Catherine Davies Paetz loves to create wearable art that brings people joy. Her original jewelry designs, made from silver metal clay and/or silver wire, explore playful line work or surface texture and may be accented with gold, enamel, beads, or pearls.
Catherine has been designing and creating jewelry for more than 30 years and has a BFA in Metals. Since 2000, she has been working extensively in Precious Metal Clay. As a Certified PMC Artisan, she frequently teaches classes and workshops, has written several articles on metal clay techniques and presented at conferences. Examples of her PMC work have been published in books and magazines and included in various presentations. Her book on water etching and enamel for metal clay is now available here. She creates one-of-a-kind, custom designs and production jewelry. Catherine's work is sold in galleries and at fine craft shows.
It's all about joy... to share the expression of positive energy. Influenced by the world around us, I feel compelled to translate this energy into joyful objects.
Making art is exciting to me, it's an electric feeling. I always look forward to seeing what the art-making will bring.... as if I'm a conduit for creative energy, open-minded and eager, awaiting the next inspiration. As a child my life was enriched by the art experiences provided by my parents and grandparents. And I'll admit that I get a "buzz" from making people happy. When someone says "these are my favorite earrings," I actually hear "I feel good (happy, joyful) when I wear these." We all want to feel that way - it's all about joy.
Author of Metal ClayArtist Magazine articles: Studio Tricks: Showing up and Playing (Vol. 1, Issue 2); Color on Copper Clay: Achieving Enamel Transparency (Vol. 1, Issue 4); Art Jewelry Magazine articles: Flora & Fauna Pendant & Earrings (May 2013); Five Ways to Inlay Bronze and Copper Clays (Nov. 2009); Water Works-water etching (September 2006); Studio PMC articles: Mold Magic (Fall 2003); The Art of Teaching (Spring 2007)