The Ladies of L'Atelier
Jessi Gerak - Buttons Bones
I was born and raised in the Colorado Rockies and graduated with a BFA in ceramics from Kent State University in 2009. At Kent State, I had the privilege of working with and learning from Kirk Mangus and a slew of incredibly talented grad students.
My last year at Kent was spent as Kirk’s studio and research assistant where we created and studied several styles of Shino glazes, an ancient Japanese traditional glaze. I am still madly in love with crawl Shino (textured white glaze) and the unique and surprising pattern it creates every time.
The name Buttons Bones Pottery comes from my senior show in college; I created a series of wares that included both cute ceramic buttons and creepy ceramic bones and teeth. You may see this style pop up in my shop from time to time for nostalgic reasons (and it looks pretty cool). Additionally, I like pottery to have movement and flow. I like to imagine the clay can still move even after being made solid.
Samantha Harman - Infinite Abyss Handmade
Infinite Abyss is a Wyoming-based woodshop run by Samantha Hartman, who creates a line of unique home decor. Each piece is created from locally sourced materials and draws inspiration from natural elements, minimalist patterns and vintage style.
Samantha was a 2016 Etsy Open Call finalist and is the author of the book, Wood Pallet Wonders. Some of her features include Realtor.com, HGTV Magazine, Buzzfeed and American Craft Magazine.
Peyton Kane Home
We are a family-owned business based out of Sonoma County, California. Every item in our shop is handcrafted by Pauline and her parents, Andrew + Maria. The business started out of a search for high-quality home decor that wouldn’t break the bank. Every item you purchase from Peyton Kane Home is directly from our family to you. Enjoy!
Sentient Self is a Chicago-based brand focused on self-awareness and healing. Many of us suffer from anxiety and depression, including us, so we created a shop full of items to heal and help expedite the co-creation portion of life. Crystals, candles, herbal intention candles, crystal-infused candles, and much more are just some of the items we offer from our company. We put so much love into everything we create and are so grateful to be a part of the spiritual process.
Naomi Schulz - Render Goods
Based in San Jose, California Naomi is a talented textile designer focusing on reusable materials.
Resting Plant Face
Born from a mix of her creative passions, quarantine free time, and her growing love for plants, Maylin Luke cultivated Resting Plant Face in Dallas, TX. Each unique Resting Plant Face concrete planter & home accessory is hand-poured and hand-painted with the intention of adding to your home’s good vibes.
Pottery by Eleni
Helena Falangus Duffy (in Greek, Eleni) is the CEO and Chief Designer at Pottery by Eleni. After a noted 12-year career working as a Costume Designer in Los Angeles’s Film and Television industry, Helena longed for the always-changing, but forever green environment of the Pacific Northwest that first inspired her art. She returned home to Seattle at inopportune timing at the beginning of the pandemic. In spite of this dull and difficult time, Helena found joy and purpose in the founding of Pottery by Eleni. With Pottery by Eleni (pronounced Eh-leh-knee), Helena creates rustic elegant homeware that promotes female empowerment and is environmentally friendly.
Little Village Decor
Hi! My name is Raizel Briggs, and I am the owner of Little Village. My passion for home decor, combined with a desire to create, inspired me to start my Etsy shop! My wonderful husband and I create the clay pieces in our shop! We are passionate about giving back, so we donate a portion of every sale to Compassion International!
Today, I am an entrepreneur, a design director, a partner, and a caregiver. I hold a degree in architecture and design from MIT, and after spending years designing products in healthcare and education, the systemic inequities of this country and my own racial privilege is painfully clear. I founded COV Home because I believe I have an opportunity to give back – profits from every purchase are donated to women’s shelters. Our goods bring moments of peace and joy to your home and help those in need of one. Whether I am leading an amazing team that builds whole-child educational products, growing my small business, or expanding my own home across generations – I seek to contribute to a more just and equitable world by leveraging design to maximize human potential and fulfillment.
I’ve always had a passion for two things: interior design and bringing joy to people’s lives. I used to tell people what I like to do in my free time, which was helping people design interiors and decor. One day, someone explained to me how I could expand my reach and sell my passion with an online store. I’d never heard of this before, and I thought it was a great idea at the time, but I was extremely nervous! I went ahead and decided to do it anyway, and I’ll say it was one of the best decisions of my life because being able to make home decor pieces I truly love myself, and seeing other people love them just as much makes me so happy. And this is how SouthernChell was born.
I’ve been compelled to make things since I was a child. Growing up, I practiced oil painting, acrylics, and woodwork. After obtaining my degree in Marine Science and becoming a Molecular Biologist, I started to practice with epoxy resin in my spare time. Eventually, by July 2020, I left my job to dedicate more time to my passion and opened up my Etsy shop. I am proud to be an artist exclusively and am grateful to be able to do what I love full-time.
Wax on Fire
Hi! I’m Alisha, owner, and founder of Wax on Fire based out of North Swansea, Massachusetts. When I became a mother in 2015, I started to become more vigilant about our household environment and how I could make it healthier for our little one. An obvious change that I could make after researching paraffin wax candles was to switch over to a healthier alternative. During my research, I became intrigued with the candle-making process and decided to handcraft them out of my own home. After countless days and endless nights, I finally nailed down the perfect formula for a clean-burning, long-lasting, magnificent-smelling candle. Through my products, I hope to spread awareness of how important it is to be vigilant of our household environments and the toxicity surrounding us. Wax on Fire is proud to be 100% non-toxic, vegan and animal cruelty-free.
Raquel and Becca are the sisters behind Rooted. Raquel has a BFA in ceramics from Utah State and wants to share her passion for clay with everyone. Becca is the marketing and media manager. Their dream expands beyond selling pottery. Becca and Raquel hope to have a beautiful workspace to host classes and workshops for everyone to enjoy.
Bridge the Gap
Hi, my name is Bridget Lipsey, owner and creator of Bridge the Gap. I’m born and raised in San Diego. My husband and I have 4 kids and a little grandbaby. We love to travel and explore our own city on the weekend.
My business started out of a love for plants and interior design. I love simple, clean lines, and one can never have enough plants. The most enjoyable aspect of this little business has been seeing my products in other people’s homes. I would love to see how you style your plant hanger or propagation station, so give me a follow on Instagram @bridge_the.gap and let’s see it.
Ash & Hart Floral
Friends since high school, Daphne and Kara have embarked on many floral adventures together through the years. They owned a retail floral shop for five years and then went on to own a wedding floral design business. Daphne and Kara began Ash & Hart Floral to offer high-quality, uniquely designed wreaths and home decor that fit their eclectic styles. They pride themselves on their unique approach to design with nature-inspired styling and unusual color combinations.
I specialize in digital illustrations. My quarantine hobby has quickly turned into my creative passion. From creating custom portraits of life’s special moments to quotes that make you have all the feels, I love creating and designing pieces that put a smile on your face and inspire you to be the amazing human that you are.