CofC Holiday Gift Guide for Faculty and Staff 2021

We all want to find the perfect gift – something special, quirky, and meaningful to show our loved ones how much we really care. Fortunately, we can find it right here at the College of Charleston!

This holiday season, look no further for gifts than our own staff and teachers! These talented and creative people make some truly beautiful and amazing items that will show all the special people in your life that you really, really care.

Check out their products and websites below, and feel good to know you’ve found the perfect thing for everyone on your list – while keeping it local and supporting your CofC community!

Selynne Ancheta owns Clayja Vu, specializing in handmade polymer clay earrings. (Photo provided)

Selynne Ancheta
Development Coordinator, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Business: Clayja Vu, specializing in handmade polymer clay earrings

Artist statement: Clayja Vu is my pandemic project turned passion project. I’ve always wanted to do something creative that energizes and motivates me. This is exactly what making polymer clay jewelry did. Over the past year, my self-confidence has grown in both my personal and professional life, and I truly believe it has now spread throughout my small business! I hope everyone who wears a pair of Clayja Vu earrings will feel confident and empowered.

Order: Shop for earrings by browsing Instagram @clayjavu and contact Selynne Ancheta directly to order via direct messaging or email [email protected]

Special Instructions: College of Charleston employees can contact Selynne Ancheta for a 10% discount. All orders must be placed before December 15, 2021.

the sweat of life

Erica Harrison-Jones ’04 is the owner of The Sweet Life of Cupcakes, specializing in sweet treats for all occasions. (Photo provided)

Erica Harrison-Jones ’04 (MPA)
Assistant Director of Scholarships, Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs

Business: The Sweet Life of Cupcakes SC, specialist in sweet treats for all occasions

Artist statement: My goal is to make people’s lives smoother, one command at a time. This is achieved by pouring love, passion and consistency into every cake, cupcake, cookie tin, or blondie box that leaves my door.

Order: Visit the Sweet Life of Cupcakes website to shop online, email [email protected] or send a private message via Facebook or Instagram @thesweetlifeofcupcakessc.

Special Instructions: College of Charleston employees will receive a 15% discount. Holiday orders will be accepted until December 13, 2021, and must be picked up or delivered by noon on December 24th.

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Austin Hunt ’19 owns Austin Hunt Portraiture, specializing in realistic hand drawn portraits. (Photo provided)

Austin Hunt ’19
Webmaster, Auxiliary Web and Mobile Department, Information Technology Division

Business: Austin Hunt Portraiture, specializing in the production of realistic hand drawn portraits, in digital and traditional media, with a signature style fueled by years of experience and a hyper focus on detail

Artist statement: I have built my life around computers and networks of digital connections, so I draw portraits mainly as a means of sayconnection – switch off and on again. I keep my appreciation of the details handy as I cross the border from code country to art country, but art country is a bit more colorful and forgives mistakes more so as not to generate messages error.

Order: Visit to order a custom portrait from me, or if you would like to order something cool with my work printed on it, you can visit my Redbubble store at https: // austinjhunt.

Special Instructions: No special instructions. Thérèse Curatolo’s digital drawing was made with Procreate on an iPad.

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Lauren Mann ’07 owns Southern Bloom Press, specializing in pressed flower art and ornaments. (Photo provided)

Lauren Whiteside Mann ’07
Senior Development Officer, Institutional Advancement Division

Business: Southern Bloom Press, specializing in pressed flower art, ornaments and interior design

Artist statement: My goal is to capture the beauty of nature by creating works of art using flowers and foliage. With Southern flair, treasured memories are lovingly preserved.

Order: Shop for artwork and ornaments by browsing the designs on Instagram (@southernbloompress) or the Southern Bloom Press website and contact Lauren Mann to order.

Special Instructions: No commissioned designs are accepted during this holiday season.

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Savannah Ramion owns Little Boss Lady Studios, which specializes in hand-turned pottery. (Photo provided)

Ramion of the Savannah
Associate Director of Multicultural Services, Residence Life

Business: Little Boss Lady Studio, specializing in handmade pottery such as mugs, mugs, bowls and planters. Occasionally there will be small paintings and needled items for sale.

Artist statement: With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics, I made it my goal to bring joy to others with my art. I am heavily influenced by my surroundings, I add sculptural work to my pieces and I use an underglaze for fine painterly details that cannot be achieved with glazes.

Order: Visit Little Boss Lady Studio and follow on Instagram @littlebossladystudio for store updates.

Special Instructions: Anything available on Little Boss Lady Studio can be purchased and picked up on campus

oceanic plates

Leslie Sautter owns Oceanica Designs, specializing in interior design featuring real marine organisms. (Photo provided)

Leslie Sautter
Associate Professor, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Business: Oceanica Designs, specializing in interior design with motifs of fish and other sea creatures. Items include fleece blankets, tea towels, pillows, coasters, mugs, aprons and more. Items for the little ones (small T-shirts, blankets and bibs) are also available.

Artist statement: My work uses real marine organisms, which I print on muslin. I then scan the image and create digital designs that can be used on a wide variety of products! Being a geologist, I also use photographs of some of my fossils for many designs.

TO Shop: Browse designs and products on Instagram @oceanica_designs or visit the Oceanica Designs website. If you are local, contact Leslie directly at 843.709.2665 or [email protected] and avoid shipping charges. You can shop in person at the Oceanica Designs booth at the Sea Island Farmers Market on Johns Island (2024 Academy Drive, 29455) on December 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., or at the Holiday Night Markets (same dates and location) from 4.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Special Instructions: All online orders must be placed by December 8th.

Path light crafts

Knox Smith owns Path Light Craftworks, specializing in high quality handmade leather products. (Photo provided)

Knox Smith
Director of Video Production, University Marketing Office

Business: Path Light Craftworks, specializing in handmade leather products like wallets, journals and jewelry

Artist statement: We’re Knox and Nia Smith, and we hope those who buy our products enjoy it as much as we did making them. We are continually learning and growing, and look forward to sharing some of life’s unexpected surprises with all of you!

Order: Visit the Path Light Craftworks website to shop online and check out the holiday market schedule (including Middleton Place, James Island, Daniel Island and Summerville markets) on Facebook and Instagram (@pathlightcraftworks).

Special Instructions: Gift certificates are also available.

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