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About Me

Get to Know Mary Karg Designs

Nationally recognized designer, instructor and author from Cincinnati, Ohio, Mary considers herself a wearable artist rather than a jewelry designer, specializing in lampwork, beadwork and metalwork. She seldom makes the same thing twice, although she will get hooked on something she can’t quit until the itch is totally scratched: Mask/Faces, dragged dots, windows, color pencil on metal, bead embroidery, and the current obsession, colored pencil on copper layered jewelry. Her book, Layered Colored Pencil Jewelry was published in May 2017.

 “Using colored pencil on metal allows me to push the boundaries of wearable art that produces results unlike any other method.  Surprisingly both durable and lightweight, the layers of color and metal combine to form unique pieces of texture, depth and beauty.   I love the reaction when people connect with my pieces – personal adornment is often an outward expression of intimate emotions and personality.”

Teaching experience includes, The Bead & Button Show, The Bay Area Bead Extravaganza, Miami University’s CraftSummer, Spruill Arts Center, Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild Bead Daze, Wisconsin Loose Bead Society, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, Northern Virginia Bead Society, Wildacres Retreat Center and many bead shops, private studios and at her own studio in Loveland, Ohio.


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