ANNKAT DESIGNS is the work of metalsmith, Ann Kathryn Kehoe. All designs are solely created & produced by Ann Kathryn in Milwaukee, WI.
PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: I feel deeply connected to nature & believe it's vital to honor your true self & follow your inner guidance in order to bring truth & light to our world. This is an ongoing journey, personally & artistically, & one I feel drawn to share with kindred spirits.
INSPIRATION: I receive messages & guidance through meditation & dreams. I use this information as the foundation of my designs, focusing on specific themes & incorporating gemstones for their healing benefits. I often hide thoughtful symbols & encouraging words to empower the wearer. I feel a deep connection to nature & love all creatures, therefore I refuse to work with materials that harm animals or are irresponsibly sourced.
PROCESS: Designs are handmade using a variety of traditional metalsmithing techniques. Techniques include wax carving & lost-wax casting, forging, stamping, soldering, & hand-fabricating raw materials. I work with silver, bronze, brass, 14K gold & semi-precious gemstones. No designs are pre-made or sourced. All metal scraps are recycled & natural alternatives are used in place of chemicals whenever possible in production. Every gemstone is thoughtfully chosen & all fabrication takes place in Milwaukee, WI.
BACKGROUND: Ann Kathryn received her BFA in jewelry & metals at Missouri State University & additionally studied at Kansas University. AK worked as the lead designer at a jewelry company in Kansas City before starting AnnKat Designs in 2012.