Flaherty House began as a bed and breakfast owned and operated by Bonnie and Joe Masslofsky in central Pennsylvania. She had been in the graphics and publishing world and Joe was a computer engineer before anyone had heard of a PC. As B&B owners they restored a grand Victorian gem while providing modern amenities and gourmet breakfasts. After 10 years of ownership they sold the property but continued to manage inns for another five years.
This brought them to the Eastern Shore of Maryland where Joe began a new hobby of
making jewelry using silver clay, semi-precious beads, pearls, sea glass that he and Bonnie picked up on the beaches and most recently semi-precious gemstones that they mine in North Carolina.
Today the adventure continues for both Bonnie and Joe. They continue to walk beaches wherever they travel to collect and use only natural sea glass to create one of a kind designs. Bonnie primarily wire wraps these pieces with sterling silver and 14k gold filled wire.
Joe has taught himself the lapidary art of cutting, shaping and polishing the gemstones that they mine in North Carolina. Many of his pendant designs begin as large minerals as great as softballs. They are then cut into thin slices to be shaped into their final polished form. Depending on the stone he will mount it in a sterling silver or gold filled pendant setting or the piece will be wire wrapped.
Occasionally smaller gemstones are made into earrings or mounted on a bangle bracelet.
NEW FOR 2019: JOE HAS RETURNED TO AN OLD FAVORITE OF HIS. In addition to continuing with his lapidary work, Joe has partnered with a friend to create handmade wood clocks, boxes and furniture. Many of the wood clocks and boxes are embellished with antique inlay or a gemstone. The boxes are for treasures, jewelry or specialty game sets. His furniture has included drop leaf and three legged tables in addition to a contemporary metal leg table and bench.
Flaherty House Specialties firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-410-200-8362
P.O. Box 404, St., Michaels, Maryland 21663