New Arrivals: Corey Egan

Crown Nine Blog | Corey Egan | New Arrival

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.

Crown Nine | Corey Egan | Iguana False Eye Petal Earrings

Crown Nine | Corey Egan | Fragments Necklaces

Crown Nine | Corey Egan | Runoff Earrings

A Rarity: The Fringe Bangle

A Rarity | Ortolan Designs Fringe Cuff | Exclusively for

Our newest Rarity by the San Francisco based duo, Kim and Jasper, of Ortolan Designs.

The Fringe Bangle is a golden hued brass locking cuff with bullet like fridge, inspired by the free flowing flapper dresses of the 1920’s.

“We wanted to create something provocative, fun, free moving, and liberated from our typical rigid designs, kind of like women being liberated from restrictive dresses during the roaring twenties.”

The cuff fits all sizes, it opens so it’s easy to slide on, and also has a built-in effortless one hand lock that will secure the cuff in place. The fringe will tickle your skin, quietly jingle while you strut, and bring movement and freedom to your wardrobe.

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And be sure to check out the studio visit with EVA KOLENKO and their interview of the creative process.

Ortolan Designs in their studio in SF, by EVA KOLENKO

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

In the studio with Derek Duncan of DMD Metals and Eva Kolenko, shooting for A Rarity


Ortolan is a design studio founded by Kim Ngo and Jasper Kirsch, a couple based in San Francisco. 

Kim and Jasper both collaborate together on the design and fabrication of each work by bringing their own perspectives to the studio. Kim’s background in Architecture is seen in Ortolan’s subtle yet provocative forms and textures. Jasper’s experience and studies in Industrial Design push the Ortolan aesthetic into innovative directions with his love for technical experimentation.

Ortolan Designs are available online and at Crown Nine | 461 A 9th St | Oakland.  $40-$250.


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Jasper: I wanted to be a formula one race car driver.
Kim: I wanted to be scientist, then musician, then graphic designer…all over the place.
What are you currently obsessed with?
Jasper: vintage Japanese motorcycles
Kim: Lately, I’ve been re-obsessed with watercolor paintings. It started with us trying to incorporate watercolor artwork into our wedding invitations. Now I’m hunting for watercolor paintings on etsy to fill up our walls.
What was/is your most unexpected source of inspiration?
Jasper: Although our work may appear rigid, many of our inspirations come from organic patterns…insect wings, water reflections…
Kim: we try to find a balance between simple forms and intricate details.    
What is your favorite tool or process?
Getting creative with unorthodox tools…finding tools around the house to shape and texture metal.
How do you get through a creative rut or block?  What do you do to get creatively re-charged? 
We step away and take a road trip or even a trip to the nursery helps.
What creative or business related dream do you wish would come true?
It would be a dream to create work that inspires other artists.
Finish this statement:  If we weren’t jewelers, we would be:
Bored with our day jobs. Ortolan gives us a creative outlet as well as business experience which in turn inspires our regular office work.


Jo Boyer is a San Francisco-based ceramicist who creates one-of-a-kind nature and nostalgia influenced works of art.  Each little pod is meticulously crafted, resembling something out of a dream— they are both otherworldly and completely familiar.  They somehow belong everywhere at once: they belong in the trees, under the sea, and in the sky.  Each special little world is absolutely captivating with the mixture of textures and glazes, shapes and holes.  Jo’s unique and lovingly-created works are beautiful additions to any home.  

You can see a collection of Jo’s work at Crown Nine in Old Oakland or online.  $65-$200.


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I’m always amazed thinking about this question because I’m actually “being” what I’ve always wanted to be. Since the age of 5, I’ve known I want to be a ceramicist. My Opa, who was a ceramicist in the Netherlands before immigrating to the U.S., died when I was 5 and though I can’t prove it, I think maybe his passion for ceramics must have left his body and found mine. I was always really obsessed with him and his creations and though I don’t have many clear memories of actually spending time with him, I have had this very romanticized understanding of his life and struggle. His dream was to immigrate to the United States and start up his pottery business here, but what actually ended up happening was that he worked as a school custodian and never touched clay again. Though I know he had other things that brought him joy, like family and fishing, it’s always made me sad to think that he never got to do what he dreamed of doing. Maybe a part of me thinks I’m here to carry out his legacy. But, then again, maybe I’m a bit of a romantic. 

What are you currently obsessed with?

 I’m currently obsessed with the unknown
What was/is your most unexpected source of inspiration?
My newer work with ravens was inspired by a really intoxicated, unnervingly clairvoyant gay man who walked up to me at a club and told me things about myself that only I know and then proceeded to tell me more things I had yet to know about myself. 

What is your favorite tool or process? 
I live for throwing porcelain on the wheel! It is the most amazing feeling in the world. It took many years for it to feel so incredibly good but now it’s the most consistently gratifying thing that I do (that scene in “Ghost” makes a lot of sense) After throwing the forms on the wheel,  my process then involves  altering and texturing them with a needle tool. Besides my hands and the wheel, the needle tool is the only tool that I use. This part of the process is very meditative for me. 

How do you get through a creative rut or block?  What do you do to get creatively re-charged?

I haven’t had a creative rut or block for a while now and I feel very fortunate for that because they are undoubtedly one of the most frustrating, unsettling and disorienting aspects of life. And yet, they ARE a part of life and seem to always turn into a good opportunity for for me to learn about my own neurosis. Usually once I come to terms with them being a purposeful part of the process, I am able to get through them. 


What creative or business related dream do you wish would come true?

My current dream that I’m working on making a reality is to have my own live/work studio with exposed brick and a large retail window in the front where people can get a glimpse of what ceramic art involves. My dream is to create and sell and live in the one space. 
Finish this statement:  If I wasn’t a maker, I would be: A marine biologist or a WNBA basketball player.



Amanda Bassolino’s San Francisco based jewelry line Voce Keen is one of the select few we have curated and featured at Crown Nine; her beautiful and relevant work is truly exceptional.   As a metalsmith and dancer, Amanda brings a lifelong passion for art, performance, and the creative process to her designs.  Voce Keen is the culmination of her experience exploring the connection between art and sentiment and it’s evolving aesthetic revolves around her belief that jewelry can carry memories, energy, and magic. With this in mind, each piece is created to not only adorn the wearer, but to also create a unique bond with them.

What we love the most about Amanda’s work are the layers of soft, natural texture and the simple and thoughtful engineering behind each piece.  We love how steeped in mysticism and symbolism her work is; even though she uses tried and true symbols and shapes such as the serpent, pyramids, talons, and teeth, she somehow makes them entirely her own.  Women who are drawn to Voce Keen tend to have a range of personal styles, but share a common quality of a penetrating confidence and a deep-thinking & feeling nature.  

Crown Nine carries a range of her work in bronze and sterling silver, and can also be found in our online shop.



When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?  
A Ballerina…and I was!
What are you currently obsessed with?
The book “Women Who Run With the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.  It’s inspiring my next collection. 
What was/is your most unexpected source of inspiration?
Loss of a loved one
What is your favorite tool or process?
Wax carving
How do you get through a creative rut or block?  What do you do to get creatively re-charged?
I read or go camping
What creative or business related dream do you wish would come true?
One of my favorite musicians photographed wearing my jewelry
Finish this statement:  If I wasn’t a jeweler, I would be:  
A dance teacher