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