meet kelly of stone harvest
WHO ARE YOU?
I'm Kelly Nicholson, owner, designer and maker behind Stone Harvest. My partner is Austin Dodson who is an amazing painter and printmaker. We have a 3 1/2 year old son, Alder.
WHAT DO YOU MAKE?
Handmade etched brass and copper jewelry, small housewares and wall hangings
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS A MAKER?
I've been a creative person my entire life. I went to art school in NYC and studied sculpture. I met Austin about 7 years ago and began working in metal, making jewelry around that time. At the time he was making a lot of copper plate etchings. He gave me some old plates he wasn't going to print with to use for jewelry making and the pieces I made turned out great, so we decided to etch some plates specifically for jewelry. They were beautiful! So we just kept making them and the business has continuously evolved from there. I began to commit full time to Stone Harvest at the beginning of 2017. This isn't a hobby or side project for me at all! I think of all of the other various jobs I've had throughout the years as my side hustles, while THIS is the real thing.
WHAT MAKES YOUR PRODUCTS THE BEST?
The imagery and patterns we etch, which all come from my original sketches based on sacred geometry, nature and mythology. I like to think that I am an artist first, then a "maker" and feel that the work we do is really rooted in drawing and sculpture.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE.
We have a unique living situation, in that my husband is the caretaker for an arts center, so we live in a small cottage on the property. Our house is a beautiful old horse stables built in the 1890's. This allows us to have a small studio space in our living quarters, but we also work throughout the arts center. we are SO LUCKY!
TELL US WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND YOUR PRODUCTS.
Our website is www.thestoneharvest.com. We have work at Moon and Arrow & Palo Santo Wellness in Philadelphia and HOM in Swarthmore. We also have a few pieces at Prelude and Dawn in LA and Wild Sage Collective in Columbus OH.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I grew up on a small farm in north central Ohio.
WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?
I am getting really stoked on making more wall hangings. They are like big jewelry pieces for your house. It is taking me back to my time making sculpture in college.
IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I want to become a better metalsmith. I am just enamored with the potential of the material. Next on my list is to learn how to make bells.
COFFEE OR TEA?
My most consistent life ritual is (no not meditation or yoga unfortunately, although I do try!) is crafting my morning coffee. It's a beautiful thing and brings me great joy!
ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Definitely a morning person. I'm up at 6 (drinking that coffee!) because I have a wild little kid who wakes me up.
WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?
A lot of what I do lately doesn't allow me to really listen to anything, because I'm hammering or sawing away on metal! But when I'm assembling and finishing work I listen to podcasts (For the Wild with Ayana Young is AMAZING).
SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.
- I once lived out of my station wagon, camped and traveled around the country for a year.
- I'm on the cusp of Cancer and Leo - people never take me for a Leo though because I'm an introvert.
- My mom is eastern European Jewish, and dad is a Scotch English. makes for interesting holidays...
- I have a huge collection of natural detritus - dried mushrooms, lichen, stones, shells, wood, bones - all stuff I've found and have stored in a bunch of wooden boxes.
- I'm a total klutz except when I'm in the studio (there, I transform and find beautiful flow!)