Wandering into goldsmith Lauren Ramirez’s newly opened Quercus Studio in downtown Raleigh is like finding a secret hideout with beautifully collected treasures.
Every small detail is considered – from the delicate cicada shells pinned alongside curated pieces to the symmetrically arranged tools on Ramirez’s well-worn workbench. The small space houses both her workshop and boutique of jewelry, leather goods, textiles and pottery made by friends and artists from North Carolina and the West Coast.
Ramirez, who studied at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, moved to the Triangle after several years as a goldsmith in San Francisco.
She named her shop Quercus, the Latin name for “oak tree,” and makes the space her own by carefully selecting each piece she adds to it.
Drawing inspiration from nature, much of Ramirez’s work reflects her own affinity for organic shapes. At Quercus, Ramirez continues her own distinctive designs and gives other accomplished artists a space to share their work.