Michelle Moyer - Owner and Instructor
Thanks for checking out KP Studio! My name is Michelle Moyer and I am the owner of KP Studio and the artist behind Kenneth Pierre Designs.
I began my adventures in metalsmithing in 2011 when I took my first metalsmithing class at a local studio. I was immediately hooked and spent all of my free time in the studio exploring and perfecting my craft. I quit my job in 2012 to pursue my craft full time. In 2013, I began teaching beginning and intermediate jewelry. I was fortunate in 2016, when the stars all aligned allowing me to open KP Studio. Continuing to grow and learn is important to me and in 2018, I took a comprehensive stone setting class with Blaine Lewis at New Approach School For Jewelers in Arlington, Tennessee.
When I opened KP Studio my goal was to create a community of metalsmiths. I wanted it to be a place for people to come to learn the craft. Not just from our instructors but also from each other. I wanted everyone who walked through the door to feel welcome in a friendly and non-competitive environment where we all support one another. I feel like I have watched this dream become a reality and I am so grateful to everyone who has played a role in giving my dream life.
I often get asked about the name. Family is and always will be my top priority so I named my jewelry line and the studio after my dad. Kenneth was my dad and Pierre was his dad, my grandfather. I lost them within 4 months of eachother about the time I was starting my jewelry line so I decided to name my line after them. KP Studio is a shortened version of Kenneth Pierre. And as a sidenote, the purple in my logo and on this site was inspired by my stepdad, Merle, whom passed away the year I opened the studio. Purple was his favorite color. He would have been so very proud of this studio.
I just want to give a shout out to my family and friends for all of your support! You all mean the world to me! Special thanks to my loving mama, Lorraine, my patient partner, Amy, and my beautiful daughter, Natalie!
You can check out my jewelry or read interviews with me at:
Jen Derickson - Instructor and Studio Assistant
Jen has always had a love of art. Her first ceramics class was in high school, leading her to study Fine Arts and Ceramics at NAU. Jen became hooked on metalsmithing after taking her first jewelry class. She dedicated hours to learning the craft, spending time in the studio soaking up knowledge and experimenting with metals. She now creates art that she loves to wear. She is passionate about the energy vibration in crystals. Often, when designing custom pieces, she helps the client pick the stones by doing an oracle reading with them.
She is also passionate about teaching and helps students learn to be resourceful and think outside the box. She is full of handy metalsmithing tricks too!
Jen's work can be found at: