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Kofoed Design

Kofoed Design was my husband Karl Kofoed's  graphic design business; he is now retired and has given me the name for my jewelry designs. Karl had a wide-ranging art career, and his wonderful science fiction illustrations, fine art, and books may be found on his web site:


Picture of the artist

A number of years ago I was living in suburban Washington DC. I’d been doing some metal sculpture and had taken some sculptural welding classes. I had pieces of jewelry in my head that I wanted to see, looking at shops and galleries, but nobody seemed to be making the kind of things I was envisioning. I was an associate member at the Smithsonian Institution, and they were teaching several jewelry courses. So I signed up. The first thing I learned to do was piercing, and when I first got a jeweler’s saw in my hand I looked at it and thought, “Where have YOU been all my life?” I had unexpectedly found my bliss. It's been more than forty years, and I’ve never looked back.


A couple of years later, I moved to the Philadelphia area and married my artist husband. We live in a Twenties- era Mission twin (just the place for two artists; quirky Spanish California in a neighborhood of staid colonials and half-timbers), and I have a tiny crowded studio on the second floor with a small balcony off it where I do my product photography.

Small deck with plants and chairs

I use a lot of natural objects in my work, casting twigs and lichen and tiny seed pods and cones in silver. When I walk in the neighborhood or in nearby parks, I always keep an eye out for interesting miniature shapes and textures and often come home with a pocketful of potential jewelry material.

When I first thought about using natural materials, I went through the neighborhood with a ziploc bag and a pair of scissors, rummaging in the neighbors' shrubbery looking for things that branched at a very small scale, but I found my main sources in the blueberry bushes in my back yard and my neighbor’s cedar tree with its tiny cones.

Necklace of twigs with amber stone, jade leaf, and amber beads
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