Karen McCreary is an artist with a professional background in jewelry manufacturing. She received her BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing from California State University, Long Beach and has exhibited her sculpture and art-to-wear extensively since.
A Southern California native, Karen is inspired by its light and landscape. Experimentation with various materials and techniques attracted her to plastics because of their transparency, colors, and great versatility. Her current work combines sheet acrylic, resins, and metals, to produce innovative, handcrafted jewelry that is durable, light weight, and fun to wear.
Her work is exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and in Europe. She has also exhibited her work directly to the public through the American Craft Council Shows, the Smithsonian Craft Show, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show. Interviews and reviews of Karen’s work have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including, Ornament, Metalsmith, the Press-Telegram, and images of her pieces have been included in a number of Lark Book’s 500 series publications. She has also been commissioned for one-of-a-kind and limited production pieces for the television and motion picture industries.