Katie Poterala's work is now on display at Velvet da Vinci's "Monochrome Noir" show that I featured last week. Here are a few of her inventive pieces that may not be in the show.
Gold-Dipped Earrings with "Gigantic" Cubic Zirconia Stones.
Poterala, who currently lives and works in Greenville, South Carolina, did her graduate work at Arizona State University. Her MFA thesis exhibit, "Decadence + Decay", from which many of these pieces are taken, addresses the question: "Which is flawed, this rusty necklace, or your idea of what a necklace should be?"
Brooch of Copper, Powdercoat, and Green Quartz.
Poterala places jewels in unexpected settings, which gives her work a nice edge. I like her more "pretty" pieces, like the earrings and brooch that you see here.
Gold Tone Post Earrings with Coral Glass Beads.
Earrings of Copper, Patina, Cement, Synthetic Rubies.
These pieces look "rich" but are actually very affordable. You can see more at Poterala's Etsy site.