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My name is Katie and I make glass jewelry and patterned printed goods in Austin, TX. My “day job” is graphic design (and she’s fabulous and I love her), but like many other designers I know, I crave creative outlets that get me off the computer. In that pursuit, I'll try anything!
The only experience I’d had with glass most of my life was enjoying what awesome windows it makes, so if you'd told me then that I’d be working in glass by the end of the year—making inventory to sell to people, no less—I’d have thought you were a few cards short of a full deck. Life is mischievous, no?
Summer of 2018 I had the opportunity to visit Rome, one of my favorite cities. While there I took a half-day workshop with a fused glass artist where I created my first fused glass piece.
I can’t even put my finger on why it was such a catalyst, but something about the experience kicked off an avalanche of ideas. I quickly learned Austin has one of the top fused glass studios in the nation. (Of course it does.) So I signed up for a class, acquired enough knowledge to start prototyping and never looked back.
On Reflection, It’s Kismet
As much as I didn’t see it coming, I now realize I’ve inadvertently landed in a familiar space. You see, my mother has had a jewelry business for nearly four decades now. I spent years helping her move in and out of craft shows—from tiny church bazaars to Houston's enormous Nutcracker Market. I helped set up her booth, shopped Dallas Market with her, raided her inventory for accessories to wear and gifts to give… And while there were more than a few weekends that angsty teenager Katie didn’t want to be doing those things, I now see that I lucked into an accidental apprenticeship that's serving me well today.
My mother's company was named “Kismet!”, after the street I grew up on. Kismet means "fate" or "destiny" and it's one of my favorite words. She has narrowed the scope of her business in the past few years and recently gifted the name to me. It's one of the best gifts I've ever received and I'm proud to carry it on.
Thank you for being here. I sincerely hope you enjoy wearing or gifting these items as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them.