The California Workshop is a small craft guild committed to the practice of Modern Craft.  

Find/contact Us


E-mail: Sales and Customer Support:

Phone: Sales and Customer Support:  323-642-7205

Room & Board: Select products at stores nationwide or online

Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM),  5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036  (323) 937 4230 x22, Tuesday - Friday: 11am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12pm to 6pm

Yolk Silverlake, 1626 Silverlake Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90026, 323-660-4315,  Mon 12-6, Tues-Fri 11-7, Sat 10-7, Sun 11-6


Our Values

We believe in the virtues of simplicity, utility and authenticity as they apply to just about everything.

We respect the planet and others and do our best with what we are given.

We believe the merit of a product can't be separated from the process by which it is made or the resources consumed in its production, use and disposal.



Michael Towey has been a student of design, craftsman and Engineer for over 25 years .  After years of designing products for commercial aviation, Michael made an unexpected career turn and opened a furniture store called Empiric in Los Angeles offering vintage Modern and institutional furnishings.  Buying, selling and restoring furniture for years lead to the production of modern products inspired by the work of Ed Wormley, Robsjohn Gibbings, Paul McCobb and other great unknown craftsmen of the twentieth century.  Today at the California Workshop, his work is inspired by the varied works and philosophies of Soetsu Yanagi, Kaare Klint, Jean Prouve, Michael Thonet and Elon Musk.

Molly Croteau designs and makes sustainable handcrafted jewelry, home goods and art under the the name Eclectic Ox (@eclectic_ox).  Passionate about conservation and sustainability, she has been refining her CNC woodworking and orikata skills at The California Workshop since 2014.

Colleen Kolling:  An important part of getting our orders out on schedule...When she isn't making and packing lampshades you can find her with her rowing club team training for the next race.

Nancy Hamm  is constantly cooking to feed her growing family.  We don't know where she finds the time but when she does, she's building wire harnesses and folding lamp shades with us at The California Workshop.

Jenn Kraten  Our newest team member is learning fast and we are happy to have her help with our increasing international orders.  Welcome to the team Jenn!