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Cathy Cooper-Stratton

Metal / New Orleans, LA / Master Craftsman

Artist Statement

I have been working with anodized aluminum for about 20 years. I love the colors in the first place then I love the metal. The majority of my work includes anodized aluminum wire. I use many different sizes. I like to coil it up and stretch it out and weave it together. I think of the wire is kind of a 3 dimensional line.
The process of anodizing aluminum is similar to electroplating, but in reverse. I use a battery recharger and an electrolyte solution of 15% sulphuric acid to treat or rough up the surface so that it can be dyed. There is nothing like the metallic shine coming through the bright colors.

Biography

“I’ve always believed that dressing up should be fun. So I started making jewelry, I wanted to be festive. Maybe growing up in New Orleans had something to do with it.”

“Anodized aluminum’s incredible color spectrum seduced me. I also like the metal’s ‘weightlessness’”, she says.

The process of anodizing aluminum is similar to electroplating, but in reverse. She uses a battery recharger and an electrolyte solution of 15% sulphuric acid to treat the surface of the aluminum, after this treatment the aluminum is dipped in colorful dyes to get the bright colors.
Cathy Cooper-Stratton grew up in New Orleans, LA and Pass Christian, Mississippi. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, attended workshops at Penland School of Crafts, NC and has worked in a jewelry design studio. She does all of her jewelry and sculptural work in her New Orleans studio.