Satomi Kawakita I Jewelry Designer
"I always try to hear my inner voice and see if I really feel right when I do something, when I make something, when I say something."
How did you get into making jewelry?
I was a glassblower in Japan. Doing glass blowing for 5 years made me realize that I was more comfortable working on smaller scale/detailed pieces by myself at my own pace.
Soon after the glass studio where I used to work closed it’s door, I found that there weren't many options for metal clasps when I started making glass-bead accessories. That experience made me want to make my own clasps and learn how to make jewelry.
How would you describe your jewelry?
Organic. Delicate. Simple. Unique. Subtle.
What inspires your work?
Everything I see. Everything I touch.
Do you feel your work and designs are influenced by where you are from?
Probably yes. The balance of design, quality of the product, and material is very important to me.
I deeply respect the high level of craftsmanship and the minimal design aesthetic in Japan. My designs are basically pretty simple and minimal and don’t speak too much. And I can say that the quality of our products are very high and we use very fine material because we are making jewelry for people to wear for a long time. My design is timeless and not seasonal, I would say.
What are your favorite materials to work with when making jewelry?
18K Yellow gold and diamond because yellow gold is softer than other metals and diamonds are very strong. It’s easier to work with and I also like the look.