For the 2017 Mistletoe Market, she was inspired by the concept of finding different metal objects and making each different from the next, so she created and donated a series of metal snowflakes.
“To me, snowflakes reflect the beauty and joy of the season without connoting any particular beliefs,” she said. “Each is unique, just as we as humans are each beautiful in our own way. I was attracted to the simple complexity of each snowflake as I made it.”
At about 15 inches, her snowflakes were slightly larger than many of the smaller pieces on display. Nevertheless, she believed her snowflakes would be original, meaningful gifts as well as a way to help raise funds for the arts center.
An array of influences have forged Kathy’s artistic style and techniques. During her years in professional social work – in which she holds a master’s degree – she took classes in welding, blacksmithing and glass fusing. Her father also was a craftsman, so she grew up creating with her hands.
“For me there is no greater thrill than to bend and shape steel into beautiful, flowing objects I’ve envisioned,” she said. “I love to combine steel and glass and tend to create things I’ve seen in nature and rework them from my own perspective. Much of what I create also has a bit of whimsy to it.
“There is something for everyone at the Mistletoe Market. All of the items for sale are handcrafted by local artists. What better way to support both the artists and the arts center than to attend and purchase holiday gifts there?”
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