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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About May’s work: “I’m drawn to many mediums, but lately I’ve focused on leather and finding ways to build functional, wearable pieces. I have a background in traditional illustration and have been working with leather for almost 10 years. I take inspiration from my ancestry, human anatomy, patterns and shapes, reptiles and the surreal.
All of my pieces use leather as a medium, including jewelry, small goods, accessories and bags. I incorporate original, hand painted artwork into most of my wearable pieces and some small leather goods. I use a combination of hand techniques (hand cutting, hand stitching, hand painting and so on), plus manually operated tools and machinery. Every piece begins and ends with me, from initial design to final packaging – I’m a solo maker.”
May discovered her interest in art when she was in grade school. She received her BFA in Illustration and Animation from San Jose State University, but did not pursue a career in art. Instead, she found herself working in the mass manufacturing of various products, mostly in the fashion industry.
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About Kristen’s work: “My jewelry is crafted by hand with love and an eye for beauty. Bronze, silver, gemstones and vintage findings are combined to create pieces that link elements of nature and spirit to the power of personal expression and self adornment. I believe that everything is connected from the tiniest leaf to the moon in the sky and my pieces are meant to remind the wearer of their connection with this great mystery, of the beauty that resides in them and in all that surrounds them.
I make earrings, rings, and necklaces using a combination of metals, vintage findings, semi precious stones, and precious metal clay. I use home made stamps, molds, plant material and etchings of my own photographs to create many of my pieces. I love stones and vintage items which I take apart and re-purpose in my jewelry designs. I also like to mix bronze and silver metal clay pieces with traditional metal work.”
Kristin studied art history and photography at UC Santa Cruz and spent many years as a fine art photographer exhibiting and selling her work around the country. She transitioned into jewelry design 6 years ago, starting her own business and selling her designs in local stores, art festivals, as well as online. She has been teaching precious metal clay workshops for 3 years and just taught one for the first time at the Richmond Art Center.
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About Andrea’s work: “My ceramic pieces are wheel-thrown, burnished, and then naked raku, saggar, or horsehair fired. My pate de verre (literally “paste of glass”) pieces are made with crushed color glass the consistency of sand and fired to the point where it just fuses, but retains its sandy texture. Color, pattern, texture, visual depth, tactile as well as visual experience are important facets of my work.”
Andrea is a ceramic, glass, encaustic, & fiber artist living & working in Oakland. Although primarily self-taught, she has taken numerous classes and workshops, and has tremendous gratitude for the generosity and support of her instructors (including many at Richmond Art Center). She is inspired by the colors, patterns, textures whether man-made or natural that she sees around her every day while walking, hiking, or biking.
About An Li’s work: “I design and hand-print nature-inspired, graphical apparel for women, men, kids and babies. I use high quality, water-based, toxic-free inks and premium sweatshop-free garments. My work is minimal, whimsical, light-hearted and easy to wear!”
An Li is an artist, designer, maker and adventurer originally from Toronto, Canada, now living in the Bay Area. She is also a painter and ardent yoga practitioner having been a teacher in the past. She runs her screen-printing business, Slow Moon Rise, from her studio in West Berkeley.
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About Danielle’s work: “Inspired by folklore, 90’s cartoons, decay, travel, femininity and the occult, my work weaves sugar, spice and everything nice, with trash, filth and decay, to create a world that is equally inviting and perturbed. In doing so, these two concepts mirror each other, feed into one another, and finally become one another. A place where the macabre shines through sugarcoated illusions, and what was once discarded is rebirthed into nuanced beauty.”
Danielle is a printmaker, muralist, and illustrator based out of Oakland, CA, who also likes to build pop up books, playhouses and installations. She has exhibited internationally from the Long Island Children’s Museum to Islington Mill, in Manchester England. She has painted murals internationally from Mexico City to Berlin. Danielle has been running a small online business, where she sells her own artworks, out of her home since 2010.
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