Kathleen took her first metalsmithing class while enrolled in the Arts program at the University of Oregon. After graduating, she came back to earn a BFA in metalsmithing in 1993. Later, after she moved to Portland, the local building designs inspired her to pursue a degree in architecture. In 1999, she received her Masters of Architecture and went on to work with prominent firms, winning a few design awards along the way.
However metalsmithing held a special place in her heart and she longed to return to it. In 2009, she launched Spark Metal Studio with her original jewelry and metalsmithing designs.
Each piece is laser cut, stainless steel meticulously finished and colored by hand. Her designs are inspired by architectural forms and Mother Nature. She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and son.