Kate Furman

August 24, 2021

Kate Furman-Pistachios

Kate Furman is featured in our 2021 Exhibition 'Sticks and Stones & Broken Bones' 
July 31st – October 31st

Our Autumn exhibition celebrates contemporary artists that aren't afraid to push limits by moving away from classic designs and towards recognizable imagery.



Q: Where did you study Jewelry/Metalsmithing and when?

A: University of Georgia BFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing 2008, Rhode Island School of Design MFA Jewelry + Metalsmithing 2012, additional continuing education from FIT NYC (rhino) and New Approach School for Jewelers (stone setting and hand engraving)


Q: What inspires your work?

A: nature, line, drawing, simplicity, rustic


Q: Do you have a favorite piece you've made?

A: I am loving incorporating hand engraving into my newest work


Q: What made you want to start making jewelry?

A: so many fun tools, the ability to make such a personal art form


Q: What is your favorite process? Why that one over others?

A: hand engraving... allows me to draw into metal


Q: Who is your favorite artist/who do you wear?

A: I love having handmade rings made by other jewelers that I meet along the way


Q: Is there an artist on your personal wishlist that you hope to own one day?

A: Judy Geib


Q: What is something you would want someone to know about your work that they might not know?

A: my work is totally handmade and 95% of the time by me


Q: When you're not making jewelry, what are you doing?

A: being outside! kayaking, hiking and I love drawing


Q: This show centers around more unique jewelry making materials. What drew you to those materials? 
A: working with wood is really fun for me because I love to "respond" to that the form gives me. There are always beautiful lines in the wood that I can draw from. I love experimenting with what other materials can be incorporated with wood. I also love mixing metal with wood because of the contrast between them
Q: How do you source the materials that you use? 
A: I find the pieces of wood I use while on hikes or while outside exploring. Usually something about the form captures my attention, so I collect it without overthinking what I will do with it. 
when working with gemstones, I look for unusual stones. I like working with rosecut gems or unusually colored ones.
Q: The materials featured in this show are oftentimes overlooked in traditional jewelry making. What are your goals for using them in your work? 
A: I like to draw people's attention to the little pieces of nature around us that are actually quite beautiful but often overlooked.
Q: How would you describe your use of imagery in your work? 
A: I like about line and drawing a lot as I work. I think of chains as a line I can draw with or I respond to the lines within bark. 
Hand engraving has given me a more literal method of drawing directly on metal. It is still new for me, but I am excited about what it has to offer me. 

Kate Furman

Greenville, SC


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