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East Austin Studio Tour: 15 must-see designers

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Now in its 15th (!) year, the East Austin Studio Tour is an art party that never fails to please. Now that local artists and artisans are opening up their creative work spaces to the public for two East weekends a year (the first starts tomorrow, Saturday) for the ever-expanding event, it can get a bit overwhelming to decide where to go and what to see.

To help with all that, we came up with a list of furniture and homeware designers that Curbed Austin readers will no doubt want to visit and visit with. Then, to make things even easier, we made a map of them.

Did we leave out one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.

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1. Flitch Collaborative

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1045 Reinli St b
Austin, TX 78723

2. Cement Loop

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5811 Berkman Dr #140
Austin, TX 78723

Ceramicist Karen Bolton often works in edgy, abstract realms, but she also produces beautiful, wheel-thrown porcelain clay homeware that provides sublime utility.

3. Tragus Clay Company

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3307 Lafayette Ave
Austin, TX 78722

Erik Tragus' wood-fired porcelain and stoneware's variety of colors, textures, and shapes never fail to please and surprise.

4. Woodshed

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3502 Oak Springs Dr
Austin, TX 78721

Woodshed's Matthew Helveston designs and makes custom, midcentury-modern-influenced wood furniture—beautiful, lasting pieces that are both artful and functional. Metal-working space oddity Philip Edgerton will join him on the tour with his out-of-this-world light fixtures and other inspired decor.

5. Bercy Chen Studio

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1111 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

You can view works in progress and design tools at the popular architectural firm's office as well as see Erika Huddleston's exquisite "Branch" series of functional, sculptural stainless steel benches at this stop.

6. Keith Kreeger Studios

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916 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 522-0774

Keith Kreeger's gorgeous porcelain renditions of useful everyday objects—vases, dinnerware—are probably not news to anyone, but the chance to see what he's doing right now is irresistible.

7. Canopy—Gina Pina

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916 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702

The Canopy art complex will be full of all kinds of compelling artwork, including the functional kind. But we're especially excited about Gina Pina's gorgeous quilts, her enthusiasm for her genre and explaining how it works, and her engagement of others in the process. She will have an Austin map quilt on hand for participants to contribute to.

8. Canopy—Elania Bernard

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916 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702

Bernard makes gorgeous dinnerware and decor that combine simple forms with striking patterns. The Marbled Collection features items that are made out of porcelain slip and marbled by hand, making each piece one of a kind.

9. MakeATX—A&K Woodworking and Design

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1109 Shady Ln
Austin, TX 78721

Amanda McKeever and Khiem Nguyen (A&K)'s company is dedicated to the craft of fine woodworking and handmade goods, and the couple's work combines their love of midcentury modern shapes with the clean lines of Japanese design. Their pieces are crafted using traditional techniques along with modern technology to embrace past and present.

10. Bolm Studios—Sister Ceramics

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5305 Bolm Rd
Austin, TX 78721

Jenny Mulder will display a selection of her hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics—many of which are functional, though some are not. They are all inventive, sometimes whimsical, and not exactly like anything else.

11. East Side Collective—Mark Steven Design

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2400 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

Mark Stevens Design's wood and metal furniture, though it incorporates naturally shaped wood and other elements, contains an architectural element, says the maker, in that his functional pieces entail "structure, material, scale, texture and proportion."

12. The Moon Collective—Settle

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705 Gunter St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Hatch Workshop

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641 Tillery St
Austin, TX 78702

Hatch Workshop will be exhibiting the furniture, sculpture, music, and painting of a diverse group of designers, artists, and musicians with longstanding individual artistic practices.

14. Pump Project—Kim Donnet Ceramics

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702 Shady Ln
Austin, TX 78702

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15. Splinter Group

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405 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702

Splinter Group is home to some of Austin's best furniture-makers, including Mark Macek and Michael Yates, and their work should not be missed. Also on display will be some darn cool metal sculpture by Hawkeye Glenn and the elegant jewelry of Julie Konvicka.

1. Flitch Collaborative

1045 Reinli St b, Austin, TX 78723
1045 Reinli St b
Austin, TX 78723

2. Cement Loop

5811 Berkman Dr #140, Austin, TX 78723

Ceramicist Karen Bolton often works in edgy, abstract realms, but she also produces beautiful, wheel-thrown porcelain clay homeware that provides sublime utility.

5811 Berkman Dr #140
Austin, TX 78723

3. Tragus Clay Company

3307 Lafayette Ave, Austin, TX 78722

Erik Tragus' wood-fired porcelain and stoneware's variety of colors, textures, and shapes never fail to please and surprise.

3307 Lafayette Ave
Austin, TX 78722

4. Woodshed

3502 Oak Springs Dr, Austin, TX 78721

Woodshed's Matthew Helveston designs and makes custom, midcentury-modern-influenced wood furniture—beautiful, lasting pieces that are both artful and functional. Metal-working space oddity Philip Edgerton will join him on the tour with his out-of-this-world light fixtures and other inspired decor.

3502 Oak Springs Dr
Austin, TX 78721

5. Bercy Chen Studio

1111 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

You can view works in progress and design tools at the popular architectural firm's office as well as see Erika Huddleston's exquisite "Branch" series of functional, sculptural stainless steel benches at this stop.

1111 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

6. Keith Kreeger Studios

916 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702

Keith Kreeger's gorgeous porcelain renditions of useful everyday objects—vases, dinnerware—are probably not news to anyone, but the chance to see what he's doing right now is irresistible.

916 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702

7. Canopy—Gina Pina

916 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702

The Canopy art complex will be full of all kinds of compelling artwork, including the functional kind. But we're especially excited about Gina Pina's gorgeous quilts, her enthusiasm for her genre and explaining how it works, and her engagement of others in the process. She will have an Austin map quilt on hand for participants to contribute to.

916 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702

8. Canopy—Elania Bernard

916 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702

Bernard makes gorgeous dinnerware and decor that combine simple forms with striking patterns. The Marbled Collection features items that are made out of porcelain slip and marbled by hand, making each piece one of a kind.

916 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702

9. MakeATX—A&K Woodworking and Design

1109 Shady Ln, Austin, TX 78721

Amanda McKeever and Khiem Nguyen (A&K)'s company is dedicated to the craft of fine woodworking and handmade goods, and the couple's work combines their love of midcentury modern shapes with the clean lines of Japanese design. Their pieces are crafted using traditional techniques along with modern technology to embrace past and present.

1109 Shady Ln
Austin, TX 78721

10. Bolm Studios—Sister Ceramics

5305 Bolm Rd, Austin, TX 78721

Jenny Mulder will display a selection of her hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics—many of which are functional, though some are not. They are all inventive, sometimes whimsical, and not exactly like anything else.

5305 Bolm Rd
Austin, TX 78721

11. East Side Collective—Mark Steven Design

2400 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Mark Stevens Design's wood and metal furniture, though it incorporates naturally shaped wood and other elements, contains an architectural element, says the maker, in that his functional pieces entail "structure, material, scale, texture and proportion."

2400 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

12. The Moon Collective—Settle

705 Gunter St, Austin, TX 78702
705 Gunter St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Hatch Workshop

641 Tillery St, Austin, TX 78702

Hatch Workshop will be exhibiting the furniture, sculpture, music, and painting of a diverse group of designers, artists, and musicians with longstanding individual artistic practices.

641 Tillery St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Pump Project—Kim Donnet Ceramics

702 Shady Ln, Austin, TX 78702

A video posted by Kim Donnet (@lookstoomuch) on

702 Shady Ln
Austin, TX 78702

15. Splinter Group

405 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702

Splinter Group is home to some of Austin's best furniture-makers, including Mark Macek and Michael Yates, and their work should not be missed. Also on display will be some darn cool metal sculpture by Hawkeye Glenn and the elegant jewelry of Julie Konvicka.

405 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702