall flowers, along with treasures from the barn, helped us create our own offering. We focused on color, vibrancy, texture, and room to breathe.

    Along with elements collected from our dooryard, we integrated pieces from eight artists: Enamel necklaces in mustard yellow oyster silhouette by Kate Mess, Porcelain palm-sized oval bowls by Monohonako, Sustainably-harvested wooden mosaic design tiles and cardinal doorstops by Maple Landmark, Recycled lobster rope garland by Cape Porpoise Trading Company, Iron 'S' hooks by Bitters Co., Crocheted silk and oxidized silver scalloped necklace by Bent Metal, Brass serving spoons by Erica Moody, and Beeswax birthday candles by Danica Design

    The Good Supply Midcoast Artisan Store Made in Maine USA Dancing on the Beach in Fall

    Here’s to finding a new rhythm and holding the golden light of the shortening days! Welcome Fall 2020!