Katie Glenn’s family relocated from Hawaii to Missouri when she was a kid, and she enrolled in a jewelry-design class as soon as she could, during ninth grade. But she didn’t stop there, she remembers: “My school only offered an intro class, so my teacher created a course just for me over the next three years. I was a bit of a tomboy and found metalsmithing to be so visceral.”
In keeping with her against-the-grain style, while most of her classmates headed off to get business degrees, Katie enrolled at The Savannah College of Art and Design. “I found my people at school,” she says. “I was a huge Harry Potter nerd, and it really felt like my Hogwarts!” From there, she headed to New York and consulted on fashion jewelry lines for seven years—but in 2017, her solo streak won out, and she launched her own line of bangles, pendants, and earrings made from metals and pressed, patterned clay. Called Marionwild, the brand plays to her independent-study strengths—as in, she still bakes the clay in her home oven and solders everything in her sunny Brooklyn apartment.