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.
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.
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.
INTERVIEW WITH KIM AND JASPER
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.
INTERVIEW WITH JO BOYER
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 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?
MEET A JEWELER
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.
++++ INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA BASSOLINO