Critique Collective: Jewelry & Metal Arts Open Studios

November 3rd, 2014

open studios 2014

It’s that time of year again for Artspan SF Open Studios and me and 4 artists from my critique crew are getting together for the 4th year to show and sell our work, this time in Russian Hill. We’ve got quite the range of jewelry and metalwork, from handmade paper and metal, fine jewelry with gold and gemstones, urban edge with a graffiti flair sterling silver jewelry, LEGO, plus housewares such as forged candlesticks and cast pewter wine stoppers (dogs in outfits!), napkin ring holders, christmas ornaments and MORE!

November 8-9, 2014, 12-6pm
Hosted by California Yoga Company (where I teach yoga!)
1830 Polk St @ Jackson St, SF CA 94109
Check out our Facebook Event for this trunkshow

View the pdf poster.

I’ve been busy busy in the studio making new necklaces and a new winter color palette for the basic bracelets, both in the taller 1×6 and shorter 1×4 styles. And new Kids bracelets!

emiko-o fall 2014 bracelets emiko-o kids bracelets 2014

David Casella – DAC Metals  
Derek McKay Duncan – DMD Metals
Kelly Nedderman
Reed Sullivan – Kitchen Castings

If you’re a radio listener, tune in to KPFA 94.1FM in the Bay Area, Monday Nov 3 @ 1:30pm for Women’s Magazine – you’ll hear Kate Raphael interview me and 2 other women artists, Katie Sawyer Rose and Carmen Meléndez Lugo, about our work and plug Open Studios. Can’t tune in at that time? You can listen to archived show here:

KPFA interview

emiko-o at The Smithsonian Craft Show 2014

April 7th, 2014

smithsonian craft show

smithsonian craft show Artists

It’s been a whirlwind 2014 so far as I’ve spent the last 3 months non-stop working in the studio on new work, new colorways, and ever improving the fit of best-sellers, all for this amazing opportunity to show at the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show! Washington DC, here I come with 20 lbs of my LEGO jewelry! An opportunity of a lifetime and I hope any of you emiko-o reware fans in the local vicinity will drop by and check out this amazing show – it’s the creme de la creme of the craft world, only 123 artists are chosen!
smithsonian Auction emiko-o

Can’t make it to the show – you can bid on my new Orchid 1×6 Limited Edition bracelet in the Smithsonian Online Auction  April 7 – 22, 2014. Proceeds fund the Smithsonian museums & galleries, research facilities and National Zoo.


Smithsonian Craft Show
April 10-13, 2014
National Building Museum
401 F Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001     MAP
emiko-o reware: Booth #104

TRANSIT: Judiciary Square Metro Station (red line)

emiko-o jewelry spring 2014

Wednesday, April 9    6:30-9:30   Special Ticketed Preview
Thursday, April 10     10:30 am- 8:30 pm
Friday April 11            10:30 am- 8:30 pm
Saturday April 12       10:30 am- 5:30 pm
Sunday April 13         11:00 am- 5:00 pm (am street closures due to Cherry Blossom Parade)

TICKETS: $15 one-day pass, $25 two-day pass

PINwheel and 1x6 pin On Blazer

NEW: Eggplant PINwheel & Rambla 1×6 pins

Open Studios @ Truesilver Gallery

October 25th, 2013

SF open studio Jewelry Collective

OCTOBER 26-27, 2013, 11am-6pm
4391 24th St (at Hoffman), SF CA 94114   map

Fall has finally settled into the city and it’s time to start thinking about the holidays and what better way than checking out San Francisco’s Annual Artspan Open Studios! I’m part of a metals and jewelry group, “The Jewelry Collective” that will be selling our handmade works in Noe Valley this weekend Oct 26-27 at Truesilver Gallery. Come by and get stocked up on my new fall basics bracelets, like Suede, as well as new Hero necklaces (somewhat Super hero/ Star Trek inspired) and hot off the bench new Red Squares dangle earrings. suede basic bracelet




twilight hero necklacered square earrings

My talented friends will be selling alongside – check out their work and hang out with us! We’ll have treats and beverages to share!

kelly nedderman Earrings
Kelly Nedderman
– handcrafted silver jewelry from repurposed eyeglass lens and handmade textiles

shana astrachan STUD earrings
Shana Astrachan
– jewelry made from alternative materials like sequins and felt as well as simple silver statements and her popular stud earrings
Fox and Doll – beauty and skin care products (Shana’s other company)

DMD Metalsmith
– jewelry by Derek Mckay Duncan, his background in graffiti and sculpture inform his texturally rich silver and gold fine jewelry

Reed Easley_pollinator-wine-stoppers
Reed Easley
– handcast metal wine/oil stoppers with quirky themes, like dogs in themed outfits and the Wild West

Deborah Boskin fall brooch
Deborah Boskin
– narrative art jewelry inspired by natural forms


Love me some INK!

September 17th, 2013

I have to admit I’m embarrassed that it has taken me this long to update my blog, but I can’t not show my gratitude for the fine crafts writers, bloggers, curators and editors who do such stellar work in putting my work out there to share with the world. And especially in these recent months and weeks the ink keeps on showing up in my mailbox! I share with you a brief recap:

Today I received my long awaited copy of American Craft Magazine (which I enjoy reading cover to cover anyway), The Jewelry Issue, Oct/Nov 2013. Editor in Chief, Monica Moses had interviewed me months ago, hinting that it would be a special article, but I wasn’t prepared for the surprise of seeing my Portrait necklace gracing the table of Contents page, with my quote in extra large font at the top. Woooeeeee!

American Craft Magazine Oct/Nov 2013

American Craft Magazine Oct/Nov 2013

I flip to the Brilliance article and realize that I am one of the fifteen jewelry artists chosen by a very esteemed list of jewelry experts – museum directors, curators, professors, editors, OH MY! And then there are the artists that I’m in company with, named as “some of the most exciting and imaginative contemporary artists.” I turn the title page, and BAM there I am, sharing a 2 page spread with Lola Brooks, whose work in stainless steel and precious gems I’ve admired and was happy to get to know better when we snagged her as a speaker and exhibiting artist for the Metal Arts Guild 2011 Conference.

Very fitting that they gave me a bi-line of “No Coffee Necessary” – dang straight! This yoga body can’t handle the stuff (only if it’s Greek coffee on vacation….)

"Brilliance" article, American Craft Oct/Nov 2013

“Brilliance” article, American Craft Oct/Nov 2013

Other artists featured that I love: my longtime craft heroine (who I hope to be like when I’m 69) Kiff Slemmons, mastress of recycled animal bone Jennifer Trask, and futuristic antique  jewelry collagist Nikki Couppee.

Earlier this month I was delighted by Sharon Elaine Thompson‘s article, “Leather, Paper, Plastic” in the Sept issue of Lapidary Journal’s Jewelry Artist. Leather artist Andrea Janosik and paper artist Evelyn Teploff-Mugil were the other artists featured. Sharon had interviewed me over the phone months ago, and it is one of the better journalistic pieces to come out of a phone interview, not to mention my two newest necklaces getting some serious INK! Couldn’t do without my new Canon EOS 5D Mark II –it is really paying off now!

Jewelry Artist Sept 2013

Jewelry Artist Sept 2013

In the online media train, Regina Connell, editor of Handful of Salt (which is  a print magazine as well as a craft and design blog) featured me in her “Noticed” segment, her humor and friendly demeanor coming through in the article. I can actually hear her voice and her laugh when I read it. She was the juror for the American Craft Council 2012 show in SF who awarded me Best Booth Design, the certificate hanging proudly above my bench.

Handful of Salt online Apr 2013

Lastly, in the international book world, I found out that author Liesbeth den Besten favorably included my work  (one of few Americans among many Europeans) in her overview of contemporary jewelry, On Jewellery: A Compendium of International Contemporary Art Jewellery (2011).  Check me out in Ch 7 “Jewellery and Ornament”, right alongside Gijs Bakker and Helen Britton. SWEET! My Duchess 2 is pictured also on the back cover, not too shabby.

on jewellery book

Living LEGO® – Artist presentation Jan 15th

January 15th, 2013

I’ll be giving a behind-the-scenes artist talk as well as a quickie marketing tips presentation for the Bead Society of Northern California (BSNC), on Jan 15, 7:30pm at the Emeryville Marriott. Living LEGO®: From Museum to Market  highlights my process in creating one-of-a-kind art exhibition work as well as the business end of a production line, including tips for getting your work out there into the world.

Free for Bead Society members, $5 for non-members. Congrats to BSNC as it celebrates its 36th birthday this year! Looking forward to meeting another sector of the craft community!

Living LEGO®: From Museum to Market presentation
Bead Society of Northern CA monthly meeting
Tues, Jan 15, 7:30pm, Social mixer 7-7:30
Courtyard Marriott
5555 Shellmound, Emeryville, CA 94605

bead society speaker jan 2013

emiko-o Holiday Gifts and Shows

November 29th, 2012

pink lego Tree ‘Tis the season for satisfying all of your emiko-o reware holiday gift needs! New this holiday are ORNAMENTS (trees and more traditional shapes), Star Wars cufflinks, easy 1×1 bangles, and more new color combos of your favorite styles!

supernova 600 bracelet

Also brand new is a collaboration with long-time friend and artist, Shana Astrachan (my partner in crime for Accessorize with Toys) for her Holiday Glamour Boutique at Rare Device store in San Francisco. Together  we designed a sparkly, Limited Edition (only 12 editions!) bracelet titled Supernova 600. To match the cuff we did glittery tile earrings, Starlet and Midnight crush.

starlet earring
Shana’s Holiday Glamour Boutique is open through Jan 6, 2013.
Rare Device is located at 600 Divisidero St in SF (across from Nopa Restaurant – get their Supernova cocktail!)

Get ready for holiday shopping as I have 2 public shows coming up where you can purchase directly from me:


Thurs, Nov 29, 4:30-8pm
Pier 28 Annex  The Embarcadero, SF   MAP
IDEO is in a big beige warehouse under the Bay Bridge

SHOP – over 30 vendors selling fine wares for men, woman, kids, your home and your dogs
EAT – purchase yummy savory and sweet treats from one of our food carts
FEEL GOOD – percentage of proceeds directly benefit these three organizations…
SFMade, CraftLabs, Women for Women International
LIVE MUSIC by Rob Reich on accordion and Bernie Jungle with his homemade drum named “Shirly”

emiko-o pine basic bracelet

emiko-o Trunk Show at Sculpturesite Gallery
Thurs, Dec 6, 4-7pm
Sculpturesite Gallery at Cornerstone Sonoma shopping square
23588 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476 

The stores at Cornerstone will be open extended hours with festive treats to eat and purchase!


SF Open Studios Oct 26-28

October 25th, 2012

sf open studios 2012
Artspan San Francisco Open Studios
Noe Valley Weekend, Oct 26-28, 2012

8 artists at TRUESILVER Gallery
4391 24th St @ Hoffman, SF, CA 94114    map
Opening Reception: Fri, Oct 26, 6-8pm

Open Studios: Sat, Sun, Oct 27-28, 11am-6pm 

It’s that time of year again, when San Francisco Artists open their work spaces for public perusal and purchasing during Artspan SF Open Studios. Those of us who are jewelers hesitate in being so transparent as to where we keep our stash of stuff and prefer group shows on neutral ground. Such is the 7 of us jewelers (and one printmaker, not on the postcard) who are showing and selling at TRUESILVER Gallery this weekend showcasing Noe Valley/Mission artists. It’s a diverse group of jewelers with something for everyone, from alternative materials (LEGO, sequins, felt, handmade paper), to one-of-a-kind designy pieces made of silver and gold using traditional goldsmithing techniques. Plus reclaimed knit sweaters, metal sculptures and 2D prints.

Our group is: Shana Astrachan (sequins, felt, metal, with a vintage flair), Deborah Boskin (metal and natural object jewelry), Raissa Bump (reclaimed wool wearables, metal, has a gallery in the Richmond District), Derek Duncan (graffitti jewelry, bling), Ani Ghajanian (metal sculpture, jewelry), Kelly Nedderman (handmade paper with metal), me (LEGO), Annie Odorisio (printmaker and winner of Open Studios Juror’s Choice award).

artspan SF Open Studios 2012Lucky for me, I was selected to be a featured artist in the Artspan Guide, a printed catalog (see image, above) showcasing all of the Premier membership artists showing. A great shot of me hanging out in my studio by Jeremy Joven, Editor-in-Chief of Asterisk San Francisco and who designed the Guide. Check out my artist page on Artspan for some of the work I’ll be featuring.

captain basic 1x6 bracelet

After a successful American Craft Council show this Aug, and LOOT: MAD about Jewelry trunkshow in NYC during Fashion Week, I’ve decided to focus on pumping out more of the redesigned, taller, Basics bracelets with a fun palette for fall.
Super Hero Minifigure earrings
Wonderwoman & Superman, Batman & Catwoman, Witch and Vampire, Hans Solo and Leia – I can outfit your ears just in time for Halloween next week!

Lego Head storage

I’ve got a box of the past seasons’ bracelets and goodies that are WAY MARKED DOWN, now that I’ve redesigned the fit of the entire line. Some pieces I’ve had for several years, some that are only a season old, but are in the chunkier design. Still perfectly fine and would make great gifts for the holidays. Come by early to get first dibs on the SALE BUCKET!

LOOT! There It Is! NYC jewelry trunk show

September 7th, 2012

LOOT: Mad About Jewelry LOOT 2012: MAD About Jewelry is a 5-day jewelry trunk show during Fashion Week,  held at the Museum of Arts & Design in NYC to benefit MAD’s exhibitions, gallery, and public programs. I am lucky enough to be chosen among the 50 international artists showing/selling at this event! It’s going to be a whirlwind week, starting with the Opening Benefit on Tues, Sept 11, 4:30-8pm (buy tickets here).

The Show continues for the public the rest of the week at the times below: Museum of Arts and Design logo
Wednesday, September 12th, 11AM to 6PM
Thursday, September 13th, 11AM to 9PM
Friday, September 14th, 11AM to 9PM
Saturday, September 15th, 11AM to 6PM

WHERE: Museum of Arts & Design (MAD)
2 Columbus Circle (@ 8th Ave @ Broadway), 2nd floor, NYC, NY 10019

I’ll be there selling most of the time, come over and say hi!

Believe it or not, only 10% of the artists are from the US. Here is the list of US artists as I know it: Lucia Corral, Elena Estaun, Sheva Fruitman, Alissia Melka-Teichroew, Kelly Nedderman (a friend and on the MAG Board with me from the Bay Area, yippee!), Melanie Rhodes, Lynne Sausele, Kathleen Nowak Tucci.

Between doing ACC SF this summer and getting ready for this major show, I’ve revamped the entire reware collection, cleaned out the stale pieces and created brand new color ways for a bold and rich fall palette. The bracelets have been redesigned to have a rounder, more comfort-fit on the body. The Basics series has been streamlined to the taller, 1×6 size (1 7/8″ tall), as it is far more popular than the original, shorter Basic (which I’m discontinuing, except for custom orders).

San Carlos new Basic 1×6 bracelet


Excited to introduce some new designs to the collection that have been rolling around in my head for months, such as the 1×1 Trio bracelets, which appear as a set of stackable singles (but are attached at a point in the back), and the Slims Trio Necklace – bolder than the Slims Pendants, more feminine on the neckline than the original, squarish necklaces. More to come, just can’t work fast enough! Hoping to get this all up on Etsy soon for your purchasing pleasure!

mocassin 1×1 trio bracelet

scuba slims trio necklace



What a difference a booth makes – Winner of best booth design

August 10th, 2012

ACC Booth Design award 2012 What an AMAZING weekend it was at the San Francisco American Craft Council Show 2012! I’m still recovering from the intense effort leading up to the show to create the best booth design I possibly could. Focus, Focus, Focus – I put all energy into it, even above the jewelry at times, for I was going to WIN that booth design award.

And the universe was in alignment with me as lo and behold, come Friday, Aug 3 at 2:30pm, during that first day of the show, ACC Education Director, Perry Price (in his cute bow tie) breaks the news to me that I was THE WINNER OF THE BEST BOOTH DESIGN AWARD!!! Dance a little jig I did, boy was that the best news EVER. WOW. Out of 200+ artisans at this well-established juried craft show, I was IT.

emiko-o Booth  ACC 2012

The Best Booth Design is one of 4 awards given at each ACC show – the other three are Awards of Excellence in craft. This years awards were juried by Regina Connell, editor of Handful of Salt (who also happens to be Happa like me). The Awards of Excellence were given to: John Liston (Bay Area, Academy of Art Grad, furniture), Brandon Holschuh (Concord Township, OH, jewelry), Nick Leonoff (Brooklyn, NY, vessels). As winners we each receive $500, automatic entrance into next year’s shows, and the opportunity to take part in a micro-fundraising effort courtesy of United States Artists. Apparently it was unusual for 2 locals to win the awards (as artists around me kept saying “FINALLY, someone from the Bay Area!). Read her blog post about her picks.

I did get to see John’s and Brandon’s booths (Brandon & I did the OHIO bonding, with similar influental high school art teachers), and their work was outstanding (as well as their booths). To celebrate we  “Raised a Glass” of genuine Scotch Whiskey, 21 year (melted like butterscotch, so incredible) by Andrew Weir of The Balvenie, who was doing Scotch tastings up in the Mezzanine all weekend. Too bad the bottle retails at $200…

ACC 2012 SF winners

John Liston, Emiko Oye, Regina Connell, Brandon Holschuh, Nick Leonoff

What a difference a booth design makes, no kidding. It even felt good to me to be in my space, but I could see the energy move in my booth as people came in and out. Why don’t more people think about booth design, was my thought? It really does have an impact. My intention was for my booth was to be an interactive Experience, a place for people to spend time and discover, and allow for me to get to know my customers on a more personal level – hang out and shoot the breeze a bit. Not only was it a great conversation point, but once I got to brag that I won Best Booth Design, EVERYONE said “Of Course You Did”. And I mean everyone. A bit erie, actually.

emikoo Booth 2012

So my advice to all of you out there doing shows – spend some SERIOUS time contemplating your booth design. Don’t settle for the standard chest-high, glass enclosed case right up the the front of the booth. BOOORING. and intimidating to people who may not want to talk to the artist right away. It makes people feel like they have to buy something from you before they even know what the product is, which can be off-putting. The element of surprise and discovery is more fun for everyone. Fun is the key word here. Food for thought.

American Craft Council Show SF Aug 3-5

August 2nd, 2012

ACC SF logo 2012

Gearing up for my biggest and best quality retail show of the year: American Craft Council Show San Francisco – this weekend, Aug 3-5 at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion! It’s a juried show and brings in artisans from all over the country. $12 admission for adults, except for $5 Fridays after 5pm.

Sooooo many hours at the bench; a complete redesign of all of the bracelets to make for a more comfortable fit. New bright colors for summer and bold colors for fall, plus a few BRAND NEW designs!
5 LEGO bracelets by emiko-o 

Don’t hesitate, come out to Fort Mason and experience my interactive booth #535 (much like a LEGO® Odyssey) and see amazing, inspiring craft. My booth is in the right-most aisle (west facing), 2nd from the end near the restrooms.

American Craft Council Show SF cufflinks chrome Darth Vader
Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion
Marina Blvd & Buchanan, SF CA

Fri Aug 3, 10am-8pm
Sat Aug 4, 10am-6pm
Sun Aug 5, 10am-5pm
$12 admission, $5 on Fri after 5pm
Parking is limited, please carpool or take Muni!