Kate Ellen, owner and curator of Crown Nine in Oakland, CA, believes that an appreciation for handmade goods is forged when consumers can meet the people behind the products. This connection is deepened when they see how their favorite things are made. So naturally, catching the artist in their studio is the most insightful place to look. From sketches, to tools, to the very surfaces they work on, a peek behind the curtain shows us not only their expertise but the muse for each covetable item.
Kate is such a strong believer that she has set out to bring this story to you. Each of Crown Nine’s artists have created a limited edition of exclusive jewelry for the shop known as A Rarity. As these designs were underway, she ventured into the shops each jeweler to give you a glimpse into who we are and what we do. Each month a new exclusive design is released paired with an interview with Kate and a visual studio visit by photographer Eva Kolenko (whose handiwork you’re seeing below)
The result is truly something special.
Catch my Rarity AVAILABLE NOW at Crown Nine’s website along with a stellar interview and photo tour of myself in action.
For more on the Aspen Bounty Earrings created for this project, check out this blog post!
Like what you see? Hop on over to Eva Kolenko’s site for more photo magic.
Big big things are happening round the shop as of late. Piles of jewelry are in the works as I prepare for a bustling holiday season and the introduction of some new stores to my set of stockists. All this activity would not be complete without a few appearances around town, so I’ll be vending at Urban Air Market next Sunday, August 18th in San Francisco. You’ll find this FREE one-day-only event at Pier 70 in San Francisco’s Dogpatch district. I’m a fan of the Dogpatch not only because I was married there this summer, but also because I feel it’s creative potential bursting at the seams. Throw in a couple of food trucks and some great shopping and it’s a done deal. Join me as I show off your favorite designs as well as samples and one-of-a-kinds for a steal!
Urban Air Market
Pier 70 @ 22nd Street, San Francisco CA
I know you are all anxiously awaiting the results of today’s display assembly, but I couldn’t resist sharing what’s new! These beauties are rose cut sapphires in delicious pastel tones. They’re large, natural colors and set within brushed sterling silver mountings. Come see them in person next weekend at CAPSULE, if they last that long!
Catch me at my first design festival this September! I’ll be showcasing my goods alongside Jenny Windler at the Capsule Design Festival on September 18th in Hayes Valley! We’ll be conveniently located in booth #50 at the corner of Octavia and Ivy. I look forward to seeing you!