Building 6, Studio 610

Precious Metals, Jewelry Design, Goldsmith


Artist /business email address: katebakerdesigns@aol.com

“Every piece of studio jewelry has a story, in fact, two: creation and celebration. Each cut from a jeweler’s saw separates it from the ordinary. Each blow of a hammer impresses a rhythm of life. Each lick of heat builds energy. Each file stroke defines uniqueness. Each gem adds character. Each maker’s mark identifies the jeweler and celebrates expression of the wearer.” Celebrate your expressive self with Kate Baker Designs. Custom design and repairs welcome.

Artist Statement
I like to categorize my artistic vision as “Controlled Spontaneity”. My work is a perfect blend of conservative and playful surprise. I believe that my jewelry transitions well to all occasions and is not destined to a jewelry box, but worn daily. Each piece is well balanced, of fine quality and kinetic, not stiff. A distinction that sets my work apart is how I view each person as my canvas.
I look for correct fit, color and style for each person. I believe that a well suited piece of jewelry for an individual completes my creative process.

Artist Bio
Kate Baker, goldsmith/jewelry designer, has called Workhouse Arts Center home since its inception, September 2008. She brings 18 years experience in fine metals, precious stones and pearls. Noted for high craftsmanship, clean lines and versatility, Kate’s concept of “Controlled Spontaneity” strikes a unique balance between conservative and free spirit, where her work seamlessly transitions from formal attire to casual.

With a love for tools inspired by her dad, and a keen sense of aesthetics and balance gleaned from her mother, a nationally acclaimed transparent watercolorist, Kate decidedly became a potter. Through her work, she explored form, volume, texture and color. Many years later, Kate discovered a new material, Precious Metal Clay, which tied in with her clay background. This new medium lead her to a serious study of the properties of metal and traditional metalsmithing.

After a short apprenticeship with a Master Goldsmith/jewelry designer, Kate became a paid contractor and worked in the same studio for 6 ½ years, before opening her studio at Workhouse Arts Center.

Kate has also taught/tutored ESL Graduate students at George Mason University.

Kate is a Founding Artist at the Workhouse Arts Center, 2008. Studio #610.

B.A. Fine Art, summa cum laude with an Art Award of Distinction
Fairleigh Dickinson University
M.A. Linguistics, George Mason University

Gemological Institute of America (GIA) – Graduate Gemologist
Diamond Grading
Pearl Grading
Colored Stones Grading & Gem Identification
Accredited Jewelry Professional
New Approach School for Jewelers
Basic & Advanced Stone Setting with Blaine Lewis
Wax Carving with Kate Wolf

Other Influencers
Barbro Eriksdotter Gendell, Gretchen Raber, Nick Grant Barnes, Mary Ellen Trozzo, Blaine Lewis, Kate Wolf, Jayne Redman, Andy Cooperman, Michael Good, Chris Darway, Carol Webb, Marne Ryan, Rhonda Coryell, Jill Hurrant, Betty Helen Longhi, Mary Lee Hu, Harold O’Connor, Donald Freidrick, Bruce Baker, Anne Hollerback, Charles Lewton-Brain.

GIA Alumni Association, Washington Guild of Goldsmiths, Society of North American Goldsmiths

SoCo Neighbors, May 2017, Interview/full story
The Workhouse Insider, October 2009
Let’s Talk Live TV with Doug McKelway & Natasha Barrett, 2009
Elan Magazine, 2008

Published Works
“Seussisms and Violations to Universal Language Constraints”
“Synonomy: Not the Sole Cause of Blocking”


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The second Saturday of every month, from 6p-9p. Fine art galleries, artists, live music, wine + craft beer, and so much more!

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