Katherine Palochak's Profile

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My fascination with jewelry began when I was very young. My mother would get her hair “fixed” at a beauty shop that was down the street and around the corner. Sandwiched between the beauty shop and the cobbler shop was a long and dark hallway. When I went all the way to the end of this hallway, it opened up into another world, with a little man sitting at what looked like a big desk. All around him were these pretty jewels in rainbow colors, pearls, carved ivory and wood. It was like Ali Baba’s cave of wonders.

I still like all the pretties, and now I get to use them in my own creations. I construct metal to hold them and to fit onto the human body. I have a passion for all the processes of making jewelry—sawing, filing, soldering, etching, carving, folding, forging… I find the way the metal forms under my hands to be irresistible--and I like being able to use all those…

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  • Female
  • Joined October 26, 2010

Favorite materials

Silver, gold, argentium silver, any kind of sparkly stones, druzy, pietersite, spinel, tourmaline, topaz, labradorite, jade, pearls, turquoise

Shop

JazznJewelry
Handmade Jewelry for the Contemporary Woman

About

My fascination with jewelry began when I was very young. My mother would get her hair “fixed” at a beauty shop that was down the street and around the corner. Sandwiched between the beauty shop and the cobbler shop was a long and dark hallway. When I went all the way to the end of this hallway, it opened up into another world, with a little man sitting at what looked like a big desk. All around him were these pretty jewels in rainbow colors, pearls, carved ivory and wood. It was like Ali Baba’s cave of wonders.

I still like all the pretties, and now I get to use them in my own creations. I construct metal to hold them and to fit onto the human body. I have a passion for all the processes of making jewelry—sawing, filing, soldering, etching, carving, folding, forging… I find the way the metal forms under my hands to be irresistible--and I like being able to use all those gorgeous gems and luscious stones in my own designs!

This work gets done in my home studio in an isolated area of Wyoming. Okay, pretty much all of Wyoming is isolated, but our place is a little more so than what’s normal, even for Wyoming. The nearest power lines are 15 miles away, so we produce and supply all of our own electrical energy needs with wind and solar energy. Another advantage is we have an abundance of wildlife—eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, antelope, deer, coyotes, rabbits, many others that are too numerous to name, and beautiful scenery.

I’ve taken workshops from notable names in the industry, apprenticed with a bench jeweler, and have taught workshops for guilds and academies from the Rocky Mountain region to the West coast. I’ve been producing my own jewelry independently since 1991.

You can find some great information about how I make things, tips on jewelry care, tips for others that make jewelry and some of the wacky things that happen in my life in the wilds of Wyoming in my blog.
http://www.jazznjewelry.blogspot.com

My website is more for professional inquiries for galleries and those looking for workshops that I teach.
Website: http://www.MetalsAndGems.com

My Facebook page is a great way to keep up with new articles about how to care for your jewelry, news in the industry and photos of jewelry I've made in the past. If you "like" me, then you will be notified any time there is something new. I generally post about 3-4 times per month. http://www.facebook.com/katherinepalochak#!/pages/JazznJewelry/145603098834393

Thank you for dropping by to my shop and learning more about me.

Katherine Palochak

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My work or myself has been featured in many articles. Here are a few:

Lapidary Journal
Colored Stone
Big Sky Journal
Transparenze (Italy)
Ganoksin Project

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