Meet Our Makers
When you make a purchase from Golden & Pine, not only are you supporting our small business but you're also supporting either a local artist to Kansas City or a global artist + their family.
Want to get to know some of the makers we carry? Learn more below!
Angus & Celeste
Ethically made in China, Angus and Celeste founders Keir Angus Mac Donald and Asha Celeste Cato started out making pots inspired by their love of color and the natural world. Unable to keep up with the demand of hand-making every item the designers began to collaborate with carefully selected ceramic experts abroad. They have developed close and personal partnerships with each potter producing their goods, and every design sees an ethical, intimate and hands-on relationship throughout all stages of the manufacturing process with regular visits from the founders. All Angus & Celeste designs are developed in house in Australia and are completely unique.
Handmade in Boulder, Colorado, Alexa Allen designs and handcrafts all her leather goods. Raised by a contractor father, Alexa was using a hammer by third grade. She began her career as artist making wood furniture and has since settled into leather as her main medium.
Handmade in Brooklyn, Apotheke founder Chrissy Fichtl’s passion for soap making, scent direction and essential oils are the roots of what created Apotheke in 2011. In the summer of 2012, Apotheke opened their first factory, a 3,000 square foot factory in Brooklyn, New York where Chrissy’s husband Sebastian Picasso oversees all production. Inspired by their hand crafted process for soap-making, Apotheke expanded into candles, diffusers, and body care.
Proudly handmade in America, Appointed designs, finishes and packs all their thoughtfully designed desktop products Ivy City, Washington, D.C. Founder Suann Song created the brand following an exhaustive yet unsuccessful search to find well made and refined desktop products that are manufactured in the U.S.
Armadillo & Co
Ethically made by artisan partners in India, Armadillo & Co products are 100% handmade, using Fair Trade practices with natural and sustainable fibers. Your purchase supports the community of artisans who hand make all of their products, including their Armadillo & Co Foundation that funds a school for many children of rug artisans.
Handmade in Columbia, all Azulina goods are crafted in partnership with artisan co-ops and small family-run mills. At 26, Azulina Home founder Melissa Moriarty quit her management consulting job in Chicago and moved south to Medellín, with no other purpose than to get unstuck. Inspired by the local artisanal talent she saw all around her, she launched Azulina, a business rooted in creating beautiful goods for the home, responsibly handmade by Colombian artisans.
Handmade in Africa, The Basket Room was founded by fashion school friends Camilla and Holly. After school, both separately found themselves on the journey for ethical goods and they joined forces to create the Basket Room. Buying these baskets helps ensure that daughters and granddaughters will continue to weave, and continue to benefit from the fair wages and dignified working conditions that come from working within a cooperative environment.
Ethically made by artisans in Vietnam, Thailand, India, Bolivia, Indonesia, and Tunisia. Be Home is a socially responsible company dedicated to the principles of fair trade and equal opportunity. They work with family-run businesses, cooperatives, and ensure artisans are treated fairly and with respect.
Handmade in Los Angeles, Boy Smells candles are all developed and mixed in the founders’ Los Angeles home using fragrance, natural oils, all-natural coconut wax and beeswax. The candles are hand-poured in a reusable glass vessel and hand-labeled in Los Angeles, California. Co-founders and real-life partners Matthew Herman and David Kien, both fashion veterans, created Boy Smells to embrace masculine and feminine in a simple and straightforward way that wasn’t overtly targeted to one gender.
Ethically made by artisan groups abroad, Canvas Home believes in supporting artisans in developing countries and works with artisans who know and love their craft. They give 10% of their profits to organizations supporting artisan groups and are proud sponsors of the Canvas Home Small Grants Program. They also strive to use materials that are sustainably sourced, be it reclaimed wood, recycled glass, or fast growing bamboo fibers.
Handmade in Mexico, all Campo de Fiori pieces are designed and conceived by husband and wife team Robin Norris and Barbara Bockbrader. The couple has been living the "green lifestyle" in the Berkshires, Massachusetts for decades: growing their own food, cultivating their own gardens and fermenting their own wine and cider. Clay is gathered from the lagoon, kneaded by hand and thrown on the wheel. After being fired with wood, each piece is aged with care in their misty greenhouse until the beloved moss appears. After the pots are planted, the moss will continue to evolve over time.
Handmade in Kansas City, Chanee Vijay designs, hand-dyes, and hand-paints natural and beautiful textiles in her Kansas City, MO (by way of California) studio. While she is primarily a one-women business, she partners with her mother to cut and sew. Her studio is also located in our first location in Brookside!
Handmade in Portland, Oregon, Claystreet is a collaboration of ceramic production and artistry between Mudshark Studios and Kat & Roger. LA based Kat & Roger design the collection and it is produced at Mudshark Studios in Portland, Oregon.
Cloth & Co
Handmade in India, Cloth & Co. is an Australian based lifestyle brand founded by mother daughter duo Caroline & Daisy Poiner to help alleviate poverty through the utilization of the traditional artisans skills. Each of their pieces is made with the utmost care, love and attention and are either hand spun, hand loomed, hand dyed, hand printed or hand stitched - they all reflect the extraordinary skills & craftsmanship of the individual artisan. By owning a precious piece from Cloth & Co. you are contributing to the lives of these people through a regular income and a valuable vocational education.
Handmade in Kansas City, Missouri, Convivial Production began in 2014 as a one woman show led by founder Chentell Shannon, wheel-throwing out of a home garage. They have grown since, operating out of a 2500 sq ft space now, but still handcraft each piece using traditional ceramic processes. They use 100% recyclable materials for all shipping, put a huge emphasis on reducing waste and have started a program to do art installations with the pieces broken in normal everyday ceramics production.
Ethically made by women led artisan groups in Ethiopia, Creative Women is fair trade certified and committed to providing good wages. This purchase supports the health, education and financial stability of the female artisan and her family.
Handmade in Smithville, Texas by Dimitar & Lindsay, each piece is hand-thrown on the wheel, glazed and fired by Lindsey. Dimi is a studio hand, photographer, and all in all creative director. You can usually find them working in the studio overnight!
Ethically made in Serbia, all Oak Ethnicraft wood is sourced from responsbily managed forests in Serbia and France. Production waste is reused as fuel for drying ovens and pallets and other shipping materials. The best minimal and modern designers from across the world work to design Ethnicraft products. They believe in creating quality wooden furniture that lasts for generations and withstands trends. Every piece is 100% solid wood and is sourced from responsibly and carefully managed forests.
Europe 2 You
Ethically produced by artisans in Hungary, Europe 2 You uses recycled glass and reclaimed wood to ensure each piece is sustainable. No new wood is ever harvested to make any of their pieces! Sustainability extends to their communities as well. Every employee receives a living wage and safe working conditions, and they foster the economic growth of the individual towns, villages and communities in which they create products.
Handmade by Ashley Kukulski in her Chicago studio, each purchase supports Ashley as she designs, hand paints and prints her paper and card lines. She makes extra effort to use recycled materials and work with local suppliers whenever possible.
Ethically made by a factory in China that adheres to ethical trade standards, Falcon Enamelware has been designed in England since it was first created in the 1920s. In 2011, Falcon Enamelware collection was revitalized – creating new colors and cookware sets along with making the products more durable and hard wearing.
Five | Six Textiles
Five | Six Textiles are woven by hand using the highest quality raw cotton in the rural village of Waraniéné, Côte d’Ivoire. Designed in partnership with the weavers to preserve their one-of-a-kind patterns and ensure their artistry continues to thrive and evolve, your purchase supports the Dyula weavers in Africa.
The Floral Society
Moved by the changing seasons of the natural world and the collaborative spirit of the floral community, The Floral Society makes creative tools and objects to inspire the design enthusiast at home. They believe that everyone with a vision can be both creator and curator — from the budding florist to the skilled host, and all humans in between. Founded by Sierra Steifman of New York boutique floral house Poppies & Posies, their focus is on time-tested essentials infused with a heavy dose of aspiration.
Ethically made by Lithuanian artisans, founder Yumiko designs everyday home goods in Japan and has their linens handmade in Lithuania, where some of the finest linens are spun. Yumiko created Fog Linen to introduce simple, stylish and affordable home goods into the design market.
Handmade in Los Angeles, Go Gently Nation is committed to developing eco-friendly goods and producing 100% of their products ethically and in a kind manner in the USA. Go Gently stands behind every garment they create and are committed to using only organic and sustainable fabrics, recycled paper hang tags, certified water-based inks, low impact dyes, recycled fabric remnants and numerous eco-business practices.
Ethically made in China, Gus Modern was created by two retailers seeing a need for high quality modern furniture available to boutique home shops across the world. The Gus Modern owners moved to China for 2 whole years to set up their own factory and ensure today's ethical standards are met. Each purchase supports Gus Modern at it's home base in Toronto, Canada and Chinese makers at their factory.
Ethically made in the USA, each Happy Habitat throw is designed by Kansas City native Karrie Dean. They are made from recycled cotton which comes from the fibers and clippings collected after the cut and sew process. Eco benefits of using recycled cotton instead of new include no land use, no new pesticides or fertilizers, and no new dye releasing pollutants. Did we mention each throw is crazy soft and happy?
Ethically made by artisans in India, each Injiri product passes through the hands of several craftspeople across India including spinners, dyers, weavers, tailors and finishing craftspeople, before hitting the market.
Ethically made by visually impaired craftsmen in Sweden, Iris Hantverk has been providing skilled employment to visually impaired craftsmen since the early 1900s. This product supports artisans that might otherwise find it challenging to find employment. All brushes are handmade and of their own design.
Ethically made in China and India, Jamie Young began her business almost 25 years after returning from a trip to Mexico with beautiful pots that she was inspired to turn into lamp bases. Since then she has spent years building relationships with artisans in India, where the products come from villages that specialize in small batch ceramics, metal and woodwork. She also produces in Chinese factories that Jamie regularly visits to ensure safe working conditions and product quality.
Jars of Dust
Handmdae in Virginia Beach, Virginia, every item is hand thrown by maker Mallorie Terranova and turned on the potter's wheel, with hand dipped glaze application. Not one piece is exactly like the next which she (and we!) love as it gives each customer a very special creation just for them.
Handmade in Kansas City, Missouri, Katherine who came to Kansas City by of Seattle, accredits finding clay in 2016 as her reawakening. She found peace, creative energy, and a meditative flow and is incredibly humbled to do work that she adores everyday.
Ethically made by over 3,200 artisans all across Africa, founders Greg Stone and Alicia Wallace created KAZI to connect world loving, fashion forward consumers to beautifully handcrafted products that do good and tell a story. Each Kazi Goods purchase supports over 21,000 Africans as their artisans average 5.7 dependents per family.
Ethically made at certified organic fair trade facilities in India and Portugal, Kid Wild is a small company founded by Aafke, a mom of 3. Aafke designs all the products, inspired by the beautiful nature surround her home in Boulder, CO, with inspiring visits to her home country of the Netherlands mixed into her design inspirations.
Handmade in Mexico, Makaua unites modern design with handmade craft. Each purchase supports Mexican artisans. Every basket is handmade from a natural palm fiber, to keep them looking their best clean with a dry cloth and keep away from water and damp items.
Marley & Alfie
Handmade by artist Cindy Tung, each purchase supports Cindy as she makes her livelihood in Los Angeles making the most fun and colorful horseshoe art and jewelry.
Ethically made by Guatemalan wool weaving artisans, each purchase supports over sustainable income for over 40 individuals and helps to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala.
Handmade in Kenya by over 80 artisans, Meyelo products support small-scale artisans, providing them with a stable income, safe working conditions and access to provide access to education, water, farming co-ops and medical needs. With every purchase, you preserving beautiful craft and handmade techniques and helping provide for artisan families and supporting their community.
Ethically made by female self help groups in Africa, Mifuko often employs basket weavers that are disabled and economically disadvantaged. They work weaving into their other family duties, allowing them earn a living wage, socialize, and still maintain their day to day responsibilities.
Handmade in California, each purchase supports Los Angeles area artisans who have been hand-making ceramics for 25 years. Each piece is high-fired, handmade using a jiggering tool for shaping, and a potters wheel for finishing.
Handmade in Audubon, Iowa, Moglea produces their stationary line on a century old letterpress housed in the most amazing modern studio situated on her husband's family farm. This purchase supports founder Meg and her team of artists and staff in creating one of the happiest card lines we've seen.
Ethically made in Imabari, Japan, husband and wife team Kaz and Yuka Morihata have been producing high-quality hand towels since 2005. The towels are gently woven on traditional, low speed machines to preserve the quality and softness of the thread.
Ethically made in California, Norden is a southern California based home goods brand founded in 2014 by husband and wife pair Erika and Pete Panciera. Erika, with an interest in home decor, and Pete, with years of experience as an art director and designer, started the brand after recognizing a need in the market for simple, well-designed home accessories that could stand the test of time. Each product they design and produce is informed by the pair’s eclectic design aesthetic and places they have visited around the world.
Not Perfect Linen
Ethically made in Lithuania, family business Not Perfect Linen uses as much human input as possible (rather than machines) to provide truly handmade goods... and to hire more seamstresses that honorably earn for a living. They use thoughtfully selected Oeko-tex certified linen fabric from our local manufacturers and avoid adding anything that is not essential.
The Object Enthusiast
Handmade by artist Emily Reinhardt, The Object Enthusiast designs and creates her ceramics in the downtown Crossroads district of Kansas City. The purchase supports Emily and her team of lady artisans who create vessels that we hope will become heirlooms for the modern traditionalists.
Ethically produced by factory partners in China and India, Rylee + Cru is a family run brand that is designed in Southern California by illustrator Kelli Murray (and mom of 3!). Created with all certified organic cotton and named after her third child, Quincy Mae.
Ethically made by artisans in Indonesia, Selamat sources sustainably-managed materials like rattan, jute, FSC-certified teak and mahogany, and prioritizes the heritage, ecosystems and economies of their skilled artisans. Inspired by the easy, breezy California lifestyle and built to last, Selamat aims to create "everything to be a classic."
Handmade in east Los Angeles by artist Peter Sheldon, a Vermont native that takes inspiration from his rustic heritage to build beautiful and totally functional ceramics.
Ethically made by artisans in Guatemala, this purchase supports workshops and cooperatives dedicated to the sustainable production of wood and glass pieces. Sobremeasa proudly partners with artisans all over the word and helps to create jobs that earn them a living wage, provide health insurance, and support families.
Handpoured in Chicago, Tatine has been a female-owned business owned by Margo Breznik for 17 years (!) now. This purchase supports Margo and her team of artisans and staff as they make some of our very favorite candles we've ever sold.
Handmade by Ellen Evans, Terrafirma Ceramics is located in the heart of New York City and has been making functional tableware since 1980. Patterns are created by painting with liquid porcelain through textiles and lace to produce a distinctive one-of-a-kind result. This purchase supports her team of artisans and staff living and working in New York City; each piece is signed in clay by the artist who created it.
Ethically made in the foothills of the Sierra Norte mountains of Central Mexico, the husband and wife led workshop, along with extended family members, work on traditional pedal looms using the highest quality virgin wool sourced from the legendary town of Coroneo in the state of Guanajuato. The workshop specializes in natural fibers and preserving the traditional wool designs of Mexico.
Ethically made in Tuscany, Uashmama paper goods look like leather but wash with ease. Uashmama is a for real family business, led by Marco & Emanuela and their four daughters Chiara, Giulia, Gemma and Gaia, each of who holds a key role in the business. Each purchase supports the Marconi family and their team of Italian artisans that hand-dye and sew all of their goods.
Handmade by Kansas City artist Sarah Veak, this purchase supports her full-time career creating functional earthy ceramics (that we love!) at her home studio in KC.