WE'RE LOVING: Porcelain + Stone
Artisan made, nautically inspired, porcelain jewelry.
Porcelain and Stone focuses on ceramic jewelry in pairing with fine metals. Founded by Kimberly Huestis in August of 2012 after she began sharing her sculptural work in 2008, the jewelry is minimal and classic drawing inspiration from nautical and organic elements with a graceful woman in mind.
Meant to be worn as sculptural art, it is frequently flaunted as statement jewelry. All porcelain and stoneware ceramic pieces are hand-crafted out of Boston, Massachusetts. Porcelain and Stone is a woman-owned business dedicated to the coastal lifestyle and is all Made in America.
1. How and when did you get your start as a jewelry designer?
I had been making jewelry for myself and friends as early as high school and college, at that time it was just woven and knotted pieces paired with bone, hemp, leather or shells. As I got older, I continued to make jewelry since it was my solution to my severe skin allergies. I couldn't wear watches, belts, or any earrings or necklaces of metal that weren't at least 14k gold, which felt limited in designs that I could still feel different but with my own style in. So, I started to take it more seriously in 2008 while I was still working in architecture.
2. Where do you draw inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from traveling and being along the coast, whether that be a lake, river, stream, or a mountain range that was once underwater. I love textures and playing with concepts that elude to something natural and organic.
3. Why did you choose Boston?
Coming from Vermont, I had always wanted to live in Boston after visiting a few times as a kid. It was always the perfect city for me, and also was so close to the things I have always loved.
4. Describe your perfect day in Boston?
I am a person of variety so don't lean toward too much planning! I wouldn't mind interjecting a run along the river with my ridgeback, Chloe, and my husband. But I always love getting into my studio and maybe sharing some time with friends in the early evening over food and drinks while sitting outside. Maybe if we're lucky, we'll get out on our friend's boat.
5. What is your favorite piece that you've done and why?
I have a lot of favorites because my pieces bring me a lot of pride since I had started some of the design work for them way back before I re-branded to Porcelain and Stone in 2012. Nowadays, I really love the more experimental pieces I have been doing, like the Black Lava Collection https://porcelainandstone.com/search?q=Lava where the 22k gold is melted into the textural cracks of each piece. I'm also a big lover of the porcelain and eco diamond cuff https://porcelainandstone.com/products/turquoise-diamond-porcelain-cuff-bracelet because it's just not something being done and it's become a bit of a signature piece for PS.
6. What do you like to do in your free time?
Outside of being at the studio? I love getting out along the river for a run with the family, or making something new to try with friends: be it cocktails or playing around with molecular gastronomy... I also like looking at the stars. It's an old habit from growing up in Vermont, but I love how grounded and small it makes me feel to see them.
7. What is your ideal style?
No subscription to any one style in particular. I have always been easy to hide because my fashion is very open to personal whims. I own Japanese clogs (wooden, flip-flop platforms), I'll wear plaid work shirts and t-shirt and jeans in the studio if I'm getting messy, and I like to dress fairly minimal when I'm out around the city because I lean toward a simple, classic look that isn't too trendy. I prefer sustainable fashion so that a good quality piece is going to still be relevant in years to come. Think: white top, clean fitted pants, etc. then I throw on some of the pieces I've made!