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ENTER MY STORE HERE:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ballandchain?ref=pr_shop

I came to NYC to get my MFA in sculpture at SVA. After graduating, I stayed in Brooklyn painting nights in my studio live work space and working days doing surface design for a home furnishing textile company in the city. Having grown up watching my endlessly creative mother sew, garden, craft, and cut hair, I too ended up with many additional projects in my life, sewing clothes or quilts for myself on the weekends. Planning for my wedding in 2006, I discovered the NYC jewelry supply district. With the encouragement of friends and coworkers, in the spring of 2007 I started selling some of the jewelry I was making online here at Etsy.
Taking a few silver smithing and lost wax carving classes sealed the deal. I was back to my sculpture background, but in a smaller scale. If I…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 21
  • Joined April 15, 2007

Favorite materials

wax, flea market finds, silver, gold, pyrite, natural stones, color, my husband, puppy juice

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About

ENTER MY STORE HERE:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ballandchain?ref=pr_shop

I came to NYC to get my MFA in sculpture at SVA. After graduating, I stayed in Brooklyn painting nights in my studio live work space and working days doing surface design for a home furnishing textile company in the city. Having grown up watching my endlessly creative mother sew, garden, craft, and cut hair, I too ended up with many additional projects in my life, sewing clothes or quilts for myself on the weekends. Planning for my wedding in 2006, I discovered the NYC jewelry supply district. With the encouragement of friends and coworkers, in the spring of 2007 I started selling some of the jewelry I was making online here at Etsy.
Taking a few silver smithing and lost wax carving classes sealed the deal. I was back to my sculpture background, but in a smaller scale. If I wanted to wear it, I figured out how to make it. My silly ideas for charms were realized in my "Silver Silhouettes".
I was also able to translate my love of vintage, and my love of collecting into a source of inspiration. Being an avid thrift shop & flea market shopper, small trinkets, toys, keys, and buttons became the gems in my rings and necklaces. A wearable cabinet of curiosity. Always one to end up scouring the shore for tiny treasure while at the beach, seashells also naturally made their way into my work. As you will see in my store, I am quite the bower bird, with many collections for you to browse.
But perhaps the most precious line of jewelry to me, is that which I developed in collaboration with my husband, Painter & Printmaker John Jacobsmeyer. Sharing a home studio space, we are often looking over each others shoulder. John's innovation with his mark making meant there was always some new pattern or schema to see emerging in his wood engravings as he worked on his "More Than Human" book. One day I handed him a blank wax ring I had made. What if he were to engrave into the wax in stead of wood? Having a mutual love of wood grain, it seemed like a perfect pattern to start with. Now we have several different wood grain styles and also a couple plaid styles. I love that the line of jewelry we make as a couple often end up being purchased as wedding bands. Made with love.

You can see my paintings here:
http://www.mcgowanfineart.com/balling.html
John's artwork is here:
http://www.johnjacobsmeyer.com/jjhspress.html

I also sell on etsy here:
http://www.etsy.com/people/BCtwo
http://www.etsy.com/shop/FabricHoard

Find me online here:
https://www.facebook.com/Ball.and.Chain.Jewelry
https://instagram.com/ballandchain/
https://www.tumblr.com/blog/ballandchainjewelry
https://www.pinterest.com/KatrinaBalling/
https://twitter.com/ball_and_chain

LATEST PRESS:
My GARLIC necklace was featured in Apartment Therapy's KITCHN section:
http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/clothing/for-the-cook-on-halloween-a-necklace-of-garlic-130721

My DOUBLEWOOD ring was image #2 in this Time Out NY feature:
http://newyork.timeout.com/shopping-style/shopping/273988/sample-sales-and-shopping-events-september-23%E2%80%9329

My PLANK ring was image #2 in this Time Out NY feature:
http://newyork.timeout.com/shopping-style/shopping/65893/woodgrain

Venues:

Tilde
7919 SE 13th Street, Portland, OR
http://www.tildeshop.com/

The White Elephant
153 James Street North, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
http://www.whiteelephantvintage.com/

Looking for something & don't see it here?
Check out my sold items, or convo me.
I may be able to reproduce it or list another.

Something look familiar?
My "PLANK" sterling silver woodgrain ring was featured in Time Out New York / Issue 754 : Mar 11–17, 2010
http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/shopping/83528/trend-watch-woodgrain

My microscope necklace was featured on venuszine.com
November 6, 2008 : image 6 of 10
http://www.venuszine.com/articles/fashion/4459/Get_Smart

August 28th edition of the New York Daily News.
page 58- The yellow floral band necklace!

My jewelry was also published in DIY city mag, february issue:
diycitymag.com/flash/2008-diycity-mag-nyc.html
page 96 article on secret studio space match game
and page 186 a page of my jewelry designs.

My jewelry was published in Brilliant magazine's January 2008 issue. Website- http://www.brilliantmagazine.com/
for the article "Wanderlust" http://www.brilliantmagazine.com/JanContent/fashionfeature.pdf
You can also see the same pix on Kristiina Wilson's website-
http://www.kristiinawilson.com/fashion/tears_stone.html

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