Monday, November 8, 2010

From the Trenches: Kathy Pine jeweler

The beads are Kazuri beads from Kenya, crated by 400 single mothers working for fair wages in a happy social environment. The wire, woven, braided, or made into chain mail , is mostly reclaimed silver,  not ripped from the earth in gigantic silver mines. 

The beads are from Kenya
Kathy Pine creates WorldWise Jewelry in a studio at the end of a long narrow country lane on an island near Seattle. 

One wall of Kathy's studio is lined with books and magazines on jewelry making. She is self-taught. She showed her work and sold casually until about a year ago, When retirement gave her the opportunity to turn work that she loves into a business. 

What are some things that are working well for Kathy?
* a professionally designed web site (its been up about 6 months)
* photos of her jewelry in natural locations to emphasize how their creation reflects care for the earth
*a coach who has extensive experience in creative businesses and contacts among the rich and famous
*an onlline shop site, again professionally designed

Kathy will be on the December Studio Tour on Vashon and has invited six other artists to join her. With all the people the artists invite and lots of goodies, Kathy expects to draw a good number of visitors, even though her studio is at the far end of the island--as far from the center of action as the size of the island will allow!

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