Kristin Malinich, of Metamora Stone Works, was inspired to create granite serving platters over 14 years ago when she was re-doing her kitchen. While researching granite, she discovered its characteristics: ability to retain temperature and durability. Kristin started using her sample while entertaining and added bumpers on the bottom to protect the table. She found it difficult to move around, so she had a friend help her add handles. In 2005, her friend became her partner and they started Metamora Stone Works. That is when her first serving platter was born! What do you most love about the creative process?
I love thinking outside of the box. I look at something and think how to use it differently... like a stone for appetizers! I am always inspired and love old things.How did you turn this into a business?
After gifting all of my family members and having three children, I decided to make it official. My friend and I started Metamora Stone Works and hit the art and craft show circuit ten years ago. Now, many years later, I have one more child and my friend moved onto Florida, but I am still creating every day!What makes your artwork unique or distinctive?
We do not use a granite company to produce any part of our products. We make each piece ourselves by hand. I hand bead all serving pieces as well. The platters can be chilled in the freezer, refrigerator or outside on a cold day. They may also be warmed in the oven or in the sun.What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
"Everything happens for a reason, if you learn from it."
"Life is short."
"Wine makes everything better!"
You can find lots of Kristin's gorgeous granite boards at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting facts about Kristin all week!
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