Richard met Kristin in college, pouring metal out at the foundry. At the age of 5 he was dismantling clocks and reconstructing them, and roaming the neighborhood collecting building materials in his wagon. He spent his growing up years racing through mountains on early versions of snowboards, as well as skateboarding, rock climbing, and surfing. When they met, he was taking a break from working in the movie industry to finish up his art degree in sculpture and photography. He was also volunteering for a Mountain Search and Rescue Unit. He has an admirable reverence for nature. After college Richard returned to the movie industry, and eventually found his way to becoming a master wood worker while employed with masters of the trade. As a master wood worker, and expert problem solver, he's applied his skills to metalsmithing in ways that continually allows Kristin Larson Jewelry to take their work to new places.
Kristin began her path as a maker carefully forming mud pies and pinch pots along side her little sister while their mom made folk art she sold in local shops. Childhood summers were spent on the beaches of Southern California, as well as family camping trips, and rustic dude ranch vacations in the White Mountains of Arizona. Growing up she was dedicated to ballet as her primary means of creative expression. In college, she pursued a degree in Sign Language Interpreting. She went on to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. Initially she focused on ceramics, then found a home in metalsmithing. After college Kristin and Richard got married. They have 2 daughters, and a son, and a cat named Fritz. In addition to designing and making jewelry, she continues to work as an interpreter. Kristin is enchanted by the details of nature and passionate about conveying them in little wax sculptures to be cast in metal.
arts and crafts influence
Along with our early inclination to make things, and the allure of getting lost in nature, we discovered a shared appreciation of the design and lifestyle philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement that began in the late 19th century. The importance of bringing the out of doors, inside resonates with us. That a table is crafted to encourage conversation and connection, is as it should be. In particular, we are drawn to the charming details and intimate proportions of American Craftsman style architecture, furniture, and decorative objects which emphasize originality, simplicity of form, local natural materials, and the visibility of handicraft. These same founding principles are evidenced in our designs and the way we produce our jewelry.