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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, along with handcrafted jewelry we call, "contemporary - with a soft side". Have a look around, we hope you'll like what you see!

About our bags

We offer two brands of bags that are “made by hand” by passionate artisans, Victorian Traveler and The Carpetbagger. We are also in the process of making our own bags and belts for our stylish like-minded friends.

The Grotto Gallery

In addition to our home studio, I’m currently the Artist in Residence for the Grotto Gallery (a division of the Arizona Artisans Collective), located in the lower level of the F.A.B.R.I.C. building in downtown Tempe, AZ. Here you will find me working on bag designs and belts. Oh, and feel free to stop by and say hello! I’m here 11-4pm Wed. and Thu. and 2-7pm on Fri. I also have some of our jewelry on display.

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!