We had the good fortune of connecting with Kym Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kym, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born and raised in San Diego, California which was rich in diversity and culture.. I grew up being exposed to a lot of different languages, people, food and beliefs. It was amazing. I think it influenced my love for travel quite a bit and appreciation for art and language.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have always been a natural creative. My first love is writing. Later in high school I fell in love with photography. I branched out and had my own photography business and loved it. In 2016 I closed my business and no longer had a creative outlet. Something felt off. I’m very right brained so I didn’t feel whole. I found polymer clay during the pandemic and became addicted right away. I’ve never been crafty so there was a large learning curve but it feels relaxing and therapeutic.
There are times I am frustrated my skills haven’t quite caught up to my ideas but the possibilities are endless so I’m excited by what’s to come.
I want people to know you can begin anything at any time. I’m 50 and just left my FT job to pursue jewelry making because it truly brings me joy and satisfaction. I’m excited for all that’s in front of me. My best days are ahead.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I have actually done this for many people who have visited over the course of our 17 years here.
Our first stop from the airport is always Fat Matt. California has great food but nothing like the bbq at Fat Matt.
One thing I like about the south are the ma and pop restaurants in the old houses. I used to take everyone to a place in Alpharetta called Mittie’s but they closed. Best lobster bisque I’ve ever had.
Everyone wants to check out High Museum or MLK National Historical Park. My husband is always willing to take someone to a Braves or Hawks game if they’re in town.
My favorite treat is to take someone to a concert at Chastain Park or to see a comedy show at the Tabernacle. There are so many things to see and do here I still don’t think I’ve experienced it all.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My business, Studio 2.11, is named in honor of my grandmother whose birthday was February 11th. She was a force. A bad ass and didn’t take any shit. She taught me to speak up for myself and to be myself fully even if people didn’t get me. I wish she was still around. She’d get a kick out of this.