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Penmanship Meets Pendant: BB Becker’s Your Story Necklace

February 3, 2016

Jo and BB Becker | UncommonGoods
Falling in love prompted BB Becker’s first attempt to make jewelry in the 1980s; he deconstructed and transformed found pieces into charming gifts for his future bride. Today, his work is a collaborative effort that marries BB’s lovingly-designed sterling silver pendants with his wife Josephine’s graceful handwriting.

Your Story Necklace | UncommonGoodsThis particularly pensive medallion bears a meditation on the bonds we share with family and friends. With one corner curled over as if turning a page on your personal story, each one is engraved with a quotation handwritten in delicate cursive that reads: “The only people who truly know your story are the ones who help you write it.” A recent conversation with BB revealed how ancient art, a meaningful sentiment, and the devoted characters who fill our personal stories inspired the creation of this writerly, wearable artwork.

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This Just In-Spiration: Meet Alison Evans

February 1, 2016

Alison Evans | UncommonGoods

Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Alison Evans, the artist behind our new Oyster Porcelain Dishware Collection.Oyster Porcelain Dishware Collection | UncommonGoods
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
When I was 14, I took a computer programing class and a pottery class (among other classes) and realized that sitting in front of computer was no fun. I wanted to have a job that was physically demanding and creative. At that time, I thought to myself – maybe I should become a potter?

Alison Evans | UncommonGoods
What was the most exciting thing about becoming a professional artist?
I’ve always been very goal-oriented, so to make a living doing what I love and being able to check that off of my list in my 20s was a big accomplishment.

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This Just In-spiration: Meet Christie Little

January 25, 2016

Christie Little | UncommonGoods

Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Christie Little, the artist behind our new I Love Hearts Large Canvas Market Bag.

I Love Hearts Large Canvas Market Bag | UncommonGoods

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Inside the Artist’s Studio with Laurel Begley

January 22, 2016

Personalized Faux Bois Vase | UncommonGoods

Laurel Begley in her vintage VW Beetle. All photos by Steve Terrebonne

With all of the natural inspiration to be found around Laurel Begley’s Sonoma County studio, you might be surprised to hear that she’s more inspired by personal history than she is by natural history. From the cookie jar she inherited from her Nana to the simple celebration of family dinners at the end of the day, her family life infuses her creative life with an air of authenticity. And as an independent maker, business owner, and mother, she maintains a pragmatic but laid-back outlook to help juggle it all.

While we weren’t able to visit Laurel’s Santa Rosa, CA studio in person, she opened her doors to us through a series of beautiful photos, giving us a snapshot of her routine and some insight into the inspiration behind designs like her Personalized Faux Bois Vase.

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This Just In-spiration: Meet Karin and Jason Hirsch

January 18, 2016

Karin and Jason Hirsch | UncommonGoods
Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Karin and Jason Hirsch, the artists behind our new Chakra Candles – Set of 7.

Chakra Candles - Set of 7 | UncommonGoods

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

We both were always into arts since childhood. Drawing and painting, crafting, pottery or making music are some of our favorites. We always perceived our artistic endeavors as a way of nurturing the creative potential inside and experience what it brings forth in our daily life. Creativity is our life force and however it desires to manifest itself we embrace it. We consider ourselves artists by nature.

What was the most exciting thing about becoming a professional artist?

Definitely expressing what’s dormant inside and coming to know ourselves in so many different ways. We never had the professional aspect in mind when creating art or products, it just came along naturally with enjoying what we were doing.

Chakra Candles - Set of 7 | UncommonGoods

What does your typical day in the studio look like?

A typical day would start with coffee or tea, music, and a challenging schedule. We love to dive into the work and prove to ourselves we can do it. This goes for our passion for our company as well as for our individual work. We enjoy very much working together.

Is there a trinket, talisman, or other inspirational object you keep near? If so, what is it and what does it mean to you?

We are actually always surrounded by inspirational objects. There is not one particular one that stands out, it is the feng shui environment that lets the creativity emerge and flow. Elemental balance, harmony and good energy is the most important aspect in our home and from there all things fall in place. There are of course our deer in the backyard that gave inspiration to our company and logo. (“Deer” in German is “Hirsch”!) We are very grateful to have them.

Chakra Candles - Set of 7 | UncommonGoods

Imagine you just showed your work to a kindergartener for the first time. What do you think they would say?

I think they would love the colors as they are very primary and speak to the inner child. Maybe seeing the product would want them to draw a picture with beautiful colors.

Chakra Candles | UncommonGoods

What quote or mantra keeps you motivated?

“The creation within will guide the creativity without. Listen and trust your inner voice.”

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