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MEET THE DESIGNER: STVDIO BROOKLYN

Stvdio Brooklyn
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Though Erica Peterson studied metalsmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design, when she launched an online shop as a side hustle in 2013, it was to sell pottery. “I was designing accessories for these big fashion lines, but I missed using my hands. So I started making ceramics,” Erica explains. “But I wasn’t actually great at it—throwing a bowl would take me like an hour, so it wasn’t a viable business,” she laughs. Her potting plan got stuck in the mud, but the experience did give her... READ MORE

Though Erica Peterson studied metalsmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design, when she launched an online shop as a side hustle in 2013, it was to sell pottery. “I was designing accessories for these big fashion lines, but I missed using my hands. So I started making ceramics,” Erica explains. “But I wasn’t actually great at it—throwing a bowl would take me like an hour, so it wasn’t a viable business,” she laughs.

Her potting plan got stuck in the mud, but the experience did give her the guts to turn the project, Stvdio, into a place to experiment with angular, large-scale—and wearable!—objects she couldn’t find anywhere else. “I want to create bigger jewelry that’s comfortable. I used to take off my bracelets and rings off as soon as I started typing,” Erica remembers. “I don’t ever want that to happen with my stuff. I want people to forget they’re wearing my pieces and fall asleep in them.” Part of her strategy for making necklaces strung with giant brass squiggles and shoulder-grazing earrings nap-ready? Brilliant mechanisms, like a sliding chain that lets you place those chunky pendants wherever they’re comfy and a hinge that keeps your fingers mobile, no matter how big the ring. How’s that for adjusting expectations? —

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