At first, I explored beadwork, drawn by the endless colors. After acquiring metalsmithing skills each design became unique to my vision. Beadwork gives each piece texture and color. The metal mechanisms repeat the rhythms of the design creating overall harmony. In the end my work is about the making and not so much about the media.

Floral imagery has become my expression of universal energy and hope. Flowers come and go, but eternally provide hope and joy. Flowers also provided a vehicle to communicate our need to be conscientious stewards of our planet.

Kathryn Bowman started life on a farm on the plains of Colorado. The vastness of this perspective rooted Kathryn with a sense of partnership with nature and weaving its way into Kathryn's artistic vision. A love of making started early by drawing, painting, and stitching before starting school.

As a young adult, Kathryn wanted to see the greater world and found the perfect career for her wanderlust as an international flight attendant. While wandering the halls of the greatest museums of the world, she was inspired by the works of the great masters. A deep love of travel is in her bones to this day and a great source of inspiration.

Now living near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, Kathryn’s artistic focus is to tap into the abundant beauty of the natural world. By using floral imagery in her work, her intention is to plant a desire in the wearer or observer to preserve our planet. Her purposeful balance of metal and woven glass gives each piece the solidity, variety of texture and joyous color from our natural world while coaxing a smile with her whimsy.

Society for Midwest Metalsmiths Workshops
2019                      Carla M Fox – Beyond the Box, Hollow Forms
2018                      Sherri Jaude – Prisma Color Pencil on Metal
2017                       Anne Havel – Enameling
2016                       Jessica Calderwood – Enameling
2014                       Sherri Jaude – Tool Making and Maintenance
2012                       Andrea Kennington – Micro Forming Metal
2012                       Garry McMichaels– Jewelry Photography
2011                       Ellen Klamon – Resin for Jewelry
2010                       Sherri Jaude – Build Your Own Jeweler’s Bench
2008                       Noel Yovovich – Electro Coloring Titanium
2007                       Nanz Aalund – Cold Connections
2005                       Howard Siegel – Fused Silver Chain

2010                       Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - Enameling Metal – Michael Parrott - One
2003 – 2004        Maryville University, St. Louis, Art focus in Graphic Design and Metalsmithing.
Studied five semesters under Sherri Jaude, metalsmithing
1990 - 1994         St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, St. Louis, Associates Degree in
Advertising Design and Commercial Art. This while working full time as a Flight

2012                       Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry – Lark Publishing – 2 Jewelry Pieces Included
2011                       Creative Beading – Project Included – Bead and Button Magazines best projects of that
year. Peyote Stitch – Project Included – Kalmbach Books
2010 - June         Bead and Button Magazine – Plum Blossom Beads – How To Article
Bead Unique Magazine – Linkin’ Ladder – How To Article – Beadweaving,  Wire Work,
and Metalsmithing
2009                     Creative Beading – Bead and Button Magazines best projects of that year. Beaded Bead                                    – Project Included – Kalmbach Books
Winter         Bead Unique – Gallery Feature – Metalsmithing and Wire Work
Bead Unique -    Hot Chili Bracelet – How To Article – Beadweaving
Summer      Bead Unique -    Clear Blue Sky – How To Article – Beadweaving
Spring          Bead Unique Cover - Spring Enchantment – How To Article – Metalsmithing
and Wire Work
2008 – Fall         Bead Unique – Wavy Washers – How To Article - Metalsmithing and Wire Work
June            Bead and Button Magazine – How To Article – Whirling Peyote – Beadweaving
Special Issue       Bead and Button Magazine – How To Article – Soft Symmetry – Right Angle Weave
2007 – Winter    Bead Unique Magazine (Cover) – How To Article – Tutti-Frutti Bracelet –Metalsmithing
and Wire Work
Fall            Bead Unique Magazine – How To Article – Beaded Bead Necklace – Beadweaving
2006 – Fall         Bead Unique – How To Article – Peyote Pet Collar – Beadweaving and Leather Work

2003 – 2018       Lady Bug Beads, Webster Groves, MO
Instructor – Teaching beadweaving, wire wrapping, and metalsmithing classes
on a weekly basis for fourteen years.
2014                      Chesterfield Arts
Instructor – Teaching six week sessions in beadweaving and metalsmithing.
2007 thru 2016   Bead and Button Show, Milwaukee, WI
Juried as Instructor – Teaching beadweaving and metalsmithing techniques.
2008 – 2018        Kathryn Bowman Studio


2021                                   Craft Boston - Holiday Online
2019                                   Hidden Treasures - Midwest Metalsmith Expo at Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
2018                                   Arts Thrive: Art Exhibition & Benefit – Albuquerque Art Museum
2007 – 2016                      Bead & Button Show (Juried Instructor) – Milwaukee Convention Center,
Milwaukee, WI
2014 – 2016                       Missouri Botanical Garden – Garden Gate Gift Store
2014                                     Molten, National Juried Glass & Metal Show - St. Charles, IL
2014                                     Top Jewels, National Jewelry Design Exhibition - Durango, CO
2013                                     Art Wear Unlimited – Juried Boutique Show in Highland Park, IL
2008 & 2013                      Mosaics Arts Festival - St. Charles, IL.
2012                                     Best of Missouri Market at Missouri Botanical Garden - St. Louis, MO
2012                                     Evansville Fine Art Show - Evansville, Indiana
2011 & 2012                       The Inside Show - Highland Park, IL, Amdur Production
2009 & 2010                      Great Lakes Art Festival - Novi, Michigan
2009 & 2010                      Great Lakes Art Festival - Novi, Michigan

2001 – 2003        American Airlines – Flight Attendant
1970 – 2001        Trans World Airlines – Flight Attendant, Service Manager, and Graphic Designer
Flew 15 years overseas. Three and one half years I was on special assignment, working
as a graphic designer as the Layout Editor for On The Line, the newsletter that went
out to the 7,000 TWA Flight Attendants monthly.

Midwest Metalsmiths – Member since 2005 - 2021
Past President for five years and Vice-President for two years.
Built and now maintain the organization's website.
Best of Missouri Hands – Juried Member 2012 – 2019
SNAG - 2021

Where to Buy

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