Artist Interview: Maria Richmond of Lost Marbles

Koolkat is delighted to present the Trunk Show of Maria Richmond on Saturday, November 23rd from 10am to 5pm.  Her trunk show, full of amazing designs, is one not to be missed! Kate McGrady, Koolkat’s owner, describes Maria in this way:  “Maria is calm and patient, meticulous and boundlessly creative. From intricate wire working to stunning glass, she always puts her best effort into every design. As a nationally known instructor, we are blessed to call her friend.”  Maria is indeed one of the most creative, talented, hardworking, and generous-hearted people we know.  A… Read More

Artist Interview: Samantha Bower of designs-by-samantha

Mt. Lebanon jewelry artist, Samantha Bower of designs-by-samantha is a gem.  A talented jewelry designer, devoted mother, teacher, savvy entrepreneur, and a member of the Pittsburgh Beer Ladies, Samantha amazes us with all that she is able to juggle and accomplish.  With her keen eye, sense of style, and impressive body of work, it is no wonder that she is one of Koolkat’s top-selling artists. When asked about Samantha, Koolkat owner Kate McGrady replied, “When I met Samantha seven years ago she was a teacher with a hobby. It has been my extreme pleasure… Read More

Artist Interview: Susan Fiori of CHA-CHING Coin Jewelry

Coins and jewelry have long been bedfellows, dating back to the early days of coin minting.  According to Rayner W. Hesse’s book, Jewelrymaking Through History: An Encyclopedia, Roman men and women first began adorning their necks with coin pendants and amulets as early as the first- to third-century C.E.  Through the ages, other cultures, like the Vikings and Rai women of Nepal,  incorporated coins into their daily fashion.  Coin jewelry became popular in the United States in the 1880s when male soldiers and travelers turned foreign coins into “sweetheart jewelry” for their… Read More