Each month we spotlight and interview a new local designer we love right here on our blog! This month, we are featuring the work of Sandra Kathleen Bowling who owns and creates the jewelry line Sandra Kathleen Jewelry. We have been lucky to carry Sandra's jewelry line in the store at different points and are so excited to have her in the shop for a trunk show event on this Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 2016 from 3pm - 6:30pm.
We asked Sandra some questions about her business, her love of gemstones, and her favorite things to do in the Bay Area. Read on for more info!
How long have you had your business? Tell us the history of how you got started to where you are now.
I started making jewelry at age 5 and began selling jewelry while in high school. As an adult, I’ve had a jewelry business on and off with my current chapter having started in 2010.
Tell us about your jewelry line and what is involved in a Sandra Kathleen Jewelry piece.
My jewelry celebrates unique gemstones and the beauty and power they hold. I love connecting stones to people, especially when they get that clear feeling of being drawn to a particular stone. I began working with crystals in meditation as a child and have always carried them and worn them to support my personal well being and empowerment. I hope to create jewelry that people wear with intention. There's a co-creation that happens between the wearer and the materials of stone, metal and fiber....being mindful of this jewelry becomes imbued with meaning and promotes your strengths.
What inspires your creative process?
I am so in love with gemstones, the textures and colors, and feelings I get from seeing and touching them. I love creating simple and well made designs to showcase the stones natural glory. When making custom jewelry I get inspired from feeling and processing what someone is looking for then using my intuition to create a supportive and celebratory piece that best resonates with them.
Why do you choose to use gemstones in your pieces? Why are you so passionate about ethically sourced gemstones?
Working and collecting gemstones is a life long passion, I've always been fascinated by them and drawn to them. Sourcing ethically is important as there is a range in practices with mining and how the earth is treated afterwords, to how the miners are compensated, whose doing the business. It's my ideal to know at least some of this process and source from sellers who work directly with miners. I will and have paid three times as much for crystals because the sellers re plant the earth post mining. I also am mindful of production and consumption of gems and precious metals and thus produce small amounts of jewelry.
Tell us a little about your other job and how your two business are entwined.
My other work is in the healing arts as a licensed psychotherapist and a sound therapist/body worker. One of my passions in working in the field of mental health is addressing trauma and emotions on the level of vibration. I am passionate about the flexibility of human nature and consciousness. With sound therapy I facilitate a vibrational body work session that dissipates stagnant and blocked energy/emotions and supports the individuals vitality and sense of well being in their body. It's so fulfilling to provide such a transformational support service.
Both my jewelry and work as a therapist and body worker are all entwined with the shared goal of vibrant, empowered living.
What do you do for fun and what are your favorite Bay Area spots to visit?
I dance as much as possible and enjoy being out of doors, walking, hiking, swimming, camping, hot springs! I also love to connect with family and friends, as I'm from the Bay and all my family is here. Locally, I regularly walk at the Berkeley Marina and also up in the Oakland hills for the redwood trees. I also try to get to both Tahoe and Yosemite regularly and spend a lot of time in both places during spring and summer.
I'm super grateful I get to make jewelry and can have a business that allows me to share this love I have.
Thanks so much Sandra! We are super grateful you make jewelry as well! (I have several of Sandra’s pieces myself.) Please join us this Saturday from 3pm – 6:30pm and see Sandra’s jewelry for yourself. All of the next photos are pieces that Sandra will have available at the trunk show on Saturday. We will be offering refreshments and 10% off all sales for the day will go to Standing Rock and to help rebuild Mosswood Recreation Center. Follow her on Instagram @sandrakathleenjewelry, facebook, or check out sandrakathleen.com.