I first met Kendra while we were both participating in The Big Fake Wedding. She created the beautiful jewelry that they wore. We started chatting and our personalities clicked. The more we talked, the more interested I was in her philosophy behind responsible, sustainable jewelry. I asked if I could visit her studio, both to learn more about what she does and to do a photo shoot. The photos from that studio visit kick off a new project for me: Artist and Vendor Spotlights. Without further ado, I’ll let Kendra tell you all about what she does and why she does it:
In a few of your own words, describe what you do.
I am a designer and metalsmith who specializes in wedding bands and engagement rings. Each of my handmade rings are rustic, rich and textural- an aesthetic that is born out of my love for working with wax. I hand carve a unique wax model for each ring, and cast it into gold. Every ring is crafted specially for each unique client. I use recycled metals and sustainably sourced gemstones. I believe in celebrating love, and it brings me so much joy to become a part of so many love stories with each perfectly imperfect wedding band that leaves my studio.
Who is your ideal client?
I love my clients. I work with loving couples who are not interested in taking the beaten “Ken and Barbie Perfect wedding dreamland” path. My couples want something distinctive, something unique, something that represents the values they hold dear. They are as interested in the process as the final product, which is why I offer free consultations to design a unique ring together, and workshops to participate in the casting of their rings into gold. My clients value quality, durability, sustainability, and the knowledge that the symbols of their love did no harm to the earth or anyone on it.
Why do you do what you do?
I get to meet the most interesting, beautiful people at one of the happiest times of their lives. I get to make tiny sculptures that stand for love, friendship, and happiness. I get to play with wax, fire and metal on a daily basis in my tidy, tool-filled studio. For me, this is heaven.
To see more of her work and pick up a little something for yourself, head on over to Kendra Renee Jewelry. If you know anyone who should be in the spotlight, have them contact me so we can chat.