I will going to the San Diego/ Carlsbad/ southern California area
the first week in March. Other than GIA, are there any must see
places to go and see incredible jewelry or metal work? Or other
amazing craft work? I am in dire need of some inspiration.
It was truly inspirational. You should buy her book, “Arctic
Transformations: The Jewelry Of Denise And Samuel Wallace” which is
equally inspirational, found on Amazon.
A couple places to visit for nature inspiration: La Jolla Shores
(amazing tidepools and cliffs), Balboa Park Downtown San Diego and
Along the street where the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is
(www.mcasd.org/home.asp), there are a lot of art galleries and I’m
pretty sure a couple jewelry galleries, and some great restaurants.
Another must see, if you’re in the area, is the Gaslamp Quarter
There’s just so much, as far as narrowing it down to only jewelry and
metalsmithing, I can’t really help ya there… but maybe this list
While in San Diego you should not miss Spanish Village Art Center in
Balboa Park, just next to the “World Famous” San Diego Zoo. 38
working studios of artists and craftsmen whose original work is for
sale at prices much less than retail. Plan to spend at least a few
hours to peruse the site. I have a studio there and would love to say
hi if you are there when I am in the studio. Go to http://www.spanishvillageart.com for an overview. Also in the Park is
the Mingei Museum which has a great gift shop and wonderful
There is delicious eye candy at Taboo Studio on Lewis Street in
Mission Hills, a neighborhood in San Diego. You will recognize
nationally known jewelers work as well as that of local artists. http://www.taboostudio.com. Trios Gallery in Solana Beach is also
lots of fun.