Cute Shop: The Sawtooth Building in Berkeley, CA

The Bay Area is filled with people who make things. From the 2 billion lines of code written at Google to the bowls that those billionaire founders have in their kitchens, things get made up here.

So where do these artisans shack up?

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In Berkeley, it’s The Sawtooth Building in the most Westerly part of the city. Just a block away from The Rare Barrel and a couple blocks from the waterfront. With over 30 studios, it’s a hub for handcrafted wares and a perfect escape from Market Street and Union Square in San Francisco.

This past weekend was an open studio for the forty-plus makers that spend their time designing, building, and crafting those goods that they are so passionate about. Every time I get to have a conversation with them, I feel so renewed and revitalized to go and make something, and go after all the things that I want — just like they do.

Sarah Kersten Studio 

Ever since stumbling upon Kersten’s work on Instagram (honestly, where else these days?) I’ve been meaning to stop by her studio. I was even more excited to find out that she was also nestled in Berkeley, a seemingly rare location for artists these days as my favorites tend to be in the city or in the North Bay. After growing up on a farm, the self-taught Kersten relocated to the Bay Area six years ago and has been crafting her ceramics ever since. Her wares are made to serve a meaningful purpose, whether it’s to ferment food so that no produce goes to waste, or as a ceramic vessel to replace tupperware (which is a mantra I can get on board with).

Kersten may be launching a dinnerware next year, so stay tuned!

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Kersten’s work can be found at her site

Rae Dunn 

If you’ve been in any small store in the Bay Area, it’s highly likely you’ve encountered a Rae Dunn piece. Dunn sticks with simple, glazed white pieces with sweet and smile-inducing phrases written in her spiny print. I first found out about her after reading about Wilma’s World, a picture book about Dunn’s dog, Wilma — the perfect muse.

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Dunn’s work can be purchased at her Etsy shop

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