Curated by Design

The Poet and/the Bench edit of emerging and independent designers and artists reflects our passion for discovery and a considered fascination with narrative, taste and a devotion to craft.

Shop our curation. We feature more than 50 artists and designers across jewelry, home goods, fine art and apothecary goods. These are often bespoke, 1-of-a-kind, limited edition or small batch collections. A majority of our artists are from the San Francisco Bay Area, most are women, and a good selection of our artists are Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC); Latinx; AAPI (Asian and Pacific Islander); and LGBTQ artists.

A community hub–where art, design, objects and conversation mingle.

About Our Name

Jeffrey’s vintage jewelry bench is a powerfully present icon of his craft and our symbol of all makers’ tools for creating: the painter’s canvas, the textile designer’s loom, the potter’s wheel, the materials that become things…

Our mission—narrative’s ability to connect through thoughtful investigations of craft, subjects and inspirations—is the poetry, and about people and the appreciation of beauty.

Poet and/the Bench is our platform—online and at our flagship store in Mill Valley, CA—to introduce emerging and independent artists, muses and discoveries, and give them a voice. And for you to be linked to stories in a way that makes it all more personal.

Jeffrey’s vintage jewelry bench is a powerfully present icon of his craft and our symbol of all makers’ tools for creating: the painter’s canvas, the textile designer’s loom, the potter’s wheel, the materials that become things

Visit our Shop!

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Flagship Hours
Monday, Wednesday-Thursday 10:30am-5:00pm
Friday-Saturday 10:30am-6:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm
Closed Tuesdays

(curbside pick-up & virtual curation remain available)

11 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
415-569-4383

Kikuko Kohno Wheel Thrown Porcelain Hand Illustrated Ceramics

Conversations with an Artist: Kikuko Kohno

Kikuko Kohno embraces narrative in such powerful and charming ways in her porcelain wheel thrown and illustrated ceramics that exemplify the connection to our hearts and minds. We so appreciate Kikuko's honesty in her work and look forward to delighting you with her fantastical worlds.
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Michael Cheney Alchemia Artist loves drawing and screenprinting skulls, skeletons and other characters.

Conversations with an Artist: Michael Cheney

We met Michael Cheney through the organization Alchemia which mentors neurodiverse adult visual and performing artists. Supporting their efforts by giving artists a platform became a passion of ours the more we got to know their programming and meeting some of the artists.
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Spacecat Ceramics Monsters by Amy Breed Mill Valley

Conversations with an Artist: Amy Breed of SpaceCat Ceramics

Amy Breed of Spacecat Ceramics delights in the most charming ways with her monster characters. Fun-loving creatures from her imagination, they bring joy during the best of times and a silly smile when it's needed most.
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