Plus, learn about the new jewelry she plans to introduce in the New Year
The jeweler has been creating wearable art since she was 16, working for a neighbor’s small business. Years later, when Kingery was working on her master’s in public administration with a concentration in arts management at the College of Charleston, she sought a creative outlet and took metalsmithing classes to sharpen her skills. Hooked, she launched Mad Made Metals in 2013, co-founded Thrifters & Drifters market, opened a studio at Redux in 2017, and began creating her “enchanted heirlooms” full time a year later. In the New Year, Kingery plans to “dabble” in fine jewelry, using gold and precious gemstones. Here, she shares what she’s giving for holiday gifts and her New Year’s resolution,
Q Tell us about your favorite thrift-shopping find.
A My mini peacock chair plant stand from Homesick Housewares (right). I’m a little plant obsessed, and it’s just the cutest plant holder that ever existed.
Q What’s the most worn item in your closet?
A Definitely my Glad & Young fanny pack purse. It goes with everything and makes for a nice hands-free bag.
Q What are you giving as gifts for the holidays?
A My close family members always get at least one piece of jewelry. The little stacking rings I make are perfect because I can give them different ones each holiday and they layer up nicely for a more statement look.
Q What’s your signature accessory?
A Right now, it is definitely a big earring. My malachite mixed-metal crescent hoops (right) have been in regular rotation since October. They go with everything and stand out against a bigger jacket or sweater.
Q What’s on your holiday wish list?
A A custom hat from A. Botts Willis; her hats are unlike any I’ve ever seen.
Q What are your New Year’s resolutions?
A This year, we’re going to replace all of our regular cleaning products with more sustainable and environmentally friendly options. I’ve been eyeing Branch Basics and a few other companies that offer similar product replacements.
Q Tell us about your skin-care routine.
A My skin is subject to a lot of grime in the studio, so I get facials regularly from Alie at Clear Skin Spa to keep me glowing. I use Bioelements products day and night on my face.
Q Who are some of your favorite local artists and makers?
A Motherland Essentials; her soaps, lotion bars, and body butter are too good. Sonny Sisan of Studio Sontosis makes the most beautiful ceramics. Isabel Bornstein’s collages on antique prints (above) make for rad decor.