Clay Bug Jewelry

23 Feb

Clay Bug Jewelry

The ideas that jewelry designers think up continually amazes me. There really is a niche for everyone out there. The key is to finding that customer niche and going for it. Kim Detmers has done just that in her jewelry business called Clayworks, a unqiue blend of bug and clay.

I looked high and low for her actual web site, but alas, I could only locate her in a directory listing for local businesses in Utah.

I found out about this buggy jewelry artist from this article posted, in of all things, the Pest Control Technology web site:

Talk with just about any pest management professional and you'll discover that most of these individuals, at their core, are "bug people," with an appreciation for the beauty and unique features of insects.

It's not uncommon for pest management professionals to have live insect collections, dabble in insect photography and some even have own insect apparel, including insect jewelry. Yes, that's correct – clay insect jewelry. This creepy crawly artform was a huge hit at the New England Pest Management Association's (NEPMA's) recent annual training seminar.

Each year, NEPMA sells various items to raise money for its scholarship fund. Hot items this year were clay insect jewelry made by Salt Lake City, Utah-based Clayworks by Kim Detmers. "They went so fast that they were sold out within the first 15 minutes of the conference," said Rod Kreimeyer, owner Best Pest Control Services, Somerville, Mass. It was Kreimeyer whose idea it was to sell the jewelry as a fundraiser after he came across and purchased the insect jewelry while visiting Salt Lake City last fall.

The woman behind this non-traditional apparel is Kim Detmers, a Salt Lake City-based artist and mother of three. Detmers used to paint murals, but about four years ago began dabbling in polymer claywork because it was easier for her to do this type of work from home. The process involves using a pasta machine to blend two ore more colors and make designs. "Little by little I got better at it," Detmers said. "I started with Beadwork and jewelry. One day I was flipping through a (art) magazine and saw people making bugs and I thought they were wonderful. I thought they were really whimsical and funny looking."

And cool they are. Here are a few more from the same article.


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  1. Cheryl February 26, 2007 at 9:25 am #

    This jewelry is the most creative and beautiful bug jewelry that I have found! I couldn’t find her website either, so i called… Her husband is working on creating a websight for her jewelry, and in the meantime she said I could post her email on here if you are interested in ordering any. Kim Detner is her name and she can create a bug of your favorite colors that you will just love!!!

  2. dugan February 24, 2007 at 2:13 pm #

    These are the best bug jewelry I have ever seen period.

  3. Kim Detmers April 26, 2007 at 9:34 am #

    Hi everyone, Thanks for the kind words. Thanks also to Tammy Powley for helping get my blog up and running. I also just opened a store on ETSY. You can link to it from my blog. or go right there at

  4. Miachelle February 25, 2007 at 11:23 am #

    Now that is a work of art!

  5. ROD February 26, 2007 at 9:44 am #

    Kim’s Clay Jewelry is awesome. As the article mentions We sold out in 15 minutes. I have another batch for our Spring Seminar and already have Pest Guys calling for them. On another note; Kim’s personality is as pleasant, bright & cheerful as her art. She has been great to work with and we were so fortunate to have met her and her family while Utah.

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