Vida Vazquez Studio is a line that celebrates authentic beauty through vibrant and playful handmade jewelry, wearables, and art for the home. All hand constructed myself in my Oakland home studio, I work with a variety of materials including polymer clay, brass, natural gemstones and reworked vintage. A practicing painter, my affinity for tropical color palettes is a recurring theme throughout my collections.
Our Winter 2019 catalog will be hitting mailboxes soon! You also can download a copy here.
All of our Winter classes are also available on our Studio Arts classes page.
However, our printed catalog does have an error and is missing a page. The missing page contains some classes from both the Painting and Fiber Arts Studios. We greatly apologize for the error. If you would like to download just a copy of that page, click here.
Due to unhealthy air quality, our galleries will be closed on Friday and Saturday. We hope that you had the opportunity to see our wonderful Fall exhibitions this season and we look forward to seeing you at the RAC for the Holiday Arts Festival on Sunday, December 2!
Please be safe and take care of yourself until we see you next!
Due to poor air quality this week, we are postponing our Mural Reveal Celebration with RYSE Center on Friday. We’ll let you know when it’s rescheduled so you can celebrate with us and the talented young artists who’ve created the wonderful mural in our courtyard.
About Donna’s work: “I am a jewelry maker, working with many techniques and materials: glass and semi-precious beads, metals (hand made ring chain, wire wrapping and metal smithing techniques), kumihimo and crochet. I like being regularly surprised by my own materials and finding new ways to put elements together to create mostly one-of-a-kind pieces. I describe my process as “creativity through chaos” to illustrate the jumble of materials I surround myself with when I’m working to design new pieces.”
Donna Jadis has been making jewelry for 15 years, starting with a simple project to make an interesting necklace for a special pendant. It’s grown from there to a passion and her main creative outlet, as well as a craft business that meets the modest goals of the artist/founder: “sell jewelry, buy more beads!”
About Stephen’s work: “I will be selling hand built ceramic items: sculptures, vases, bowls, dishes, etc.”
Stephen is a full-time mental health advocate and a very part-time aspiring ceramic artist.
About Ruraq Maki’s work: “Our products are made by incarcerated women in Peru and rural traditional weavers in Bolivia using traditional materials and techniques from the Andes. All our products are hand embroidered and hand woven by the women and they are paid fair trade standard wages. All the proceeds from our products go back to the women.”
Ruraq Maki is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit that creates economic opportunities for low income female artisans working with traditional crafts. Through fair trade practices and educational workshops Ruraq Maki creates a bridge between artisans and a global market, creating a world where women are economically and socially independent. Currently we operated the Yanamilla Prison Project for incarcerated women in Peru and Manos Independientes for rural female weavers in Bolivia.
Paul’s bio: Previously, I was an architect working in US, Spain and Switzerland, also trained as an industrial designer. Silverwork, woodcarving and ceramics are my passions. I use sterling silver sheets cut into shapes and assemble them using soldering, antique and polishing them to finish.
Helen’s bio: I am a ceramic sculptor and stained glass artist. I now also love working on my upcycled collages, which fall into the categories of ethnic, whimsical, abstract, and symmetrical. I find my objects everywhere and glue them on a wood backing.
About Nancy and Casey’s work: “Fun, fanciful and freaky hats, gloves and accessories. We’ll keep you warm and looking awesome. Something for everyone, from the sweethearts who love critters and toons, to the depraved who love monsters and zombies.”
Nancy has been knitting and crocheting since she was wee, and passed her skills on to Casey when she was in college. Nancy likes to look for inspiration and marinate on her ideas, Casey likes to fly by the seat of her pants. Nancy loves babies and toons, Casey loves animals and horror.
About Ralph and Deborah’s work: “Glass vessels (small), sculptural glass beads, copper-plated items and some finished jewelry are featured. All of our work is handmade, by us, in the Bay Area (specifically Downtown California.) Using a flame of over 4000 degrees, glass rods imported from Venice are melted and sculpted into fantasy creatures or blown into small, wearable vessels, suitable for containing ashes, stashes, wishes or genies. Embellishments of copper, feathers, wire and other natural materials add to the delight. Other techniques, such as bead-weaving and copper-plating are employed to create jewelry and objects of wonder. Our work is inspired by the natural world,underwater archaeology and the dark recesses of a fevered imagination.”
Bay Area natives Ralph, and his wife, Deborah, have been creating glass beads and jewelry since 1999. Ralph and Deborah are members of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. Ralph is our Glass Beadmaking Instructor at The RAC, and he can teach you how make them yourself!
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