Join us on our newest installment of A Rarity, our exclusive limited edition line of jewelry made by the freshest artists. This month we’re featuring the beautiful Beth Naumann of Hellbent based in Oakland. The spread is full of gorgeous photos of Beth’s studio taken by photographer Eva Kolenko.
The Rhea Moon Necklace is inspired by walking the city streets of her beloved Oakland, the Rhea necklace is a modern take on art deco with lux layers of decadent architecture. The feminine and bold lines pair well with color blocking and prints alike. Sure to send any Gatsby fan straight over the moon.
We’re so thrilled to welcome San Francisco designer, Corey Egan, to our in house roster! Corey’s background was in ceramics and sculpture, and made the leap into jewelry design with total grace. We have pieces from a few of her collections, including her newest aptly named Iguana series. When I first saw her Iguana pieces I figured she had made an impression from an iguana’s hide, but in fact she hand carved all this detail in wax. I like to tell her that she’s a total maniac, which makes her just my kind of woman. We also have a sampling from her Fragments and Runoff collections, both of which are bold yet very feminine pieces you can wear everyday and layer up with other favorites.
Ricky Watts and Warren Titus Wurkin’ Hard, Photo by Conner Jay via The Press Democrat
One of our most beloved artists, the incomparable Ricky Watts, is making aerosol waves up in Petaluma with the cities largest mural on the south-facing wall of the legendary Phoenix Theater. Ricky, a seasoned street artist, illustrator, and graphic designer, raised the funds for this massive art project through Kickstarter, getting the backing from his loyal fans and collectors to do the biggest mural of his life, a pretty impressive feat, especially for someone who admits to being afraid of heights!
Ricky Watts Spraying The Walls of The Phoenix Theater, Photo by Conner Jay via The Press Democrat
We love Ricky’s work and carry a range of his illustrations, our favorite right now is a super bad-ass portrait of our very own Fox Theater. We are thinking that Oakland probably needs a Ricky Watts original mural, just where to put it….
Oakland Fox Theater Print by Ricky Watts available in two sizes at Crown Nine.
Yesterday afternoon I taught a class on one of my favorite skills: sawing. I was lucky enough to be joined by one of my favorite students, Liza, and two newcomers Jenny and Britton (whose girlfriend bought him the class for Valentine’s day, awwww!). They were by far the quickest sawing students I have taught to date, they were lickity-split with my drills and spend most of their session doing their own project.
Many people who take this class are tired of buying metal components at the beading store that don’t quite match their artistic voice– being able to create your own metal components is an incredibly inexpensive way to ensure that your designs are your own. I love using the jeweler’s saw because despite what your natural urge may be to do with the metal–use force and muscle to cut it–the opposite is true. What you need to do is actually get totally Zen with it, relax, loosen up, and work with a soft touch. I like the spiritual lesson this imparts; it’s a small reminder that when you force things they tend to break. It’s much better to stay in the flow, be in the now, and lighten up.