kathiroussel jewelry

kathi roussel's jewelry shop features hand made contemporary art jewelry, hand fabricated from metals, & mixed materials. pieces are finished with a variety of patinas including fused gold leaf (keum boo, enamels, and various surface treatments. the emphasis is on one-of-a-kind pieces, however some items (many of the earrings) can be fabricated to order.
i 've been working with color, through the addition of enamels-- and experimenting with surface patinas. my latest favorite piece is called "sea lotus flower"-- a pierced and hand forged necklace of tiered flowers with hand made chain. it combines many of the qualities i enjoy when a piece meets my own expectations- it is very light and feminine, but has a slight twist, or edge to it-- and a certain tinge of rawness that i seek, but don't always manage to pull off! you will be seeing more pieces along these lines in the coming months.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
the long way around....
it's been a bit of an odyssey--- starting out years ago with studies in art schools-- the maryland institute of art, in baltimore, md, & the school of the museum of fine arts in boston, ma, --- painting, photography, drawing, sculpture...

...then kids..

.. then back to school to study ceramics. i made functional and sculptural ceramics -but my greatest love is sculpture!

in order to try to make a living-- i taught myself metal work (a diminutive form of sculpture). i'm sure i would have benefited greatly from studying metal smithing/jewelry design at a university, but i'd had my fill of academia--so i decided to take the plunge and work it out on my own. the learning curve has been frustrating at times, and i still don't feel as though i've found my voice in the metal--but i'm getting a little closer.... and i enjoy the process quite a lot.

i'm currently working on a body of work for a sculpture/jewelry show that (finally) combines clay with knitted fiber and cast silver pieces. i've been dying to bring the mediums together, and am so excited to finally be doing it. hopefully i will post some of the pieces in my etsy shop when the show is through... i'm just praying everything comes out of the kiln alright!

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
horseback riding .. or ...

beach combing--feeling the cold wet waves, and the warm sand scrunching between my toes. finding all the bizarre and mysteriously beautiful sea creatures that wash up on the shore... (or horseback riding on the beach-- fantastic!!)
hanging out with my family---reading to my son--watching movies, reading to myself, listening to music (super loud when no one is home! or in the car so i can sing... eek! definitely alone)--eating in great restaurants! bike riding at wee hours of the morning when everyone is asleep.. thrift shopping... drinking cognac (my winter drink of choice), traveling (even if it's only fantasy travel...)

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
biggest challenge?... taking good photos of my work & trying to arrange the photos of the pieces in a way that carries the viewers eye throughout the shop-- and keeps the viewing experience exciting or hopefully, visually interesting. also-- i have a vintage store, 5gardenias.etsy.com (thanks to my thrift addiction)-- so i have to make sure to attend to that as well...

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
my newest necklace mentioned above, the "sea lotus flower", or a pair of the line drawing open orb earrings--- my favorite rings are the fantasy flower & fantasy ribbon rings with pearls..

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
funny---i read your previous interview with marta (masaoms) and had to laugh, because i too thought i would like to be a veterinarian. i'm a big animal lover -- but then i realized that i don't have the ability to distance myself from the visceral aspects of blood and guts! i don't think i'd do an animal much good passed out on the floor!

What other shops out there do you love?
well let's start off with
masaoms.etsy.com-- marta makes lovely lovely jewelry-- her rings ( and stones) are so strong and appealing--beautifully crafted!
cathycullis.etsy.com - makes fantastic poetic, detailed stitched fabric pieces, prints & drawings too
knitalatte.etsy.com -- covers rocks and shells with crocheted and knitted pieces & photographs them!
silocurb.etsy.com- vintage with an eye for the whimsical, magical, weird, and offbeat items of the world, and fantastic photos to boot!
brooklynrehab.etsy.com--- also super vintage and upcycled items reconstructed in wonderful ways.
shavingkitsuppplies.etsy.com--- cloth brooches of moths, cicadas,anatomy... lavender sachets... vintage scraps...wonderful!! I love giving these as gifts to friends ( and to myself)
peterfowler.etsy.com--- woops he happens to be my husband--is that biased?

i could really go on and on.. this isn't really fair...there are untold numbers of shops that i adore, and multitudes of talented people on etsy. i have a huge favorites list---i'm waiting for admin to tell me to get rid of some of them!!

What does your future hold?
it holds untold mystery, excitement, endless passion for learning new things... a love for creating... hopefully enough success with what i do to enable me to keep on doing what i do!!