Instructor Interview – Daniel Baxter Kreepy Dolls Factory

July 8, 2017 Talented artist Daniel Baxter of the Kreepy Dolls Factorywill be showing our campers how to create unique dolls from their imagination in our weeklong summer camp at The Artsmiths in partnership with the Society of Contemporary Craft the week of July 17th through July 21st .   Daniel Baxter was born in 1980 and is a 2003 graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing. Daniel found an abandoned Kreepy Doll Factory to tend to, and began bringing one of a kind magic… Read More

Instructor Interview – Eileen Viloria

Interview with Eileen Viloria July 5, 2017 Many of you will recognize this smiling face from The Artsmiths Shop.  Eileen Viloria joined our staff when we launched The Artsmiths.  As our Assistant Shop Manager and Inventory Control Manager, Eileen’s vast arts knowledge and experience, attention to detail, and creativity has proven to be invaluable.  Eileen received her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing along with her K-12 PA teaching certification from Edinboro University of PA in 2008. As an Artist Educator at The Andy Warhol Museum, Eileen helps facilitate tours and workshops related… Read More

Instructor Interview – Lindsay Huff

Interview with Metalsmith & Enamel Artist, Lindsay Huff June 27, 2017 Meet Lindsay Huff, the metalsmith and enamel artist behind Huffalo, and one of our Artsmiths jewelry artists and Summer Camp instructors.  This week Lindsay is teaching our Campers Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing. Why is metalsmithing your medium of choice?   How/when did you figure that out? It was really love as first…saw? I first made a pendant in 8th grade art class. All my tablemates were growing frustrated with using the jeweler’s saw (it’s basically like a miniature hacksaw with a… Read More

Artist Interview: Nicole Bloch of erra creations

Big-hearted. Open. Upbeat. Energetic. Ambitious. Hard-working. Environmentally Responsible. Problem-solving. Creative. These are words that come to mind when we think of Koolkat artist, Nicole Bloch of erra creations.   Nicole lives her values, not only in her personal life, but in her professional life as well. Recently Nicole’s generosity of spirit inspired a blog post by Marketing Consultant, Shawn Graham: “… All I needed to do was ask what other exhibitors [Nicole] thought I should check out. Without skipping a beat, she proceeded to give me a personal tour of some of the other booths…. Read More

Artist Interview: Jim Zahniser of Red Robot Design & Illustration

B.B. King by Jim Zahniser of Red Robot Design & Illustration

Okay, campers, rise and shine.  It’s Artist Interview time! Music aficionado and Koolkat jewelry artist, Samantha Bower, stumbled across some bold and colorful poster-style portraits of Rock’n Roll, Blues, and Country musicians while browsing online one day.  Turns out that these “Icons of Music” were created by Forest Hills illustrator, Jim Zahniser.  We were immediately struck by his strong design sense—his superb line quality, his masterful manipulation of positive and negative space, and his dynamic color and pattern choices. With a little sleuthing, we were able to track Jim down, and were delighted when… Read More

Artist Interview: Paula Nettleship of designs2c

On Saturday, December 14th from 10am to 5pm, Koolkat will be hosting a Trunk Show for Mt. Lebanon artist, Paula Nettleship of designs2c. Paula is known for her intricate bead work, such as her beaded Swarovski crystal rivoli collection, her versatile designs, and unique color schemes. She was recently invited by the Cleveland Museum of Art to have her jewelry featured in their 11th Annual Wearable Art Fashion Show & Boutique in 2014. Her trunk show is a feast for the eyes, and one of the season’s most anticipated. Koolkat owner, Kate… Read More

Artist Interview: Jeanne Shuff of Jeanne Marie Jewelry

On Saturday, December 7th, from 10am to 5pm, Koolkat will be hosting a Trunk Show featuring the work of local jewelry artist, Jeanne Shuff of Jeanne Marie Jewelry. Jeanne designs and handcrafts jewelry using quality materials such as stones, Swarovski crystals and Czech glass. Her attention to detail and skill at various beading techniques give her work a high level of finish. Her jewelry often features a monochromatic color scheme to allow the texture and the beauty of the natural and semi-precious gemstones to take center stage.  A generous and gifted teacher,… Read More

Artist Interview: Maria Richmond of Lost Marbles

Koolkat is delighted to present the Trunk Show of Maria Richmond on Saturday, November 23rd from 10am to 5pm.  Her trunk show, full of amazing designs, is one not to be missed! Kate McGrady, Koolkat’s owner, describes Maria in this way:  “Maria is calm and patient, meticulous and boundlessly creative. From intricate wire working to stunning glass, she always puts her best effort into every design. As a nationally known instructor, we are blessed to call her friend.”  Maria is indeed one of the most creative, talented, hardworking, and generous-hearted people we know.  A… Read More

Artist Interview: Samantha Bower of designs-by-samantha

Mt. Lebanon jewelry artist, Samantha Bower of designs-by-samantha is a gem.  A talented jewelry designer, devoted mother, teacher, savvy entrepreneur, and a member of the Pittsburgh Beer Ladies, Samantha amazes us with all that she is able to juggle and accomplish.  With her keen eye, sense of style, and impressive body of work, it is no wonder that she is one of Koolkat’s top-selling artists. When asked about Samantha, Koolkat owner Kate McGrady replied, “When I met Samantha seven years ago she was a teacher with a hobby. It has been my extreme pleasure… Read More