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Crowning Glory Series: Ancient History from Diadem to Tiara and Crown

This coming March Danaca Design will be hosting a show featuring tiaras and crowns in many forms called Crowning Glory: Ruling Our Own Destinies, Directing Our Own Paths. While the artists will be exploring the diverse cultural, artistic, historic, and social narratives of these accessories April decided to look into the history of these royal accessories to use as a post on the Danaca Design blog. It turned out to be a fascinating subject so instead of making one post she turned it into a four part series being posted every Monday in February leading up to our show opening and reception on Friday, March 2, 6-8:30pm. This week part 1 is focused on the ancient history of tiaras and crowns.

Pictured is a “radiant crown” on a coin from the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt around 250 b.c.e

 

Tiaras, crowns, these head ornaments have been used for centuries to symbolize social superiority and power, have a history going back to ancient Egypt and Greece. Originally these head pieces were called a “diadem” derived from the Ancient Greek “dia dein” meaning “to bind around”.  The ancient Egyptian pharaohs would wear gold head-bands that could be decorated with tassels and other ornaments that hung over the forehead, temple, or even down to the shoulders.

 

photo credit:Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig(http://www.antikenmuseumbasel.ch/) / Egyptian Museum, Cairo via www.nationalgeographic.com

Diadem found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun

An excellent example of this is the diadem discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamun, King of Egypt in ca. 1339-1329 b.c.e. (pictured above) Discovered during the excavation of his tomb in 1922 the kings mummy was adorned with a gold diadem formed in a circlet, at the front a detachable gold ornament with the head of a vulture and the body of a cobra, symbolizing the unification of Lower and Upper Egypt. It is also inlaid with glass, obsidian, carnelian, malachite, chalcedony, and lapis lazuli.

Gold diadem of Pantikapeion 300 BC Panticapaeum Important Greek city on eastern shore of Taurica

 

In Ancient Greece diadems were made from all kinds of metal, and with a limited amount of gold available, Greek metalsmiths would decorate them with embossed rosettes, filigree, and other motifs such as the Heracles knot which was found frequently in Hellenistic jewelry. Once Alexander the Great opened up the gold supply from the Persian Empire in 331 B.C.E. the styles became even more elaborate and often contained intricate garlands of tassles, leaves, and flowers.

Achaemenid Seal made of jasper and hematite. You can just see that little pointy crown on top of the king’s head.

The shift from diadems as just a circular band to what we now consider tiaras and crowns today is attributed to Ancient Persia, now Iran. The original term “tiara” is Persian in origin and in its original form describes the high peaked head decoration worn by Persian kings. However in ancient Persia crowns were worn in many forms and ancient authors did not always distinguish clearly among the various terms for them, making the most reliable evidence for forms of Persian crowns/tiaras are the depictions on objects such as monuments and coins.

Kings from the Achaemenid period wore tall and serrated golden crowns, called a crenelated crown, which was adorned with gold leaves and colorful jewels. The 22 or 24 serrations of the crown symbolized towers, battlements, temples, or the Sun. The Achaemenid queen wore a jeweled crown with a thin piece of cloth reaching her knees attached. Based on historical documents it seems that the only difference between the King and Queen’s head wear was the thin cloth.

Coin with Tigranes the Great portrait (Armenian king, ruled 95 BCE–55 BCE). Coin – Ar, 29mm, 16,41g.

However it was not just the royal Persians that wore head covers to denote status in society. From writings by the ancient Greeks it appears that a tiara was a soft headdress often with a high point and members of the Median upper class wore these high, crested tiaras. Median civilians and officers covered their heads with round and soft egg-shaped felt caps which were decorated with lace. Ancient reliefs depict archers with these caps and a crenelated diadem worn over them. Upper class Achaemenid women wore long headscarves some reaching down to their ankles. This shawl-like headdress was not wrapped under the neck but was usually worn with a diadem on top very similar to many popular bridal veil styles worn today.

Well that wraps up part 1 of this 4 part series. Honestly it is really hard to figure out when to stop because their is just so much fascinating history but if you want to check out more really cool pictures of ancient diadem, crowns, and more I suggest going to The Metropolitan Museum’s website at www.metmuseum.org where you can browse their entire collection online.

Check back next Monday to find out about the crowns and tiaras of south and east Asia…I can’t wait.

 

 

Photo credits:

King Tut diadem:  Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig(http://www.antikenmuseumbasel.ch/) / Egyptian Museum, Cairo via www.nationalgeographic.com

Greek diadem: Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich via http://metmuseum.org  Metropolitan Museum of Art

Achaemenid Seal: The Met, https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/323560?sortBy=Relevance&ft=achaemenid&offset=20&rpp=20&pos=29

Coin with Tigranes: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tigran_Mets.jpg; Author unknown

Winter Class Schedule Preview

Hard to believe but this year is almost over! Why not add learning a new skill to your 2018 resolutions and take a jewelry class. Here’s preview of what is in store for winter but visit www.danacadesign.com for our complete schedule, expanded class descriptions, and materials list.

To register stop by our studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle or call us at 206-524-0916

Guest Instructor:

Mixed Metal Brooch by Keith Lewis

Just Hot Enough: Mixed Metal Surfaces

Instructor: Keith Lewis

February 17-19, Saturday – Monday, 10:00-5:00

Class Fee: $480|Some materials included

This workshop explores various ways of combining metals to create rich effects through experimentation with soldering, fusion, and inlay, further enhanced by rolling and roll-printing and the application of a series of simple patinas that enhance the contrast between metals. This is an intermediate class and basic metal working skills are required.

Featured Classes

Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making

Instructor: Dana Cassara

January 15-19, Monday-Friday, 10:00-5:00

$595|Basic Materials Included

What better way to kick off 2018 than spending a week making jewelry? The immersion workshop combines all three of our Beginning Jewelry Series workshops in to one week long jewelry making vacation. Each day you’ll go home thinking about what to make the next day! No experience necessary.

Chasing and Repousse: A Modern Approach with a Traditional Base

Instructor: Megan Corwin

February 2-4, Friday-Sunday, 10:00-5:00

Class Fee: $450|$10 fee pay to instructor

In this beginning class, students start by learning to use the pitch bowl and hammer to chase, defining, and texturing the front of a piece of sheet metal and repousse, forming from the back. Explore the great textures and forms made possible with this technique. No experience necessary.

Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Applications: Fancy Stones

Instructor: Kirk Lang

March 3-4, Saturday-Sunday, 10:00-5:00

Class Fee:$295|$95 materials fee pay to instructor

Learn to set challenging shaped stones in this hands on weekend workshop with master stone setter Kirk Lang. Building off of Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Applications: Round Stones, this more advanced workshop will teach students how to confidently set stones with pointed corners. Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Applications: Round Stones or equivalent experience required.

Fall Quickies

Precious Metal Clay Basics I

Instructor: Suzette O’Dell

January 13, Saturday, 10:30-5:00

Class Fee $95|$75 materials fee pay to instructor

Discover what can be made with Precious Metal Clay+ (PMC+), a marvelous material that can be worked just like clay but when fired becomes pure fine silver. PMC is a great alternative to casting and lots of fun too. No experience necessary.

Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

Instructor: Linnie Kendrick

February 23, Friday, 10:30-5:00

Class Fee: $145|Basic Materials Included

Get a taste for the beauty of colored glass on metal. In this fast paced one day workshop students will be introduced to enameling with a kiln for optimum control over desired results. Learn how to apply richly colored opaque enamels onto flat and domed sheet metal. No experience necessary.

Silver Reticulation

Instructor: Juan Reyes

March 25, Sunday, 10:30-3:30

Class Fee:$95|$25 materials fee pay to instructor

First developed in Russia by Czarist jewelers such as Faberge, reticulated silver will add exciting and unique 3-dimensional texture to your work. By carefully preparing the surface of the metal and heating with a focused yet delicate torch, this specialized technique reveals a mysterious lunar like landscape within every piece of silver. Moderate comfort level with a jeweler’s torch is helpful.

Classes for Newbies

New to metalsmithing and don’t know where to start? These classes are great for those with no experience or those who want to sharpen their skills.

Which came first?

Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

Instructor: Dana Cassara

January 27-28, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00-5:00

$295|Basic materials included

This workshop is an introduction to the fundamental aspects of silversmithing. Explore jewelry design while learning all the valuable basics: to saw, file, texture, form, and solder nonferrous metals like copper, brass, and silver. No experience necessary

 

Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

Instructor: Dana Cassara

February 10-11, Saturday-Sunday, 10:00-5:00

 $295|Basic materials included

Another class in our Beginning Workshop series focuses on the basic construction of fabricated rings, with and without stones. Each student will construct a simple, textured band ring as well as a ring with a bezel set stone. No experience necessary

 

Whew! We have a lot going on this winter…and that’s just the half of it. To get our complete schedule and full information on all of our classes go to our website www.danacadesign.com

To register call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by our location at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle. We are open Monday-Friday 11-6 and Saturday 10-6

December Events at Danaca Design

The Holidays are Here; it’s Time to Celebrate!

Like every other jewelry seller December is a big month for us. But for us December is not just big, it’s really big, because in December we celebrate our anniversary. Since 2003 we’ve been hosting an awesome party in December. For nearly as long we’ve also hosted an annual Student/ Teacher Holiday Show, the entire month of December.

AND as it so happens the party and the reception for this show coalesce into a really fun evening! Come party with the artists, Friday, December 8th from 6-9pm. We’ll mix, mingle, eat, drink, show off, buy and sell! This is our biggest event of the year so put it on your calendar.

We try to do something fun and community focused for this event and this year is no different. This time around we are doing a donation drive for the Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project, a project of the Seattle Metals Guild.

This is the deal: dig up some unused, unwanted, slightly broken jewelry and put it into the donation basket and we’ll give you a 10% discount on your jewelry purchase through the end of the party! Give and take, that’s what it’s all about right? There are more details below about the Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project.*

 

If that is not enough, our Annual Tool and Supply Sale begins December 1st! Spend up to $100 on tools and supplies and receive 10% off, spend over $100 and get 20% off! Of course, exclusions apply, but not many. This sale runs for the entire month of December… plenty of time to get your wish list to Santa. Hint: tools are a great gift for jewelers.

Also, in case you haven’t thought of it, we also sell gift certificates so if you’re not sure what they want but know they will want something a gift certificate is perfect! And they are pretty too.

Find the perfect holiday gift and support a terrific community. How can you go wrong?

Here’s a recap with few other details:

Student/Teacher Holiday Show and Sale December 2–30, 2017

Highlighting jewelry by students and teachers

 

Anniversary Party and Student/Teacher Show Reception

December 8, Friday 6–9pm

Refreshments and tasty treats always served

Select tools and supplies 10%–20% off

The entire month of December! 

 

For your shopping convenience, we’ve extended hours December 1 –24:
Monday — Friday 11–7
Saturday 10–7
Sunday 12–5

 

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

*The Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project

The Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project solicits donations of any and all jewelry to sort, clean, repair, and give to Seattle-area women’s shelters and the YWCA Dress for Success Program. Members of the Seattle Metals Guild, and their friends, volunteer to do the sorting and cleaning.

Have a necklace that is collecting dust in your jewelry box or a pair of earrings that you just are not wearing anymore? The Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project will take it. All types and styles of jewelry are accepted, even if broken. There’s a nice write up about the project on our blog: http://www.danacadesign.com/blog/page/3/

Danaca Design is a donation site year round but for one night only you donate the old and get something new with a discount!

Trunk Show with Iris Guy and Melissa Cameron

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Thursday, Nov 17th from 5:30-8:00pm Danaca Design is hosting Iris Guy and Melissa Cameron’s trunk show. We’ve been fans of both of these amazing women’s work for some time and very excited to see their new jewelry.

Not familiar with Iris or Melissa? Read on for more info:

Melissa Cameron

Melissa Cameron

Melissa Cameron

Australian-born artist and writer Melissa Cameron lives and works in Seattle, WA in the USA. She received her MFA in jewellery and metalsmithing from Monash University and a BA (hons) in interior architecture from Curtin University, in Australia. Her works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Cheongju City Collection in South Korea, the Arts Centre Melbourne and Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

 

 

Deep Slip by Melissa Cameron

“Deep Slip” by Melissa Cameron

 

“I am a research jeweler.

The evidence of my investigations – the jewelry I produce – speaks to my interest in architecture, geometry, social justice, and the human body. Through my work I attempt to manifest my belief in the interdependence of all matter, and the sacredness of human life…”

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“Resist” earrings by Melissa Cameron

“This show will see the debut of a new series of enamel and steel works, entitled Resist. An extension of my Body/Politic works, these pieces are individually enameled in a beautiful rainbow of blues, the color that is the opposite of orange on the traditional color wheel. 10% of the purchase price from the Resist line sold anywhere in the world will go to Islamic Relief USA, a non-profit 501(c)(3) humanitarian agency who work on international and domestic US development and relief projects.”

Brooch by Melissa Cameron

Brooch by Melissa Cameron

 

Iris Guy

Iris Guy

 

Iris Guy began studying conceptual design at an early age. Her avid interest in the field led to her formal study at the world renowned Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel. After graduating, she embarked on an award-winning career in graphic design. She relocated from Israel to Japan and finally to the United States, working as a freelance graphic artist.All the while, Iris designed jewelry for her friends and family.As the popularity of her personal collection grew, Iris decided to create a line of jewelry for the retail market

Hanging Line necklace by Iris Guy

Hanging Line necklace by Iris Guy

Simple, contemporary and lightweight, the Iris Guy jewelry collection offers something unique for everyone. Each individual piece is hand made in her Seattle based studio. Cultivated from unspoken desires and organic forms; playful shapes with architectural elements come to life in silver and 18k gold.

Flower brooch with rivets by Iris Guy

Flower brooch with rivets by Iris Guy

Her pieces say to their wearers – “Respond to your inner truth and desires”

 “My unique collection of necklaces and earrings features intrinsic organic elements – combining both masculine structure and the beauty of feminine contours. Simple, contemporary and lightweight! “

Galaxy earrings long comet by Iris Guy

Galaxy earrings long comet by Iris Guy

Bits and Bobs: A Collaborative Show

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All of the Bits and Bobs

Bits and Bobs:

A collaborative show curated by Tegan Wallace

October 28 – November 28, 2016

Opening Reception Oct 28, 2016 6pm – 9pm

Often jewelry is created to celebrate and mark milestones in life. As part of marking her milestone of turning 40 jewelry artist Tegan Wallace invited a collection of artists to take a prototype or unfinished object from Tegan’s own work and breathe new life into them. 

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One of the “bits”. Or is it a “bob”?

Seventeen artists were each given a “bit and bob” that had been an object originally created by Tegan and created a new art piece either using or inspired by their given “bit”.

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Montana agate earrings by Lexi Lee

These Bits and Bobs will become reflections of what Tegan has achieved so far while celebrating the metal community that had given her so much and continues to influence her own artistic growth.

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Detail of necklace by Jane Drucker

 

The show will be up through November 28, 2016 at Danaca Design during our regular gallery hours: Mon-Fri 11am-6pm and Sat 10am-6pm.

Come join us!

Ready for Valentine’s Day?

Rings by Veronica Eckhart and Tony Baker

You have your date, made dinner reservations, now there is just one last item to prepare for the perfect Valentine’s day…the perfect gift! Luckily we have you covered: jewelry, tools, and gift certificates for classes…we have great ideas no matter what your sweetie loves.

 

OMG! It's Valentine's Day! Ring by Rachel DeNys

OMG! It’s Valentine’s Day!
Ring by Rachel DeNys

Rings make a wonderful gift and we have a wide selection from traditional bands to one of a kind designs. How do you figure out a ring size for a gift without asking and spoiling the surprise? If you can sneak and get one of your sweeties rings trace both the inside and outside diameter of the ring on a piece of paper. Bring the ring tracing with you when you shop and we can help you figure out the size.

But if rings aren’t what you are looking for we have a wide selection of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings too!

Stacking Rings with Gemstone

Stacking Rings with Gemstone

But what if your sweetie isn’t as interested in getting jewelry as much as making jewelry? We offer beginner and intermediate jewelry classes such as our popular Beginning Intro: Rings and Stacking Rings With Gemstones classes. Our next Beginning Intro Rings class will be coming up in spring quarter, May 14-15, but we still have space available in our Stacking Rings with Gemstones class on March 26.

To see the rest of our class schedule go to www.danacadesign.com and to register either stop by or call us at 206-524-0916

Gift Certificate

Our gift certificates are just as pretty as a present

Still not sure? We offer gift certificates in all denominations that can be used on any jewelry, classes, or supplies. Perfect!

 

Danaca Design is a jewelry and small-scale metal working facility located in the University District of Seattle. We offer a wide range of classes for individuals seeking to gain skill in the art of decorative metal work and jewelry making.

Find us at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle 98105

or online at www.danacadesign.com

Meet Sarah Rachel Brown

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We have recently started carrying some of Sarah Rachel Brown’s jewelry in our gallery at Danaca Design and it has been a big hit. We wanted to talk with Sarah and learn a little more about her and her work.

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Circle earrings by Sarah Rachel Brown

How long have you been making Jewelry?

I’ve been working with metal since 2009.

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Oval Earrings by Sarah Rachel Brown

What is your background? Is it in art, or something else?

I’ve always been artistic but I wasn’t drawn to visual art until I started working with metal. I studied classical vocal technique all throughout high school and into college but I lost interest at the collegiate level. I had the opportunity to work at my college’s alternative radio station where I created a position for myself as the Live/Local Music Director; I broadcasted bands playing live in studio and promoted live music locally. I eventually moved on to the being the station’s head music director until I stepped away from school to move to Seattle, WA in 2007. I’ve played in a couple of bands, most notably the Country Lips in Seattle, WA. The boys are still playing shows and I join them for a few songs whenever I’m back in the city.

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Inclinations #2

What kind of imagery or inspiration do you use? Can you tell us about any recurring themes in your work?

I’m inspired by the materials I have on hand and available to me. When I first started in Seattle I was repurposing found objects into earrings. This stemmed from my lack of resources but in turn helped define my aesthetic at that time. I was fixated on old costume jewelry and eventually I realized it wasn’t the jewelry itself but the rhinestones that I was drawn to. The past few years my work has centered on the gemstone whether it’s the facade, or actual precious gemstones or rhinestones. I’ve experimented with burning the stones, exploding them, casting them in place, replicating them in other materials, which has all led me back to simply setting them.

I think about themes often and I just began a yearlong residency where one of my intentions is to dig deeper into the meaning or motivation as to why I’m making my current work. I keep going back to the financial struggles that plagued my mother when I was a child or my own struggles as a twenty-something woman trying to navigate a world where so much value is put on appearances and possessions. I get a lot of satisfaction out of buying used clothing and with a bit of sewing and accessorizing, making them look like a million bucks. The payoff is when someone asks me where I bought my dress and the shocked expression that comes over their face when I tell them a thrift store. Now I find and collect old rhinestones, and through skillful design and execution, take these cheap, glass stones and transform them into contemporary art jewelry. I enjoy instilling value into seemingly valueless objects.

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Inclinations #2

What are your favorite materials to work with?

Currently, rhinestones have my heart. They affordable so I’m not afraid to experiment with them, they’re shape and cuts are timeless, and for me, they’re an example that beauty doesn’t have to be expensive. I use Sterling Silver for the majority of my adornment because it oxidizes to black so beautifully and plays nicely with most people’s skin.

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Inclinations #1

Can you tell us about any memorable teachers from your past who have influenced what you are doing today?

I’ve been very fortunate to have some amazing women as mentors in my career thus far.

Meeting Sarah Loertscher in my first beginning metals class changed the trajectory of my life. I apprenticed under her for 3 years, she pushed me to attend Penland and apply for the Core Fellowship, and she’s still steering me towards opportunities to this day. I learned plenty from working beside her and it wasn’t just at the bench. She exposed me to the business aspects of being a production jeweler, she was upfront and honest about her struggles to make it as an artist, and she treated me (and still does) like family. She’s one of the hardest working people I know.

Through Sarah I met Tia Kramer with whom I worked with in Seattle for about a year and whose work ethic continues to impress me. She’s constantly evolving her studio practice and interdisciplinary work and it’s truly inspiring to watch someone’s success only push them harder. I have this theory that she must not sleep because I can’t explain how she has enough time to do what she does otherwise.

Tia and Sarah both helped me land a job with the blacksmith Erica Gordon of Steel Toe Studios. She allowed me to learn on the job and was patient with me as I learned, she helped me a tremendous amount with my application for the Core Program at Penland, and she’ll probably remain the only pregnant woman I have seen use a power hammer.

I recently returned to Seattle work alongside Aran Galligan. Aran was my last instructor at Penland as a Core Fellow. She’s business savvy so I jumped on the opportunity to learn from her for a few months and I helped solely with the business aspect of things. She was incredibly generous and offered me a place to live, a studio to use, and on top of it all, she took me on a boat ride.

There’s more I could name but I’ll stop here. Let’s just say I take John Cage’s ‘RULE FIVE: Be self-disciplined: this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way’ quite seriously.

Do you have a website we can share?

Of course!

sarahrachelbrown.com

I also document my process and experiences through my Instagram account:

@sarahrachelbrown

 

Thanks Sarah! We look forward to seeing how your work develops and what you think up next.

Great Gifts for Grads

Congratulations class of 2015! Graduation time is finally here and if you are still looking for the perfect gift for your grad come see what we have in our gallery at Danaca Design:

 

Like this bronze owl necklace by Amanda Bristow:

Perfect for your wise owl

Perfect for your wise owl

Earrings by Erika Laureano (We have necklaces of hers that match the earrings too!):

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Earrings by Erika Laureano

Rings and more inspired by the sea:

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Can’t decide or not sure of your grads style? We have gift certificates too!

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Come in and let us help you pick out the perfect gift.

Our gallery is open Mon-Fri from 11am-6pm and Sat from 10am-6pm.

Mother’s Day is May 10th!

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Is there a mother in your life you’d like to recognize? She may be your own mother, the mother of your kids, or a friend’s mother who’s special to you?

Our gallery is full of great work right now and we just might have the perfect gift for the mother in your life. 

Use promo code MOMROCKS to get 10% off your gallery gift purchase until May 10th. 

For moms who would rather make than wear, we also have gift certificates which can be used towards any of our classes or tools.

Gift Certificate

The gallery is open Monday-Friday 11-6, and Saturday 10-6. Come visit and see if anything grabs your eye!

5619 University Way NE

206-524-0916

 

 

Semi Annual Swap Meet this Sat!

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Don’t miss our Jewelry and Supply Swap Meet Saturday, April 4th 

Tools, metal, beads, gemstones, weird stuff you didn’t know you needed! Buy, trade or pick up something for free from the free table!

There is no charge attend! 

Stop by anytime between 10am-2pm

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