For the past 18 years Kaska has been working with wire. In her first wire weaving class, back in 2001, Kaska became completely enthralled by the art of woven wire.
“It was the way those small wire tools felt in my hands, so naturally and comfortably, and the irresistible magic of wire, its ability to transform into different shapes and patterns, that completely capture my imagination.”
During her beginning years, Kaska studied and practiced traditional wire weaving methods. She refined her skills and honed her craft. In 2006 Kaska began to push the limits and concepts of wire weaving. She thanks Mary Hettmansperger and her book Fabulous Wire Weaving for being an invaluable resource and inspiration to stretch the boundaries of her practice. Kaska believes that the strong foundation she built, emphasizing on technique and attention to detail, in her early years are what have allowed her to create such innovative and intricate designs today.
As Kaska began exploring creative concepts of wire-weaving and developing her own style she became enthralled by the designs that captured stones and other elements. She is intrigued as how the stone becomes the focal point and then how the design grows around it, being dictated by the shape of the stone and the skill of the artist. When Kaska describes her practice it almost sounds as though she is describing a plant growing from a bud and flowering. She describes her art as “small sculptures or tiny architectural structures” that are strong fundamentally yet intricately designed. She creates her pieces as a whole, giving each side the same amount of detail and attention as the other, so that the back looks just as impressive as the front. It is as if her art is nature itself. Developing as a whole body, not neglecting any aspects or parts needed for a long fulfilling life. As a bud blossoms into a flower supported by a strong stem and roots, Kaska’s jewelry highlights unique stones and elements with refined craftsmanship of wire-weaving.
As essential as having a strong foundation, Kaska explains that teachings is an integral part of developing her practice. She travels throughout the U.S. to teach her craft, and through these experiences she gains new perspectives on her art and continues to refine her craft through live demonstrations.
“there is no substitute for the energy of a busy classroom, the exchange of ideas and the fun of sharing a teaching-learning experience with a group of like-minded people.”
Kaska released her first book Weaving Freedom Wire Woven Jewelry in 2013. She is currently working on another book co-authored by her daughter, Kat Colque. Kaska has won numerous awards and competitions throughout the US. Please check out more about Kaska and her art at her website designsbykaska.com and participate in one of her upcoming workshops at the Foundation.