Kathryn Osgood is an Associate Professor, and head of the Professional Crafts Jewelry program at College of The Albemarle in Manteo, North Carolina. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in metal and jewelry design from East Carolina University and her undergraduate degree in art from the University of Southern Maine. Her work has been featured in publications including The Art of Enameling, 500 Necklaces, 1000 Rings, The Art of Jewelry: Wood, Contemporary Enameling: Art and Techniques, and Metalsmith magazine. Kathryn’s work is included in private and public collections including the Gregg Museum, the Racine Art Museum, and The Enamel Arts Foundation.
As a metalsmith, I explore the inherent malleability of metal to be formed into organic shapes and interpret natural forms. I live on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and my work reflects the colors, textures, and forms of my coastal environment. The ever-present elements of water, wind, and sand combine with my interest in the botanical and marine flora and fauna to inspire my jewelry. In developing my pieces, I am not concerned with accurately representing a specific organism in scientific detail, but in capturing spirit or essence and the dynamic growth cycles of the natural world.