You're as Good as Your Tools, Training & Tenacity!
The Jeweler's Voices series is an offering from successful jewelers to aspiring jewelers, in which they impart their hard-earned advice and insight.
"I’d like to share a few things that I’ve been told and some things learned along the way. Just a few ideas:
- Get the right tools. Invest in the good brands. It's worth it and will pay off in the long run. Nothing is worse that a tool that doesn't work properly.
- When designing and making, experiment, practice, fail and try again. Never give up on learning new skills and don't get down on yourself if it doesn't come out right the first time. Mastering skills takes time!
- Invest in schooling and classes. Always keep learning. The moment you stop trying to learn new things is the moment your work will become stagnant and as a maker, you'll get bored. I go back to New Approach each summer for a refresher course. I always leave energized and excited about the upcoming holiday season. Learn how to say no. Not every project is meant or commission is beneficial for you/your business. It's a hard lesson to learn but it will save time and energy in the long run.
I could go on and on but I'll stop now. I love helping those who are interested in jewelry design and making!"
Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Kristen holds a BFA in Metals and Jewelry from the Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2014, she attended the New Approach School for Jewelers and completed the Graduate Bench Jeweler program under the direction of Blaine Lewis. Kristen and her work have been featured by Charleston Magazine, Paprika Southern, Adobe, Behance, Pinterest, SCAD, Elle.com, Ornament, Carrot Box, and Lark Books among others.
When not working on her upcoming collections, she enjoys running, traveling with her husband, and playing with her cat, Billy Drew and dog, Remy. She currently lives and works in historic Savannah, GA.