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December 20, 2011

After taking her first metalsmithing class at Georgia’s Brookwood High School, Catherine “Cat” Goolsby knew she wanted to be a metalsmith.

Since then, the GSU grad has taken classes, worked as an apprentice and continued to develop her own distinctive style and techniques of metal jewelry art.

In 2007, Goolsby started selling her contemporary pieces professionally. At art shows, women are wowed by her “ribbon” bracelets ($478 in high-polish silver; shown above), part of her popular Transformed collection.

In this one-of-a-kind collection, Goolsby experimented until she found a way to make lifeless sheet metal look like free-flowing fabric or draping folds of ribbon.

In her Decatur, GA, studio, Goolsby crafts bracelets, rings, cuffs and pendants made with copper, mixed metals and stones, like garnets and pearls.

Prices vary. A red copper ring is $80. A copper cuff, with lots of folds with chocolate patina in the grooves, is $75. The Chinese Fan sterling post earrings (below) are $150.

Find Goolsby’s jewelry at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art gift shop and her studio (open by appointment).

For details, visit

P.S. Goolsby also teaches metalsmithing classes at Atlanta’s Callanwolde Fine Arts Center ( and at her studio near the DeKalb Farmers Market. Check her website.

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