Our Team

Grayling Jewelry Founder Katy Kippen Portland Oregon Team

Grayling Jewelry Founder Katy Kippen Portland Oregon Designer

Owner & Designer • Founded Grayling: November 2009

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.

Some of her favorite childhood pursuits were playing store and selling travel-sized shampoos 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.

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Grayling Jewelry Operations Manager Aimee

Operations Manager • Joined Grayling: October 2013

A Northwest native, Aimee dreams of living someplace warmer but we're not letting her go anywhere! As Operations Manager, she's in charge of all new product releases and keeping everything in our studio organized (including Katy)! When she's not busy adding new items to our website, she's assisting Katy with photo shoots, communicating with stores who carry our line, and planning orders with our suppliers. As our sweet-yet-tenacious team den mother, Aimee makes sure product release schedules are on track and that we always have the correct raw materials on hand (while still making time to hammer some jewels or pop some bubbly every now and then)! 

Aimee is always smiling, no matter what. She loves surprises, animals, and dark chocolate and has been searching shelters for a huge sweet pup to keep her wild cat company. Aimee is always looking for her next travel destination, has excellent taste in music, and happens to possess the most enviable style. She has a serious knack for successfully pairing color and pattern in her everyday outfits and makes us all step up our style game at work.

Grayling Jewelry Production Manager Mey

Production & Sales Manager • Joined Grayling: June 2014

Mey moved to Portland from the Bay Area (long before everyone else did - ha!) and she is our bright, multi-talented team cheerleader! Mey's background in jewelry design shines not only in our studio but also when working one-on-one with customers in our store! An eternal optimist, she's definitely who we turn to when we need cheering up. But don't be fooled by that omnipresent smile, Mey can turn on the sass!

As Production & Sales Manager, Mey works exceptionally hard to be sure every piece of jewelry that leaves our doors is made perfectly, down to the last microscopic detail. She also heads up our charity efforts and manages thousands of dollars worth of donations every year. When she's not working on new ways to make our production team more efficient, she's training new hires on our customer service process. She even mocks up the occasional graphic design! When not at the studio, Mey is likely taste-testing a delicious new dish, traveling abroad, or spending time with family. Her favorite hobbies are reading nonfiction and going down the rabbit hole of internet research.

Grayling Jewelry Maker Shannon Portland Oregon

Production Assistant & Maker • Joined Grayling: October 2017

Known for her level-headedness, Shannon stays calm and collected no matter what's going on (usually with a grin on her face)! She makes sure our store is filled with enough inventory and your online orders are processed quickly so they arrive on time. On any given day, Shannon spends just as much time stone-setting and making jewelry as she does working with customers in our retail store!

Shannon is known for her genuine, warm personality and gorgeous mermaid hair. When she’s not in our workshop, she’s probably planning her next trip to see her family in Montana or around town watching her favorite new band with her beau! Shannon uses her creative downtime to work on her sketching and painting (this girl is bursting with talent) and could probably eat pickle-flavored potato chips any day of the week!

Meet The Team Leyna Maker Grayling Jewelry

Production Assistant & Maker • Joined Grayling: April 2019

Whip-smart Leyna (a.k.a. Lenny) hails all the way from New Jersey, and it falls on her to be sure just the right amount of finished Grayling pieces are ready at all times. When she's not making jewelry in our studio, she's packing orders, and assisting customers in our retail store, always with her trademark smile. She loves learning new jewelry-making techniques and staring at our "wall of sparkle" in the studio. 

When she's off the clock, Leyna's diverse hobbies keep her busy. She hosts her own podcast about the late 90's teen drama, Dawson's Creek, and one of her secret talents is tarot reading. And, like any good animal-lover, she loves exploring with her super cute dog. When it comes to guilty pleasures, eating chocolate peanut butter ice cream out of the pint tops her list (bubblegum pop music from Xtina is up there, too).


Grayling Jewelry Team Maker