Katie fell in love with the medium of glass at a one-off "intro to" workshop a few years back. She left bursting with ideas yet didn't see what she wanted to wear being made, so she set out to make it.
Hand-cutting and shaping glass as small as 4mm, Katie assembles them cold then fires them in the kiln. Some pieces require multiple rounds of shaping and firing to achieve their final state.
Influenced by modern art and architecture, bold color, and Scandinavian-style minimalism, Katie loves glass for its luminosity and the creative challenges it presents.
Katie believes that what we wear and choose to bring into our homes are opportunities to be creative, to self-express, and to plant occasions for moments of joy, confidence and delight. It's her goal to create objects of adornment for body and home that help people do just that.
I believe passionately that exploring personal creativity and working with one's hands are enriching to our collective experience as well as our individual lives.
In living this out, I've taken hundreds of classes, tried my hand at countless arts, and dove down every rabbit hole. I hadn't really stayed with any one medium for more than a year or two, and I thought I was destined to be a full-time dabbler... but it's that curiosity that led me into *yet another* arts workshop back in 2018. The medium: glass.
For reasons I'll probably never fully grasp, I walked out of that brief experience bursting with ideas and hungry to learn more, so I dove in and haven't looked back.
I love glass because it's all around us, yet we hardly give a thought to it. I love it for its luminosity and I thrive on its creative restraints. I enjoy the challenge of seeking a controlled and modern look in an art where *melting* is part of the process, and I like the challenge of working small.
I'm particularly inspired by Marimekko, the Memphis Group, Alexander Calder, and the Bauhaus, and my experience as a graphic designer has absolutely informed my approach to design.
These days I'm experimenting with non-glass embeds and inclusions, working a little larger to try my hand at the decorative arts, and I'm exploring different types of glass (including found/ recycled). So far I still have more ideas than time, and most days I pinch myself that I'm able to pursue the art.
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