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Hailing from Montana, land of plentiful mountains and beautiful surroundings, Katy's lapidary grandfather sparked her love of jewelry and stones in particular. As part of a military family, Katy spent six years living overseas in Europe and Asia where she gathered inspiration for what would eventually become Grayling.
A born retailer, some of her favorite childhood pursuits were playing store and selling travel-sized shampoos and conditioners door-to-door. Katy got her start in the jewelry business selling pieces out of her locker in high school and eventually, her love for the craft blossomed into a full-time career. In 2009, she manifested her dream of running her own business designing and making versatile, hypo-allergenic jewelry for the modern woman.
On any given day you'll find Katy in the studio playing with new designs, checking in on projects (as well as each team member) or going out of her way to help someone find the perfect piece to complete their wardrobe. Seriously, you've never met someone with such a knack for names and faces!
Katy brings a fresh new perspective to every conversation, truly listening and offering helpful solutions to any problem, work-related or not. Keeping herself well informed and updated, she's our own living dictionary on women's health, as well as a strong advocate for endometriosis and infertility awareness, two causes that affect her personally. She also seems to get some sort of personal satisfaction from pushing others to live out their goals and dreams, making her the go-to gal for some real advice.
If there's ever a dull moment, she'll break out into a song, dance or both. Katy seems to know every tune on Pandora and has an enviable plethora of obscure dance moves. She also likes to keep her pulse on things by listening to podcasts (current favorites are Still Processing, 2 Dope Queens and The Minimalists).
Katy also finds inspiration in slow living and wellness. To maintain balance in her life she does yoga, meditates and gardens, in addition to finding ways to live minimally and shop ethically. At home, Katy is usually trying new dairy and gluten-free recipes (and hopefully bringing the team some samples if we're lucky)! Her chocolate zucchini muffins will put you in an absolute state of pure bliss!
On the weekends, you'll find her catching up on the latest episode of Broad City or reading a new find while cuddling her two adorable rat terriers and super sweet hubby.
Katy and her husband David love traveling together to gather inspiration and they love nothing more than people watching in a foreign city over a great cup of coffee.. Subtle cues from her more recent travels to France and Italy can be found throughout our collection.
Grayling Jewelry is designed and made in the studio within our jewelry store in Portland, Oregon, with our very own hands.
Unlike just about everything else you’ll find out there today, our pieces are made entirely by hand in the U.S.A. No factories, no assembly lines, just a small group of dedicated artisans who care about every piece that leaves our store.
We love Portland, but even more, we love that each and every piece that arrives at your door was made by us, to be worn by you.
Grayling provides American jobs for passionate artists, thinkers, and doers. Every member of the Grayling family is treated with respect and love. We are a close-knit team and believe in the quality of life at work and off the clock (with lots of pit stops for champagne)!
Visit our store in Portland's Alberta Arts District to see our makers at work.