PORCELAIN AND STONE
Coming from an architectural background, Kimberly was an environmental building consultant as well as a designing architect; environmental health has always come naturally.
Porcelain and Stone first planted its seed when Kimberly took up rock-sculpture. The good ol'chisel and hammer on soapstone and marble began while she grew up in Vermont. After graduating in 2005, she dived into the 3D design and animation community and soon after, transitioned into being more involved with the US Green Building Council and the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) communities in the local Boston area as an Accredited Professional. Saving Energy and working with non-toxic materials and recycling her porcelain clay scraps to make more porcelain objects is practiced not only for the benefit of her jewelry loving clients, but also for her own healthy work environment.
MAKING A CONSCIOUS EFFORT IN THE STUDIO
- Sculptures are fired in a small batch, energy-efficient kiln that fires rapidly. Large-ware ceramic artists use these small kilns as "test kilns," because they have a quick turn around and require little energy to run.
- Nickel-free materials are consciously sourced as nickel is considered a toxic material in the EU and many people (including the maker!) have a mild-to-severe allergic reaction to this material.
- Glass used is reclaimed broken glass from a green concrete counter and patio business.
- Post-consumer, uncoated brown recycled packaging is used for all order shipments.
- Hand-stamping of labels on post-consumer, recycled paper products helps to cut down on the carbon footprint of out-sourcing print materials.
- Porcelain clay used in the making process is constantly recycled to reclaim and turned back into working clay for future projects.
- All glazes used are non-toxic and safe to wear.