Meet Katie

Years ago serendipity and curiosity lead me into a one-off workshop on vacation where I fell in love with the medium of glass. I emerged bursting with ideas, and a passion (and business) was born.

Careers in advertising and graphic design and years in Chicago, Moscow, and Hong Kong—gaining a spouse and daughter along the wayall preceded landing in Austin where I launched Katie Kismet.

Photo of Katie Kismet holding glass cutting toolsHand-cutting glass as small as 4mm, I shape and assemble then fire the pieces in a kiln to over 1400 degrees. Most designs require multiple firings and refining between each. From the first cut to finishing touches, many Katie Kismet styles take upwards of 20 hours to create.

Why glass? I love that it's all around us, yet we hardly give a thought to it. I love that it's a natural material and is recyclable and reusable, enabling my glass work to be zero-waste. I love it for its luminosity and its creative challenges.

My work has a visual through-line informed by a love for modern art and architecture, play with color, and Scandinavian-style minimalism. 

I believe in the healing power of creativity and the arts, amplifying the work of women, and the importance of conscientious consumerism.

It's my goal to develop joyful, quality jewelry and accessories that transcend trends and make you smile for years to come. Kismet means destiny and is the name of the street I grew up on. Welcome to Katie Kismet.