Meet the Vendor: Gritty Jewelry
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Kim and I started (seriously) making jewelry 8 years ago.
I love transforming raw materials into new and interesting things. I also incorporate old and broken scraps into some of my small batch designs. Running through the process of drawing to cutting, bending and sawing to finished product always pushes serotonin through my brain. It’s a great feeling.
I love the beers, beards, and bikes. The constant debris of life inspires me. Oh, and serial killers.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?:
I’ve been working on a new line of jewels called “Inconspicuous
Grit.” It’s chunky fun, a little shiny and inspired by the 1970’s!
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?:
Gritty Jewelry has a new home until the New Year! I am the artist in residence at Twilight Gallery and Boutique. Being there is really inspiring. The amazing art, artisan jewelry, and the people who create it are driving and pushing me and my designs.
What was your first memory of making something?:
I think my first memory is from elementary school. I had an awesome art teacher named Mr. Millbreath. We played with everything in his class but the one thing that sticks out was my cute little clay witch and caldron that I made around Halloween. Clay days were the BEST days! I remember waiting for him to cut off my lump of clay and being very excited when I got mine. Getting my hands all messy with clay and him coming around the class with a spray bottle to keep the clay wet was very exciting in my little 7-year-old world.
What is your favorite new product for 2014?:
OH! Silver Lining Ceramics is making a “Gem” mug that I am really happy to hold in my hands.
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?:
I’ll be coming all the way from lovely West Seattle.
What do you love most about craft show vending?:
Meeting the people who love what I do and being able to talk about my process. Usually by the time I’m done at a show my face hurts from smiling too much and I can barely talk from chatting up everyone in my site!
How did you get started in your business?
Besides being an artist, I had always wanted to also be a small business owner as far back as I can remember. I was always playing “store,” collecting fake addresses and phone numbers in the back of the phonebook. I didn’t have a product to sell but I had a very active imagination!
There have been a couple of variations of my business though out the years but when I finally settled on “Gritty,” it stuck and now it’s growing.
Is this a full-time business for you?:
This is my first year taking the plunge! I am committed to growing as a business, jewelry designer and person.