Meet the Makers Behind Source and Tradition

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay in the former Applegate’s Hardware Store in Bay Head, New Jersey, Alexandra Vaga and Shayne Boyle operate an inspired and unique ceramics studio and gallery. Lightly renovated to preserve the integrity and stories occupied by the original Jersey Shore business, the space is currently filled with all manner of coastal inspired ceramic objects. 

While toasty kilns fire around the clock, artists Vaga and Boyle can enjoy salty breezes from the ocean and daily reflections of the sunset off the Scow Ditch directly outside their back door. A revival in more ways than one, 524 Lake Avenue welcomes the community to reflect on the heritage of New Jersey’s coastal regions, while also showcasing local talent and original art of all mediums. 

Trained as a fine woodworker, bronze sculptor and ceramic artist, Vaga is also a mother of three and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Her work has been exhibited in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Architectural Digest, and reviewed by the Associated Press. Her work graces the homes of private clients, former presidents, the pages of cookbooks and magazines, as well as fine restaurants such as Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Michelin starred Jean-Georges and The Fulton at Pier 17 in New York City. 

Before setting down roots in Bay Head, Vaga apprenticed with some of the country’s best known furniture makers, bronze sculptors, and a third-generation boat builder. Ultimately, these experiences led her back to her first love – clay. Alexandra says, “I find endless inspiration from the coastal environment that surrounds me, my own cultural heritage, and in the baking of bread.”

Boyle is a surfer, painter, sculptor, father and self-described “child of the sea.” His paintings are heavily inspired by the impressionist movement and his time living in Bali where he developed a deep understanding and appreciation of color. He maintains a studio in the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park where he loves to paint seasonal flora. Boyle also specializes in sculpting the large, oversized vessels at Source and Tradition. He and Vaga live on a historic houseboat at the head of the bay, where he is able to practice his naturalist skills. 

Shop Source and Tradition online at http://www.sourceandtradition.com.