LookBook Sneak Peek

October 30, 2017
by Kayla Andrews
We can’t wait to show you all the images from our latest lookbook shoot with photographer Ramon Felix! Our team traveled to the Pulgas Water Temple to photograph two statuesque models amongst the Corinthian towers and tree-lined reflecting pool.The California sun made the jewelry glow, creating a distinctly ESQUELETO mood. We’ll be sharing the full lookbook soon so make sure to follow us on Instagram for updates!

Jason Montano

August 29, 2017
by Jessie Zechnowitz
Jason Montano is a fine art photographer living and working in Oakland, CA. His work is playful, yet serene, and often employs ambiguous subject matter to evoke multiple references simultaneously. We are incredibly excited to welcome him to our Oakland location for a solo exhibit opening Friday, September 1st! As a precursor to his show, I sat down with Jason to talk about his inspiration and technique. Jessie Z: CAN YOU GIVE US SOME INSIGHT INTO THE SERIES AND HOW THESE SPECIFIC PANORAMAS ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION? Jason Montano: The ten photographs selected here are from my “Nothing To See Here” project, taken during and around summer road trips through California, Utah, Arizona... Read More

MQuan’s California Dreaming

June 20, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Celebrated Brooklyn-based ceramic artist Michele Quan has created over 30 wall plaque ‘portals’ inspired by the beauty of the West Coast and the imagery of the dream of California in her mind. Created specifically for installation in the setting of ESQUELETO los angeles, Michele has approached the beauty and mythology of the Golden Coast as filtered through the eyes of a New Yorker. Drawing from her extensive library of symbols that she has curated over the course of her career, Michele has crafted a language of images that combine to describe the ocean, mountains and energy of Los Angeles in visual form. I was able to chat with Michele while she was installing these gorgeous... Read More

Design Inspiration: Samira

May 15, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
With years spent in Equatorial Guinea, Montreal, and New York, Samira Gagné Ludwin is something of a polymath – her work takes her from designing the interiors of well-appointed homes and startups to metalwork, creating adornments for both the home and the body. Samira’s gorgeous taste and creative background meet in her inviting Oakland walkup, which she shares with her husband and their 10-month-old son, Leo. I got the chance to swing by Samira’s place to talk about decorating, style, and- of course- our shared love of jewelry. Danica: Designing for someone’s space is such a personal partnership. How do you help people realize their individual style? And how would you describe... Read More

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
by ESQUELETO
  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!