Katrina, our new store manager is an artist and admirer of handmade things. Growing up in the East Bay, Katrina always had an art class on her list of activities. One class became every class, as she continued creating to earn her BA in Studio Art at Gonzaga University. There she developed her technique through a variety of artistic media, moving from painting and drawing to ceramics and printmaking. Now in San Francisco, she continues making prints at her studio in the Mission. Prior to becoming a part of Rare Device, she completed a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Art at UC Berkeley Extension. The program introduced her to a great network of Bay Area artists, one of which brought her to Rare Device. Her appreciation for family gatherings and meals make the delightful things for the table at Rare Device her favorite. Right now, she loves Edible Selby and The Kinfolk Table. Jo Boyer’s barnacles are on her list of favorites as well. It was the perfect gift for a friend and she is excited to add another to that friend’s collection for Christmas. When she isn’t busy in the store, she is in her studio layering colorful silhouettes of the things we carry with us daily. An interest in fashion, consumer culture and media spark her investigation of the role coveted objects play in vanity and decoration. You can find her work on her website, katrinazappala.com and at an upcoming solo exhibition, at the UC Berkeley Extension’s Art and Design Center in San Francisco.