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Our Story

Element Cottage started with an idea in 2008 and a vision to offer quality products and great customer service. Our not-so-typical accessories include Victorian-style handbags, carpetbags, and garment bags made by three artisans with an appreciation for the past. I've been selling these bags for several years and may eventually include my own line of bags. 

Please note we don't offer wholesale for the carpet bags or jewelry at this time.

About our Jewelry

Element Cottage is now the new home for jewelry by Susan Rice, formerly Susan Rice Designs.

Welcome to our studio where simple style is combined with organic lines and natural elements... all made by our hands. Our jewelry complements a lifestyle of ease and simplicity, with pieces designed for women and men who appreciate clean contemporary style, but with a soft side.

As a small jewelry studio, we strive to bring you quality materials and timeless designs that will last a lifetime. Recently my son, Stefan joined Element Cottage and as an artist, he brings a creative, yet meticulous skill set to the bench. From sawing, filing, and hammering to wax carving and hand casting, our collections are crafted using traditional metalsmithing techniques, including lost wax for our 3-dimensional pieces. 


Accessories are the icing on the cake, the finishing touch to a style you make your own. It reflects your personality and how you’re feeling on any given day… playful, seductive, classic, bold, spiritual, edgy, minimal, sophisticated, and most importantly… like YOU!



The Grotto Gallery

After spending 2018 as the Artist in Residence for the Grotto Gallery, I'm sad to say the gallery closed its Tempe location January 2019. Miriam Carlson-Maier, the owner and founder is currently living in Prescott, AZ and you can find her at I will miss meeting such talented vibrant artists and being surrounded by their beautiful works of art, whether it be paintings, sculptures, textural art, hand-carved wood pieces, ceramics, or other artistic mediums. It was truly a pleasure.