Plate Breaker Jewelry makes and sells unique, fashionable, handcrafted jewelry.
Plate Breaker was born as an after effect of the devastating Southeast tornado outbreak that occurred on April 27, 2011.
In the months following the outbreak, Trisha Kennamer helped to coordinate relief efforts for her church. She spent her days helping families to clean up and rebuild after the storms. Day after day she helped families shovel small pieces of families' heirloom china and everyday dishes into garbage bags. At one particular house, Trisha found a piece of the tile from the family's fireplace. Acting more out of concern than experience, she handcrafted her first necklace, and gave it to the woman she had befriended.
From that point forward, she looked at broken pieces of china differently. Once the disaster cleanup was over, she started to hone her jewelry making skills. Two years later this passion and avocation has become a business, so that she can share the beauty she sees in a piece of broken china with others.
The pieces she makes today do not come from tragedy. Most of the pieces she sells are purchased at thrift stores or yard sales and broken intentionally. However, she does craft custom jewelry pieces from broken pieces of heirloom china provided by her customers.
Much recovery has taken place since the 2011 tornadoes. The wounds are deep and still exist. Plate Breaker exists to bring out the beauty in a broken object.