Stella Bell Kemper is a sculptor, designer, jeweler, and CNC technician living in Tacoma, Washington.
I am currently available for work for hire in numerous areas, including:
-Custom sculpture and design
-Promotional items and displays design and fabrication
-Individual or group workshops
-CNC plasma, laser, router, or 3D printer work
-Vector and 3D design
I grew up mostly in Texas, lived for 6 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and most recently moved to Germany before coming to the Pacific Northwest. My work integrates natural forms with a vision of hidden possibilities in our universe. I have passionate interests in ecology, anthropology, and the history of craftsmanship. I have been a metalworker for 11 years, and developing my CNC skills for 5. I believe that digital design and fabrication has the potential to democratize global technological development and production and create a true renaissance of design, and I’m committed to making these skills accessible to all.
2015-2016—Instructor, FabLab Tacoma
I’m responsible for teaching Intro to Welding, CNC Plasma Cutting, Laser Cutting and Engraving, and Designer Bootcamp (an integrative month-long intensive on CNC design and fabrication).
2016—CNC Router Technician, Image360
I produce 3D signage in materials as diverse as aluminum to acrylic and more.
2016—Programs Coordinator, Tacoma Tool Library
I produced TTL’s first ever Summer Workshop Series, developed a volunteer recruitment and training protocol, and aided in the restructuring of the space’s organization during this short-term contract period.
2015-2016—Director of Operations, FabLab Tacoma
Was responsible for daily lab operations, including staff, intern, and volunteer oversight, client consultation and commissions, resupply and equipment repair, event planning, and member assistance.
2014—Bachelor of Liberal Arts cum laude, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
Study theme of Human Environmental Contexts—Environmental Design and Planning, Anthropology, and Studio Art.
2014—Executive Director, ASUNM Arts and Crafts Studio
Managed the operations, events calendar, and workshop schedule for a membership-based ceramics and jewelry studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and taught workshops in ceramics, jewelry, and various crafts.
2013-2014—Assistant Director, ASUNM Arts and Crafts Studio
Oversaw communications, social media, events, and educational programming, and taught workshops in various crafts.
2011-2012—Jewelry Technician, ASUNM Arts and Crafts Studio
Created educational curricula, workshop schedule, and resource library for jewelry studio. Taught jewelry-making and various craft workshops, and maintained the jewelry facilities.
Assisted with research, development, and prototype testing of chicken coop design for CNC router.
2005-2008—Shop Assistant, Art Schoenig Co, sculpture studio
Assisted in the production of steel sculptures, including metal raising, surface finishing and heat treating of sheet steel.
2005-2008—Austin Community College, Art Metals Department
Studied various metalworking techniques under professional artists, including blacksmithing, coppersmithing, bend-and-tack steel sculpture, silversmithing, and lost-wax casting.