Meet the Artists
Steven Wardle & Barbara Knowlton
Steve, a second generation Goldsmith, began his training in the late nineteen sixties at the elbow of his father, the late Alfred H. Wardle, Professor of metalwork at the Munson Williams Proctor Institute in Utica, New York. There he absorbed the finesse that his father used in silversmithing and jewelry work. Steve later became his father''s assistant instructor at the Institute. A BFA from The Rochester Institute of Technology''s School of Fine and Applied Art followed. After Graduation, Steve entered into partnership in The Gold Mine, Inc., a fine jeweler and manufacturing establishment that is now enjoying its thirty-second year in New Hartford, New York. He has built quite a following of custom design work customers who have sought him for his natural forms and inventive design solutions. A sailor and a cyclist, Steve enjoys getting around Cape Cod.
Barb received her BFA and MS degrees from Syracuse University''s School of Visual and Performing Arts. Her career has consisted of more than a decade of the instruction of fine art and ceramics. She has more recently been applying her creative color skills to jewelry design. Her color sense makes her very popular with her clients. Barb is an A.S.C.A. certified level four swimming coach and has guided many young people and teams to successful swimming careers. Her other passion is surfing! Pinky, as she is known on the waves, is an accomplished surfer, logging in more than 100 sessions per year. In 1994 Barb and Steve opened Forest Beach Design in order to do the work they love in the place they love. Barb and Steve, who are husband and wife, make their home in Chatham along with their daughter Whitney.