Originally from Northern Utah, Tess Davis moved to San Francisco in 2009 to attend college at the University of San Francisco where she received her BA. With a background in community organizing, social work, and fundraising, Tess works to find the intersection between her personal artistic practice and community.
Tess’s journey with jewelry design & fabrication began in 2016 when she started taking night classes at the Crucible (Oakland, CA), then later at Scintillant (SF, CA). By 2018, after finding herself enthralled by her new practice, Tess built her first private studio in her East Oakland apartment, where she spent the majority of her time designing, fabricating, and refining her craft.
Tess’s work is made to create a sense of empowerment, connection, and protection for its wearer. Each piece of metal thoughtfully sculpted to serve as a unique amulet, marking the life experiences that led to its creation.
Tess recently relocated with her partner and angel pup, Bubba. All her work is hand fabricated out of her private studio in the Central Coast, CA. However, despite the 3 hour distance between Tess & San Francisco, her heart is still deeply tied to the Tenderloin. Tess continues to donate a percentage of every purchase to Hospitality House, a Tenderloin based grassroots social justice organization that provides direct services (including San Francisco’s only free of charge fine art studio and gallery space) to individuals experiencing poverty and/ or homelessness.
Learn more about their work at www.hospitalityhouse.org.