Artist Interview: Judi Erno of Urban Baroque Jewelry

This week’s interview is with Sewickley jewelry artist, Judi Erno of Urban Baroque.  Judi’s designs combine various elements (fiber, metal, stone, clay, glass) to create truly unique pieces.  She has a knack for balancing the classic with the contemporary, the earthy with the urban, the raw with the polished.   Her design fluency allows her to explore the spectrum of feminine and masculine styles.  Whatever her materials and wherever her designs take her, Judi’s work is like a breath of fresh air. A woman of many talents, Judi worked as a professional caterer and restaurant manager… Read More

Artist Interview: Nicole Bloch of erra creations

Big-hearted. Open. Upbeat. Energetic. Ambitious. Hard-working. Environmentally Responsible. Problem-solving. Creative. These are words that come to mind when we think of Koolkat artist, Nicole Bloch of erra creations.   Nicole lives her values, not only in her personal life, but in her professional life as well. Recently Nicole’s generosity of spirit inspired a blog post by Marketing Consultant, Shawn Graham: “… All I needed to do was ask what other exhibitors [Nicole] thought I should check out. Without skipping a beat, she proceeded to give me a personal tour of some of the other booths…. Read More

Artist Interview: Paula Nettleship of designs2c

On Saturday, December 14th from 10am to 5pm, Koolkat will be hosting a Trunk Show for Mt. Lebanon artist, Paula Nettleship of designs2c. Paula is known for her intricate bead work, such as her beaded Swarovski crystal rivoli collection, her versatile designs, and unique color schemes. She was recently invited by the Cleveland Museum of Art to have her jewelry featured in their 11th Annual Wearable Art Fashion Show & Boutique in 2014. Her trunk show is a feast for the eyes, and one of the season’s most anticipated. Koolkat owner, Kate… Read More

Artist Interview: Jeanne Shuff of Jeanne Marie Jewelry

On Saturday, December 7th, from 10am to 5pm, Koolkat will be hosting a Trunk Show featuring the work of local jewelry artist, Jeanne Shuff of Jeanne Marie Jewelry. Jeanne designs and handcrafts jewelry using quality materials such as stones, Swarovski crystals and Czech glass. Her attention to detail and skill at various beading techniques give her work a high level of finish. Her jewelry often features a monochromatic color scheme to allow the texture and the beauty of the natural and semi-precious gemstones to take center stage.  A generous and gifted teacher,… Read More

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