She has been painting, sewing, beading and making jewelry as long as she can remember. She became formally educated in direct metal fabrication in grades 9-12 and went on to study mixed metals in college. After taking time off to have a career and raise a family, she decided to go back to her roots as a silversmith. After taking a small refresher metalsmithing class she was for tools on the internet and she discovered metal clay. Immediately she was hooked. Because her father was a plumber and a potter, and her mother was an abstract painter and rock carver, Kim was already accustomed to working in art with clay, a torch, and metals. Metal clay combined it all and was a natural extension of her existing skills.
Her one-of-a-kind jewelry and sculptural pieces are shown and sold at various exhibits and shows on Cape Cod, where she resides with her family. She also is a Shanty and Orleans Art Cottage artist. These juried venues offer periodic times to set up a pop-up store in a series of small sheds, along with other local artists in their own sheds, for approximately a week at a time along the water’s edge in Hyannis Harbor and in the village square in Orleans throughout the spring, summer, and early fall. As a result, over the past five years Kim’s work has now traveled all over the US and the world and she has a wide following, thanks to the many diverse visitors who come to Cape Cod for vacation.
Kim teaches a variety of classes at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Barnstable Senior Center, Sandwich Arts Alliance, 4-H, several local libraries. She is also a high-school student mentor and advisory board member for ArtWorks, through the Cape & Islands Workforce Development Board, which matches talented high school art students with professional artists for a semester. She is also a member of the Mid-Cape Cultural Council, Bead Society of Cape Cod, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, and Cape Cod Makers. Her work has been selected for juried numerous juried shows Cape-wide, and one of her metal clay necklaces placed first in three-dimensional art in the 2015 All Cape Art Show in Chatham. Kim was also j honored with a 2019 Certificate of Merit and placed as one of ten pieces up for a People’s Choice award from AMCAW (Association of Metal Clay Artists Worldwide).
One of her goals is to spread the word about metal clay as an art form to high school students and teachers, and eventually have it become a part of the art curriculum in schools. She would like to help create pother mentoring programs in the country using the ArtWorks model, with a focus on the metal clay community.
Kim’s business is called Metal And Beads and is most active on Instagram and Facebook under that name.
She lives with Tim, her husband of 30 years, their 2 rescued rat-terriers, and a 15 year-old rescue feral cat (who will eat anything.) Tim is a foreign language teacher and administrator in Mashpee Public Schools, on the Cape. They have 3 grown sons, one who runs a Habitat for Humanity ReStore (and is also a visual artist), one who is a Ph.D. candidate in high energy particle physics, and one who has his own clothing business on Cape Cod.