Meet Makenzie Stephen with Mak Made


1. What drew you to jewelry design? I have always loved working with my hands, and grew up drawing and playing with clay. After graduating I decided to go to school to get my Bachelors in Fine Arts in Portland, OR, with an emphasis in Ceramic sculpture. While I was in school I took a couple metal classes for fun, that is where I truly fell in love with metal. I haven’t stopped making jewelry since. 

2. How long have you been a jeweler? I originally started making jewelry when I was 18. I had gotten a job working at a bead shop where I was able to learn all the basics on making earrings, necklaces and bracelets, as well as all about stones and materials. 

3. What is your favorite thing to make? My favorite thing to make is anything with wire, and fabricating thing out of it. I think it goes back to my love of sculpting, being able to create shapes and objects out of wire.  

4. What is your favorite part of the creative process? My favorite part of the process is the hands on aspect of creating. I find myself making experiments as the best way to find new and creative techniques.

5. When you aren’t making jewelry, what can we find you doing? When I am not making I love to be in the outdoors. You can find me backpacking, camping and hiking with my boyfriend Andy and our dog Banjo. Banjo and I also love to go to the dog park together. 

6. Coffee or tea? I am a coffee drinker, but when the weather gets cold I am all about the tea.

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