Welcome to our Healing Arts Studio

We call Copper Cat Studio a Healing Arts Studio, because it is not only a place to come to discover your inner artist, but a place to nurture your soul. We have created a haven to escape the stresses of everyday life, even if only for a couple of hours.

We have an amazing tribe of instructors who share their gifts with students. Each artist is an expert in their respective field and exude a passion for their craft, making each class a very informative, as well as a fun and unique experience! Below are the women who make up the instructor staff at Copper Cat Studio, as well as some of the artists we represent in the gift shop.


 
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Katie Packham, Owner
Mosaic Artist & Instructor
Yoga Instructor & Reiki Master

I would like to personally welcome you to Copper Cat Studio. It is a dream come true to be able to provide a place where people can come to nurture their creativity!

 

My beginnings as a professional artist were in mural painting, but it wasn't until I started dabbling in mosaics that I found the passion to quit my day job and become a full time artist. My first experience with mosaics was at my family's church in Oklahoma. Gorgeous smalti mosaics covered the walls and as a child, I would find myself gazing at them, getting lost in all of the undulating curved lines.  I've been fortunate to have traveled to many places abroad and I have always been drawn to anything glass and mosaics.  Whether it is Gaudi in Spain, the ruins in Pompeii or the beautiful churches of Ravenna, nothing spurs my creativity more than mosaics. I get constant inspiration from seeing other's expressions of art. My favorite ones are those of varying heights and textures.  I am a very tactile person and want others to be drawn to my art and be compelled to touch it and look at it from various angles to see how the light reflects off of the tiny surfaces. I am very blessed to be able to create such beautiful things for a living!

In 2013, I received my 200 hour yoga teacher certification through the Pure Satya program in Reno, NV.  I completed my Reiki Master Teacher certification in 2012. Check out our full and half day retreats that incorporate yoga and reiki. 

People often ask about the odd combination of Yoga and Mosaics, but I explain that in my teaching experience, people come to yoga to try something different for a physical exercise practice. They stay for what it does inside. People come to a mosaic class to try something different and come back because the process is meditative.



When I am not in my studio creating mosaics and teaching workshops, I am cuddling with my two kittens, trying out new recipes and spending time with my husband exploring the beautiful Sierras. 

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Donna Smit
Like Your Junk - Smitten Design
Fused Glass and Mixed Media Artist/Instructor

Donna is an Instructor/Artist who shares techniques, cultivates ideas, and experiments with all mediums. Donna is Copper Cat Studio's only other full time artist, where she has a private studio and teaches a range of classes from glass fusion basics, jewelry, yard art, sun catchers and resin multimedia art.

Donna continues to take advanced art classes throughout the United States from nationally recognized artists and bring back her knowledge to share with her students.

As an avid outdoor enthusiast, Donna is a student of nature and all of its beauty. The colors of light at sunsets and daybreaks, water, and land reflect her art and teaching style. Her background consists of being a professional calligrapher, corporate graphic artist, and a web developer. Like Your Junk-Smitten Designs continues to evolve, where Donna re-uses and recycles glass in all shapes and sizes to create unique home, yard and wearable art.

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Guest Artisan Instructors

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