About Theresa’s work: “My work have clean contemporary lines and refined aesthetics. They appeal to a large audience in the Bay Area. My collectors treasure my work because of the timeless designs and ease of wear. I use recycled sterling silver and semi precious gemstones to create necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets. I use traditional techniques to carefully fabricate my work one piece at a time.”
Theresa is a full-time jewelry metalsmith, creating all her work in her home studio in San Mateo. Originally, she obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley. Jewelry design and Architecture are both 3-dimensional art that she is passionate about.
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About Kasey’s work: “Silver & Bone is a jewelry business that I own and operate in Oakland, California that uses recycled metal and re-purposed organic material. I’m currently working on launching the community aspect of my business, the Compassion Collection. This rotating collection will focus on non-profit organizations within the community by highlighting their work with uniquely designed pieces and giving them support with 25% the proceeds.”
Kasey graduated from Humboldt State University in 2013 with a BA in Jewelry & Small Metals and Art Education. Since then, she has worked for designer Melissa Joy Manning, become a graduate of the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and a faculty member at The Crucible. Kasey enjoys continuing to expand her education by learning new skills in multi studies (ceramics, leather, fabrics, watercolors) and using that passion to help others.
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About Marilyn’s work: “I integrate functional ceramics with unique, whimsical imagery with a narrative content. Most of my ceramic pieces are porcelain. I seek to connect and engage the viewer in my work.”
Marilyn is a longtime ceramicist, who has lived in the Bay Area most of my life. Her choice of medium, clay, has allowed her to challenge myself in both 2d and 3d. This emphasis has allowed her to reach a diverse audience.
About Astrid’s work: “I design and create hand embroidered and beaded jewelry and home decor in my home studio in San Francisco, CA.”
Astrid is a local Bay Area maker who incorporates hand embroidery in jewelry design and home decor. Her background is in the Arts, Cultural and Medical Anthropology and Expressive Art Therapy.
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About Elaine’s work: “I will be showing handbound books/journals, block-print greeting cards, jewelry, and sock creatures. I often use recycled materials to create my whimsical and functional items. I use traditional bookbinding methods combined with modern and recycled materials for my books. I carve slabs of rubber and also create beeswax collages to make greeting cards. Glass and metal beads and mahjong tiles are some of the materials in my jewelry. I also convert socks into plush toys.”
Elaine is an an artist/educator with a background in graphic design and music. She is a co-author of “Wood, Paper, Scissors,” a how-to crafts book. Her work has been published in Greencraft, Somerset Studio Gallery magazines and a number of art books.
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About Karen’s work: “I am a metalsmith/jewelry artist located in the East Bay. I work in precious metals [sterling silver and 14k gold] and augment with high quality gemstones and other media. I hand fabricate wearable art in the form of earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings. In addition, I make malas and other kinds of prayer beads from precious metals and traditional wood accented with sterling silver. I am also introducing small vessels [boxes, bowls, etc.] in the coming months.
I make sterling silver jewelry [sometimes accentuated with 14k gold]. I hand-hammer, forge, wire wrap, bezel set, fold-form and otherwise manipulate precious metals that are accentuated with high quality gemstones, cowrie shells, bone, horn and occasionally, herkimer diamonds.”
Karen is an East Coast transplant though she has lived in the Bay Area now for 20 years. She came to this artistry after major life changes; as a self-taught artist, the joy she receives in using her body to create beautiful and functional items is unmatched in her adult life. She is also a certified mindfulness facilitator and consultant and brings the practice of mindfulness to the work she does. Karen’s motto is: mindfulness + function + beauty.
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About Olivia’s work: “I make minimal, bold jewelry out of precious metals and acrylic. I hand carve, sand, and polish ultralight acrylic that is then complemented with gold-filled or silver elements. I also fabricate the ring bands for the rings my collection. For my silver and bronze jewelry, I work with a family casting business to cast small batches. After receiving cast items, I then file, sand, polish, and patinate each piece. Recently, I’ve started making minimal leather accessories with a muted palette.:
Olivia Shih is an artist and jewelry designer based in Oakland, California. She earned her BFA in Jewelry and Metal Arts from the California College of the Arts, and her wearable sculptures and jewelry have been exhibited internationally. Currently, she works as an artist assistant in San Francisco and writes for Art Jewelry Forum. Olivia Shih offers jewelry for the bold and the inquisitive. Celebrate your inner iconoclast with ultralight acrylic jewelry that evokes the edgy look of stone but defies gravity and expectations.
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About Patricia’s work: “I combine silversmithing techniques with beading, some leather work and forging. My goal is to create unique one of a kind jewelry at affordable prices. I am inspired by nature and love creating leaves and other natural looking pieces. I make bezel set pendants, often using druzies as the stone. I also use my roller mill quite often creating patterns in sterling silver and other metals such as leaves. Most of my work is done with silversmith techniques.”
Patricia became a jewelry fanatic some years ago starting with beading. She moved on to metal clays studying with Hadar Jacobson in Albany. She is currently am enrolled in Jewelry design classes in College of Marin and hopes to take classes at RAC in the near future.
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About Suzane’s work: “I create fun and unusual jewelry out of up cycled materials and /or traditional materials like silver and copper. I consider my jewelry to be wearable sculpture and I make a few standing pieces with similar techniques and style.I have also turned my hobby of making tiny hats for squirrels into a photography project and sell these images as cards.”
Suzane is a working artist living and creating in Oakland. She graduated from SFAI with a degree in painting and printmaking, but she focuses most on sculptural media today. She currently shows her work at City Art Gallery in SF and ACCI Gallery in Berkeley.
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About Xan’s work: “I believe art is essential for life. It has the power to drive our spirit, enlighten us, deepen us, make us consider thins that were before hidden to us, and expose us to things we didn’t know existed. I love art that beautifies as well as art that is practical, so that it an become an integral part of every aspect of our lives.
I start be creating photographs of primarily urban decay settings, sometimes enhanced by nature, to draw out what i was sensing and feeling while . I took the piece. I sometimes use photocollage for the same reason; to not only get sat what I was seeing, but what I was feeling as well. From there I make smaller versions in the form of art cards. I send my designs off to a company to produce high quality reproductions. Then I use my designs to create jewelry, clothing, leather goods, and textiles. I use a company called VIDA that uses high quality materials and only individual artists, as a way to support our vision.”
Xan was very creative from a young age. She was a shy introverted child and would amuse herself by creating fantasy worlds in her head. In high school, depressed and using drugs regularly, she found additional refuge with kindred spirits in art classes, and later, after going on her own extended vision quest through the streets and drugs of Seattle, SF, and L.A., she finally made it to the other side and obtained a BFA in painting and another on printmaking at the University of Washington. She moved to SF for grad school, but quickly became disheartened by the atmosphere she found herself in and dropped out, she learned how to play again and enjoy the process, always living with a studio in her apartment, following her muse, which she still does to this day. Xan is still exploring, still wondering, still curious about what direction she’ll be shown to next, on this beautiful journey.
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