Words by Jennifer Wang
Growing up in Vermont, Kimberly Huestis lived in a small town where the “nights were filled with bright starry skies, the loud sound of crickets and the occasional horn from a distant train down by the lakefront.” A graduate of Wellesley College and MIT, where she studied Architecture and French Cultural studies, Kimberly worked as a 3D Multimedia Visualizations Developer during her early professional years. She then worked as a design architect for four years while also transitioning to being a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional. After working with a tech startup related to food, she ventured into the world of small-batch chocolate making and discovered the potential joys of opening a small business. All of her varied experiences eventually led to a realization of what she had always desired: to start a business of her own.
After being frustrated with having terrible reactions to certain types of jewelry and not being able to wear much of it, she finally began to create her own nickel-free pieces from quality materials. Needless to say, what began as a side hobby ultimately transitioned into a labor of love when she launched her successful ceramic jewelry business Porcelain & Stone in August of 2012. The name Porcelain and Stone comes directly from the primary material Kimberly likes to work with:
“I am mainly inspired by the clay itself. I love a good chance to show off it's strength and what others expect out of ceramic jewelry. Porcelain has an amazing strength compared to many of the other ceramic clay bodies.”
Kimberly continues to apply an environmentally conscious approach to her products by using an energy-efficient kiln and non-toxic recyclable materials in her Cambridge, MA studio. The porcelain and stoneware are ceramic clay bodies made from earthly materials. She high-fires the sculptural pieces and one item may typically take 3-8 days to produce. Often times she finds herself drawn to organic forms, ones that recall the breezy and laid-back backdrop of her childhood, to create her signature elegant and minimal pieces.
“My inspirations come from nature and nautical life...as a long-time recovering Vermonter, the ocean waves and what's underneath our vast bodies of water seem beautiful and fascinating.”
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