Meet our team


Kenda Kist jewelry is hand-crafted and designed by NC based artist, Kenda Kistenmacher. From growing up in Iowa to studying metal design at East Carolina University, I have always found inspiration in the objects that surround me. Infusing my hand-crafted jewelry designs with unique twists, Kenda Kist Jewelry strikes the perfect balance between trending silhouettes and timeless classics. The line is functional and lightweight, making it perfect for all occasions.



Marty’s specialty is designing and creating fine jewelry and art pieces that range from belt buckles and serving ware to fine jewelry for every occasion. With 20 years of experience as a metal smith, he can create custom pieces in gold, silver or platinum using existing family treasures or from sourced gemstones and diamonds. We look forward to creating a family heirloom for you!


Christina - Head bench production

Christina came to us as an intern on Saturday mornings on assembly. She quickly started showing interest in metal work and in the past two years her skills in soldering, metal forming and hammering have excelled her to lead bench production. She loves experimenting and is motivated to learn new skills, Recently enjoying stone setting and wax carving. She is extremely loyal and driven and I truly have loved watching her blossom into her own as an artist. In her down time she loves skateboarding, chilling with friends and live music.


Maggie - Bench production 

Maggie came to work with us during the pandemic, she started out as an intern on assembly and quickly moved into bench work. She is a natural at hammering and soldering and excels at her craft. In her free time she has been exploring wax carving and loves to create graphics for local bands. She is bright, creative and her smile lights up the room. She is currently studying metal design at Appalachian State and helps out during school breaks. 


Izzy - Intern

Izzy started her internship the spring of 2022. We love Izzy’s energy and her willingness to learn. I love our Saturday chats about music, feminism and drumming. Izzy plays the drums so she is a natural with the hammers and she is the coolest 15 year old I know, with the best music taste.  


I met Lauren over 10 years ago while she worked at Cat Banjo (one of my first ever boutiques that sold my jewelry) and eventually for a short stint we worked together there. We’ve been lucky to have Lauren on the team for the past few years. She is our quality control, inventory and shipping extraordinaire! Lauren loves all things Halloween, art, rescue animals and hanging out with her family. Fun Fact: She has been Vegan for over 20 years. 

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