Cat Bates Jewelry and Accessories
I employ a variety of techniques in the design and manufacture of my work, from sand casting to sailor knotting, 3-d modeling to forging. I utilize the skills of other professionals when economically and/or conceptually appropriate, and in these instances give credit in the product description. I believe that the method used to produce a piece of jewelry (or any object) resonates within it, even if it is not obvious to a casual observer.
As a designer, I find a distinct beauty in utilitarian objects, and often notice that through use such objects become more beautiful still. I think of a bronze oarlock, its exterior caked with oxide from exposure to salt spray, its interior buffed to a warm luster by the rubbing of a dinghy's wooden oars. I design jewelry to be durable, so that use may compound its beauty. If you wear one of my pieces, I hope that you will take pleasure in knowing that you are part of what makes it beautiful.
I sell my work through my website, at a number of small craft shows throughout the year and select retail locations around the United States.
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What would be your last meal?
I'll have to see when I get there. A most memorable meal was one I enjoyed this past fall, on a camping excursion in Norway. A friend shot some small birds as we hiked, and that evening we cleaned the carcases and roasted the meat on sticks over an open fire. My eyes stung from the smoke and I was exhausted to the point of delirium, but the taste of the meat, so tender and rich stays with me.