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Key to the City

Check Out Sarah Loertscher’s Favorite Design-y Spots in Seattle

Key to the City BY julie alvin 09/05/2013

Drawn to Seattle to apprentice with a local jewelry maker, Sarah Loertscher fell for the city pretty quickly. That was 2006, and she has no plans to move anytime soon. “The city has a strong arts scene and a large community of makers,” she explains. “I found it to be an incredibly supportive arena for craft, with a strong network of metalsmiths.” These are the places that are especially near and dear to her. 



(5344 Ballard Ave. NW)

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"Its such a beatiful and calming haven and I am addicted to their waterlemon juice at breakfast. They also have Marmite, which I have a weakness for."
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Fifty Four Sixteen
“This is a collective studio of print-makers and glass-blowers and leather-workers. It’s usually open to the public, so you can just wander in. It is representative of the kind of collaborations that happen in the Seattle crafting scene. Wendu Ink is based here, and the owner and I trade skills. I made her wedding bands, and she created the cards for my Of a Kind edition.”
(5416 Shilshole Ave. NW)




“The owners of this design store are heavily invested in the craft and making scene in Seattle. I worked here for about three years, and the owners and I used to share a studio space above the store. For years, this is where you would find me.”
(4540 California Ave. SW)




Pratt Fine Arts Center
I moved to Seattle from a very tight-knit community of crafters in North Carolina, and people said that I should look into Pratt. I began with the work-study program there, and then I taught there for four or five years and really fell in love with it.”
(1902 S. Main St.)




Her Studio!      
“My studio is my favorite place in the world. When I first moved to Seattle, I was assisting this jeweler Lulu Smith, and this used to be her home and studio space. She moved to Portland and offered to rent the house to my husband and I. It’s very full-circle—now I’m working in this space with my assistants.”





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