Student Testimonial – Christine Panushka

As you may know, Kimberly teaches Jewelry Fabrication at the Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre. One of her long time students has generously given a testimonial of Kimberly’s class:

I love making things. Creating jewelry is an extension of my art and experimental animation practice. My work explores stillness within movement, the significance of small gestures and non-verbal ideas related to the body, life cycles, emotional and spiritual states of being. My films have screened at numerous international film festivals and museums. In addition, I am a Full Professor in the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

Titled “Midnight,” this piece is sterling silver, with a beautiful sodalite cabochon. I used two cuttlebone castings to make the figure and the bail. I think of the cat-like creature as an ancestor, riding high in the sky above us, watching.

Kimberly is an exceptional and patient teacher. I have been taking her classes for many years and will continue to do so as long as I can. I love our class, making and learning about silver fabrication.

Christine Panushka, 2020

natural silver pendant with sodalite cabuchon
Student piece: “Midnight”, Sterling silver and sodalite cabochon pendant


Sterling Silver Indian Moss Agate and Citrine Pendant

Turn up the heat this summer with this striking pendant. Indian Moss agate is my favorite semi-precious gemstone, and what better way to accentuate it then with a cuttle bone casting silver accent? This piece has an tourmaline bead riveted to the top of a sterling decoration and a rich looking orange pear shaped faceted citrine hanging below. Price $245.
Tourmaline, citrine and large oval Indian Moss Agate pendant

Sterling Silver and Tigereye Hide Away Box Pendant



This commissioned piece from October 2015 is a good example of how existing jewelry can be turned into something new.  In this piece, Ron had a green stone tigereye ring that broke at the shank. We came up with a fun solution to use the tigereye stone in a sterling silver pendant that could open up, revealing a small space, perfect for hiding something secret in. Since the tigereye is shaped like a skull, we added a cross bone design to where the secret box snaps shut. I even added a hinge to the bail at the top to make it moveable, so almost ‘flutters in the wind’.  Yo HO Yo HO! A pirates life for… Ron!


Sterling Silver, Crazy Lace Agate, and Carnelian Pendant on Jasper, Smokey Quartz and Sterling Silver Beaded Necklace


In this pendant, I have combined several different colors together. The center stone, a large special open geode of crazy lace agate is topped with sterling silver pieces cast in a combination of using cuttlebone style and broom cast techniques. A small carnelian cab is bezel set in silver to pull the necklace beads and the pendant together. The necklace has a variety of jasper, faceted smokey quartz and metal beads strung with heavy tiger tail and finished with a sterling sliver toggle style clasp. Priced at $400.