Joshua Haiman & Holly DeFount

Arabesque-PortraitSMJoshua Kositsky Haiman is an accomplished jeweler and blacksmith from a diverse family of Berkeley artisans and innovators. His love of the hammer and forge led him to silversmithing and fine jewelry design, which he first studied at the College of Marin under Michael Chaillé. Later at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Joshua fell in love with Argentium® Silver as his primary smithing medium. He also enjoys working with gold and making his own rose gold alloys from specially sourced fair-mined ore. Joshua is a member of the Argentium® Silver Guild, and is passionate about sustainable jewelry and mining practices (Argentium® is 100% recycled). He is also a member and volunteer coordinator of Ethical Metalsmiths, a non-profit organization focused on responsible mining, sustainable economic development and verified, ethical sources of materials used in making jewelry. 

In addition to his jewelry work, Joshua is passionate about dance in all its forms. Rounding out his love of traditional ballroom waltzes and polkas, Joshua learned Scottish Country dancing in his teens and competed nationally in Scottish Highland Dance for several years. In 2009, he was certified as an instructor by the British Association of Teachers of Dance and currently teaches Scottish Highland dance as well as performing regularly with Victorian dance troupe, Le Cancan Bijou.

Joshua and Holly have collaborated on jewelry design for many years, but made it official shortly after getting married in September of 2013.

HollyheadshotHolly is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area with a passion for the arts since she was old enough to hold a crayon. Holly earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts & Crafts (now CCA) in 1996, with a focus on painting and printmaking, and has been blogging and writing fiction since 2003. At CCA she developed her love of art history and classical painting, although her art career has included interior decorative painting and murals, graphic design, textile design, and freelance illustration for over two decades. In 2011 she challenged herself to create one piece of art every day, and from that The Incidental Tarot was born, her first complete self-published original art tarot deck and companion book (published by Hunt Press).

Holly continues to pursue her fine art in addition to working in jewelry, drawing inspiration from the esoteric arts, mythology, magic and alchemy. To learn more about Holly’s fine art, visit her Etsy shop.