We had the good fortune of connecting with Cat Machine Gems Cat Morales & Alejandro Zamora and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cat Machine Gems, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Being a gem cutting artist is a risk from the start and Cat Machine Gems was created and built on risk. It’s the only way to get results that have impact. Risk taking has to happen everyday and be part of your lifestyle.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Cat Machine Gems is the creator of GemCake sculptures and desserts that are made from gemstones. We are the first to ever do that.
An original idea will take you far and to many places professionally. I’m very proud to be the creators of something that makes people feel excited. The biggest challenges have been to tune people out. Individuals think certain things can’t be done because they don’t hold the vision. They can’t see or comprehend what you can. Shutting your ears to critics is the hardest thing but it must be done. There has to be zero tolerance for any interference.
The art world can be a cut throat arena and every idea has been done and recycled but somehow some way it popped in my mind to make these gemstone cake sculptures and they were a hit. They’ve become the art pieces that we are known for.
There are two of us that have contributed to the creation and growth of Cat Machine Gems and the biggest lesson learned is everyone involved must be in agreement with design and art direction. If not then it’s not going to work out. There has to be a genuine passion and design wave that everyone is riding together.
Cat Machine Gems was my childhood interests all in one and my design partner/Head cutter Alejandro understood all the mathematics and construction it would take to bring it all to life. This was a collaborative effort to bring luxury, fantasy, mathematics, design and gem cutting to life in the form of gemstone sculptures/artwork
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ll always tell people no matter what city they visit make sure to visit the ethnic areas for good food and culture. Find the off the radar locations that tourists tend to stay away from. The big secret is that those are the fun good areas. And of course visit all the museums.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I had a fantastic friend/mentor who trained me in business for over 10 years Mr. Russell Weinstein NYC who is no longer on this earth but influenced me on how we conduct business and built our structure.
Today we have another mentor that has guided us in the art world and she is a living legend. Artist and scholar Tlisza Jaurique NYC who has accomplished incredible things and has taken us by hand and guided us and taught us many things.