Our Team

Grayling Jewelry Founder Katy Kippen Portland Oregon Team

Grayling Jewelry Founder Katy Kippen Portland Oregon DesignerK A T Y

Owner & Designer • Founded Grayling: Winter 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 handcrafting versatile, hypo-allergenic pieces all jewelry lovers can wear.

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Grayling Jewelry Operations Manager Aimee
A I M E E

Manager • Operations, Web + Jewelry Design • Joined Grayling: Fall 2013

A Northwest native, Aimee dreams of living someplace warmer but we're not letting her go anywhere! 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
M E Y

Manager • Production, Jewelry Design + Sales • Joined Grayling: Summer 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!

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
S H A N N O N

Assistant Manager • Production & Operations • Joined Grayling: Fall 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 JewelryL E Y N A

Team Lead • Jewelry Production + Fulfillment • Joined Grayling: Spring 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).

Lydia Grayling Jewelry Meet the TeamL Y D I A

Assistant • Jewelry Production + Fulfillment • Joined Grayling: Summer 2018

A born + bred Portlander, Lydia has been with us since 2018 and she’s no stranger to slinging a wide assortment of Grayling’s jewels + supporting the shipping team to make sure your pieces are not only gorgeous, but get there on time. She loves the attention to detail of being a maker entails and can’t get over how cool it is that she gets to go to work everyday and create art that people can wear.

When Lydia’s off the clock she’s been spotted sewing or knit/crocheting her own clothes or thrifting for bougie vintage dresses that she dons while howling at RuPaul’s Drag Race or Love Island. Her dog, Louie, howls too and keeps her company while she grows her beloved houseplants + cacti and enjoys tea of all kinds (both gossip and Earl Grey). Not to mention, this girl can tell a story that leaves our studio in stitches and keeps us all young as our resident pop culture guru.

Meet The Team Rachel Creative + Marketing Grayling Jewelry
R A C H E L

Creative Production + Marketing • Joined Grayling: Fall 2020

From a beach house in Malibu, to farm life in Oregon and after bouncing up and down the West coast - most recently San Francisco - Rachel landed back in Portland. She spends her days snapping away in our photo studio, photographing our shiniest stars and marketing them to our biggest fans. Rachel loves lighting (don’t get her started), but truly enjoys showing off her teammates' hard work while making our fans feel amazing in their own skin as a result.

Rachel is always on the move, as a former travel magazine photo editor with a relentless travel bug, you’ll definitely see her with a camera in hand, or rollerskates on her feet, or scheming the next trip on her calendar. At a moment’s notice she would easily drop everything to hunt for records and vintage threads, wander bookstore aisles, dabble in her studio with photos + fiber arts, spoil her nieces/nephews, sip a cocktail with friends or unwind with a documentary. Also, she somehow has an endless supply of random facts and a giggle-inducing gif on deck for all situations.

Meet The Team Maddie Customer Service + Support Grayling Jewelry
M A D D I E

Customer Service + Support Specialist • Joined Grayling: Summer 2020

Maddie is our come-to-the-rescue customer service extraordinaire, reprising her role after two previous years with us back in 2016. A PNW native currently cozied up in Vancouver, Maddie helps our wonderful customers through thick and thin with their orders, returns and any + all questions under the sun - all with a pep in her step and a joke at the ready. Not to mention, her contagious positive energy and calm, it could be bottled and sold for a pretty penny.

Must be all that hiking kayaking and camping she does on her downtime that keep her so bright and positive, huh? Or maybe it’s blasting country jams on a long drive with her pup by her side? Could be all that quilting, crafting and DIY projects she’s juggling? Regardless of how she does it so well, she loves getting to chat with our amazing customers and hear their stories of how much Grayling jewelry means to them.

Meet The Team Paige Maker Grayling Jewelry
P A I G E

Assistant • Jewelry Production • Joined Grayling: Fall 2020

Hailing from New England, Paige, our former Bostonian has now felt very homey in Portland for the last decade plus. This girl knows how to stay busy at the workbench soldering and hammering and endless bounty of our beautiful jewels for our customers. Paige loves getting to make pieces that will be prized by our customers and is a firm believer in the power of the perfect piece of jewelry to make you feel like the best version of yourself!

Which definitely shines through her time off the clock when she's devoting time to her own studio art practice by researching historical jewelry and making her own pieces, listening to crime podcasts while walking her dog or getting a nature fix on the moody + magical Oregon coast. Plus, her hair has more bounce and volume than any boombox on the block.

Meet The Team Cora Maker Grayling Jewelry
C O R A

Assistant • Jewelry Production • Joined Grayling: Fall 2020

A life-long midwestern maven, Cora has been a Portlander going on 4 years and we’re glad as ever to have her as a multifaceted maker working in her home studio. She loves that jewelry is such a special and personal part of our lives and is tickled that she gets to be part of it by making something that our fans wear daily or want to gift to someone they love.

When she wants to let off some steam, Cora combs the beaches of the Oregon coast or camps out in her home studio dreaming up something spectacular to craft from wood or with metalwork. A lover of estate sales, she is a thrifting lioness - obsessed with the hunt for that unique or one-of-a-kind wonder. She digs it so much, she even has a side hustle featuring vintage home decor and her own jewelry designs (get in line, folks this gal has more style in her pinkie toe than all of us combined). No matter what, she always ends her day cuddling her kitties while watching whichever tv show she’s happily bingeing.

 

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