“Drawing on metal provides a surface that is unique and can’t be achieved any other way.”
Deb Karash, originally from Rockford, Illinois, now lives in the mountains of western North Carolina. Her studio is located in the beautiful and popular city of Asheville.
A full time studio jeweler, Deb sells her work at fine craft shows and galleries across the country and teaches workshops around the world and in her studio. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. When not working she and her partner, David, love to travel, hike, and work on their home.
My work is fueled by a fascination with detail, pattern, and surface; lichen on trees, flaking paint on rusty old metal, the texture and pattern in vintage fabrics, and architectural details just to name a few. I travel whenever possible because each place has it’s own way of inspiring me, whether it’s the people, the architecture, or natural surroundings.
My creative process is time consuming but drawing on metal provides a surface that is unique and can’t be achieved any other way. Colored pencil drawing allows me to blend colors and create patterns that are uniquely mine.
I draw on metal because it is strong but easily formed. I create jewelry because I appreciate the intimacy of an art form that is worn on the body and that, historically, carries emotional weight.