Today in the Spotlight, we have Ms. Lisa Smith, the self-taught jewelry artist and founder of LKS Originals. With a focus on unique and bold statement designs, with attention to detail, each piece is handcrafted in her Colorado studio. Her signature line, Orgone Energy™ Jewelry, incorporates natural gemstones, crystals and various metals to create truly unique, powerful and energetic jewelry.
We caught up with Lisa and asked her a few questions so you get to know her better. Here is our interview:
What’s the story behind your company?
I love all things handmade, and arts and crafts have always been the way I express my creativity.
My husband and I raised 4 beautiful children, and when they were little we were always doing creative craft projects together. The Christmas tree was always full of the ornaments and trinkets that we made.
I first went into business selling my crafts when the children were little and I couldn’t “afford” to get a “day job”. (After all, who could pay for daycare for 4 kids!) I made what we all called “dough-bears” – little teddy bear ornaments and figurines made of salt dough – what fun! The business did well for quite a few years, and enabled me to stay at home with my babies and contribute financially.
I discovered polymer clay and the dough-bears became clay-bears, and I found that I could sculpt so many more intricate and tiny things – one of my loves is miniatures – so I was really excited to have this clay to work with! For years our friends and family received gifts of dough-bears and clay creations for the holidays, birthdays, etc.
I adore mosaics as well, but have never sold them. I can’t part with a single piece once I’m done with it, so I have lots of great mosaic pieces around the house…LOL!
So…on to the jewelry…
I love trinkets and baubles as much as the next girl, but had never really thought about making jewelry. One day a coworker came in with some really cool stretch bracelets made of gemstone stick beads. I thought, “well I could make those!” I decided I’d try a few to go with my outfits, and I was hooked. (I became that lady who can’t pass up a bead store!)
Pretty soon I was making necklaces, bracelets and earrings not only for myself but for friends and family who saw and loved what I was wearing! I soon opened my Etsy shop, and a few months later, quit my day job and jumped in with both feet, and haven’t looked back.
My jewelry line continues to expand as I learn new techniques – this is just so much fun! I taught myself how to wire wrap so I could make a pendant out of a very special stone that a very special person gave me. Now friends are hiring me to wrap their stones…pretty cool.
I’m super excited about my newest line, Orgone Energy Jewelry. These pendants, bracelets and earrings are really unique and beautiful, and they carry the power of positive energy and protection. You’ve GOT to check this stuff out!
I’m a proud member of a celebrity gifting organization called The Artisan Group. This is an amazing and supportive group of talented artisans. So far I’ve had the opportunity to gift Renee Zellweger, Brandi Glanville, Khloe Kardashian, Tyra Banks, Amy Poehler and Nia Peeples (She wore the custom necklace I gifted her on an episode of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars!). I’ve also had the opportunity to participate in the celebrity gift lounges for the 2012 Primetime Emmys, the 2012 Country Music Awards and the 2013 Academy Awards.
So now you’re all caught up. LKS Originals is still pretty small right now and I do all the work, but the sky’s the limit! (Better get an LKS Original before they’re famous….LOL!)
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by nature, the beauty and energy of natural gemstones, an emotion, a color, a shape, a person — everything in my world can be inspiration!
What is your favorite product to make?
I love making my signature line of Orgone Energy™ Jewelry. I get to use my beloved gemstones, and the energy of these pieces is awesome! I go into a meditative state when making this jewelry…definitely my “Zen” thing!
How would you describe your style in 3 words?
Vibrant, Bold, Energetic!
In your opinion, what’s the best part of being an entrepreneur?
There are so many blessings in being an entrepreneur, but the very best thing is that I call the shots! (Sometimes that’s the worst thing too…LOL)
If you were to start all over again, what would you do differently?
I wouldn’t change a single thing! Everything that I’ve experienced every step of the way, whether negative or positive, is a learning and growing experience…a blessing.
What’s next? Any plans for the future?
Anything and everything I can do to continue to grow LKS Originals, and continue to bring smiles with my jewelry! Right now I’m figuring out how to break into the wholesale market…would love to get out there in a really big way! …And, of course, Oprah still needs an LKS Original! 😉
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