Satomi Kawakita in LA!

April 17, 2017
by Alexis Adams
  This coming weekend we welcome Satomi Kawakita to our Los Angeles shop for her annual trunk show. We are so thrilled to have Satomi here along with her full line of beautiful engagement rings, stackable bands, men’s and women’s wedding bands, and delicate earrings. This is a perfect opportunity to meet the artist in person and get her assistance in creating your dream ring stack. Since she’ll be bringing every variation of her rings in each metal, it’s also a great time to shop for wedding bands, getting to see all the options at once and compare styles. Don’t miss this rare West Coast appearance by Satomi!   Saturday and Sunday April 22 + 23 11am to 6pm each day ... 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

Material Girl + The Bohème

March 6, 2017
by Madeline & Julia
Hi! We’re Madeline and Julia, the newest additions to the Los Angeles ESQUELETO team. We have a lot in common: we both have adorable Chihuahuas that we are obsessed with, we love the cinema, and love exploring the myriad culinary offerings of East L.A. But we are also different in a lot of ways, which is why we enjoy working with each other. After all, opposites attract! Maddie is really into 90s fashion, with a minimal and clean-lined aesthetic, while Jules has a very bohemian “more is more” attitude. Here are some of our first staff picks for the month of March, and why we selected them over all the many beautiful things in the shop. Madeline: Invisible Moon Face Studs by... Read More

Tucson Rocks 2017

February 13, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Another year has come and gone for our beloved Tucson Gem + Mineral Show! Each February the ESQUELETO ladies look forward to exploring the world’s largest collection of fossil, mineral and precious gems dealers. We totally scored again this year with an amazing selection of Peruvian pyrite, glowing smoky quartz crystals, antique kilim rugs, and many more treasures to sell in the shops. This year was my first time attending the uber-fancy diamond shows. Walking around with Lauren, buying the world’s most unusual and stunning diamonds for the Lauren Wolf Jewelry line, was an incredible experience. After a long day of treasure hunting, there’s nothing better than enjoying a cocktail at... Read More

2017 Lookbook Sneak Peek

January 30, 2017
by ESQUELETO
For the third consecutive year Ramon Felix came by to shoot the ESQUELETO lookbook. Here’s a sneak peak of the bold and vibrant photographs he created for ESQUELETO 2017:

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

Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2016
by ESQUELETO
…And that’s a wrap! Wishing the happiest of holidays to our lovely friends and customers. Please note our adjusted store hours for both locations this week: Oakland: 12/26: 11 am to 5 pm 12/27-12/30: 11 am to 6 pm 12/31: 11 am to 4 pm Closed New Year’s Day Los Angeles: 12/27-12/30: 11 am to 7 pm Closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Both shops will be back to regular store hours on January 2nd. A huge thank you to all of you for a wonderful year!

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

Spotlight Rebecca Overmann

November 21, 2016
by Lindsay Olson
When I first started working at Esqueleto five years ago (crazy!) Rebecca Overmann was the first artist I met. A longtime friend of Lauren’s, she dropped by the shop on a Saturday and though I was a bit star struck at first, I was immediately captured by her warmth and devious smile. She’s become a good friend since then, and I’ve enjoyed watching her collection grow and evolve over the years. Nothing has been more fun, however, than getting to hang with Lauren and Rebecca together. Whether it’s sharing a bottle of wine on a rooftop in New York, or visiting with our favorite stone dealers in Tucson, those two have an infectious energy and sense of humor that make you feel lucky to... Read More