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kate cathey’s minimal metalsmithing

Cut, manipulate, form. That’s what Kate Cathey does with sheet copper. Using her hands, a few basic tools and the inspiration she derives from architectural, natural and industrial sources she creates jewelry and vessels.









Copper, laden with natural surface oxides, lends itself well to experimentation with enamel. I often fire the enamel longer than necessary; I then have an aesthetically defined, blackened edge that reinforces the object’s formal outline and textural detail. Enameling this way is very direct; the copper and the glass merge with little interference. I emphasize the honest, straightforward quality of the handcrafted object by highlighting surface detail and connections, using techniques such as sgraffito, twisted fringe, mitred edges.


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