Champions of Craft: Tartine Bakery, Broken Homme, Greenwich House Pottery, Jack Lenor Larsen

As we celebrate the influence character has on art and design, the focus of Issue 07 of the Mohawk Maker Quarterly, we’re taking a closer look at the group of talented makers featured within.

Today we follow up with four companies who are doing the right things, creating their own stories and staying true to their character.

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Tartine Bakery | San Francisco, CA
Award-winning bread and pastries

“We started baking and selling at the Berkeley Farmers market in the mid 1990s, driving hot bread and pastries in twice a week from our wood-fired oven in Point Reyes Station. Both Alice Waters and Alain Ducasse were customers after a couple of years. But when we finally opened our shop in San Francisco in 2002, it was no instant success. We barely survived our second year in the Mission District. Thankfully, the neighborhood started to change and let us stick around.”

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Broken Homme | Los Angeles, CA
American-made footwear and leather goods

“Our tagline sums up our values: Quality is Victimless. We stand wholeheartedly behind the quality of our product. We are lucky to have worked with some shoemakers that are second- and third-generation cobblers. But we also continue to learn better ways to construct things and will continue to service the product that we put into the market for life. We know that the foundation of our brand must be built on the quality of what we make.”

Greenwich House Pottery | New York, NY
Helping individuals through arts education

“For more than a century, Greenwich House Pottery has helped artists through residencies, internships, exhibitions and classes. Arts education guides all our programming. The goal of Ceramics Now is to encapsulate contemporary ceramic studio practice, engage the art world and elevate artists’ works. Our team of 35+ professional artist educators curates each class and program with careful consideration of the 1,260+ students who study here annually. In addition to our core programs for adults, we offer classes for teens and children through Greenwich House Afterschool.”

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Jack Lenor Larsen | New York, NY
Textile designer, creator and collector

“Making everything—camps, boats, crafts, costumes, arrangements, gardens—as a child, and later studying architecture, is what led me to work in weaving and textiles. My fabric patterns are inspired by Mondrian, Matisse, Japan, India, Peru, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Bauhaus, Art Deco, l ’Art nouveau and Northwest Indians. Understatement, nuance, craftsmanship, nonconformity and being a world citizen are at the core of my character. I have worked in 60 countries.”

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These companies were originally featured in Issue 07 of the Mohawk Maker Quarterly. The Mohawk Maker Quarterly is a vehicle to support a community of like-minded makers. Content focuses on stories of small manufacturers, artisans, printers, designers, and artists who are making their way in the midst of the digital revolution. Learn more about the quarterly here and sign up to receive future printed issues.

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