Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kathryn Designs Artifact Amulet to appear on "The Vampire Diaries"

     On my birthday, I got an amazing phone call! A few months back, I had submitted a piece of my jewelry to the stylist for the hit CW show "The Vampire Diaries" via The Artisan Group.  It turns out they want to use my necklace on the show!  My Artifact Amulet Necklace is scheduled to be worn on the show on episode 12, season 5, which will air in December.
Artifact Amulet Necklace by Kathryn Designs

     I was inspired to create an "elegant dagger" design, using Goldie Bronze metal clay and a lovely faceted smoky quartz stone. The result is a unique piece of art jewelry that combines old world design with a modern sensibility.
     Click HERE to read all about it! I will post updates once the show airs in December.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Brian McKnight, Steven Bauer, Tim Pocock, and Nico Tortorella pose with Kathryn Designs at GBK Gift Lounge for the Emmys!

Wow!  I was so excited to learn that my fledgling men's/unisex jewelry line was a big hit at The GBK Gift Lounge for The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards! I have to admit, I am completely star struck and humbled by the great response.  Look at the handsome crew who posed wearing pieces from my bronze and concrete collection.....
Brian McKnight, Steven Bauer, Tim Pocock, and Nico Tortorella wearing Kathryn Designs men's/unisex colleciton at
The GBK Gift Lounge for The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards!

Brian McKnight- R&B legend, producer, writer, singer, songwriter
Steven Bauer- Scarface, Breaking Bad, Ray Donovan and many more
Tim Pocock- X-Men Origins, Dance Academy, Camp
Nico Tortorella- The Following, Make It or Break It, Scream 4

Bronze and Concrete Cuff-Kathryn Designs
I will be expanding my men's/unisex collection, but these pieces are more are available on my website: KathrynDesignsJewelry.com.  Thank you to The Artisan Group for the opportunity to be part of this fabulous experience! 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Kathryn Designs jewelry part of The GBK Gift Lounge for The 2013 Primetime Emmys

Finally unpacked, settled in, and ready to get back to work after moving to Marietta, GA!  After arranging and rearranging several times, I love my new studio.  It is bright with big windows. I would post a picture, but it is already a little too messy to be seen!

In the midst of settling in, I finished up 100 necklaces that will be gifted to celebrities attending The GBK Gift Lounge for The 2013 Primetime Emmys nominees and presenters, via The Artisan Group. My jewelry will also be displayed in the gift lounge!  Here is a peek at my display pieces:
Statement  flower necklace in bronze with ruby and garnets,
Bronze and concrete bracelet and pendant from Kathryn Designs new men's collection
I will be gifting my Bronze and Carnelian Circle Pendant:

Carnelian ("The Artist's Stone") is associated with creativity, confidence, and increased energy.  
It has been a whirlwind month!  Thank you for reading and stay tuned for updates and more information about the gift lounge.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Hot and not bothered: Moving to Atlanta!

The heat has been over the top here in Maryland!  It has been a busy month for me as I prepare to relocate to the Atlanta area (Marietta, to be precise).  Nothing like cleaning out the basement you've been avoiding and dragging out way too many heavy boxes with a 107 degree heat index.  Who needs a sauna?  My skin looks fabulous :)  I am very excited about the clothing, books, and other household items that have been donated.  I also shredded a metric ton of paper.  It feels liberating to scale down a bit.

Things will be a little slow in my shops during August as we settle in to our new place.  I've been busy creating 100 necklaces that will be gifted to the celebrities attending the GBK Gift Lounge for The Primetime Emmys. Thanks to The Artisan Group, my jewelry will be on display at the gift lounge and swag bags received by those attending.

Here is a peek at the bronze and carnelian necklace I am making for the swag bags:
Bronze and carnelian necklace

Carnelian has been called "The Artists Stone" because of its association with creativity, confidence, and increased energy.  It has been associated with protection from negative emotions.

I am thrilled about this gifting opportunity and about moving!  It is beautiful in western Maryland, and I have meet some wonderful people here, but I miss city life.  Okay, suburban life-- near a big city :)  I am looking forward to new adventures!

Thanks for reading.  I will be updating soon with some exciting changes for Kathryn Designs!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Goddess Bracelets for celebrity mothers, Mother's Day 2013

In keeping with my love of Goldie Bronze metal clay, I created these lovely bracelets using some amazing Amazonite beads.  I love the summery, fresh shade of blue in these beads!  The Goddess Athena charms were created using metal clay.  These bracelets were gifting to so many fabulous celebrity moms via The Artisan Group, I can barely believe it!  I am so excited about this opportunity and I hope to see my bracelet out and about in Hollywood, or anywhere for that matter :)
Celebrities are: ROW (1) Vanessa Lachey, Snooki, Shakira, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sara Rue, Penelope Cruz, Megan Fox. ROW (2) Maya Rudolph, Malin Ackerman, Lisa Ling, Kristin Cavallari, Kristen Bell, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson. ROW (3) Jennifer Nettles, Jenna Dewan, Holly Madison. ROW (4) Giuliana Rancic, Gisele B√ľndchen, Fergie. ROW (5) Claire Danes, Busy Phillips, Anna Faris. ROW (6) Evan Rachel Wood, Hillary Scott.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Kathryn Designs: Return of the Blog, Gifting Renee Zellweger

Catching up! My last post was in February and here is is almost June already. I've been happily trekking along in my adventures with metal clay and somehow got lost in the basement with my kiln.  No time to post!

A few months ago, I gifted the beautiful and talented Renee Zellweger two of my new metal clay creations, via The Artisan Group.
Renee Zellweger: Photo by David Shankbone
I chose to create delicate pieces, as I noted that she seems to favor understated jewelry. Both pieces were created with Goldie Bronze metal clay.  The bangle has four pink CZ stones, and the initial necklace is a simple, classic style that I thought she might like.  

I was so excited when the founder of The Artisan Group shared with us the lovely handwritten thank you note she received from Rene! Her thoughtfulness and consideration was a beautiful surprise. 
I have added several new metal clay designs to my website, and have been honored at the great response from my customers!  Click on the link beneath the photo to visit my website and check out some of my creations.  

Monday, February 11, 2013

Kathryn Designs Jewelry: Gifted on The Wendy Williams Show

Once again, The Artisan Group has opened up a huge door for Kathryn Designs!
My { No Time For} Fool's Gold necklace will be making the trip to The Wendy Williams Show for a special segment and Oscars Swag giveaway episode on February 22nd.

If you have a Pinterest addiction, like me, you will probably love The Artisan Group's board of all the amazing handcrafted creations that will be gifted on the show!  You will find everything from bath and body products, jewelry, stationery, scarves, hair accessories, and even a gorgeous clutch handbag.

Inspired by the gold faceted polymer beads I created last month, I decided to make some beautiful bling-ed out statement necklaces using small and large versions of the beads, crystal beads, and crystal rondelles.  I hope Wendy loves the necklace!
{No Time For} Fool's Gold Necklace

Kathryn Designs: Now obsessed with metal clay and some exciting press

It is hard to believe that it is already February.  Between the holidays, a bout of the flu, and lots of creative irons in the fire, I have been a blog slacker!

I was so honored to have my business and my "story" featured in WomanScope NewsMagazine.  Thank you to Jewel McFadden for writing such a beautiful article about my business and the inspiration behind my work.

 I am also thrilled to share a link to my faceted gold bead tutorial as featured in the February/ March issue of The Maryland Women's Journal.  If you click the link and visit the site, you can download a PDF of the full issue, which will include photos of the project.  The necklaces I created using these beads are headed to the set of a talk show, to be gifted to the host of the show and the executive producer in a special segment about Oscars Swag Bags.  More details to come soon about this great opportunity via The Artisan Group!!

{No Time for} Fool's Gold Necklace

Kathryn Designs "Fabulous Facets" polymer clay beads

I have also been busy cooking up some new jewelry made with "Goldie Bronze" metal clay.  I have to say, I LOVE this clay! I just listed a few pieces in my shop and have several more on the way.  I have decided to add a whole new line of bronze clay, white bronze clay, and silver clay jewelry to my collection.  Could this be my new obsession? 

Goldie Bronze metal clay pendant with lab ruby cabochon