A native of Aiken, South Carolina, KAMINER HAISLIP grew up in her family’s hardware and appliance business. This experience directly influenced her interest in creating three-dimensional objects and working with her hands. During high school she became enthusiastic about sculpture and jewelry and enrolled in an industrial tech class to learn to weld. Ms. Haislip studied under well known English silversmith Alfred Ward while earning her BFA and MFA from Winthrop University.
Inspired by Charleston’s extensive silversmithing tradition, Ms. Haislip established her studio here after graduating. Dedicated to carrying forth that legacy, she employs century old techniques in the creation of her original designs, all handcrafted her studio. Ms. Haislip welcomes commissions for objects and jewelry in sterling silver or gold.
Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally, featured in over sixty publications including Metalsmith, The Magazine Antiques, Traditional Home, Elle Décor, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Charleston Magazine, Charleston Weddings, and on the TV show Handcrafted America. She was honored with the Made in the South Award in the Home category from Garden & Gun magazine and with The Eric Berg Prize for Excellence in Metal at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Additionally, Historic Charleston Foundation honored her with the Samuel Gaillard Stoney Conservation Craftsmanship Award. Finally, she collaborated with Reese Witherspoon’s Southern lifestyle company Draper James on an exclusive silver bowl.