Katie Baum began focusing on metal clay full-time in 2007. With degrees in Biology, Psychology, and Education, she tries to balance creative expression with logical instructions and a healthy dose of enthusiasm.
Currently working with Art Clay World, USA, Katie is the Vice President, Buyer, and Curriculum Coordinator. Her first book, Fine Silver Keepsakes, was co-authored with Art Clay Instructor, Judi Hendricks, and was published in July 2009 (Kalmbach). In November 2010, Katie was accepted as one of the Art Clay Master Instructors, of which there are only seven in North America. Katie has been teaching across the U.S and internationally at venues including bead shops, home studios, galleries, national conferences, accredited schools/institutions, and international conferences. She is currently the Director of the Greater Chicago Artisan Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and teaches with Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, Illinois.
While metal clay is her most frequent medium of choice, Katie loves to work with many media, including resins, mixed metals, gold applications, chainmaille, polymer clay, glass, and ceramics.