Kathy Kristmanson

Medium: Mixed Media

Region: Vancouver Coast & Mountains


Kathy was born in Vancouver and presently lives in Roberts Creek, BC, with her horse and dog. She studied jewellery and metalwork at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary from 1989-1991 and in 1995 started her own business.

Kathy’s jewellery is hand crafted of sterling silver and red brass or copper. Each piece is composed of a layer of silver soldered onto a background layer of brass or copper. The image in the silver layer is sawn out by hand in a process called piercing.
The imagery in Kathy’s pieces springs from a fascination with cave paintings and a love of animal life. The horse and bison designs are based on cave paintings in France. Others are derived from cave paintings in India or drawn from life and imagination. These designs are fashioned into earrings, brooches, bracelets, pendants, rings, bolo ties and belt buckles.

In addition to jewellery, Kathy creates sculptures and lamps out of copper and found objects from the scrap yard. She also makes journals with a hand sawn copper insert on the cover and dabbles in glass fusing.