A Chicago native, jewelry artist Katherine Ware has resided along the Colorado Front Range for 26 years. She moved to Boulder to follow her siblings to the University of Colorado where she studied Art History. As part of her studies she “learned the traditional methods of casting and fabricating in silver. I enjoyed studying ancient jewelry and jewelry in portraits, and I was inspired to try recreating what I liked.”
Katherine’s mother taught her to knit when she was young, but it was her Norwegian friends she met while volunteering in Israel before college that hooked her. Combining the properties of metal with knitting and crochet aids the creation of more imaginative shapes that make her jewelry designs unique, wearable art.
She finds her jewelry work an intuitive process where the pieces make themselves while she acts as a facilitator. To deal with creative slumps she likes to look at photos of old and new jewelry for inspiration, puts on music and starts simple.
Katherine recommends those looking to try knitting or crocheting with wire to “use [a] fine gauge (24-30) and make sure the wire is ‘dead soft.’ Use wooden or plastic needles (not metal) as they work best with the metal and will help keep it from getting stiff. I like fine silver for its color and that it can be fused to itself without solder.”
Opting for smaller and portable projects that can travel with her, Katherine still knits with more traditional materials as well. She says most often you will find socks, shawls and gloves on her needles. She also enjoys painting, drawing and spinning her own yarn. She says, “It is good for me to mix things up and try new things to keep my ideas fresh.”
In addition to seeing her trunk show at My Sister Knits through the month of June she will be taking part in Longmont’s Studio Tour in September and frequently has shows at the Muse Gallery on Main Street in Longmont.