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Alchemy. I take fascinating tidbits from the decades of collected detritus in my studio, reinventing them into whatever they have secretly longed to be. I must observe them closely. Some speak to me with an urgent coherence. Others hint obliquely, forcing me to dig deep to discover their hidden wishes. The result: a curiosity, a work that could not have been other than what it is now. Perhaps it always existed in a parallel universe. My time, thoughts and efforts have rendered its manifestation here- a magical reality. As jewelry, the works enter into a further realm of performance and communication. How do wearers use a piece to tell their story? What do the pieces reveal about the wearer? What kinds of human interactions and relationships does the wearing of a work engender? Some pieces have a notion or narrative, which seem apparent to me. Other people may find a different interpretation. I strive for a timeless wholeness that intrigues, puzzles and delights.

For decades, Catherine Butler’s spunky curiosities have been bringing delight to those they adorn and spicing up people’s lives and interactions. A Cleveland native, Butler earned her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1981 with a major in Jewelry and Silversmithing. Her work can be found in the collections of the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin, the Ohio Craft Museum and in the Danner Foundation's Die Neue Sammlung, which is permanently housed in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany. Butler is also the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships. In addition to making her work, Catherine has taught classes and workshops at all levels, from children’s classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art to undergraduate students at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She continues to give workshops at a variety of venues and currently teaches art at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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