Adornment reflects both personal and collective identity.
Over the past decades fine artists and craftspeople have chosen polymer clay as their medium of choice. Works featuring polymer clay can be found in sophisticated art and craft galleries and museums, such as the Smithsonian, around the world.
Kathleen has created functional garments of beauty for several decades by means of sewing and knitting; her work has appeared on national television, in yarn shops, on stage in production at the University of Massachusetts and of course her personal wardrobe and that of family and friends. In the early 1990s an acquaintance introduced her to polymer clay. Kathleen makes distinctive art beads and pendants incorporating combinations of only the strongest and most durable translucent and opaque clays. Kathleens work consists of her own original cane designs using blends of custom mixed colors. Some of her pieces feature images from the original art work of Rev. Carlos W. Anderson of One Life School.
Influenced by Pueblo, Navajo, Hopi, Chinese and African art traditions the process Kathleen uses to create patterns in her work involves mixing several graduated shades of two or three colors of clay. To these forms she adds metallic inclusions or additional color with fine art markers then stacks them into blocks followed by cutting, combining and recombining the pieces to create intricate patterns. These blocks are then reduced, divided and combined again to create increasingly complex patterns that are assembled into various earrings, brooches, necklaces and items to adorn your home. Kathleen adds richness and texture by carving and applying gold, silver or copper leaf. Finally, each piece receives a surface finishing process of up to ten levels of ultra fine sanding that creates a semi-gloss surface. Many pieces receive an additional buffing with soft cotton.
Kathleen strings necklaces and pendants using waxed cotton cord or other non-traditional materials. On many pieces she uses semi-precious stones, African metal beads, glass seed beads and Sworovski crystals for contrast and accent.
Depending on size and complexity of design the development of a piece involves 8 to 30 hours of crafting.
We hope you enjoy viewing her work and decide to select an item for yourself or as a gift for someone you treasure.