Kate Furman: Finding Beauty In The Nature Of Simplicity
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- Kate Furman is a jewelry artist in the Village of West Greenville.
- She specializes in simple, beautiful pieces, inspired by nature.
- Kate was awarded “Best Visual Artist” in Best of the Upstate two years in a row.
Nestled in the quickly growing art scene of the Village of West Greenville, an artist is weaving nature’s raw beauty into pieces worthy of an editorial fashion spread. Kate Furman’s line of jewelry ranges from bold, structural necklaces to subtle, delicate rings designed to evoke the allure of the landscape around us.
A Greenville native, Kate spent much of her youth immersed in nature. According to Kate, the landscapes she grew up in became one of the largest inspirations for the jewelry that she creates in her workspace.
Art Born in Nature
From a young age, Kate was surrounded by art; her mother is a painter who introduced her to the art scene. Though Kate and her mother have different aesthetics, she says that her artistic process was heavily influenced by growing up in an environment that fostered her creativity.
Kate’s pieces range from structural, dramatic, striking, and avant-garde, to delicate, subtle, and sleek. In your face statement pieces that incorporate unexpected shapes elevate the everyday outfit of a white t-shirt and jeans to fashion forward wearable art.
Kate sees her work as a collaboration with nature; she captures her moments in the wilderness as a still-life snapshot of jewelry. Simple lines and quality elements are more important to creating Kate’s look than large precious jewels and glamorous styles. “Art is like creating souvenirs of places I’ve been,” Kate told us. Her jewelry echoes the patterns we find in nature but often don’t take a moment to see and experience.
Learning Her Craft
Kate’s journey began at the Fine Arts Center, where she created her first pieces. Once she had honed her skill, she went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree from UGA in jewelry making. Shortly after completing her undergrad, she reconnected with her love of nature at a ski resort Wyoming. Kate also worked as a raft guide, while continuing her art career by teaching classes.
She started her career as a designer under the direction of Lynn Strong, another talented Greenville artist. During her two years working with Lynn, Kate learned skills in both art and business, picking up valuable tools and behind the scenes knowledge of being a local business owner. Kate then transitioned to work with Hale’s Jewelers for another two years before finally taking the leap into full-time self-employment.
Best in the Upstate
Settling into her own studio has been an exciting move for Kate. “It’s nice to be in a space where I can continue to grow,” said Kate about her newest studio and workspace. Converted from an old garage, Kate elected to keep the original floors as a way to honor what the space has been, as well nod to the rustic side of her art. As a whole, the space perfectly reflects Kate’s aesthetic. The retail area boasts crisp white walls, warm wood tones, and carefully displayed jewelry. “I like the combination of hard and soft,” Kate said, “sleek and rustic.”
Kate’s unique approach to crafting jewelry has earned her an esteemed place in the Upstate art scene. She has been awarded Best of the Upstate “Best Visual Artist” for both 2016 and 2017. Thanks to incredible skill and dedication to her work, as well as the nurturing art community in the Upstate, Kate Furman has established herself as an indispensable local artist. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this one-of-a-kind jewelry maker.
To find out more about Kate Furman and see her amazing jewelry visit her website here.