On View: Common Treasures

April 10, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
  With all the work now hung, here’s a quick look at the stunning pieces that the team of artists at Creative Growth created for our show, “Common Treasures.” With an eye for composition and sturdy construction, Lauren Wolf (jewelry designer and owner of ESQUELETO) brought these necklace-like assemblages together using the incredible elements that each artist created during our two-month workshop series. The result? Wall hangings that seem to sing and dance, intermingling hard and soft materials in wabi-sabi perfection.   Left: The largest piece in the show hangs at approximately 4.5′ long by 2.5′ wide, and features hand-sculpted and painted ceramic beads and... Read More

Common Treasures

March 14, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
Lauren first approached me with the idea for our Spring Show, “Common Treasures,” in the fall, but the idea has been occupying her mind for some time. “I’ve wanted to put on this show ever since I started volunteering with Creative Growth, when I first moved to Oakland,” she explained. Occupying a large, light-filled former warehouse in downtown Oakland, Creative Growth has been offering studio space, instruction, and gallery representation to artists with physical and mental disabilities since the 1970’s. Now with a satellite gallery in Paris, the center has become an institution within the outsider art world. Its artists are represented at galleries, art... Read More

Linda Fahey

January 25, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Linda is the artist behind the beautifully badass ceramic snakes that are so beloved in our Oakland shop, and she’s opening a solo show of her work in our Los Angeles location on February 4th. In preparation for her installation, I was able to chat with her about her influences and inspiration. Alexis: Tell me a bit about how you got your start in ceramics. What drew you to the medium? How does it satisfy your creative impulses? Linda: I have a graphic design/illustration background, but I used to install tile, kitchens, bathrooms, pools and began making my own tiles over 17 years ago which first ignited my interest in clay as a medium. I did spend some years throwing but found I... Read More

We Love Lou

November 29, 2016
by Alexis Adams
Lou Zeldis: master craftsman, visionary artist, creative genius, exceptionally kind human being. Since his passing in 2012, Lou’s work has garnered a cult following of collectors all over the globe who are drawn to his ruggedly elegant pieces, evocative of the natural landscape of his adopted home, Indonesia. Lou left a successful career in musical theater on Broadway (he was in the original cast of Hello, Dolly!) to move to Bali in the mid-1960s. There he discovered a passion for the traditional jewelry- and textile-making of local artisans. He became much-beloved as an “artist’s artist,” with a boundless creativity and prolific output in many media. His distinctively... Read More

Fall Art Shows

October 3, 2016
  HECTOR FONG in Oakland Opening reception Friday, October 7th 5:30-8PM Esqueleto Oakland at 482 A 49TH St, Oakland, CA Works on view through November 28 This year’s October show in Oakland zeros in on the work of renowned Oakland tattoo artist Hector Fong. Fong brings his phantasmagoric linework to our walls with a series of large scale black and white drawings, each one representing many hours of painstaking detail.     ESQUELETO’s 5th Annual Dia de los Muertos group art show in LA Opening reception Thursday, October 6th 5-8pm at Esqueleto LA. 1298 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA Works on view through November 27 We are thrilled to bring our 5th annual Day of... Read More

New York Now

August 29, 2016
by Alexis Adams
Every August we travel to New York to show the Lauren Wolf Jewelry collection at the NY Now market. While Lindsay and Isabel steadfastly manned the booth, Lauren and I walked the show, placed orders with our old favorite artists, and discovered some great new talent. It’s always wonderful to catch up with old friends (who have new babies) and jewelry-industry colleagues, grab some proper bagels and schmear, and dine at iconic restaurants like the Odeon. In between studio visits with Satomi Kawakita and Anthony Lent we were even able to squeeze in a quick trip to the Manus X Machina exhibit at the Met. It was the perfect whirlwind NYC visit!


August 15, 2016
by Alexis Adams
Last week we installed some fresh new drawings from Oakland-based artist Patrick Dunaway in the L.A. shop gallery. Patrick’s allegorical illustrations deal with themes of death, mystery and magic, most often as related to the harsh desert landscape. I was fortunate enough to sit down with Patrick and chat about this new body of work. Alexis: Your work contains heavily symbolic imagery, often of totems associated with the desert. I know you’ve spent a good deal of time as both a child and adult in Death Valley- what does the desert mean to you? Patrick: The desert is of huge significance in my life.  I grew up traveling though the West with my family and we have spent many Thanksgiving... Read More

Spotlight: Rachel Steiner

June 6, 2016
by Alexis Adams
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite artists and friends, Rachel Steiner. Rachel’s lovingly designed and crafted ceramics have become integrated into my daily lifestyle – my morning tea is drunk out of one of her perfect mugs; my dinner is eaten out of her exquisite bowls. Rachel will be exhibiting alongside her artist’s collective, Make. Do., this coming weekend at the West Coast Craft festival, and her work can be found 24/7 here at ESQUELETO. Alexis: How young were you when you knew you wanted to be an artist? Rachel: I started taking ceramic classes when I was in middle school thanks to my aunt. When I continued them into high school is when I began... Read More

Spring Cleaning

May 16, 2016
by Alexis Adams
It’s time to shed those winter layers! Spring brings lightness, brightness, renewed energy and life. Bringing in the outdoors, selecting airy, handmade pieces and fresh fabrics, and rotating your art collection will rejuvenate your home. Here are 5 pieces to welcome new trends into your space for a satisfying spring refresh. Indigo Tie Dye Pillow by Carrie Vawter Eschew the heavy, dark fabrics of winter in favor of beachy indigo, like this hand dyed and quilted pillow by Oakland-based artist Carrie Vawter.     Wall Hanging by Heather Levine We’ve long been fans of LA-based artist Heather Levine and her modern naturalist sculptures. Wall hangings have been... Read More

In the Gallery

April 4, 2016
by Danica Stamenic
We host bi-monthly art shows at both our LA and Oakland shops, and it’s always exciting to see how each artist’s work can transform the space. This First Friday, we unveiled “Fresh paintings” by Jen Garrido. It’s an ode to color and light that has transported us straight into Spring. Working in watercolor on mostly large-scale paper, Jen paints in uninhibited strokes. The effect is something like a Rorschach test, where the associations are only every good. Don’t miss these breathtaking works – they’ll be on view and available to reserve through June 1st.