Siri Hansdotter Fine Jewelry at Poet and the Bench in Mill Valley, San Francisco Bay Area

Conversations with an Artist: Siri Hansdotter

A creative from a young age, Siri Hansdotter discovered a love of hand forming, first with clay and later with lost wax casting. Siri crafts fine jewelry with an aesthetic that is organic, sculptural and takes cues from nature. Her collection of fine jewelry in 14k gold and with diamonds and gems, are the ultimate modern heirlooms.
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Conversations with an Artist: Dana Chieco

Conversations with an Artist: Dana Chieco

We love how the colors of the sea, from the various locals across the world that Dana has lived and traveled, inspire Dana Chieco's ceramic forms and glazes. While sublime individually, these ceramic vases and sculptural vessels play so well together, in groups they are dramatic!
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San Francisco Artist Michael McConnell Hare Stare acrylic on wood

Conversations with an Artist: Michael McConnell

We've followed San Francisco artist Michael McConnell for many years and are thrilled to welcome him to Poet and/the Bench. We love how the animals in his paintings take on human characteristics; we've been struck by the emotionality that sits both on the surface and deep beneath. Without always knowing the symbology present in a piece, you can feel the resonance Michael has with living things.
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Humor drives a lot of the ideas Michelle Im of RatxChicks has for her ceramic forms and especially, their decoration. A Korean-American artist, she explores ideological tensions she experienced growing up in South Korea and America.

Conversations with an Artist: RatxChicks Michelle Im

Humor drives a lot of the ideas Michelle Im of RatxChicks has for her ceramic forms and especially, their decoration. She often pairs motifs that are deliberately out of sync to capture a sense of approachable absurdity.
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Elina Peduzzi Sculptural Jewelry Cast Bronze, Silver, Oxidized Silver, at Poet and the Bench in Mill Valley

Conversations with an Artist: Elina Peduzzi

Elina Peduzzi had a fascinating evolution to her artistic journey and jewelry career. Early influences flourished, even while she had a diplomatic career in Venezuela. Like many of us, the pull to her heart's work was strong and she pursued an MFA in Spatial Arts to advance her sculptural work and continue expanding her jewelry talents. We are all lucky for it!
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Jamie Kelty Fine Art Collage and Mixed Media Paintings San Francisco Artist

Conversations with an Artist: Jamie Kelty

Jamie's work features people–characters she observes and imagines–whom she has drawn in her sketchbook and cut out as part of the textural collage work she employs. The layered universe she creates in each collage or mixed media painting may also share inspiration from the city of San Francisco, her love of mid-century furniture and art history. 
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Betul Malik Fine Jewelry Using Recycled Gold and Ethically Sourced and Recycled Diamonds at Poet and the Bench

Conversations with an Artist: Betul Malik

Betül Malik launched her fine jewelry collection after working in revered jewelry houses in Europe. Her strong ethos, using recycled gold and ethically sourced and recycled diamonds, is a testimony of beauty and mastery. 
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Conversations with an Artist: MH Ceramics

Conversations with an Artist: MH Ceramics

Adi Mizrahi and Ron Hellmann of MH Ceramics are multi-hyphenate artists who bring a broad creative point of view to their pottery craft with nods to mid-century, Palm Springs aesthetics and balanced neutrals. 
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Stacking Rings Chain Stacking Rings by Metal Atelier Modern Punk Rock Jewelry in Mill Valley at Poet and the Bench

Conversations with an Artist: Metal Atelier

Anna Butwell of Metal Atelier practices sand casting in her jewelry collection. She tells us it gives her the ability to experiment with one form in multiple ways, which can accommodate slight idea changes on the spot. We love the results and excited to introduce you to this Berlin-living cool jewelry artist!
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Ian Hazard Bill Ceramics in Mill Valley at Poet and/the Bench

Conversations with an Artist: Ian Hazard Bill

We love Ian Hazard Bill's philosophy of ceramics as a way to build connections to life around you and how he has mastered the art of wood-firing. His culinary functional and home goods decorative vessels are modern rustic at their best. 
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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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