Fused Glass and Ceramic Jewelry
Artist statement: When I work with glass, or really, any medium, I always search for what direction it is whispering to me to take. I know I've honored it when it brings a smile to your face or when my jewelry allows the new owner to walk with a bit more swagger.
Artist/Personal bio: Kath Piros is an artist and art teacher who is passionate about manipulating glass and multi-media work. Born in 1965 in Vancouver, Canada, she has spent the last 20 years honing her skills and teaching art in Silicon Valley, California. Growing up in a family of painters, metalsmiths, and glass blowers, self-expression through art was a normal part of her upbringing. She is passionate about sharing her art with others, teaching children and adults in schools, the community center and special needs programs.
Kath began concentrating on her glass fusing skills 6 years ago at a time when her daughter was modeling clothing. Noticing the lack of jewelry to enhance particular fashions the designers would dress her in, she approached the designers with her vision for their pieces, and a new fused glass jewelry business was born. Kath creates her jewelry by cutting up large sheets of colored glass, and letting each one speak to her, as to how she would arrange the shapes and colors into fashion-forward jewelry designs. They then go in the kiln to fuse overnight.
Four years ago, Kath’s family moved to Bellingham to be close to their B.C. roots. The house they bought had an art studio, and a life-long dream became a reality—Kate Studio. She had a vision of creating a place where adults and children could feel free to create without judgment, and artists could come and teach or learn to improve their skills.
Although she loves to teach, she finds herself drawn to creating fused glass jewelry at Kate Studio the most. Her work was nominated for one of Martha Stewart's "American Made" awards, appeared on many San Francisco-area fashion runways, and sold in various stores in Bellingham and in California.