Katie Poterala first started working with metals and jewelry design while at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC. She later received an MFA from Arizona State University after earning her BFA from Winthrop University. Katie currently lives and maintains a studio in Greenville, SC and works as a bench jeweler, designer, and stone-setter at Pontheiux's Jewelry Design Studio. Come to our shop where you can find Katie's fun and unique jewelry pieces for sale!
About Katie Poterala Jewlery
Katie's infatuation with meaning, value, and history is a driving force in how she views the world and influences how and why she creates. Through her jewelry, Katie seeks to translate some of the beauty and truth she's discovered in nature and observation. Her work implies a sense of history, and is sensitive to the delicate relationship between beauty and decay, as well as our relationships to precious objects. She combines the opulence of faceted stones and gold with provocative surfaces, colors, and textures that mimic the spontaneity found in natural growth and oxidation processes. A main focus of her work is the reinterpretation of the jewel -- often by removing it, replacing it, or otherwise reincorporating it in unexpected and captivating ways. The work blends the precious and non-precious with a feeling of authenticity.
Katie's unique and one-of-a-kind style interrupts the status quo of the fast paced and disposable world we have come to live in, demonstrating that jewelry and objects can be more than just items of mass consumption. Instead, her work retains its potency by offering intimate, tactile, and lasting experiences.
To learn more about Katie, check out her website at http://www.katiepoterala.com/