In 2015, I found myself in San Francisco with my husband and very young children living 2,400 miles away from home. For the sake of my sanity, I started searching for a creative outlet. When I came across a video on how jewelry is made, it immediately became an obsession. I was constantly watching and learning but due to limited resources at the time, it wasn’t until six months later that I’d lite my first torch. From then my work has been rooted in the principles of; just start where you are, embrace the imperfections, and be fearless.
After moving back to Atlanta, I transformed a small closet in our garage into a studio. It had a hand-me-down end table, a couple of shelves, and the very basic of tools. Since then my studio now includes the majority of our garage.
To me, transparency is paramount. I do not have a romantic artistic background. What you see in my designs, I taught myself all while my 3 boys were either sleeping or at school. The designs center around shapes like, curves and points, with a contrast between textures and high-shine.
Every piece of KWJ is made by my hands to ensure that every piece is truly one of a kind and will withstand time. In the studio, imperfections are also embraced not covered up or replaced. Should you find a piece with an imperfection, cherish it because it tells a story of the process. Similar to our own imperfections, don't you think?
To see more about the collections and behind the scenes, follow me on Instagram @kaylawilliamsstudio
photography: Sabrina Fattal Photography