Kat’s ever-changing collection of Curious Oddities is a mix of elegant, whimsical and unique jewelry designs made of salvaged objects, vintage components, gemstones, Czech glass and new traditionally pressed or laser cut, hand finished and plated brass.
All of Kat’s jewelry is made, refinished and curated by hand with love in her home studio in the heart of historical Dundas, Ontario.
Born in a century-old log cabin in the wilds of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, surrounded by a community rich with artifacts of the early pioneers and settlers, I grew up with the heart of a dreamer, the spirit of an explorer and a rather wild and untameable imagination.
Since childhood, I’ve had a deep love for nature, botany and horticulture: helping my parents raise and harvest vegetables for our meals, cultivating my own wildflower gardens, and on to greenhouse tending, landscape gardening and into a career in floral design.
In February 2008, at the tail end of a 10 year career in floral design, I opened my Curious Oddities shop on Etsy, selling a variety of goods. My father was a scrimshaw artist and glass sandblaster/ engraver so I had grown up with full access to his studio, making many pieces of my own and becoming comfortable with all sorts of tools and mediums.
Finally I took that terrifying last step and I have been focusing on Curious Oddities full time, though I do still indulge in a little floral design work here and there- just can’t resist the flowers!
It’s a grand adventure, absolutely full of challenges and I’m always changing and growing as the business changes and grows
Currently I have my studio in Dundas, Ontario where I feel ever so lucky to be able to spend my days with my 3 cats creating, curating, and sharing the things that I love with the rest of the world.