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Rising Stars: Meet Sara Kharatyan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Kharatyan.

Hi Sara, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I started my business in the summer of 2017 because I needed a creative outlet. I had been teaching elementary art full time for seven years and had two kids under three, so my free time was extremely limited. I’m the type of person who is motivated by external expectations, so I was looking for something that would hold me accountable to making time for creativity. I had recently discovered the Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair, and I was really inspired by the artists involved and thought that applying to the event could be a way to motivate me to create. I started experimenting with porcelain jewelry and never looked back.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The road accelerated very quickly. When I started my business, I thought it would be a seasonal hobby that would give me a reason to make art outside of teaching. After a few months, I quickly realized that Kansas Citians are incredibly supportive of their local artists and makers and that this business could evolve into much more than a hobby. In the first few years, I was still teaching full-time and raising young children; on top of that, my husband and I were building a home. It was very stressful as I was mostly trying to squeeze in studio time on the evenings and weekends in our tiny partial basement. I was really determined to keep up with the growth of my business but I didn’t want to sacrifice time with my family, so there was a very delicate balancing act… and very little sleep.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I have two jobs. I still teach elementary art part-time. I love teaching and consider myself very lucky to have the opportunity to job share with another teacher, meaning I teach half days. My other job is small business owner/artist. I work half days (and let’s be honest, most evenings) in my home studio. I really feel like I have the perfect balance at this point in my career. I make modern porcelain jewelry, and the thing that sets me apart from others is probably my materials. Jewelry is a saturated market and right now polymer clay is very popular. Although polymer is a lightweight and easy access material, it is plastic. I think a lot of my customers appreciate having a product that is made from natural materials and still lightweight and colorful.

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Wild Tribe Photography // Katrina Harris

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