Thank you so much for coming out to our Give Back Sale on Black Friday! With your help, we were able to raise almost $1000 for Family Forward Oregon! Make sure to checkout their website for more information about what this awesome organization is doing for working families in Oregon.
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Join us for our annual Black Friday Give Back Sale! This year we will be donating 100% of Black Friday’s profits to Family Forward Oregon. We are deeply grateful for the work this organization is doing, including their advocacy around equal pay for equal work, paid sick days and family leave, and accessible, affordable child care for all in the state of Oregon. We’d love to see you and hear about your Thanksgiving, help you find the perfect holiday dress, some winter boots, or some locally-made jewelry while we support an organization doing important, necessary work in our community. Join us: Friday, Nov 24th, 10-6!
Stacy grew up making jewelry. “My mom took me to this place called ‘A Place to Bead’ when I was eight. It was a tiny little shop, more like a nook, with beads all over, and I would sit with Lynn, the owner—an old lady with long white hair—for hours.” Seed bead daisy chains and wrapped Silver Creek river stones evolved into large statement necklaces, and Stacy can be seen in her high school graduation photo wearing necklaces stacked upon necklaces, covering her entire neck.
Despite her love for jewelry making, Stacy went to the University of Oregon with the intention of becoming a volcanologist. But this quickly changed. “I’m an artist; it was silly for me to try to be a scientist,” she tells me. So, she switched to printmaking. She began working with intaglio prints where an image is etched into metal plates usually made out of copper or zinc. While she enjoyed printmaking, she kept coming back to the metal work it involved. “I loved the copper and all I wanted to do was to cut the piece of metal up and make it in to something. So, my professor basically kicked me out of printmaking and sent me to the metalsmithing and jewelry program, and that’s what I got my bachelor’s in.”
After college, Stacy married, moved to Portland, had a child and got divorced. During that time she bartended and, despite creating the name Modern Madini and making a website, her jewelry line was put on hold for years. “I didn’t think I was going to have enough money to support a child and myself.” But a few years ago, her mom had a heart attack, so she quit her bartending job and left for California for three months to help her recover.
“It’s unfortunate it took a tragedy, but I finally acknowledged that in order to be a good example of how to be a human to my kid, I needed to fulfill my own destiny, because otherwise I would be teaching him to go half way. I had put my jewelry career on hold for years thinking I had to because I’m a single mom…It was just money and fear, and I finally just let go.”
Now Stacy is a full time jeweler, constantly working and reworking brass, silver and stone into elegant, organic shapes in the small studio behind her house. “I don’t ever want to stop. Jewelry is an amazing art form…Especially brass — the way in which it oxidizes and wears; it’s it’s own thing that is constantly changing and I think, becoming more beautiful.”
You can find Stacy’s work locally at Button, Altar, Rome, Twill, Somethings, Water Knot and on herwebsite. This year, Stacy will also host a Modern Madini holiday popup shop in Pioneer Place on 5th and Morrison, next to J.Crew from November 6th through Christmas.
Tamara Bryan is sitting at her pottery wheel, light streaming in the open French windows of her studio, carving a groove into the side of a flower pot. This specific pot will eventually make its way to the shelves of Solabee, a flower and botanical shop that carries Tamara’s work. But at this stage, it is just a dark gray form, a middle step in a long process that moves from idea to drawing, clay to wheel, glaze to kiln.
Tamara is a Portland-based potter whose pieces are both earthly and elegant. Designed for utility and integration, Tamara thinks not just of what each piece will look like, but in what hands and environments her pieces will live.
Tamara grew up making things. “We didn’t do a lot of TV,” she says. Instead, she spent her time outside or doing crafts. From a young age, she sewed, baked, and used her hands for making: from clothing for her dolls to handmade paper to Play-Doh.
It wasn’t until college that Tamara learned how to use a pottery wheel and threw her first pot. She began college as a literature major, but once she realized the university had a pottery studio she switched her major to art.
After college, Tamara married, moved to Portland and had two children. When her kids were little, Tamara set aside her pottery practice for another kind of making, the art of caring for two children. About four years ago, once both kids began school full-time, Tamara was able to get back in the pottery studio and began building a business. The result is Tamara Bryan Pottery, a line of ceramics that ranges from flower pots and dishes, to tumblers, coffee pots, clay necklaces, and ring trays and holders.
Tamara thinks of clay as organic matter that is alive.
“Clay is said to have memory,” she writes on her website. Tamara is interested in all the lives clay has lived before it makes it to her wheel. Clay, as organic matter, is part of the life cycle, the same life cycle of “plants, animals, mountains and rivers, even people…” The life cycle churns and organic matter is broken down, becomes clay, and then begins again.
For Tamara, clay is more than just a lump of dirt, it is something that holds memory.
“I imagine it whispering of it’s past lives,” she writes.
Back at the pottery wheel, Tamara has finished the groove in one flower pot and has moved on to the next. The grooves work as a guide when she dips the pots in glaze, blue or green or light yellow, but they also serve as a signature. The pots are similar, but like all organic matter, no two are exactly alike. When the pots are finished she’ll deliver them to Solabee, and from there they will find a plant to house and someone’s home to fill. But right now, they are spinning pieces of clay, and Tamara is bent over her wheel, hands moving over each pot, smoothing them, making something beautiful.
Tamara Bryan Pottery is sold locally at: Button Consignment, Solabee Flowers & Botanicals, Avidd Boutique, Mantle, Stustustudio, Somethings, and Mr. Green Beans. You can also find her pieces online at: www.tamarabryanpottery.com.
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We’re celebrating 5 years in business with a giant birthday sale and all day party Saturday, March 25, 2017. We’ll have swag bags for the first 10 customers, cupcakes from Saint Cupcake, mimosas all day, and best of all:
In 2009, Risa Regory’s co-worker came to work one day wearing a pair of earrings she had made herself. Inspired, Risa went straight to the bead store and gathered the supplies to try her hand at making jewelry. For the first time she realized, “I can do this myself!” Risa says. That first pair of earrings turned into Amaree & Reese, a full line of jewelry made in Portland Oregon. Amaree & Reese combines brass, sterling, and semi-precious gemstones with hand stamped, crafted, and cut shapes. Risa works to find that fragile balance between organic, swooping lines and heavier geometric shapes. We’d say she’s hitting the mark.
Earrings from the “Essential Collection” by Amaree & Reese. Brass, Sterling and Turquoise.
In the beginning, Risa just made jewelry for herself. Not long after she started wearing her pieces to work, she began getting her first orders from admiring co-workers. Once she realized there was an audience for her work, she slowly began producing more and more. She experimented with new designs, metals, shapes, stones and techniques, figuring out what worked, what didn’t, what people liked, and what she liked designing. Risa learned as she went, and her mistakes and successes were a part of the process; Amaree & Reese has developed from them.
Amaree & Reese has grown quickly in the last few years, and Risa is now busier than she can keep up with. For Risa, success isn’t the “big stuff.” Her goal is to stay local, grow her business and make a little bit more than what she needs to survive. “It’s not about money,” she says, “It’s about replacing my day job with a little bit extra.” It’s about doing what she loves and making a living doing it. Ultimately, Risa’s dream is to have a studio that doubles as a storefront, a few employees to help her keep up with orders, and maybe a little help from her granddaughter, Amaree, for whom the line is named.
The namesakes for Amaree (Left) and Reese (Right) at a craft show.
Risa has been part of the Portland community for a long time. She was born and raised in North Portland, and she has witnessed up-close the changes that have taken place over the years. Risa watched as the boarded up shops along NE Killingsworth turned into small boutiques who now carry her work, including Shipwreck and Green Haus.
Risa now lives with her husband in St. Johns. She makes her jewelry in a studio above her house while listening to 70’s classics (think The Police, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Franks) and her husband’s foot steps thumping up the stairs to her studio (to chat) and back down (when she kicks him out so she can get back to work.)
What does she think of the changes to the neighborhood? She’s excited about them. Her work is now featured in 10 of those little boutiques that have popped up around Portland, and her goal is to make it into 100 stores in the next year or two.
Necklaces by Amaree & Reese. Stamped and Hammered Brass, Turquoise.
Besides a natural knack for design and the tenacityit takes to take a leap and start your own business, Amaree & Reese benefits from Risa’s ability to collaborate with other artists. As we talked, it became clear that Risa has learned from, taught, and collaborated with many other Portland makers. Some of her favorite local designers (and the pieces you’ll find her wearing when she isn’t wearing her own designs) are A Tea Leaf, Bohemian Salt, LaCreate Designs, and Luna Sol.
If you ever have the chance to meet Risa in person, I encourage you to stop and say hello. Her enthusiasm is contagious. I would also recommend following her on Instagram to see what she is working on, upcoming craft shows, and pictures of her two, adorable granddaughters. She’s also working on a website and an etsy shop, so stay tuned for more ways to buy her pieces online. Currently, you can find her jewelry locally at, Button Consignment, Tender Loving Empire, Shipwreck, Green Haus, and My Girlfriend’s Closet, among several others.
Earrings from the “Eclectic Soul Collection” by Amaree & Reese. Brass, Oxidized Brass, Turquoise and Sterling.
Give Back Sale
Friday, January 20, 2017
Supporting Planned Parenthood of Oregon
Please join us for our first Give Back Sale of the year! Tomorrow, we’ll be donating 100% of our profits for the day to the Columbia Willamette Chapter of Planned Parenthood. We’d love to see you and hear how you are doing, help you find a perfect pair of marching boots, a rain coat to keep you dry, or anything in between. Let’s do something good on a day we’ve been dreading!
And to all of you who are marching in Portland and elsewhere, thank you! We’ll be right there with you in spirit, if not in person.
First of all, we want to send out a big THANK YOU for being such a loyal, supportive and generous community. We really couldn’t have survived 2016 without you.
Secondly, in the midst of the tumult of wrapping up the holidays, the endless snow days, and all the big changes that are in store, it seems necessary to slow down for a moment and take stock. In the spirit of creating a better future, we’d like to focus on the parts of 2016 that give us hope.
The number of locally made pieces of jewelry we sold in 2016. That’s 852 times you helped support artists and craftspeople living, working and dreaming in Portland.
The number of items that we sold last year. That’s 22,016 things recycled, 22,016 times we reduced our footprint, 22,016 times you shopped locally and supported our community.
The number of dollars we gave back to our community last year. With your help on Black Friday, we gave $750 (100% of our profits for the day) to the local charity Adelante Mujeres. Adelante Mujeres is a wonderful, Forest Grove-based charity that supports low-income Latina women and their families. On top of that, we also donated $150 to local schools throughout the year.
The number of uncertainties we have about the future. Just kidding. But really, if you’re wondering what’s in store, we can promise more jokes, silly Boomerangs (those videos we post on Instagram) and new outfits. More roller skates, looks of the day and homemade ‘Nasty Woman’ tee-shirts. And to start the new year on a positive note, we will be commemorating Inauguration Day with another Give Back Sale. On January 21, we’ll be donating 100% of our profits to a local charity. We’ll be in touch with all the details.
Thank you so much for supporting us through this year. Here’s to 2017 and all it has to offer!
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