Jen E at West Coast Craft

by Nancy on December 19, 2014

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A few months ago, Joanna wrote a post about Jen Kuroki’s ceramics. Her playful and modern pieces stayed with me, and I instantly recognized her work when I ran into her booth at last week’s West Coast Craft show. I was excited to meet Jen and to see her ceramics in person, and felt like a little kid in a candy store. The colors she uses are so deep and vibrant, yet her designs have a subdued quality to them.

Her small dishes and vases are so versatile, that they would make perfect gifts. You can find Jen E’s handmade and one-of-a-kind ceramics in her Etsy shop. I took home two items with me, and after looking through these pictures, I regret leaving the third one behind!

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 { Images by Lisa Wong Jackson }

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Art-o-carton

by Anh-Minh on December 18, 2014

art-o-matI can’t resist an Art-o-mat. The few times I’ve come across one, I’ve made a beeline for the machine and never been disappointed in the little works of art it dispenses. For those unfamiliar with Art-o-mat: They’re retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to purvey original art. Although there are more than 100 of them all over the country—you can see the locations here—it’s not always easy to get to one. Which is why I was thrilled to learn that you can buy an Art-o-carton. For $99.99, you get a box of 10 works that are selected for you based on a questionnaire you submit during your purchase transaction.

I might have to order an Art-o-carton as a gift to myself!

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{ All images from Art-o-mat; the photo above shows a sample Art-o-carton. }

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Canoe at West Coast Craft

by Nancy on December 18, 2014

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Austin, Texas, is still on my “Places to Visit” list. Lucky for me, a little bit of Austin came to San Francisco at the West Coast Craft show last week. Created by Natalie Davis, Canoe is a handmade leather home goods, accessories, and art line. Natalie uses traditional tooling and construction techniques, and creates modern pieces inspired by vintage workwear, well-worn boots, and outlaw country music.

Each item looks like it will last a lifetime, and only get more beautiful over the years. Something from Canoe would not disappoint the people on my holiday list that appreciate good design and well-made accessories!

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anthology-mag-blog-canoe5{ All images by Lisa Wong Jackson }

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My husband and I love old cars. He once restored a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle, and we can’t seem to let go of our 1985 Toyota pickup truck. So of course I was drawn to the Half Hitch Goods space at last week’s West Coast Craft show. Owner and curator Carrie Caillouette created a boutique on wheels—which she calls her Rolling Shoppe—out of her Volkswagen Vanagon T3. Inspired by the process of gifting, Half Hitch Goods offers heirloom treasures that are one-of-a-kind and handmade by artisans.

The truck may look small, but it is able to carry a lot of merchandise, so you’ll be able to find gifts for the easiest to the pickiest. The Half Hitch Goods Rolling Shoppe is usually set up around the San Francisco area, and you can keep track of where it will be here. For those of you outside of the Bay Area, fortunately, there’s also an online shop.

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{ All images by Lisa Wong Jackson }

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Micaela Greg at West Coast Craft

by Nancy on December 16, 2014

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When I first walked into Micaela Greg‘s booth at the West Coast Craft show, I was oohing and aahing over their soft and beautiful knitwear for women. Then out of the corner of my eye, I found a table with their kids’ line. I brought along my friend, Lisa, to take pictures at the show, and we just about fell over when we saw these adorable sweaters and sweatpants for babies and toddlers.

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Micaela Greg is founded by two sisters, Marie and Karen Potesta, and all of their clothing is made in California. They use the softest Italian yarn—the kind that you want to wear all day and just live in. The kids’ sweatpants have modern and cute geometric patterns, and coordinate perfectly with their striped sweaters!

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{ All images by Lisa Wong Jackson }

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