Katheryn Hill's Profile

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This is art with a side job. These one-of-a-kind handmade lamps are made to either convey a message, show your favorite talismans, be a good luck charm for your house, describe you or your family. No matter what, they start a conversation and definitely say a lot without a word being spoken.

I needed to make extra money while my new husband and I moved to Seattle with no credit cards and the cost of living from Denton to Seattle was quite a difference! I taught myself how to make jewelry and sold them for years. With time, I accumulated a lot of inventory of all kinds because not all beads make good necklaces or earrings. I held on to them and one day I had a brainstorm- light would look really pretty coming through all those beads!

I wanted to make my sister something special for her birthday so I tried my first…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 19
  • Joined December 29, 2011

Favorite materials

semi precious stones, glass, wood, bone, acrylic, brass, copper, sterling silver, pewter, fishing line, fence wire, plastic, anything I can find

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About

This is art with a side job. These one-of-a-kind handmade lamps are made to either convey a message, show your favorite talismans, be a good luck charm for your house, describe you or your family. No matter what, they start a conversation and definitely say a lot without a word being spoken.

I needed to make extra money while my new husband and I moved to Seattle with no credit cards and the cost of living from Denton to Seattle was quite a difference! I taught myself how to make jewelry and sold them for years. With time, I accumulated a lot of inventory of all kinds because not all beads make good necklaces or earrings. I held on to them and one day I had a brainstorm- light would look really pretty coming through all those beads!

I wanted to make my sister something special for her birthday so I tried my first lamp using the beaded lamp shade. It was a hit! I have branched out with all sorts of lamps. I love to find materials at garage sales. The most out-of-date jewelry can be up-cycled. I found one of those long, wooden necklaces with african animals carved on it and used them for my niece's nursery lamp that had an animal theme!

One of my favorites was for my father-in-law who said that he "liked my lamps but they weren't his cup of tea". About 5 minutes after he said that I dedicated myself to making one that he'd want. He's an avid bass fisherman and I made a lamp with fishing gear, all kinds of baits, bobbers, etc. and he loved it! This is when I officially switched to fishing line to made the strands for the shade! I wanted my mother-in-law to take part too, so I added charms that fit with her hobbies and personality, and then decided to add the grandchildren with small picture frames on the shade. The lamp base is a tree so now they have a family tree! It's really cool seeing the grandkids looking at it to find their baby pictures.

The Lego Lamps came about because one day my son said he wanted a lamp but not a beaded one. He suggested Lego and I said, "Why not!" I've been making them ever since.

Warner Bros. bought one and put it in The Lego Movie, 2014! It is featured in the movie display in Legoland, CA.

Each piece is so unique. I am unique in what I do and how I put this stuff together, and it is for you, the unique individual that will have the only lamp of it's kind made especially for you. It is a great way to make a house a home, and a useful way to add light and art to your life.

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