Kelly Wenner Grossman
I have always been the artist type. Since I was a small child, I enjoyed taking art class after art class. At the same time, I was very drawn to stones and can remember collecting stones wherever we traveled. Funny thing…my grandmother does the same thing…it runs in the family. If you combine a love of art with a love of stones, it makes perfect since that I am a jewelry artist.
I am drawn to elements of design such as balance and proportions. I enjoy finding and creating balance in asymmetrical pieces. I have always been drawn to silver, gold, copper, and gun metal and I have found a passion for mixing all of the metals together to create unique designs. Bright colors excite me and make me happy. Therefore, they can be found in many designs. I am influenced by my surroundings, nature, water, sunsets, fashion, design, and architecture; as well as, my travels around the world. While traveling, it is so fun to take in the sites and cultures and let them inspire new creations at home.
Making jewelry to me is what I call solving puzzles. I create the most unique and beautiful pieces when my desk is messy with stones, components, and chains and my job is to solve the puzzle and create an eye catching jewelry piece.
Kelly was born and raised in Columbia, SC. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a bachelors degree in sociology. She got her first job out of college teaching science with High Touch High Tech in Charleston, SC. She was designing jewelry on the side and got her jewelry into several high-end boutiques and art galleries. Having her jewelry in several places gave her the courage to stop teaching and be an artist full time. She did many art shows and sold to many stores in several states. She always wanted a store of her own and the timing was right and a great spot became available on King street…..hence, a dream came true and she now owns and runs The Art Mecca of Charleston with her business partner Mackenzie King.
Kelly’s jewelry has been worn on the hit TV show, Army Wives. She had an article written about herself and her jewelry in The Post & Courier. Her jewelry has been featured in Charleston Magazine and Charleston Wedding’s magazine several times. The fashion director calls upon Kelly to design pieces for specific photo shoots.