Katie Poterala currently lives and maintains a studio in her charming native home, Greenville, South Carolina, where she is surrounded by influential textures, forms, places and adventures.
Her infatuations with meaning, value, history, and the natural world are a driving force in how she views the world and influences why and how she creates. Jewelry was always an object of fascination, even at a young age, although it took until about mid-graduate school for Katie to realize she was intended to create contemporary jewelry and objects that would transcend generations. Her ongoing observations of the physical world, specifically the tactile, fragile, imperfect objects found in nature influence both her experience and her designs.
Katie's signature designs combine the opulence of faceted stones and precious metals with provocative surfaces and textures that mimic the spontaneity found in natural growth and oxidation processes. Her bridal line is an authentic reinterpretation of the those objects that are observed but are not lasting, often reminding the wearer of places and times that are part of their own personal experience and travels.
Katie's pieces circumvent the status quo and disregard all that is 'trendy', demonstrating that jewelry and objects can be more than just commodities: they offer intimate, tactile, visceral experiences that can be shared for generations. They transcend the fast-paced, disposable world we live in and offer a place of quiet contemplation—a much needed escape from reality.
All of Katie's works are created entirely by her,
entirely by hand in her Greenville, SC studio.
Katie received an MFA from Arizona State University after earning her BFA from Winthrop University. In addition to her studio work, teaching is a strong part of her artistic practice. She has taught metalsmithing and three dimensional designat all levels, from elementary through University and adult classes. She is an active member and volunteer within her field, and currently acts as Volunteer Coordinator for the Society of North American Goldsmiths.
Katie’s work has been shown internationally. She has participated in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions. Most recent venues include the Racine Art Museum, Velvet Da Vinci Gallery, J Cotter Gallery, Mesa Arts Center, and the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Museum. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and is represented by galleries and shops throughout the country. Her work was recently published in American Craft Magazine, as well as in the Lark books Showcase: 500 Rings and Showcase: 500 Art Necklaces.