Occupation: Knife Maker
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Perfect Formula Product Used: Pink Gel Coat
How long have you been practicing your trade? 6 years
What is your deﬁnition of a Perfectly Strong Woman?
A woman who can change her mind, a woman who lives in the moment without fear or expectations. A woman who is able to be her own best friend, able to look at the world and decide what works for her and what doesn’t. A woman who uses her voice.
Tell us more about your business.
At Chelsea Miller Knives, I create one of a kind, handmade chef knives from found materiels. My clients include top chefs from around the world. For me my profession is a practice that allows me to appreciate life on a fundamental level. The simplicity of the materials, the complexity of the craft, the layering of masculine and feminine properties, these are my tools, these are what make up each knife.
What is one piece of advice that you would give a young woman aspiring to fulfill her dream?
Commit 100%. That doesn’t mean it has to be hard work, it means it must reflect all of you. Let yourself be the product, let your passions teach you who you really are.
Name the one woman who has been most inﬂuential in pursuing your dream/craft.
My mother. She has given me so much space to explore unknown territories, her trust in me has allowed me to reach great heights.
As a busy woman, what is a time-saving technique or life hack that you would share?
I often opt for a gel manicure because my work is very hard on the hands. I am able to protect my nails and go from workshop to evening party without being covered in Band-Aids.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Taking my work breaks soaking up sun in my garden.
What are some tips on how a woman can pursue a career in an unorthodox trade or field?
Find the qualities that you as an individual and as a woman can bring to fill the gap.