Katya traveled to Colombia in 2014 where she studied at Quinta Luna Jewelry School and received formal silversmith instruction with Francisco Jose Pineros. At the University of Iowa, she studied contemporary jewelry making and gained experience working in aluminum anodization, small and large scale casting, electroforming, mold making, 3D modeling technologies and CNC routing which she continues to employ in her jewelry and product designs. While at the University of Iowa, she also taught Introduction to Jewelry and Metal Arts where she focused on sawing, chasing, soldering, riveting and other silversmithing techniques with a strong ascent to coloring and finishing techniques for metalsmiths.
"Landscapes" collection is all about exploration of the world around us, mostly its land and everything that grows and flourishing on it. Most of this collection presented by the statement rings, even though there are some brooches and necklaces. To create this collection the artist used natural forms and shapes, sometimes natural objects itself (beach stones, branches, plants, horse hair, etc.) and use it as a major accent of the jewelry composition. All jewelry holds a simple glimpse of the artist's visual memory.