The common thread in Amanda Wright's pottery is simplicity and balance. Each of the traditional forms is charged with a modern spirit. The utilitarian art invites you to use each piece in daily life.
Inspired by the French “Art de Vivre,” Shujan created the Aplat Design Collection in homage to her family lifestyle in France, which involves daily rituals of sharing homemade food and wine. Combining her career in industrial design with her passion for the environment, her family, and the joy of giving, she has created products that are simply beautiful, thoughtfully crafted, and sustainably designed and made in San Francisco. Their origami design principle is inspired by the golden rectangle and highly engineered folds to create volume for infinite product creativity. Their patented design approach allows them to eliminate all hardware (no zippers, no buttons, no clasps) for superior quality and function to last generations.
In 1998, Agelio’s early ceramic work was chosen by the American Craft Museum (NY) to represent the best work in the country for artists under thirty in Young Americans. That same year, he made his first Graphite hand, which grew into he and his wife, Delia’s livelihood.
His graphite objects, 20 years in the making, have been sold in curated shops throughout the world including The Smithsonian Museum , The Museum of Art and Design NY, Noguchi Museum NY, DeVera NY, Bon Marche (Paris), Lane Crawford ( Hong Kong, Beijing), Beymen (Istanbul), The Garage (Moscow), and many, many more.
With a studio based in the Napa valley, she finds daily inspiration in her surroundings. A consummate dreamer with a relentless sense of adventure, she carries that sensibility in her jewelry design, challenging herself to create unique and novel pieces. From designs that celebrate the bond between mother and child to timeless pieces that reflect your personal style, Carrie's concept of design is about taking ideas rooted in the imagination and translating them into tactile pieces of wearable art.
Melanie Abrantes Designs is a Bay Area-based producer of handcrafted, heirloom objects. Melanie believes that in order to create something beautiful, you have to get your hands dirty. Working with a variety of unique materials, she strives to create products of the highest quality that are equally beautiful and functional. Through the technique of lathing, she turns simple pieces of solid wood and cork into one-of-a-kind bowls, plates, cups and stands. Her passion for woodworking originates from the simple fact that every piece is unique as the material it is made from. Time in the studio is dedicated to researching, testing and adapting the product to its user, resulting in a simple, yet unique object of the highest quality.
A feisty eastcoster, and a Pratt alumnus she brings a love of clean lines to organic forms. The work is made in her studio on a seven-acre farm dating back to the early 1900s. When not creating artwork she hosts guests on the farm for lodging, food, and art experiences. Holly also works as the Director of Admissions for The Oxbow School in Napa. Oxbow is widely considered the best high school art program in the nation and has close ties to local wineries.
Sonoma County based boutique Soap Cauldron is the home of the Three Sisters Apothecary a line of artisan soaps and skincare handcrafted in small batches in the centuries-old tradition with gourmet oils, butters, essential oils and botanicals. They are also the creators of a line of all-natural Canine bath and coat care, Soapy Tails. They choose to select ingredients directly from nature and transform them into nourishing and gentle products to cleanse and pamper the skin. The art of alchemy transforms simple ingredients from nature into nourishing and gentle bath & skincare to enhance the bathing experience.
Born and raised in Oakland, Cole grew up in a family of amazing chefs: his mom, Melinda cooked delicious meals every night including Saltimbocca, Beef Stew, Salmon to name just a few and his dad, John regularly barbecued ribs, steak, tri-tip, lamb chops and chicken.
Inspired by his parents, Cole started to mix his own seasonings whenever he was trying out new recipes. After meeting his wife Tsatsaa, who is from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the couple wanted to turn their dreams into a reality and bring a little tast of Mongolia to every kitchen and backyard bbq.
Wine Lover’s Jelly, created by husband and wife team Jason & Mercedes Stahlberger, sources Napa Valley wines and is hand batched in Napa, CA. Leftover wine is given a new purpose, creating a product that can be enjoyed in many ways including cheese boards, toasted sourdough with butter, PB&J sandwiches and as a glaze to meat and salmon! Mercedes’s journey with food has been a long curious process. She grew up in San Diego, CA with a culturally diverse family, primarily women, that have always enjoyed entertaining and sharing food with those they love. She is self-taught, working in restaurants across California and Chicago and calls her style of cooking “California Comfort” using seasonal, fresh, organic and diverse ingredients.
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