Exceptional Artisan

Local Artisans’ Work Featured at 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Hamilton Township (Mercer County), May 27, 2013 — What do actors Jotham Annan, Stefan Konarske and movie producers Clay Epstein, Daniel Dreifuss and Doug Stone have in common with Hamilton Township artisan Wallace Kowrach, owner/principal artisan of The Exceptional Artisan, L.L.C.?

They were one of 50 international celebrities who each received one of his handcrafted wine bottle stoppers at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Kowrach’s work was part of a group of ten international artisans represented at the event by The Artisan Group (TAG), a prestigious juried guild of international artisans. TAG worked in conjunction with GBK Productions, the producers of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Gift Lounges to identify truly unique gifts for the Cannes celebrities.
For the festival, Kowrach designed a multilayered wood wine bottle stopper with a gold titanium body. Each bottle stopper contains a chamber with an original Origami artwork created by Hamilton Township artist April Zay.

Kowrach work is quite familiar to those in the entertainment industry. Last year over 100 A-List Hollywood celebrities received one of his handcrafted writing instruments at the 2012 Academy Awards.

An accomplished, professional artisan for the past five years Kowrach has designed and crafted a line of writing instruments, wine accessories and specialty gifts for men and women. He works primarily in wood, marble and acrylics.

“Working with April Zay on this project has truly been incredible. We are able to combine and refine each other’s ideas to develop an extraordinary piece of art,” he noted.

April Zay is the owner of Hamilton-based Hummingbird Arts, a fine art and design company. In addition to being a painter, April has been folding Origami from a young age. She loves working with beautiful handcrafted paper to create unique folded pieces.

Zay was thrilled to collaborate with Kowrach on such an exciting project. “I carefully chose the papers and Origami figures to create sophisticated pieces to accent Kowrach’s beautiful woodwork,” she said. “The bottle stoppers are truly unique.”