Jim Kemme

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Jim Kemme
Red Baron ornament sketch

Since 1966, Jim has enjoyed a long and varied creative career both within Hallmark and as an independent artisan. Over the years, he has sculpted a wide range of products, delighting his many fans.

Hometown and school: I am originally from Denver, Colorado, and I spent a lot of time on my grandfather’s cattle ranch. I grew up with a love of nature and the outdoors. I currently live in Shawnee, Kansas, on six acres of woods. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1966.

 

Inspiration: Most of my inspiration comes from nature, but I also love the challenge of taking a two-dimensional drawing and turning it into a three-dimensional product.

Best advice: The best advice I have received is “do what you love” and “always be on time with your assignments.”

Poky Little Puppy ornament
Hippo ornament

Happy place (when I’m being creative): I work in my studio in my home with music playing. The music keeps me energized, which helps me stay focused. I seem to get into a zone when I am working, and I lose all sense of time. Sometimes I forget to eat lunch!

Favorite work of art (so far): It sounds corny to say, but my favorite piece is usually the last one I worked on. There are some exceptions but not many.

When I’m not working: I live in the woods with my wife who is a retired nurse, a nutrition counselor and an ordained minister. My son and his wife and two children live in Lawrence, Kansas. Our youngest son passed away in 2004. I enjoy working outside and on creative projects around the house. I love being outside and observing the wildlife in our woods. I also like to travel to the mountains in Colorado and also to the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota.

See the Jim Kemme Keepsake Ornament collection

Cardinal ornament
Fun Fact

 

“I love paying attention to the little details no matter what I am sculpting, whether it is a cardinal or a Peanuts character.”

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