An Ohio native by birth, Catherine Grisez attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received her BFA in 1996 in jewelry and light metals. Her studies also included a semester at the Lamar Dodd School of Arts in Cortona, Italy as well as South Seattle Community College and Pratt Fine Arts Center both in Seattle, WA where she also currently resides.
Catherine has taught classes since 2000, ranging from beginning jewelry to holloware workshops, which is a technique she fell in love with during her studies. Below is a sample of her holloware work, which is a style that can be found in many of her pieces.
From furniture and sinks to sculptures and jewelry, her talents are seemingly endless. “The focus of my work is constantly changing and developing but is ultimately based on a search for personal and spiritual growth through an excavation of past events and their influence on the present.”
In August of 2013, she will join 21 other metalsmiths in a traveling art exhibition featuring 11 artists from the United States and 11 from Japan. It will open in Portland, OR and is titled “East and West, The Hammered Metal Object.” You can find Catherine Grisez jewelry and sculptures at fine galleries across the country and for purchase online at Gold Bug.
Halstead awards a business grant to a new jewelry designer in the bridge segment each summer. The grant awards $6,000 in start-up capital and merchandise to a new design company. If you are starting a new jewelry design business, please check out the 2013 jewelry grant application and eligibility details.