Jen E at West Coast Craft

by Nancy on December 19, 2014


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!




 { Images by Lisa Wong Jackson }


Canoe at West Coast Craft

by Nancy on December 18, 2014


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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by Joanna on December 11, 2014


It’s that time of year again—gift-shopping season! I’m always on the lookout for gift-giving sources and my latest favorite is Hopscotch, a London-based online boutique. They believe in good design and have stocked the shop with some gorgeously hand-picked pieces. The mix is a curation of products from the U.K., along with works by international designers and vintage pieces from Europe. From yummy fragranced candles to linen pillows and pastel pens, they make for some truly unique gifts.

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 { Images via Hopscotch }


Kalon Studios

by Joanna on December 9, 2014


I am kind of always on the lookout for good furniture, to the point where my apartment sometimes feels like a revolving showroom. I’m in that phase of life where I’m finally starting to accumulate pieces that are meaningful, pieces I want to keep forever. Next on the list? Furniture from Kalon Studios, such as these adorable Stump stools or maybe even the Backcountry stool for all of my road-trip adventures.

With a devotion to sustainability, Kalon Studios uses renewable, biodegradable, non-toxic, and food-safe raw materials. In fact, being green is so important to them that they use a combination of both old and new manufacturing techniques to create their heirloom-quality furniture. For example, the Echo dresser is made with FSC-certified solid maple that is finished with non-toxic wood oil. It’s great when a firm is doing work that you can appreciate and admire on so many levels.

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Jude Allman Pottery

by Joanna on December 8, 2014


This holiday season, I’m trying to focus on giving gifts that are handmade and unique. Among my favorite lines is Jude Allman Pottery over on Etsy; it’s full of beautiful, hand-thrown stoneware pieces. Allman’s aesthetic is simple and uncluttered, making his wares a seamless fit into any kitchen.

I especially love the dipped line, which is reminiscent of landscapes. From pitchers to bowls to vases, these functional works of art are definitely on my list to give (and receive).

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