Deb Karash’s jewelry utilizes a unique technique of drawing on metal. She combines sterling silver with textured copper – on which she draws in painterly layers with colored pencils. The copper has been patinated green as a base for the color pencil – and then layered with dense color from the pencil. She applies a fixative to seal the color and a final layer of wax before using brass rivets to connect the sterling and copper layers.
Deb Karash – Bakersville, NC
Deb is a full time studio jeweler working in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She has taught at Penland and other craft school across the U.S. – including her own studio.
“A transplanted Midwesterner, it is my good fortune to live and work in the mountains of North Carolina, surrounded by natural beauty and a vibrant craft community. While I spend most of my time as a studio jeweler, selling my work through galleries and at craft shows, I also love teaching workshops. When not in the studio, I am usually working on our house. My work is fueled by a fascination with detail, pattern, and surface; lichen on trees, flaking paint on rusty old metal, the texture and pattern in vintage fabrics, and architectural details just to name a few. I travel whenever possible because each place has it’s own way of inspiring me, whether it’s the people, the architecture, or the plant life.
My creative process is time consuming but drawing on metal provides a surface that is unique and can’t be achieved any other way. Colored pencil drawing allows me to blend colors and create patterns that are uniquely mine. I draw on metal because it is strong but easily formed. I create jewelry because I appreciate the intimacy of an art form that is worn on the body and that, historically, carries emotional weight. Jewelry combines so many components that I love: fashion, ornament, art, texture, color, and structure. Drawings aren’t just for the wall, anymore.”