Along with exhibiting in many notable Fine Art & Fine Craft shows in Ohio, Katie Mullins teaches chain maille and basic jewelry making in the NE Ohio area. She is the President of the Ohio Jewelry and Metal Arts Guild and is a member of the COSE Arts Network. When asked about her business name of “Bonya’s,” Katie said, “Bonya’s came from my step-daughters oldest, Nathan, when he was learning to talk. I tried to get him to call me ‘Nana’, but despite my best efforts, Nathan came up with ‘Bonya’, and ‘Bonya’ I’ve been ever since.”
Earrings Copper Fold Formed Forged Leaves Post 1-1/8Earrings Argentium Silver® Fold Formed Cross Shield Antiqued Posts 7/8Earrings Copper Fold Formed Forged Crescents Posts 1-1/8Earrings Argentium Silver® Etched Leaves Antiqued 4 mm Black Onyx Cabochons 1-1/2Earrings Argentium Silver® Forged Fold Formed Textured 7/8Earrings Copper Triangles Curved Diamond Textured 1-1/4Earrings Copper Fold Formed Oval Smooth Leaf 1-3/8Earrings Argentium Silver® Textured Hammered Spiral Posts 7/8Earrings Copper Etched Leaves Ombre Two Toned Flame Patina Torch Painted Long DropsEarrings Copper Etched Ovals Large Leaves Red Small 7/8Earrings Copper Etched Leaves Oval Disk Red Antiqued Drops 1Earrings Copper Etched Leaves Red Torch Patina 1-5/8Earrings Copper Etched Leaves Two Toned Ombre Flame Patina 1-1/4Earrings Copper Etched Fold Formed Forged Antiqued 7/8Earrings Silver Dangle Domed Disks with Granulated Spirals 5/8Earrings Silver Fold Formed Forged Shield Shaped with Granulation 1 1/4Earrings Silver Natural 6 mm Garnet and Fold Formed Forged Textured Abstract 1 1/2Pendant Textured Copper Fold Formed Cross Azurite MalachitePendant Green Aventurine Copper Fold FormedPendant Garnet Copper Fold FormedPendant Copper Peridot and Green Aventurine Fold FormedPendant Amethyst and Peridot Copper Fold FormedCopper Fold Formed Pendant with Malachite GemstoneNecklace Neck Chain Silver Chainmaile Chain Maille Chain mail Graduated Byzantine Weave 23Earrings Silver Celtic Knot and Green Peridot Drops 1 3/4
About the artist, Katie Mullins:
Location: Seville, Ohio
How did you get started?
I was looking for a specific style of bracelet and finally found one on-line. The cost was more than what I wanted to spend and I remember thinking “I could make that!”. So, I did.
How long have you been doing your art?
I have been making jewelry since 2005 and have been in business since 2006.
Do you have formal training?
No, I’ve not gone to college for training. Outside of a couple of bead shop type classes, I’m basically self-taught.
Do you have a dedicated studio/artistic space?
Yes I do. I have a 12’x13’ room I’ve converted into my studio and office. It has one huge window facing east and a smaller one facing north.
How do you come up with ideas? What is your inspiration?
I find inspiration EVERYWHERE. I love patterns, whether natural or Architectural, and my eye is always drawn to them. And then sometimes I just have one of those “what if?” moments.
Is this what you do for a living?
Yes, this is what I do for a living. I also teach classes at Lake Erie Artists Gallery and work part-time.
How long does it take to do a piece?
It really depends on the piece and what’s involved. Some projects only take an hour or so and others will take literally days.
What is your favorite part of doing your art?
Finding the time to do it! There is nothing better than having the time to actually sit down in my studio and work on designing and creating a piece. I love to put different elements together to come up with something different, unique and hopefully beautiful.
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