We are excited to have Danielle Kish of Sixteen50 jewelry co-lead our SF Chapter. Danielle brings a wealth of business smarts, creativity and enthusiasm to the chapter and we could not be more excited for what she has to offer!
Q: Tell us about yourself and what you make!
A. I have always been a creative woman. I started with friendship bracelets as a child at Girl Scout camp and I've been expanding my repertoire with new skills such as glass blowing, silver smithing, and ceramics ever since!
When I found Precious Metal Clay at the local Adult Education Center, I was amazed by the possibilities and versatility: it fit right in with my skills and design aesthetic. I started to make jewelry that I enjoyed and others started ordering these pieces as gifts. I started my shop after some nudging from family and friends. Knowing nothing about owning a business, I jumped in by opening my Etsy shop in the summer of 2011. The name--Sixteen50--comes from the temperature the kiln is set to when I fire Silver Precious Metal Clay into solid silver.
Q: Tell us about ways you've been working with makers already.
A. Creating a strong and supportive community has been important to me since I started my jewelry line in 2011.
I started with Etsy Teams and loved how they offered a diverse knowledge base on how to run a successful, creative business. I am a founding member of two groups that meet monthly to gather our inspirations, test ideas, and share information to help members improve and grow their businesses.
Q: Why are you excited to be the new co-leader of Academy of Handmade chapter in San Francisco?
A. I am excited to be the new co-leader of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter because there is a tremendous knowledge base and experience for creative businesses in this area both micro and small alike. I aim to bring this knowledge into reach for everyone in the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.
Q: What do you love about the handmade community in the Bay Area?
A. I love the camaraderie, the desire to help and see everyone succeed, our creativity, our diversity and how we are continually inspiring each other to improve and innovate.
Q: What's your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
A. There is so much that I love about the Bay Area. The gorgeous natural wonders of nature amaze and move me. Having grown up in San Jose, I still find a thrill in exploring all of the neighborhoods. The diversity of the people here is insightful and empowering.