Kelton Art Studio Update by Shawn Brown

The Kelton art studio wrapped up in 2018 and I have been negligent in adding progress of the work. I’m waiting on final landscaping before a proper photoshoot is scheduled but here are a few shots from the progress.

The space functions as an extension to the client’s main house as well as an Artist in Residence studio for visiting artist to create and showcase their work. This was a fun and challenging little project!

Sho Sugi Ban Kebony siding by Delta Millmorks

Sho Sugi Ban Kebony siding by Delta Millmorks

Sho Sugi Ban detail

Sho Sugi Ban detail

Framing Spaces in Venice by Shawn Brown

Goodbye little pink house.

Goodbye little pink house.

Blazing fast construction in the blazing heat of August! Here are a couple images of the progress. We expect to wrap this one up in early 2020. Progress will be posted…

New Residence, Guest House and Garage

New Residence, Guest House and Garage

Elysia Life Care Branding and Building! by Shawn Brown

Vessel Studio recently had the pleasure to work with new alternative medicine and life care upstart   Elysia Life Care.  This pro bono "branding and building on a budget" challenge was well worth the efforts as I am thrilled to help this amazing group of practitioners (one of which is my fiance, Carla Vidor!) realize their vision for a better way of living happy and healthy!  

Vessel Started with the brand identity for the company.  We developed the tagline "Ancient Wisdom Modern Innovation" and allowed that to drive the logo design, which is comprised of subtle simple graphics representing acupuncture and Eastern philosophies.  Here are the first iterations followed by the final results!

Initial development

Initial development

and here's the final logo...

Vessel Studio will be producing a full print package including business cards, letterhead, labels, stickers and pamphlets in the coming weeks.  Here are the business cards.

Part of the brand development also included conceptualizing the new space for their clinic.  We built upon the "Ancient Wisdom | Modern Innovation" motto by incorporating our vision for an apothecary inspired reception area.  This demanded ample shelving for Chinese herbs, tinctures and formulas while preserving space for display and information.  We felt that a chalkboard painted backdrop would be a good start to designing the display wall that balanced itself between utility and display, similar to ancient apothecary design imagery.

Initial design concept

Remember, this project was driven by budget and we had to not only design the shelves with off the shelf components, but also build them ourselves. #DIY!  So we designed the shelves to maximize the dimensional restrictions of plywood and limited waste to only a few sf of material.

back yard progress!

We then felt this would be a perfect project for steel pipe fitting supports as the more industrial component of the design.  The shelves also double as a workstation and small refrigerator cabinet!  

work in progress...

pipe details

40 hrs of work and almost done!

3D Prints with Pixel.Build by Shawn Brown

Vessel Studio recently launched a side collaboration with Ben Uyeda focusing on the 3D printed object.  We are developing an ever growing collection of products that aim to improve and personalize the everyday object we tend to take for granted.  We are doing this by providing an open source catalogue of 3D models available for purchase and/or download via our new website  That's right, just, forget the .com... that's so yesterday.


Some of the latest pieces include a vase/ candle holder, drink coaster, desk support and wall tile.  Check out the images below and please contact us for more info.  We are very excited about building the possibilities!


Inspired by the organic design of a budding flower with overlapping pedals, the vase insert can be resized to fit any glass and stem.

Doubles as a votive candle holder too.

Prototype will be used as a mold for plaster press mold

Design provides a handle to easily lift the coaster

Small scalable support legs inspired by the Mies column.