While I have traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world, I consider Sitka, Alaska to be my home. Born in Sonora, California, I was fortunate to move to Alaska with my family at the age of six, living first in Ketchikan, and then moving to Sitka. Growing up surrounded by the wild beauty of Alaska gave me an appreciation for nature’s gifts including an interest in gems and minerals.
I personally select each stone or fossil for the character I see in its unique pattern and color. Antique trade beads, artifacts, and hand crafted glass and metal beads may also be incorporated into a piece of jewelry. All jewelry is crafted with sterling silver or 14k gold-filled alloys.
Katia Pflipsen Olivova is a third generation glass and jewelry artist, originally from the Czech Republic. Growing up in a family of artists, art and design have always been a major part of Katia’s life. Katia met and fell in love with Steve Pflipsen while both were studying at a glassmaking school in the Czech Republic. They were married in Katia’s home town, Zelezny Brod. After furthering their artistic collaborations in Europe and Wisconsin they moved to Sitka in 2014, where the beauty of nature continues to inspire them.
Artist Cove is honored to be the only Alaska studio carrying Katia's jewelry art. Each piece is unique, sculpted in silver and organically anodized using Katia's own proprietary techniques. Built around precious stones and inspired by the lines and curves in nature, Katia's necklaces, bracelets and earrings attract intense interest from her many adoring fans.
Mark is a Tsimshian woodcarver who grew up in Metlakatla and now lives and teaches in Sitka. He is known for his masks, totems, musical instruments, bentwood boxes, and jewelry -- often incorporating shields or other Northwest Coast elements in his distinctive copper or silver designs. Because his mother, Ethel Sixbey, is a member of the wolf clan, many of Mark's creations employ wolf imagery.