This week, I'm thrilled to introduce you to Kendra, from Copper Tree Art.
If you're a fan of the bohemian, you'll love her jewelry. If you love earthy jewelry, you'll love the pieces that she makes. From rings to bracelets to necklaces to earrings, the items that she hand crafts are both unique and lovely.
And she's been kind enough to answer some questions. :)
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I currently live in Southern California. I am a dolphin trainer and have a huge heart for animals!
When did you first begin creating?
I have always had a creative side to me. From a young age I enjoyed arts and crafts and often made my own clothes and jewelry so that I could tailor it to my style.
What led you to open a shop for your art/craft?
I started taking metalsmith jewelry classes a few years ago and fell in love with it. I began making jewelry for myself, but often got asked if I sold my jewelry by friends and family. That led me to start selling my jewelry at a local farmers market and then open my etsy page.
What is a typical work day like for you?
I've very fortunate to train dolphins for a living. It is a dream job for me that allows me to swim with these animals everyday!
How do you juggle the many tasks of running a creative business?
My jewelry making has become a passion of mine. When I have free time, I love to go down stairs to my studio and create new pieces. Some weeks I get a lot of jewelry made, and other weeks I don't have time to work on it at all.
What is your favorite item that you’ve created, ever?
I love patinas, they are unpredictable and result in beautiful and colorful pieces. My favorite pieces to wear are my patina necklaces.
What is your favorite item in your shop, now?
Currently, my blue moonstone ring is my favorite item in my shop!
Is there anything that you would like to learn or do to expand on or improve what you create now?
I take a metalsmith class every week which helps me constantly learn new techniques and have a group of women to bounce design ideas off of.
What advice would you share with other artists/crafters who sell their items?
Promote your work, and create what you love! I wear all of my jewelry which helps me promote it!
Aside from creating, what do you enjoy doing?
I'm an avid animal lover and enjoy listening to music and going to concerts.
If you could do anything at all, what would it be? Why?
I would love to travel more. I recently got the opportunity to travel to India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. It was an incredible experience and has given me the itch to travel more!
Where would you travel if time and money were no object? Why?
Australia, I want to dive on the great barrier reef.
Where can we find you online?
My Etsy shop is www.coppertreeart.com
Thank you for sharing your art and your time, Kendra!