Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarita Kamat.
Sarita, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Born and brought up in the beautiful city of Belgaum, in India, I moved to Chicago for my job 16 years ago. I live in Skokie, IL with my husband Salil, my kids – Varun and Riya and my kitty babies – Cloud and Lightning. I have been playing with colors and all kind of substrates from the time I learned to walk… I love wandering away and get mesmerized by nature and life.
I love working with watercolors and acrylics, I love making mosaics with rocks, pebbles and glass, and had a boutique back home (yes I designed clothes). I earned my Bachelors in Accounting and PG in Business Management before I went to Art School. After moving to the US, I explored glass paints and started painting on glass and that was what led to my accidental love for creating hand painted glass jewelry.
So my focus is now on making hand-painted glass jewelry so I can share my love and passion with everyone by making a piece of original art that they can wear, anywhere, anytime. I started Sarita Kamat Designs in the year 2006. I sold my works at local art and craft fairs and took a break between 2008 to 2010.
In October 2017 Local Goods Chicago, Edgebrook, gave me the opportunity by hosting a trunk show and then be a part in their Holiday Bazaar 2017. Later I got the opportunity to be a part of The Pop Up Gallery in Evanston, and Collective Chicago in Chicago. My work is also available on my website at www.saritakamatdesigns.com
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It definitely was not a smooth road. I have a full-time job as Business Development Manager at Vijaya Foods Inc. so the biggest challenge I face is a shortage of time. Painting on tiny glass cabochons was a challenge but after trying for a while I was able to master the art pretty well.
After I started painting on tiny glass cabochons I started making hand painted jewelry. But before it all started I used to paint on canvas, paper and on the glass. Glass paintings included wall decor, kitchenware and home decor.
The biggest obstacle and challenge came in 2008 when I slipped and fell on ice and had 3 herniated discs in my neck and everything from then on was a challenge, even lifting a spoon was a big chore. But with the loving care of my husband and children, I was back on my feet in a year and was doing as much of what I could do.
I still have some limitations and I try and work around those to keep my passion going. There were times when I used to participate in art shows. Sometimes I sold a lot and sometimes I did not sell anything at all. I used to be disappointed when nothing sold, but that was not enough to pull me down or make me give up on my passion, I have persisted and I feel the road is much smoother now.
Another most difficult task was talking to people about myself and my work. I still find it intimidating.. especially talking to people I know about my work and my business because I do not want them to feel I am trying to sell them my work. I think I am getting better at accepting the fact that I can do something that is worth sharing with people.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Sarita Kamat Designs – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Sarita Kamat Designs started a business in 2006 by participating in local art and craft fairs. At the time I focused on creating works of art on glass and glassware. I am greatly inspired by Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet. I specialize in creating one of a kind hand painted glass jewelry.
The process starts with painting the clear glass cabochons, which are dried for 48 hours before they are fired, then coated with Diamond Glaze to protect the painting and give it a smooth finish. After 24 hours, the finished pieces are glued to pendant and earring bails and paired with gemstones, Swarovski crystals and pearls and freshwater pearls.
I also make wire-wrapped, beaded and mosaic jewelry. In short, I will describe myself as a multi-passionate person. This January I introduced the line of men’s accessories. I am known for the intricate, one of a kind designs I paint. People who buy, gift and wear my work say that each piece of jewelry is an expression of love and passion.. that they can feel.
I do not follow a particular trend .. but rather go with what I feel within me. when I make something I make it with the feeling that it is something you can wear anytime, anywhere. That is what I feel sets me apart.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am working on making my jewelry collection available at least 10 handmade artisan stores in the Chicagoland Area in the next 6 months. I have plans to set up a studio storefront within the next year. I want to have a studio storefront where I can also teach my craft to those wanting to learn.
- Handpainted Bracelets from $90 to $135
- Handpainted Pendants and Necklaces from $45 to $ 250
- Handpainted Earrings from $20 to $90
- Handpainted Cufflinks and Tiepins from $52 to $70
- Address: 4837 Jerome Avenue Skokie, IL 60077
- Website: www.saritakamatdesigns.com
- Phone: 8478735413
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org