About The Xocolate Bar: “We use both traditional and nontraditional methods for making chocolates. All of our recipes are our own original creations. We use high quality ingredients, organic and local whenever possible. Some of our most popular items are: OMG Bar: honey roasted almonds and salted caramel dipped in organic dark chocolate; Tamarind Mango Buddha: a molded bonbon in the shape of a buddha with a fruity vegan filling; Cardamom Crunch Bar: caramelized cardamom seeds in organic dark chocolate. In addition to making our chocolates, we also make the wrappers, labels and some of the molds. Visual presentation is important to us.”
Malena Lopez-Maggi and Clive Brown are multidisciplinary artists. Malena received her MFA from Mills College in 2015 and currently has a studio at Headlands Center for the Arts. Clive makes intricately carved ceramics and colorful glass jewelry in addition to delicious chocolates. They use organic, fair trade chocolate to make bonbons, bars, bark, caramels, marshmallows, figurines and more. Our chocolates are mostly dark, with plenty of vegan options available. They strive to make them as beautiful as they are delicious.
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About Tess’ work: “My work is very modern, minimal and natural. I emphasize earthy stones like turquoise, moonstone, opal and quartz crystal with silver and gold detail that is unique enough to stand out and simple enough to be worn every day. I am an emerging jeweler in the Bay Area and my work stands out for its attention to detail, organic craftsmanship and a harmony with the stones used.”
Tess grew up in Cleveland, OH and studied illustration and metalsmithing in Chicago (at Columbia College Chicago) before moving to the Bay Area in 2013. Her aesthetic is a mixture of west-meets-midwest. She has studied under many jewelers, including Melissa Joy Manning of Berkeley and Sarah McGuire in Chicago, both of whose work appears in the Sundance Catalog—their techniques and tastes have influenced her work.
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About Mary’s work: “My current work is created with B-mix 5 clay or porcelain from Laguna Clay. I use non-toxic clear, black, and white glaze, black underglaze, and some gold luster for accent. I kiln fire the clay to cone 5 (2250 fahrenheit). If gold work is added, I apply gold and refire the objects to cone 18, to melt the gold onto the surface. I fire all of my work in an electric kiln or propane kiln. My focus work practice switched from the pottery wheel to handbuilding exclusively. Inspired by the English ceramist, Mary Rogers’ book On Pottery and Porcelain, a handbuilder’s approach. I enjoy the challenge of using minimal tools and my fingers to create shapes and forms. Once the forms harden from their greenware, soft state to a bone dry state I smooth and decorate my work with black underglaze. Once completed, all work then must be glazed and kiln fired. I make traditional functional vessels: cups, vases, planters, pipes and small functional sculptures; women, cats, and animals. I create small scaled objects for their intimacy, office cubicles, and small dwellings.”
Mary in the wilderness is a Queer femme maker of small sacred ceramic vessels, whimsical totems, and illustrations meant to lift the spirit and expand the imagination. Mary works predominantly in black and white to simultaneously simplify and magnify connectivity with my objects and drawings. Mary Tawfall (1975, Bangkok) is a self-taught illustrator and trained ceramicist. Exploring the images of women, men, animals, and geometric line work. Mary’s art is distinctive humorous, creative, whimsical, and her skills in portraying beauty in simple forms and imagery.
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About Raquel: “I paint with acrylics on canvas. I paint with watercolors on 140lb hot press watercolor paper. I have photography prints. I also create handmade silver earrings with Swarovski beads.”
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About Katie’s work: “I create small batch handcrafted, cruelty-free & sustainably sourced jewelry and sacred objects for your home: wall adornments, semi-precious gemstone altars, memorial jewelry, and more. I use lead-free stained glass (Tiffany Method / Copper Foil) tools and materials to encase ethically sourced, cruelty-free items from nature: butterfly and moth wings, snakeskin shed, feathers, and more.”
An artist and designer originally from Portland, Oregon, Katie J. Evans is inspired by the year-round color of the Bay Area environs and has enjoyed the process of allowing this muse to inform her distinct style of jewelry. Using glass and metal, she creates tangible representations of the beautiful and the visceral that are both regional and universal. Butterfly wings, feathers, bones, snakeskin, bees and other objects are chosen for their textures, shape, and colors as much as for the roles they play in the natural world.
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About Rajni’s work: “Adroit offers a small range of hand dyed and fiber products, with a focus on using natural materials to create ethical, sustainable and eco- friendly products handcrafted in small batches All materials are sourced from within the US and created in my home studio in Newark, each piece is dyed individually and then sewn into a beautiful wearable. I use natural fabrics and dyes, mostly indigo dye, I follow ancient Japanese Shibori dyeing methods, once the fabric is dyed, it is then sewn into wearables like box tops, kimonos etc, linen, khadi, bamboo cotton, raw silk are some of the fabrics that I use. I create women’s tops, ponchos, dresses and Shibori journals.”
Rajni incorporates basic geometric shapes and fluid abstract designs into her hand dyed and fiber products. She follows her intuition while creating and believes that each piece tells you a story When she is not creating, you will find Rajni teaching yoga, craft workshops or practicing healing.
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About Megan’s work: “My work is a reflection of my love of nature, and my interest in plant morphology. I am a Botanical artist working in graphite, ink and watercolor, with giclee prints and greeting cards available as well as original artwork. My aim is to capture a moment in the cycle of life and express its beauty and delicacy. I make botanical artwork, some traditional, some more contemporary. I work from real life specimens to create graphite drawings, which are then transferred and rendered in watercolor or ink. I paint with small sable brushes and often a magnifying glass, depicting as much detail as possible.”
Megan Godino is an artist, hairstylist, mother and tree hugger. Growing up in Colorado and California, Megan has spent countless hours exploring nature and is thrilled to have found botanical art as an expression of her interests. She lives in the East bay with her husband and two children.
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The Small Fry Crafts are one-of-a-kind, soft sculpture monsters, kitties, doggies, pins, stickers, and other assorted doodads. Each plush sculpture is handmade with love in my Oakland, CA studio.
Renetta Sitoy is a multimedia artist based in Oakland, CA. She works primarily in video, but doesn’t mind breaking out the sewing machine once in a while.
Wheel-thrown and hand-built porcelain ceramics.
Holly is a participating student/artist at the RAC for the past 14 years.
Every pot is a journey, then inventory, and the journey of sharing. Cone 10 stoneware vessels, wheel thrown and hand built. Wooden Assemblages.
About Gene: He has pursued ceramic work at Antioch College, Ohio, at Ms. St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, as a teacher and at the Richmond Art Center for a long time.