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Born into a small Midwestern existence, grew into a certain presumptive bravado and reluctant utopianism. Embracing oddities from everywhere, humbuggery and legerdemain, and an aesthetic of the operational. Learning that things do not have to add up in order to count.

aka "katoworks art studios" works in all mediums. recent work in hand cast paper, cast plaster. looking for venues to show art. chicago,st louis, indiana. 15 year champaign resident,now living 30 miles south.

Born in the coal town of Wigan, northern England. Awarded BA, MA (geography) and DPhil (climatology) at Oxford University. Worked in London, Europe, Middle East, Africa and North America on topics such as the migration of Desert Locusts and birds, climate change, acid rain and water supply. Twin sister. Married with 3 children.

I am a studio furniture designer and maker. I also design and create lighting, functional art and decorative objects. I work primarily with wood, however, I often incorporate other media such as glass, metal, paint and ceramics into my work.

Born in St. Louis, I now reside in Urbana with my wife Donna. We share a studio on our property known as Pleasant Circle Studio. Donna works with art glass. She occasionally contributes glass work to various projects, especially lighting.

My educational background is in Fine Art, Landscape Architecture, and Architecture. My studies laid a groundwork for my understanding of design and spacial relationships.

Locally, my work can be found at the Cinema Gallery in Urbana. I also do commission work including custom unique furniture, woodworking, lighting and functional art. I have created work for clients throughout the United States and as far away as New Zealand.

I have had the honor of winning the NICHE award in 2007 and 2011, and was a finalist in 2009. The NICHE award is a national award for design. My awards were for wood and furniture design.

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