How to beat the limitations of 3D printing. So simple it'll blow your mind.

Michael Hansmeyer has developed an innovative way to beat the limitations of 3D printing. 

His detailed files (many based on algorithms that repeatedly subdivide an abstracted traditional doric column, adding decorative elements)  far exceed the detail (triangle count) allowed (or processable) by current technologies.  Instead of cutting back on the details, he's split his files into thousands of horizontal slices, 1mm thick each. 

 And stacked them!



So excited and honored to have been chosen to be a part of COSTUME COSTUME II at Sienna Gallery! This is the second round of COSTUME COSTUME, a project organized Erin Gardner, founded of The Opulent Project, and juried by Arthur Hash (who's work is amazing, if you're not familiar!)

If you are in the area (Lenox, Mass), the work will be on display until the end of this month.  If you're not, be sure to check out the online gallery to see some really great work!

Here are the pieces I created for the exhibition:

Some New Work!

It's bee so long since I've posted!  Here's a little peek at what I've been up to!


Heartsy Feature!

For those of you who are not yet familiar with the website Heartsy, you should be!

Functioning much like groupon or similar sites, the intent is to offer daily discount promotions for handmade items from Etsy shops. 

Although I'm on the fence about discounting work, I do think its a potential way to build a client base and get some much needed traffic to my etsy shop, so I'm going to give it a go!

Tomorrow, I'll be featured, offering 56% off my entire Etsy shop, www.katiepoterala.etsy.com !! This deal is a VIP deal, for members only. 

Here's a sneak peek at my best selling item:

Even if you're not into selling on Heartsy, it's more than worth a membership!  Everyone likes a good deal, and the daily deal email is a great way to find fantastic new sellers (and discounts on awesome stuff!)


The Royal Wedding

What do these two things have in common?

Princess Beatrice (right), at the Royal Wedding. 

Princesses Eugenie and 

That's some mega head-bling.   


Michael Eden: 3D Awesomeness

I just discovered the work of Michael Eden, a fantastic ceramic artist who is using additive 3D processes (namely the Zcorp) to create these great forms that reference traditional Wedgewood ceramic forms, yet  cannot be created using traditional ceramic methods.  He is layering the prints with an unfired ceramic material, as well.

Images courtesy http://www.edenceramics.co.uk/

For a series of videos on the artist's process, click here.

Luggage (I wish I could afford!)

Check out this and more fantastic luggage handcrafted by Williams British Handmade!


Alf Ward: Medal of Honor in the Arts

Image Courtesy Winthrop University College of Visual and Performing Arts

As an undergraduate at Winthrop University, I got the chance to study briefly under Alfred Ward, an amazingly talented metalsmith and painter, and one of the most interesting and inspiring individuals I have ever met.  Not only is his work fantastic, but he is full of fascinating stories and thoughtful insight about making and the art world in general. 

Alf was just awarded a Medal of Honor in the Arts for his many contributions not only to Winthrop, but to the community and the larger arts discipline.   Find a great YouTube Video here that the Winthrop art department made in his honor. 

For more information about the award and past recipients, go here.


Information Overload Series: 2) Andy Cooperman's "Tips and Tricks"

Thank you, ADC!

Michelle Startzman and myself were more than thrilled to be offered the opportunity to attend Andy Cooperman's "Tips and Tricks" workshop in Tucson, hosted by the Arizona Designer Craftsmen.

Two words: COPIOUS NOTES. 

I learned a ton of amazing new tricks that are going to make for much more efficient and smart metalsmithing, and got to see (and touch!) some of Andy's really wonderful pieces.

We learned a ton - from flex shaft basics to "ninja soldering," and even alloying shibuichi and fusing bronze.
I'll have to say the most exciting part of the workshop was Andy himself  - specifically his attitude toward making and metalworking in general.  I love his risk taking approach, and can definitely benefit from a little more of that in my own practice. This was definitely one of the best workshops I have had a chance to attend - one not to miss!

Best feature: the mind-blowing simple tricks!

To check out a quick video from the workshop, on Shibuichi, click here!

Information Overload Series: 1) Yuma 2011

So long since my last post! 

Whew... time to take a breather.  So much has been going on lately! In an attempt to get caught up, I am going to swiftly dump a few images and some brief thoughts about some of the exciting stuff that has been going on 'round here lately!

First off, Yuma 2011!  

This year was only my second, but it was just as awesome as the first!  Of course it was tons of fun, as always, but what I found especially exciting were (in cascading order):

1. Michael Dale Bernard's lecture and (amazing) DIY video and demo about powdercoating.  Find the online version of the video about powdercoating here

2. Victoria May's lecture and work on display (some really great fiber things - her "Designed for General Use" series was especially intriguing). 

3. Student show and silent auction - This year seemed to have a much better display of auction items, and there was a lot of interesting student work! Unfortunately I got outbid on many of the things I fell in love with (most notably a MDB brooch) but did manage to snag an awesome re-purposed skateboard charm by Tara Locklear!

Necklace by Kat Cole

Mine, now!

4. And finally... did anyone SEE those trophys?!  Looks like the bar is getting raised!  Maybe next year, ASU.  We just need to brush up on the S/F/S rules a little bit!  :)


This Just In!

... well, not JUST in, but new to the online shop! :)

Check out my Etsy shop for these as well as many other exciting new pieces!
Just in time for valentine's Day!


My New Favorite Diamond Ring!

Isn't this ring by Selda Okutan simply stunning!?  I love the simplicity!  She's got several versions, some which include a stone actually set inside. 

Here are a few more examples of her work. Check out her website for more!

Oh! Poo.


Claire Baloge

Alam Necklace

France, 2009
     I came across this piece from the "I Care A Lot" online exhibition.   What first intrigued me about the piece was an unexpected material combination (camel dung, gold leaf, and silk).  After further consideration, however, I find it to be quite successful as a literal visual reference to the state of the middle east and western relations therein.  
     The use of such seemingly non-similar or unrelated  materials offers both the grotesque and the decorative, the repulsive and the desirable, and ironically, two natural objects of geographic, economic, and political significance bound together and coexisting in a way that makes sense to a specific culture: 

"I was far away from the oil society
but could feel the importance of it,
seeing sometimes a  4x4 air conditioned
cars crossing the dunes heading to newly
discovered oil. In the villages they passed
the  people were suffering hunger. Two
different worlds  temporally crossing. And
yet not meeting." -- Claire Baloge


Pimp my Pin

Because I don't wear brooches, but I just had to buy one of Becky McDonah's amazing jack-o-lope pins ( that I've been dying to have since I first saw them) at the last ASU Metals Club jewelry sale: 

Now I have an awesome jack-o-lope necklace! 

(And yes, of course I asked her first!)


New Bling!

As promised (however slightly later than promised!), here are a few photos of some most recent work...........