Enriching lives through art and craft

Deb Karash

Deb Karash
Wilted, 2019
Sterling silver, copper, brass, prisma color, pearls

Creating Dimension with Layers, Texture and Volume / August 8 – 13, 2021

Artist Bio:
In order to bring color to metal I use a technique more often used on paper. I
create colorful jewelry by drawing on metal with Prismacolor pencils. A
fascination with color and texture informs my work, both geometric and inspired
by the natural world with occasional branching off into whimsical rockets and
robots. While my subject matter may change, my unique technique remains the
same. It is my bold use of color and application technique that drives students
from around the world to seek me out as a teacher. Why do I draw on metal?
Because for me, jewelry is about intimacy and connection. It has a history of
marking special moments in time and it is one of the rare art forms that we carry
out into the world with us. We use it to tell the outside world something about

Lately, I spend most of my time teaching. I delight in sharing my skills and
bringing students together to learn and to share their own skills and stories. For
me, teaching is more than just imparting information. There is a shared joy in
giving a student that “aha” moment when something really changes for them. I
love guiding their skills to the next level.

After coming to the mountains of Western North Carolina from the flat lands of
northern Illinois, to teach at Penland School of Crafts, I decided to make it my
home. It’s a decision I have never regretted. Surrounded by natural beauty ,a
strong arts community, and a partner who is equally creative, I have been able to
flourish. These days I no longer do art fairs but I do show my work in exhibitions.
I teach in the US and abroad and, lately, virtually. My most recent endeavor has
been the invention and creation of two new tools for jewelers. As the
grandaughter of a tool and die maker perhaps that was inevitable!

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