Hidden Garden

Copper, enamel, sterling, gemstone beads, felt, and found objects

3.75 x 3.75 x 1 inches

Photographed by artist

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As a metalsmith, I explore the inherent malleability of metal to be formed into organic shapes and interpret natural forms. I live on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and my work reflects the colors, textures, and forms of my coastal environment. The ever-present elements of water, wind, and sand combine with my interest in the botanical and marine flora and fauna to inspire my jewelry. I use layering to partially hide or contain elements in my pieces. The interior is cut into and exposed revealing hidden recesses, often protecting a fragile and vulnerable core. I am interested in what we choose to keep hidden and what we choose to show the world; what we defend and what we display. I am fascinated by the mystery and promise of the hidden, the obscure beauty of the unknown.


Kathryn Osgood is a studio jeweler and enamellist residing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She is an Associate Professor and head of the Professional Crafts Jewelry program at College of The Albemarle. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in metal and jewelry design from East Carolina University. Her work has been featured in publications including The Art of Enameling, 500 Necklaces, 1000 Rings, The Art of Jewelry: Wood, Contemporary Enameling: Art and Techniques, and Metalsmith magazine. Kathryn’s work is included in private and public collections including the Gregg Museum, the Racine Art Museum, and The Enamel Arts Foundation.