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Artist Spotlight: Spark Metal Studio

The Handmade Market welcomes back architect and metalsmith, Kathleen Dautel, of Spark Metal Studio. This Raleigh, North Carolina artist combines both her artistic passions to create beautifully simple, contemporary jewelry. Her material muses are steel, mild steel and resin.  Each original design, inspired by nature or architectural lines, is laser cut and hand finished. Completed pieces are either plated in 18 karat gold or given pops of color using epoxy resin. The resulting jewelry pieces are modern as well as timeless accessories.

Spark Metal Studio raffle donor

What item(s) are you most excited to bring to The Handmade Market?

My new Lux line – 18 karat gold plated steel and fresh new resin and stainless steel designs for 2016.

What is your most favorite distraction in the studio right now?

Spending time with my family.

How do you unwind from an intense day?

A glass of Cabernet.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to meet? 

Urbane Terrain

Beach or ocean or shore?

If the mountains count as the shore, then shore for sure!

Artistically speaking, who is your doppelgänger?

Good question. ?

Bugatti, ’67 Mustang, or Tesla? 


What is your color addiction? Why are you moved by it? 

Shades of greens, I love being in nature…

With which participating artist would you LOVE to collaborate?

Jody of Flytrap! I love her designs and she is such a neat lady!

Be sure to visit Spark Metal Studio‘s table this weekend. The Handmade Market on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Market Hall. Kathleen’s work, especially, her new gold plated pendants will make fabulous Mother’s Day gifts. See you soon!

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