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L.C. Van Houten
My Great-Grandmother's Hat

My Great-Grandmother's Hat

Most of you will know I am Dutch (at least my better half). My mom was born in Rotterdam in 1947 and came from people who rose out of the sea, wind and mud in the southwestern most bits of the Netherlands. Land claimed from the sea in a centuries long conversation between the elements. Fun fact, there are also ancient altars made in honor of the goddess NEHALLENIA, who was honored along the Scheldt River from source to sea. They have washed up after the great storms along the banks in villages in Zeeland. Offerings were made for protection from the powerful sea...

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L.C. Van Houten
In the Studio: Tulip Teaspoon

In the Studio: Tulip Teaspoon

Here is a behind the scenes look at one of our upcoming vintage teaspoon designs. I realize I've never shared more about the process.  This piece was actually a pickle fork made by Fessenden & Company. Originally founded in the 1850s as Whiting Fessenden & Cowan, the name was changed in 1858 to Wm. P. Fessenden & Co then Fessenden & Company in 1860. The company was out of business by the 1920s.  Maybe it's odd, but before I begin reworking a piece and asking it to come on a journey together with me into a wearable artifact that will be...

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Supporting Black Lives Matter and Black Metalsmiths

Supporting Black Lives Matter and Black Metalsmiths

We are a values-based business. When you wear our work, we want you to feel beautiful and also know you are doing good. We are committed to an ethical production process and supply chain as well as working towards a more equitable world. We do our own metalwork in our studio just north of San Francisco. We work with chains and components made in the US. Our bronze, sterling and gold components are made from recycled metals. Our metal supplier is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council. We choose to work with suppliers who support Black Lives Matter and a diverse jewelry industry, including Rio...

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L.C. Van Houten
Dutch Windows and Women Ancestors

Dutch Windows and Women Ancestors

The first time my mom took me to the Netherlands when I was about 9, I remember seeing cheerful geometric painted window coverings on quaint cottages and elegant town halls alike. When we build a garden shed, I convinced Johnny to paint them with a pattern I love.   Practically speaking, the thick wooden shutters provide protection from heavy weather, but they also provide a place to display information about geography and identity. Colors are associated with regional history and land ownership. Here is the set that inspired me: Here are some of the most common shapes, many of which...

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