We are artist/designer, wife and husband duo, Sheila Weil and Joseph DeLuca. We met in college where Sheila was studying graphic design & studio art, and Joseph, creative writing & theatre. Since then we've travelled together, got married, bought a house, had kids, and have been sharing our lives and careers for over 25 years.
Happy Hive celebrates distinctive decor for beautiful homes. It is inspired by the places we travel, our love of nature, and by beautiful design. We believe that home is a person's most intimate space. A personal museum where we collect our memories and display our individual personalities. We love to design and create objects that become part of your beautiful home, your personal museum.
Sheila received her BFA in graphic design from Kent State University in 1994 where she also studied fiber arts. She continued her art education in ceramics at Akron University, as she was more drawn to creating with her hands than a computer. Moving to Austin, Texas in 1996, she continued her studies in ceramics, sculpture, and mosaics at Laguna Gloria.
She founded Sheila Weil Studios in 1997, specializing in mosaics and restaurant interiors. As a studio artist she showed her mosaic work and life sculpture in regional fine art shows and created commission pieces for private collectors. As an interior decor consultant to Austin area restaurants she created impact statement pieces in various mediums, designed and installed mosaic surfaces, and planned interior color schemes, executing decorative painting treatments for walls and surfaces.
Returning to Cleveland in 2000, she continued showing in prestigious art shows, working on public and private commissions, and creating interiors for restaurants. For the past ten years, Sheila has returned to her love of fiber arts creating artisan handmade wool felt pillows. She is often sought out by interior designers looking for the perfect accent piece for a room. Recently she created 90 wool felt applique pillows for London's newest boutique hotel, The Treehouse.
Joseph is a self taught graphic designer with a background in creative writing and theatre from Kent State University. He was a co-founder and the producer of the performance art group Meat Circus in the early to mid 90's.
After college, he worked as a project manager and consultant for the restaurant industry in Austin specializing in new openings. As an operations expert he worked closely with architects, interior designers, and professional trades on furniture and equipment lay out. He designed bespoke bars, wine storage cabinets, work space service furniture, and often worked with Sheila on designing statement pieces for interiors.
When he and Sheila returned to Ohio, he continued working as a project manager for the restaurant industry and began offering graphic design services to his clients. His design work has spanned from creating identities and menus to designing signage and wine labels.
Building on his experience designing large restaurant installation pieces, he and Sheila started pursuing public art contracts in the mid 2000's. They have created pieces in partnership with Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, the City of Lakewood, Citizen's Bank, Lakewood Alive, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority.