Artist Statement and Professional Experience –

I seek ways of self- organization through my craft and art shifting away from a desire to know and control, and toward a desire to relate and understand. I relate to the physical world in an alchemical way, which is a framework concerned with the relationship, space or field between objects.

I hope that my love of the material translates in my metal work. I love the fact that I am working with elements such as minerals and fire and that it moves and bends and transforms sometimes from solid to liquid and that there is always an element of risk. My art is medium specific, identified with metal and metalsmithing and made by hand.

Kathleen Carricaburu has a BFA from the University of Utah in painting and drawing and graphic design and received an MFA in metal smithing/jewelry from New Mexico State University, December 2010. Her studies in metal also include three years of advanced small metals at the University of Utah and studies at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. She has exhibited her metal work and painting with the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake Art Center, Finch Lane Gallery, Coda Gallery, Alpine Art, Sundance Gallery and Las Cruces Museum of Art .


  • 2010, Honors Graduate Master of Fine Arts Metal smithing/Jewelry, New Mexico State University
  • Minor in Museum Conservation
  • 2007, Penland School of Crafts, scholarship recipient
  • 2004-2007, University of Utah, advanced small metals classes
  • 1995-1996, University of Utah, classes towards secondary school teaching certification
  • 1990, Bachelor Fine Arts, emphasis Painting and Drawing, Graphic Design University of Utah


February 2013, Tush Magazine :IT-Pieces, Federwerk Silberarmreif ” Light as a Feather” Von Kathleen Carricaburu, Preis Auf Anfrage.” pg. 34 , Hamburg, Germany

Spring 2011, “500 Silver Jewelry Designs; the Powerful Allure of a Precious Metal, “ introduction by Talya Baharal, juror,  pg.83, published by LarkCrafts An Imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York

Spring 2013, Showcase 500 Art Necklaces,” introduction by Chunghi Choo, juror Lark Jewelry gallery publication An Imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York

March 2013, Pacific Music Works, Contemporary Voice For Early Music, Seattle Washington, image of “Daphne and Apollo, “ published in catalog for performance of “Handel’s Apollo E Dafne and Gloria.”

Written Citations /Articles

 “Not Untitled: 40+Incentives to Name Your Jewelry, “ Posted on Lark Crafts Web Site by Martha Le Van, December 15, 2010

 “Art Before Activation,” Ben Fulton, Salt Lake Tribune, Sunday, September 19, 2010 D9

“Distinctive Jewelry, Music, Exhibits, Shopping On Tap,” S. Derrickson Moore, Las Cruces Sun News, Friday, June 4, 2010,1C

“Work by Carricaburu, Sternberg and Wilson Fill the Finch Lane Gallery,” 54 Finch Lane; The Newsletter of the Salt Lake City Arts Council, Autumn 2010, Vol 26 no. 4

“When Worlds Come Together, Kathleen Carricaburu at the Finch Lane Gallery,” Carol Fulton,  15 Bytes artistsofutah ezine ,October 2010

 “Arts Exposure,Las Cruces and Mesilla Art Scene, “Desert Exposure, June 2010, pA18


Awards and Exhibits

  • October 2012, Utah Fine Craft and Photography, Utah Arts and Museums, Juror’s Award
  • September 2011, featured artist Coda Gallery, Park City Gallery Association Fashion Stroll
  • 2007-present, Sundance Gallery, fine art jewelry artist
  • 2011-present, Coda gallery, fine art jewelry artist
  • 2011-present, Alpine Art, fine art jewelry artist
  • August 2011, Park City Kimball Arts Festival, Kimball Arts Festival Artist
  • Dec 2010, Kathleen Carricaburu, Curiosities, New Mexico State University
  • Nov 2010-Dec 20, 2010, Christmas Craft Exhibition at the Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Sept 14-Nov 20 2010, Kathleen Carricaburu; Poetic Objects, at the Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah featured artist
  • June 4- Aug 24 2010, Las Cruces Museum of Art, Kathleen Carricaburu; Poetic Objects, featured artist
  • 2010, El Paso Museum of Art Museum Store, fine art jewelry artist
  • 2009-Janet M. Swenson graduate scholarship, New Mexico State University
  • 2007-Penland School of Crafts, scholarship recipient
  • 2006, Utah Art’s Council Fine Craft and Photography, merit award
  • 2005, Gallery Stroll at the Guthrie, Heaven, Man, Earth, featured artist
  • 2001, Alvin Gittins Gallery, Distinguished Art Alumni Invitational Show, invited artist
  • 2000, Salt Lake City Library, Millenium Show, invited artist
  • 1999, Atrium Gallery, Regarding Architecture, invited artist
  • 1998, Salt Lake Art Center, Objets d’Chair, invited artist
  • 1997, Salt Lake Art Center, Orange and Black Bash, invited artist
  • 1996, Bibliotech, Recent Work, featured artist
  • 1991-1998, Finch Lane Gallery, Christmas Craft Show
  • 1988, Alvin Gittins Gallery, Merit Award
  • 1993, Salt Lake Art Center, Sticks and Stones, invited Artist
  • 1992, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Utah Painting and Sculpture, Merit Award
  • 1992, 1993 Tivoli Gallery, Art for Animals, invited Artist
  • 1992, Salt Lake City Library, Recent Work
  • 1990, Alvin Gittins Gallery, Merit Award
  • 1989, Alvin Gittins Gallery, Best of Show