Meet the Maker : Kadek

Kadek lives in the same village he was born in, Singapadu, a village that is renowned for its silver and gold jewelry, where he learned the jewelry trade from his mother, watching her work every day from a young age. His workshop is positioned at the back of his house with 8 staff in the office and 30 jewelry makers. When he started 7 years ago it was just him and 4 workers.

What's the favorite part of your job?
Happy customers and new creations.

How do you maintain work/life balance?
Just by feeling balance from within – if we are dreaming to much it makes us stressed. If we can just do what we can and then take a break. Everyone wants more but some times it’s best to accept less. 

What are your goals for the next 5 years?
Right now my focus is on improving production, in the future I would like to update the workshop, to make a great space which will make my workers more happy.

Keep sending gratitude –  the market will see.


Like I said we started very traditionally, I did not have any formal training for this business but I learnt from experience, I am very lucky because I have very talented workers who have been working for big western companies but left because they do not like the way they were treated especially lack of creative expression. 

Our concept is a little different to big companies. Our concept is about balancing art and industry expectations. We make space for art and creativity that follows with industry standards of delivery and quality.
 

Our production is not totally casting or machine, we produce more hand made pieces with master silver smith skills. I give the orders to the workers according to their skill. Workers enjoy working here because we make room for art and we are flexible – some workers prefer to work at night. It is from the feeling – if my workers are happy, you can see the difference in the end product.

Do you have any advice for new business starters?
First TRUST. Trust your partnerships (customers and workers). When we trust each other the business will be easier. And do/be the best you can be, here we believe karma, if you do a good job you will received good karma

Where does the gold/silver come from? 
Indonesian mining gold and silver – Java, Lombok and many islands in Indonesia. We have a standard price which follows the international price. The good thing here is that we can also recycle silver and gold.

Where did you go to school?
As a kid my dream was to work outside Bali, after high school I studied tourism but after I figured we can do a lot in Bali and my family karma was in jewelry. So I started my business, my first happy customer made me so happy.

What do you do in your spare time?
Family and fishing – living a simple life.

Can you tell us about your family? 
I have been with my wife over 12 years before we got married, I started from nothing – no house thats why it took a long time for me to marry, now we have 2 kids (1 girl and 1 boy).