An artist and designer originally from Portland, Oregon, Katie is inspired by the year-round color of the Bay Area environs and has enjoyed the process of allowing this muse to inform her distinct style of jewelry. She creates tangible representations of the beautiful and the visceral that are both regional and universal. Feathers, bones, snakeskin, insects and other objects are chosen for their textures, shape, and colors as much as for the roles they play in the natural world. Using glass and metal, Katie creates unique reliquary jewelry that provides a wearable snapshot of the vitality and endurance of these natural elements.

I trust my work. It’s a collaboration with the material, and when it’s viewed, it’s a collaboration with the world.
— Kiki Smith