Pop Up Jewelry Event with Ryan Gardner

Join us on Friday December 3, 5-7pm for a pop up trunk show with jeweler Ryan Gardner. This will be our first in-person event in nearly two years! Location to be announced.

Ryan is also teaching a stone carving class on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5. We have ONE spot left! Learn more and register HERE.

Ryan Gardner
Participation in the arts was always important to me growing up. A strong arts program in high school influenced my decision to pursue a degree in the arts. I chose the arts program at Bowling Green State University in northwest Ohio where I discovered and fell in love with metals. I was introduced to many artists, including Michael Boyd, who became an inspiration for me.
Upon graduation I apprenticed for Michael Boyd at his studio in Colorado. That experience turned into an eight year adventure that continues today. It was with Michael that I learned to work with and manipulate stone, adding a new element to my love of jewelry design.
Since being in Colorado I have started my own business, Ryan Gardner Designs. I now showcase my work in galleries across the country. I love working with combining stone and metal in new ways creating works of art for people to enjoy in their daily lives.


It can be hard during challenging times to feel gratitude. However, they say, and I believe, making a conscious effort to think about it can change a bad week to a good one. And the more one thinks about it the more one realizes just how much there is to be thankful for. At least that has been my experience.

This November Danaca Design will present, A SHOW OF GRATITUDE, an exhibition and fundraiser, exploring the theme of gratitude. Each day in November, leading up to the big day of thanks, we will share one piece from the show on IG and FB along with the maker’s story. The work will be on exhibit throughout the month. Proceeds from the sale of these works will be donated to the organization of the artist’s choice.

Join us daily for this inspiring and joyful experience! @danacadesignstudio

View the exhibition HERE.


Battle of the Rings: Ring Smackdown 2021

Battle of the Rings is a head-to-head, tournament style, single-elimination juried competition and virtual event with a top prize of $500. Two jurors will draft 32 rings each onto their team. The selected 64 rings will be paired into matches that will be posted daily to our Instagram page and story, May 3-28 at 9:00am PST. The public will vote throughout the day for their favorite ring, the ring with the most votes, advances into the next round. All selected rings will be available to purchase through our online gallery and in the store-front gallery, circumstances permitting.  

Competition/Show Dates: May 3-28, 2021 

Esteemed Jurors: Cappy Counard and Kirk Lang 

Learn more and view the entries HERE

Test Your Jewelry Knowledge: Zoom Jewelry Trivia Nights in January

We were not able to host our big anniversary party this year but we can still get together and have a good time, virtually. Best of all, you don’t have to live nearby to participate! Join Danaca Design and Andy Cooperman Thursday evenings in January to test your jewelry and jewelry making knowledge during Zoom Jewelry Trivia Nights. It will be fun to see you! BYOB 

All trivia questions will be jewelry, metalsmithing, or gemstone related. 
Jewelry makers and jewelry lovers, from anywhere, are welcome to join! 
There will be prizes and it is FREE! 

Learn more and register HERE to participate! 

STATE|meant 2020

STATE│meant is a show of Significant and Powerful Jewelry. It is an opportunity for jewelry artists to speak out on challenging subjects and raise money for organizations significant to them. Subjects range from immunization and global climate change to immigration rights and the post office. The statements are in the form of necklaces, brooches, bracelets…there is even a tiara. Our jurors, moved by the eloquence of the submitting artists, selected work for both its strength in messaging through design and the clarity of their written statements.

The selected work is on view and available in our online gallery through mid-November. A minimum of 50% of proceeds from each sale will be donated to the organization of the artist’s choosing. Below is a list of donation beneficiaries. Please click on the links for more information.  Furthermore, each piece will compete on Instagram for best in show as chosen by popular vote. Tune in to @danacadesignstudio for daily postings. The winner will be announced November 4, 2020.

Our esteemed jurors: Keith Lewis and Nancy Megan Corwin

View the entire exhibition HERE.

STATE|meant 2020 List of Beneficiaries

Yukata Jewelry Show

A Creative Collaboration between Okan Arts and Danaca Design

Vintage hand-dyed yukata cotton from Japan is the inspiration for the work in the Yukata Jewelry Show. The fabric, provided by Okan Arts, was sourced from over 30 vendors in Japan—antique shops, vintage warehouses, used kimono shops, and pickers. A cadre of artists affiliated with Danaca Design took the challenge—to design a piece of jewelry inspired by or made from this luscious and dynamic fabric.

On view in the gallery September 2020

View more HERE.

Ring Smackdown 2020

battle of the rings 2020 teams
Battle of the Rings Teams

Battle of the Rings, or the RING SMACKDOWN as we so fondly call it, is a head-to-head, tournament-style, ring competition and exhibition. Narrowed down by jury from 128 entries submitted from across the country and abroad, to just 64 exceptional rings, these fantastic objects are not only beautiful and fun but many are works of art. With themes of nesting and protection they are snapshots of this unprecedented time in history. Collectively they represent a wide range of materials, style, technique and personality. Just to be clear, for the most part these are not everyday-rings, they are statement rings and lucky for you they are ALL FOR SALE! 


The rings have been paired into matches and will go head-to-head beginning June 1st for a top prize of $500. All voting happens online, at the Danaca Design Studio Instagram account @danacadesignstudio EVERY morning at 9:00am (Pacific time) throughout the month of June. One Ring to Rule Them All; May the Best Ring Win!

View the brackets and matches HERE

RESCHEDULED Annual Tool and Supply Swap Meet


Due to COVID-19 the swap meet has been postponed to 2021. New date TBD.

Looking for quality used precision tools? Gemstones, miscellaneous jewelry or art supplies?  This swap meet is basically a big garage sale for local jewelers to buy, sell, and swap tools and supplies of the trade! There is NO CHARGE to attend and you don’t have to bring anything to swap but definitely bring some cash:)  Be sure to check out the free table too! Who knows what treasures you may find?

Charm Bracelet Challenge

Charmed 2020 in the Gallery at Danaca Design

An Exhibition of Handmade Charm Bracelets and Necklaces

Explore these intricate and meaningful pieces in the gallery through March 6, 2020.

Last January we offered the metalsmithing community a challenge, via social media, to create a charm a month for a piece to be presented in a show at Danaca Design, 2020. We asked that each piece have a cohesive theme; 12 charms to represent a concept, event, technique, memory, anything… We asked and they responded, from across the globe!

Participating Artists:

Angela Gleason

Arielle Brackett

Claire Ramsey

Cythia Toops

Dan Adams

Dana Cassara

Daniel von Weinberger

Elise Worman

Harry Caldwell

Jennifer Stenhouse

Jill Green

June Cream

Nancy Bonnema

Nancy Hom

Nanz Aalund

Rachel De Nys

Stephanie O’Brien

Tegan Wallace

Virginia Causey


Danaca Design is Celebrating Sweet 16

Sweet 16 Holiday Show 2019
Sweet 16 Holiday Show 2019


16th Annual Student/Teacher Holiday Show and Sale: December 1-31, 2019
Featuring jewelry by students and teachers in the gallery.
You’ll find an incredible selection of hand-made jewelry in the studio gallery, even more than usual!

Join us to party with the artists and celebrate the studio!
Anniversary Party and Student/Teacher Show Reception:
December 13, Friday 6-9:30
Refreshments, tasty bites from Cafe Paloma and CAKE will be served!

More details at www.danacadesign.com
Join our event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1353493858144400/