Kathy Dawdy is a fiber and jewelry artist and part-time resident of Madeline Island in beautiful Lake Superior, just a ferry ride away from Bayfield, Wisconsin. Inspiration comes from many sources. The cool waters of Lake Superior with the native Red Jasper and Black Basalt find their way into her jewelry creations. Dawdy fell in love with metal fabrication & jewelry making the first time she picked up a torch. To her, the process of metal fabrication is an answer to the question, “how do I turn this flat material, whether it be metal or fiber, into a dimensional wearable piece of art?”


“I love the irregular surfaces and imperfections in stones. I’ve been pairing them with sterling, which has been altered to provide wonderful textures that complement the stones. I’m also working with fossil walrus, which also has lovely textures and color variances. The smooth ancient bones work wonderfully with pretty yet textural Druzy stones.”