Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Kriya Davis. Jewelry design and fabrication is my passion and I have recently made it my full time business. I took my first metalsmithing course at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine back in 2001. Experimentation and tons of time in the studio have brought me to where I am today. My jewelry mirrors my love of the natural world and organic forms. I am always trying to translate that into something beautiful to wear. My hope is that the passion for what I do shows in my work. As a one woman operation, you will find me in my studio 7 days a week. I split my time between Florida and Maine. Travel keeps my mind open, giving me great experiences to draw from when I return to my bench.
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
I remember back in first grade I began learning to spin wool and knit. Through this I discovered that working with my hands came naturally to me. I am still a huge fan of yarn and fiber and have a lot of respect for the craft.
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas are grounded in the rhythms of the natural world. I am most inspired by the tiny details of things such as shells, leaves and flowers. To me, there is nothing more perfect.
What are your favorite materials?
Metal is a medium where I can truly trust my creative instinct. I like how silver can look frosty or reflect like a mirror.
Any tips for selling handmade stuff?
Be open to people critiquing your work. I found that creating a short questionnaire for people willing to give you honest feedback helps. Advertising is not my strength but I found a great way to get the word out about my work. I give my cousin jewelry to wear. She has one of those outgoing and magnetic personality’s and she gives out my card to anyone who shows interest.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Photography, knitting, gardening, travel.
How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?
I am thrilled with Etsy and the guys behind it all. My only request would be the ability to combine shipping and set different rates for specific countries or regions.
What is your favorite color?
I love the colors of spices such as brown mustard seeds and saffron.