Must-Know Bay Area Makers
What better way to kick off the New Year than with some inspiring new creations from local Bay Area designers! We curated a few of our favorite recent discoveries for handmade goods for the home – the perfect way to add style to your life and to support local designers. Win, win!
Totem Ceramics // Berkeley
Totem is a local pottery studio selling handcrafted ceramic dishware inspired by natural forms, simplicity, and traditional craft. We especially love the beautiful matte blue thistle mug and the crackle oatmeal bowl shown above. You can order from their online shop or through select San Francisco boutiques such as The Podolls and The Perish Trust.
Jenny Pennywood // San Francisco
Jenny Pennywood is a home textile line focused on created small batch, locally made, everyday products. Napkins, tea towels, and pillows are screen-printed in whimsical, painterly patterns using water-based inks in her Bayview studio. Shown above: See Sun for Jenny Pennywood Napkins in Midnight/Pebble + Dashes & Moons Tea Towel in Charcoal.
West Perro // Oakland
West Perro is a collection of American Southwest-inspired hats, wall hangings, and jewelry. All pieces are handmade by artisan Jimmy Brower at his Oakland studio using cotton threads, leather cords, maple wood, and polymer clay. The simple graphic shapes and fresh color palettes of blush and black are very on trend. The Sonoran sunset wall hanging and Sabino Canyon Necklace (shown above) are two of our top picks.
Zelma Rose // Marin
Zelma rose specializes in unique jewelry pieces made from natural fibers. She weaves every piece with hand-dyed cotton and hemp fibers at her studio in West Marin. Her designs can be found in partnerships with West Elm and Anthropologie and on her website. Our favorites are the Saguaro Fringe Necklaces and the Estero Handwoven Necklace in indigo.
Melanie Abrantes Designs // Oakland
Melanie Abrantes Designs sells handcrafted goods made from natural cork and wood. She also offers woodworking kits and carving workshops at her Oakland studio. We love her geometric, Bauhaus-inspired coasters and trivets and her petite cork and wood candleholders (shown above).