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Stuff We Love

How to Turn Your Hobby into a Full-Time Hustle

Stuff We Love BY katie nave freeman 04/14/2017
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Michelle Meronek always had an interest in design - she played around with making jewelry for family and friends in high school - but she took a few detours before deciding soldering and stone-setting was what she wanted to do all dang day, every dang day. Switching career gears can be a scary thing, and since Michelle seems to have handled it like a boss (look no further than her shapely, burnished-metal and gemstone earrings and rings for proof), we figured we'd ask her to point us in the right direction. READ MORE
Inside Job

Inside the Bright, Pet-Friendly Studio of Two Ceramacist BFFs

Inside Job BY katie nave freeman 05/12/2017
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If cuddly pooches, dreamy design, and creative biz women are your jams, then welcome to the breathtaking world of Franca. Ceramic goddesses Jazmin de la Guardia and Sierra Yip-Bannicq launched their co. in 2016 and typically spend seven days a week making ribbed-planter, splattered-vase, puppy-patterned-mug magic in their sunny Brooklyn studio. They took a break to share how they live their best lives in their mad-organized home away from home...complete with a daybed, perfect for ruminating on their next creations. READ MORE
Got It Made

How One Designer Built a Team When She Was Used to Doing Everything Herself

Got It Made BY katie nave freeman 02/10/2017
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When Marisa Howard, then a commercial lighting designer, first started making her own jewelry by watching YouTube videos, she never imagined she'd be in a position to support herself full-time on the hobby - let alone others. But interest in her minimalist, rune-like metal creations - which now go by Seaworthy - grew in a flash, and, BAM, she's now the head of a team of four. Here's her bosslady approach to getting there. READ MORE
Hone Your Craft

Ceramicists Who Paved the Way for the California Clay Craze

Hone Your Craft BY katie nave freeman 03/22/2017
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It's pretty easy to guess just by looking at them that Mia Herron Kantor's handmade clay pieces hail from the Golden State - their beachy hues are California shorthand in the way of an In-N-Out wrapper. Most of the pieces in her collection, called Pax, are glazed with an ombre wash of color that's inspired by the state's magical sunsets and sunrises, which Mia tries never to miss. The other main inspo? A handful of West Coast potters (okay, and one European who inspired them all). G'head - dive in. READ MORE

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