Katie Poterala

Decadent Dipped Excavation Earrings 

Materials: Bronze, Sterling, Powder Coat, Cubic Zirconia

Dimensions: 1.5 x 1 x .5 inches (ea)

My work is an attempt to exploit the boundary between valuable and invaluable, provide the viewer with a universally accessible place of departure, and to provoke a dialogue about values and perception.

About the Artist:

Katie Poterala currently resides in Greenville, SC. She received an MFA from Arizona State University in Metalsmithing. In addition to producing production and one of a kind studio work, she teaches classes at both the University and community levels. She is an active member and volunteer at national conferences, and has held positions in both Arizona Designer Craftsmen and the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Katie shows work internationally. Some of her most recent venues include 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 two Lark books: Showcase: 500 Rings and Showcase: 500 Art Necklaces.
Katie’s professional work can be viewed online at www.katiepoterala.com.  

"I am intrigued by the irony of and differences between perceived and intrinsic value.

My work is an attempt to exploit the boundary between valuable and invaluable, provide the viewer with a universally accessible place of departure, and to provoke a dialogue about values and perception.

Recognizable forms reference objects of understood or accepted value. Jewelry objects, although familiar, are altered to become introspective and uncommon. Modifications, mutations, and unexpected surfaces and appendages call into question our concept of the precious, the significance and value of bodily adornment, and the social values that drive both."