CasaSugar: What's the history of the studio/gallery space?
April Higashi: I've been a jeweler for 18 years. I had worked for Susan Cummins in Mill Valley, a well-known contemporary art gallery whose owner really put jewelry on the map along with fine art. I've always loved displaying work and considering the context. I had wanted to have a gallery but also not give up making. So when we were looking for a place to buy, my husband, who is a sculptor, and I really wanted a place where a creative life could happen. On my wish list was a commercial space to have a gallery. And so we moved from San Francisco to Berkeley for this place. One year after the move, in 2005, I opened Shibumi Gallery. It started out with about 12 artists and now I show around 30. We live above the gallery, which really works out well right now because we also have a 20-month-old son.