Keeping It Local: This is museum-quality art – only it’s for the kitchen


This week Wallace Baine, my colleague on Rhythm Arts & Entertainment, and I posted lists of gift ideas that focus on local artisans. Our suggestions cover books, beverages, visual art, food and Clothes. In this last part, you will find gifts for the kitchen and the house.

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Each of these items, all handcrafted by local artists, are as useful as they are adorable. Some are unexpectedly – who thinks of making a nice broom or a pretty pot holder? Yet each is a work of art in its own right and glorifies the simple, everyday tasks and pleasures of the home.

Brooms by Flora Folk Craft

Handmade brooms by artist Alanna Stock are so pretty that it can be hard to imagine using them to clean your home. Each broom handle is made from locally harvested hardwood, either beige oak or acacia. Stock harvested some of the wood from the CZU burn site, where fire and a dry winter naturally healed some of the trees.

She removes the bark and hand works each handle until it shines before finishing it with a layer of beeswax from her garden: “It’s so rewarding to transform something that’s gone through this. tremendous disruptive force – fire – into something truly beautiful and Household. “

The whisk is made from several layers of hand-knotted sorghum, aka broom, and is beautifully woven to the handle. Stock brooms are fully functional, and if hung on the floor after each use and out of direct sunlight, they will last for years.

They are so beautiful and created with such care that it is easy to believe that they could cleanse both the physical and metaphysical areas of your home. $ 90 to $ 120 for full size brooms; $ 15 to $ 45 for hand brushes. Available at Westside Farmers Market on Saturday 11 December, by email at [email protected] and via Instagram at @florafolkcraft.

Ceramic tumblers by Olivia Cater

Ceramic artist Olivia Cater began playing with clay while living in Portland, Oregon, and when she returned to her hometown of Santa Cruz, she launched her own ceramic line. . Her hand-thrown ceramic tumblers and mugs are earthy and alive. The blue-green glaze flows from the edge, while the bottom of the piece is kept natural. It is reminiscent of waves crashing on sand or moss crawling along a tree branch. Cater says, “Being able to do things and make people enjoy them has been really rewarding and fun, and having them in my local town is really nice.” $ 28 at Botanic and Luxe, 701 A Front St., Santa Cruz, and via Instagram at @ potsmystère.

Stephen Hosmer Vegetable Cookbook at Artisans & Agency

A page from a vegetable cookbook by artist Stephen Hosmer and his daughter

Local Santa Cruz artist Stephen Hosmer has teamed up with his chef daughter, Ashley Malia Hosmer, to create a gorgeous cookbook. Inside, the iconic alphabetical posters of Elder Hosmer with bold representations of vegetables accompany recipes developed by Ashley. Some are his straightforward interpretations of classic dishes, like his beetroot salad with beetroot and his “B is for beet” poster, or his God’s garlic pasta next to “G for garlic,” and some are more adventurous, like his nasturtium pesto. – you can guess by which letter.

All recipes are designed to be healthy, satisfying, and plant-based. The book is a beautiful document in itself – the plates for the book were created on hand painted enamel panels, on aluminum panels using traditional sign painter tools and techniques. $ 30 at 1368 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz and

The potholders of Ribbon Street.

The potholders of Ribbon Street.

(Via Ruban Street)

Potholders Ribbon Street by Dawn O’Regan

Potholders are like socks in the kitchen. You use them all the time, they protect you from the elements, and when they wear out you may end up with a blister. Like socks, you can’t go wrong giving someone new pot holders, allowing them to ceremoniously throw away old ones they’ve probably been limping with for far too long.

Santa Cruz textile artist Dawn O’Regan makes standard pot holders with unique and exciting fabric collages quilted with layers of double stabilizer and cotton and wool batting. They are as beautiful as they are useful and would add a bit of color and beauty to anyone’s cooking space. $ 29 to

Doug Ross Coasters at Artisans & Agency

Even if you don’t know the name of late local artist Doug Ross, you’ve almost certainly seen his art. His minimalist illustrations depicting the flora, fauna and landscapes of Santa Cruz can be found in public spaces across the county. Her beautiful and charming images are widely available in a variety of media, from wall art to puzzles and pillows, and even coasters.

These wooden coasters feature four of his most iconic Santa Cruz scenes – “Humpbacks,” “UCSC Bike Path,” “Natural Bridges” and “West Cliff Bike Path” – and prove you don’t always need to. wall space to make room for art in your home. $ 36 for a set of four at 1368 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz and

“Successful” Prints by Hawk & Hammer Creative Studio

“Successful” Prints by Hawk & Hammer Creative Studio

Artist Tina Somers’ paintings, murals, and wood cuts typically feature scientific illustrations of marine life, but she sometimes breaks this routine to play with vibrant colors, textures, and patterns. She recently released a series of watercolors depicting brightly painted fruits against bold graphic backgrounds.

They are a lot of fun and would be a cheerful addition to anyone’s kitchen. Each high quality 8 inch by 8 inch giclee print is printed on archival watercolor paper. Also available are the 10-inch by 10-inch originals, painted in acrylics on cradled wood panels with custom wood frames. $ 36 for the prints; $ 300 for originals at

Towels and tea towels dyed in shibori by Carrie Jones

Local textile artist Carrie Jones ran the Hold Fast Craft School before the pandemic, and after a hiatus, she returned with her own line of indigo-dyed fabrics. Jones uses shibori, an ancient Japanese tie-dye technique, to create beautiful designs that are more elegant than psychedelic. The ocean blue color varies in richness from room to room and reminds us of our ever-changing bay. Her cotton towels and tea towels would be a nice addition to any Santa Cruz home. Towels, set of four for $ 35; tea towels, $ 12 each via Instagram at @ indigo.jones.goods.


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