About me

 

This blog was originally started to compliment my artisan goldsmithing business, and has since taken on a life of its own.  I love it;  I love the process of writing and how it organizes my head, and I really, really love getting to know my regular readers through their comments and feedback.  Some very neat people have honored me by reading this blog and sharing their thoughts.

 

Me:

My name is Katie O’Dea Stein Getten, and I’m an artist.

I have five kids, a wonderful sweetheart husband, an extra-large black lab, and bad tempered tabby cat; we all live together on Lake Norman in North Carolina.  My studio is attached to our house, and although I fuss at the kids about interrupting me while I work, I do love the way they pop in to tell me/show me/ask me things. Usually.

In June 2013, I came back from a two year hiatus (two of my boys were sick….they are better now!).  Starting the business over is scary and exciting.

My education:

I attended Penn State until my senior year, and finished up my BFA in Studio Arts (painting) at UNC Charlotte.  I still paint, but painting has been on the back burner while I start my business.

Almost as important as my formal education was the one I received from my grandmother, Maryclaire O’Dea.  She is a gifted artist and silversmith, and taught art for over 40 years.

www.vakadesign.com

For questions regarding the blog or jewelry purchases, I can be reached at katie@vakadesign.com

22 Responses to “About me”

  1. Nightman1 September 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    Now that you have forgiven me for an earlier intrusively opinionated comment, I of course have to get right back in here with another opinion.

    Vaka! Have pity on us baby boomers. Many of us have somewhat reduced vision, even after correction by glasses. Those of us who do, which unfortunately includes me, can only read GRAY TYPE with the greatest difficulty.

    This means that I and probably quite a few folks like me are effectively cut out of the pleasure of experiencing:
    a) your sparkling wit, and
    b) your comments on your beautiful jewelry creations.

    Please, please, though I know gray type is trendy and you and everyone else you know can read it with no problem, go back to that good old, high contrast BLACK TYPE.

    Hopefully,
    Thwarted Boomer

    • vakadesign September 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

      Leonard, you blind old thing, from now on I will use black.

      • nightman1 September 8, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

        Thanks!

  2. nightman1 August 20, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    Dear Vaka.

    Several weeks ago you were having a neighborhood brouhaha, and I stepped into your narrative with a snippy comment to the effect that, “If you had done nothing then, you wouldn’t be having this trouble now!”

    I sure hope you have forgotten and or forgiven that exercise in shoot-from-the-hip judging, because upon visiting this blog again I find it just as tremendously amusing as always.

    Therefore I hope I may not only read it henceforth, but also occasionally make a comment, which you will not immediately dismiss with “Oh, it’s from THAT GUY!”

    Sorry! Sometimes I find it harder to keep my mouth shut than to eat while standing on my head.

    Leonard aka Nightman

  3. Kelly August 10, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    Here lately I’ve been stumbling onto various artist’s websites via searches on wordpress and I’ve been loving every minute of it. Your blog is very entertaining! Love your stories – you really crack me up! I have to add you to my blogroll!

  4. Herbie June 16, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    Lovely jewelry and a lovely lady. And quite a beautiful family as well! I found you through the Klepto section on Creative Loafing’s blog. Such inspiring jewelry and story. I’m also a SAHM (in Charlotte) to a 7 y/o boy and I would like to be able to make a living as a jewelry artist as well. I’m off to sort of a slow start though. I’d love to be able to create such wonderful works of art as you someday. Until that time, I’ll just have to admire yours.
    +1

  5. Faith C. May 30, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    So I caught the “Damn Cat Sex” blog on Freshly Pressed, and for the last two hours have been reading damn near everything on here. Awesome stuff, funny, articulate and well written. LOVE that everything is set in scene in a sort of short short story form. I’m light years away from having kids and I don’t read parenting stuff but the blogs (I think being set in story form is what does it) are freaking hilarious anyway.

    Beautiful jewelery, btw. When I have a bit of money someday, now I know to go to an artisan rather than Kay’s, or some baloney like that (which I always knew was baloney but wasn’t jewelery savvy enough to know there was a more genuine alternative.)

    again, great work! oh, and if I ever decide to have kids (someday, ten bajillion years from now) I hope I can handle it with as much humor and grace as you seem to do.

  6. bindo April 9, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    Well, it’s been awhile and I though to check in and see if anything has changed..Nope, you’re still hot..

    Hope all is going well.

    Peace

  7. Dave October 13, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    I must agree with bindo…You do some wonderful work. I wish I could afford gold now. When I first started with jewelry it was $35oz. Should have invested then. Love the site and enjoy reading your blog. I’ll be back!

  8. onlinepastrychef September 23, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    Hi there from a fellow UNC-Charlotte graduate! That’s where I did my grad work in Special Ed.

    You have a wonderful site, a great blogging voice, and beautiful jewelry. So glad I ran across you!

  9. bindo September 21, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    All I know is you are hot!~!!

    • vakadesign September 21, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

      Thanks, Bindo! You’re my new favorite reader.

  10. Ginger (msbelle) August 24, 2009 at 12:08 am #

    Lovely jewelry and a lovely lady. And quite a beautiful family as well! I found you through the Klepto section on Creative Loafing’s blog. Such inspiring jewelry and story. I’m also a SAHM (in Charlotte) to a 7 y/o boy and I would like to be able to make a living as a jewelry artist as well. I’m off to sort of a slow start though. I’d love to be able to create such wonderful works of art as you someday. Until that time, I’ll just have to admire yours.

    I’m so glad I found your site. I’ll come back often to see your new pieces and follow your work. I’m now your newest fan! 🙂

    • vakadesign October 3, 2009 at 10:04 am #

      Ginger,

      Thank you so much!

      Off to a slow start…..don’t worry, you’ll get it! The most wonderful thing about metalsmithing is the ability to melt down and start over. Just keep pushing and working and refining, and it’ll come. Let me know if you hit a tough spot, and maybe I’ll have been through it already and be able to point you in the right direction.

      If your work is good, you can totally make a living this way!

      Best of luck, and glad you enjoy the site!

  11. Jamie Franki July 22, 2009 at 7:45 am #

    Katie,

    So glad you gave me the link to your blog. What an interesting mix of thoughts on life and it’s artful intracacies, and art and it’s lifelike nature.

    You write quite well — engaging, funny and poignant stuff.

  12. Carla May 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    You weren’t at the Charlotte airport today were you? I swear there was a woman there who looked exactly like you lol!

    • vakadesign May 18, 2009 at 7:51 am #

      Nope, not me. I was chained to my studio worktable at the time!

  13. hi-d March 25, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

    So glad I came across your site. I look forward to getting to know more about you and your artwork, and reading more of your very entertaining blog! You are so funny… and cute too! I have four boys and know what you mean about working at home. I haven’t been doing a lot of artwork lately… well, since I started homeschooling the three younger ones. But I plan to do a lot more in the future! You are an inspiration. Thanks.

    • vakadesign April 15, 2009 at 10:26 am #

      Homeschooling….I homeschooled my littlest for two years. It was what was needed, and it did the good I hoped it would, but wow. I didn’t realize how hard it was until it was over. I admire others who can do it, and do it graciously and happily.

  14. Helga Hreiðarsdóttir March 16, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    Hi Katie

    I was really curious when i stumbled up on your webpage. I thought i had found a new icelandic designer i didn´t know about. I was surprised to see it was all American 🙂

    Did you know Vaka is a very beautiful Icelandic name? It also fits you´r jewelery very well, feminin and very beutiful.

    best regards
    Helga, Reykjavík, Iceland

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