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I work primarily in glass and metal, though i enjoy experimenting with other materials too. I'm inspired by nature, people's stories and struggles, and the process of making. Recent sculptural projects have been inspired by questions around home, identity, nation and belonging. These ideas have led much of my work into images of cocoons, nests and other images that questions boundaries between safety/danger, fragility/strength and comfort/fear.
My smaller works in glass are a plea to value aesthetics and the handmade. I hope to enrich people's lives with beautiful and functional objects that delight the eye and remind people of the creativity in human nature.
Katie attended Hapshire College, where she completed a thesis project entitled "Nos (otros): Art Questioning Borders", which was a multimedia installation project dealing with immigration issues. After graduating with a B.A. in art and music, Katie has gone to create a variety of works building on the skills and ideas developed while studying. Katie has taken courses at Penland Scool of Crafts and Snowfarm: The New England Craft Program as she continues to develop her artistic vision. She currently lives on a farm in Belchertown, MA, where she has her studio. She teaches flameworking at the Mudspun Art Center, Snowfarm's Summer High School Program, and out of her private studio.
Katie is also working on a Masters in Education and teaches preschool part time. She volunteers with Get Up Get Down, (Youth Action Coalition) in Amherst and hopes to continue with a vision of using the arts an an agent for social change.
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