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Chair back table, 2018, Shota Yamaguchi
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East Austin Studio Tour 2019: 15 must-see designers

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Chair back table, 2018, Shota Yamaguchi
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Now in its 18th (!) 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 E.A.S.T. weekends a year 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 on the tipline or in the comments section below.

Map points are ordered north to south.

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1. Brenda Armistead at Cement Loop

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5611 Berkman Dr
Austin, TX 78723

Armistead’s functional ceramics buck a few current trends—including minimalism and irony; instead she turns out fantasical, rich work, often with an aquatic theme.

2. Jay Jones at Cement Loop

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5811 Berkman Dr Ste #140
Austin, TX 78723

Jay Jones’s ceramics are witty, eye-catching, and sometimes a little pomo, for lack of a better term. His latest work “involves casting consumer products in ceramic and rebranding them with custom designs,” he explains; it can also involve some gorgeous glazing.

3. Daniel Rivera at Windsor Park Branch, Austin Public Library

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5833 Westminster Dr
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 974-9840
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Rivera’s artist’s statement for the tour says his goal is to “convert non-precious materials into fine furniture objects, and his recent experiments with recycled materials have indeed yielded fine results. Also very exciting: Some of his work incorporates his dioramas and mixed-media narratives, which is the best.

4. Abby Ruston at the Cathedral

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2403 E 16th St
Austin, TX 78702

Ruston’s artful fuses the natural world with modern design, for starters, and takes off in imaginative directions from there.

5. Kara Pendl at Springdale General

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1023 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78721
(512) 416-1234
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Pend’s handmade Karacotta Ceramics pieces are exquisite, unique, and, yes, functional—meant for everyday use—although it would be hard to plate something as beautiful as her plates.

6. Eliana Bernard at Springdale General

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1023 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78721
(512) 416-1234
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Bernard’s dinnerware and decor meet at the intersection of beautiful and functional. Her Marbled Collection features items that are made out of porcelain slip and marbled by hand, making each piece one of a kind. Check out her Christmas-tree ornaments, too.

7. Charlie Broadbent

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3303 Thompson St
Austin, TX 78702

Broadbent’s sculptural furniture and decor has gravitas and utility, but it’s also sometimes whimsical and meant to evoke and inspire.

8. Zanny Cox at Canopy Austin

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916 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 939-6665
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Cox’s striking and sophisticated work is decorative art made with intent—to tell stories that preserve the history of handwoven textiles, exploring the boundaries of art, culture, and fashion.

9. Keith Kreeger at Canopy Austin

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916 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 939-6665
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Kreeger is a go-to choice, it’s true, and his dinnerware and other pieces can be found in fine restaurants, celebrity homes, and many, many other places—including his showroom. Still, we can’t resist calling more attention to his drop-dead gorgeous work and recommending you drop by to check out what’s new.

10. A&K Woodworking and Design

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1109 Shady Ln
Austin, TX 78721

Amanda McKeever and Khiem Nguyen’s small, local business is dedicated to the craft of fine woodworking and handmade goods. Made to last, their furniture and home wares are infused with care and style.

11. SmashHouse Design

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1401 Canterbury St
Austin, TX 78702

Cunning craftsmanship with an eye toward one-of-a-kind decor is SmashHouse’s specialty. The focus is on repurposing and revitalizing materials to create artful lighting fixtures, custom furniture, and accessories.

A bench made of a large, painted wood beam and rustic steel supports.
Blue Head Bed, SmashHouse Design
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12. Anna Kehl

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3214 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78702

Anna Kehl calls her modern quilts “functional art,” and it’s hard to disagree. Working with recycled materials and fabric as much as possible, Kehl makes most of her quilts with a domestic sewing machine in her home studio.

13. Abby Rose Mandel

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3010 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78702

Mandel’s colorful, graphic porcelain pieces are fun and delightful as well as being functional.

14. Splinter Group

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3508 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 385-7220

This is the first E.A.S.T. show at the new Splinter Group warehouse, home of Macek Furniture and other makers of unique, exquisite pieces that have been recognized in Austin and around the world. Among its featured artists this year are Hawkeye Glenn, Philip Hernandez, Meghan Leighgeber, Hank Waddell, Jennifer Pritchard, Austin School of Furniture, and, of course, Macek himself.

15. Shota Yamaguchi at Toolmarks ATX

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3508 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

Yamaguchi’s wood furniture is intended to become heirlooms—and surely will, due to the fine work and materials—but his designs are full of beautiful surprises and are anything but staid and traditional.

1. Brenda Armistead at Cement Loop

5611 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX 78723

Armistead’s functional ceramics buck a few current trends—including minimalism and irony; instead she turns out fantasical, rich work, often with an aquatic theme.

5611 Berkman Dr
Austin, TX 78723

2. Jay Jones at Cement Loop

5811 Berkman Dr Ste #140, Austin, TX 78723

Jay Jones’s ceramics are witty, eye-catching, and sometimes a little pomo, for lack of a better term. His latest work “involves casting consumer products in ceramic and rebranding them with custom designs,” he explains; it can also involve some gorgeous glazing.

5811 Berkman Dr Ste #140
Austin, TX 78723

3. Daniel Rivera at Windsor Park Branch, Austin Public Library

5833 Westminster Dr, Austin, TX 78723

Rivera’s artist’s statement for the tour says his goal is to “convert non-precious materials into fine furniture objects, and his recent experiments with recycled materials have indeed yielded fine results. Also very exciting: Some of his work incorporates his dioramas and mixed-media narratives, which is the best.

5833 Westminster Dr
Austin, TX 78723

4. Abby Ruston at the Cathedral

2403 E 16th St, Austin, TX 78702

Ruston’s artful fuses the natural world with modern design, for starters, and takes off in imaginative directions from there.

2403 E 16th St
Austin, TX 78702

5. Kara Pendl at Springdale General

1023 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78721

Pend’s handmade Karacotta Ceramics pieces are exquisite, unique, and, yes, functional—meant for everyday use—although it would be hard to plate something as beautiful as her plates.

1023 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78721

6. Eliana Bernard at Springdale General

1023 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78721

Bernard’s dinnerware and decor meet at the intersection of beautiful and functional. Her Marbled Collection features items that are made out of porcelain slip and marbled by hand, making each piece one of a kind. Check out her Christmas-tree ornaments, too.

1023 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78721

7. Charlie Broadbent

3303 Thompson St, Austin, TX 78702

Broadbent’s sculptural furniture and decor has gravitas and utility, but it’s also sometimes whimsical and meant to evoke and inspire.

3303 Thompson St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Zanny Cox at Canopy Austin

916 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702

Cox’s striking and sophisticated work is decorative art made with intent—to tell stories that preserve the history of handwoven textiles, exploring the boundaries of art, culture, and fashion.

916 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702

9. Keith Kreeger at Canopy Austin

916 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702

Kreeger is a go-to choice, it’s true, and his dinnerware and other pieces can be found in fine restaurants, celebrity homes, and many, many other places—including his showroom. Still, we can’t resist calling more attention to his drop-dead gorgeous work and recommending you drop by to check out what’s new.

916 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702

10. A&K Woodworking and Design

1109 Shady Ln, Austin, TX 78721

Amanda McKeever and Khiem Nguyen’s small, local business is dedicated to the craft of fine woodworking and handmade goods. Made to last, their furniture and home wares are infused with care and style.

1109 Shady Ln
Austin, TX 78721

11. SmashHouse Design

1401 Canterbury St, Austin, TX 78702
A bench made of a large, painted wood beam and rustic steel supports.
Blue Head Bed, SmashHouse Design
Via EAST

Cunning craftsmanship with an eye toward one-of-a-kind decor is SmashHouse’s specialty. The focus is on repurposing and revitalizing materials to create artful lighting fixtures, custom furniture, and accessories.

1401 Canterbury St
Austin, TX 78702

12. Anna Kehl

3214 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702

Anna Kehl calls her modern quilts “functional art,” and it’s hard to disagree. Working with recycled materials and fabric as much as possible, Kehl makes most of her quilts with a domestic sewing machine in her home studio.

3214 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Abby Rose Mandel

3010 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78702

Mandel’s colorful, graphic porcelain pieces are fun and delightful as well as being functional.

3010 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Splinter Group

3508 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

This is the first E.A.S.T. show at the new Splinter Group warehouse, home of Macek Furniture and other makers of unique, exquisite pieces that have been recognized in Austin and around the world. Among its featured artists this year are Hawkeye Glenn, Philip Hernandez, Meghan Leighgeber, Hank Waddell, Jennifer Pritchard, Austin School of Furniture, and, of course, Macek himself.

3508 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

15. Shota Yamaguchi at Toolmarks ATX

3508 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Yamaguchi’s wood furniture is intended to become heirlooms—and surely will, due to the fine work and materials—but his designs are full of beautiful surprises and are anything but staid and traditional.

3508 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702