Kathryn Adams earned her BFA from Alfred University in 2011, with a focus in glass art. Upon graduation she enrolled in a class at Penland School of Crafts to further her education. Penland was her initial lure to North Carolina, and since then she has immersed herself in the region’s thriving glass community. Interning at Jackson County Green Energy Park, a glass blowing studio that uses methane gas from a landfill to create fuel, connected her to the growing city of Asheville, where she moved to in 2012. She served as the Gallery Manager for the Asheville Glass Center for five years. She currently works for the North Carolina Glass Center, a non-profit, public access, educational glass facility, where she is the Operations Manager. Kathryn is able to create her own artwork out of the studio as well. Currently her work focuses on function and aesthetics primarily through custom lighting & other decorative elements.
Kathryn colaborates with Tina Councell of Iron Maiden Studios, who specializes in custom ironwork, to create her Strand Series. Tina creates functional and architectural ironwork. She sees herself as a professional problem solver when it comes to working with metal. She has a fully functioning metal shop that allows her to explore many different aspects of metal working. She does a little bit of everything. Her scope of skills include design, welding, fabrication, blacksmithing, machining, patina work, and acid etching... just to name a few.