~1 1/8" X 1 1/4" necklace: 18 karat gold plated mild steel with 14 karat gold filled chain with lobster clasp.
Kathleen Mattingly Dautel studied Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Oregon. She took her first metalsmithing class in 1990 and loved it. She later graduated from North Carolina State University's Master of Architecture Program winning several design awards for multiple projects.
Spark Metal Studio was launched in 2009. Each design is original, laser cut stainless steel that is hand finished and hand colored with epoxy resin. The forms are both architecturally based and drawn from nature with a linear graphic quality.
Kathleen currently lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband Brian and son Ben, both of whom offer great support and a critical eye.