Katrina LaPenne is a jewelry designer, maker and educator. Inspired by nature, decorative objects and bold, ancient jewelry, Katrina designs and creates original works by hand. She produces both one of a kind custom jewelry through metal fabrication in her studio, as well as production lines using the process of lost wax casting. Katrina has taught various jewelry and metalsmithing classes over the years from goldsmithing, to enameling and stone setting.
Katrina discovered her affinity for jewelry making during her training at the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Jewelry & Metalsmithing in 2004. She continued her education at institutions such as Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Fashion Institute of Technology. After working as a professional Goldsmith For Reinstein Ross in New York City Katrina began creating her own original pieces of work, dedicating herself full time to the endeavor in 2011. Katrina seeks a balance between detail and simplicity, striving to create collections that are both unusual and wearable. Katrina also works with various clients to produce one of a kind engagement rings and special works of custom jewelry art.
Accolades for Katrina’s jewelry have come from both online publications and magazines including Lucky, Real Simple, Martha Stewart Weddings and New York Magazine’s The Cut as well as local gift guides and designer profiles from the independent boutiques that carry her work. Her Silver Claw earrings were featured in Lark Books’s ‘500 Earrings’, an installment of the publication series on contemporary jewelry artists. With meticulous detailing and classic sensibilities Katrina works to maintain an authentic and environmentally responsible artisan product. All of her work is made with recycled metals and conflict free stones. Each piece is hand finished by the designer in her studio.