Taking a Low Material High

Working in materials that would normally end up in a landfill Kathleen Nowak Tucci has built a jewelry business that is represented in high end boutiques and galleries. Her work has also been featured in many fashion magazines such as the cover of Vogue Italia and featured in Marie Claire.

Polymer clay was first marketed to children. Kathleen will discuss how to lift this low material to the level of high fashion and design. The session will cover:

  • Design principles and how design is an important component of jewelry in the fashion world,
  • How to have the medium influence your designs.
  • How to edit designs.
  • Why a limited palette is important.
  • What does the fashion world look for in jewelry?
  • How to market the work,
  • How to get your jewelry into magazines, and
  • The importance of photography.

I will also discuss time management in a full time studio.  Cost to run a jewelry business. How to price your work plus how to look at trends. How to make a line sheet. (Plus much more!)


Hummingbird Necklace by Kathleen Nowak Tucci

Secret Garden Necklass by Kathleen Nowak Tucci

Secret Garden Necklass by Kathleen Nowak Tucci

Monday, August 14 – Afternoon

Presenter: Kathleen Nowak Tucci

Kathleen Nowak Tucci

Kathleen Nowak Tucci


Kathleen Nowak Tucci, a Gulf Coast eco-designer and artist for 30 years, has turned her creative focus to designing couture accessories constructed from recycled rubber bicycle and motorcycle inner tubes and Nespresso coffee capsules. Appearing in Fashion Market Week in NYC two times a year, Tucci’s designs have landed in some of the most exclusive boutiques and galleries across the United States and Europe.





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