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Kathy Dawdy


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Kathy Dawdy Cobalto Druzy Earrings
Kathy Dawdy Wild Horse Magnesite Bracelet
Kathy Dawdy Rutilated Quartz Ring

The images are examples of this artist's work. Exact items may or may not be in stock at the gallery. Please contact us if you have questions about the availability of specific items.

I am a self-taught jewelry designer. My degree is in Home Economics and textile design though the University of Minnesota. My method is metal fabrication. My design background had its genesis in clothing design and construction. I found many similarities in the construction of clothing, through my own patterns, and jewelry construction. Both disciplines require knowledge of process and procedural steps. Whether designing a shirt or a pendant, you are taking a flat raw material and forming it into a 3-dimensional object. Pieces need to fit together, and sequence of construction is essential.

Metal Fabrication in jewelry creates one-of-a-kind pieces, nothing is cast or mass produced. I use traditional metal working skills of sawing, forging, forming, and soldering along with a bevy of metal working tools. Materials include metal sheet stock, tubing, and wire. To this I add finished gemstones, beads and unfinished rock or found objects.

Of particular interest to me is creating hollow form shapes, box construction, metal beads, hinges and cold connections. You will find these elements in my work. I also add texture to designs with depletion guilding, fusing and reticulation.

Perhaps what I enjoy the most of metal fabrication are the endless possibilities, the tools and the fun that experimentation brings.

I summer on Madeline Island Wisconsin, and winter in Fort Myers Florida with studios in both places and exhibit in fine galleries north and south.

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Madeline Island
807 Bell Street
La Pointe, WI 54850

104 Rittenhouse Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54814


M-W: Closed

Th: 11 a - 4 p

Fr: 11 a - 5 p

Sa: 10 a - 5 p

Su: 10 a - 2 p



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