The ring shape at the center of the Torus Collection is inspired by Chinese ping an kou amulets, which I came to admire and appreciate while living in Hong Kong. The circular shape represents harmony, wholeness, unity, connection, and vision.
Torus ring shapes vary slightly from piece to piece, marrying the firm glass material to a soft silhouette. This is a result of my process: the way I cut and assemble the glass will be a bit different every time, and each color has its own melting characteristics. While other Katie Kismet styles are refined to replicate more specific outcomes, for Torus I let the process and kiln lead to the overall final shape. Each piece is a marriage of intention and serendipity.
The Torus color palette is inspired by the painting Woman in a Chemise (1906) by André Derain (above center). At the time of this work, Derain was experimenting with color in new ways, taking it beyond a descriptive function and instead using it to describe emotional states. The woman in the painting as assured and comfortable in her skin; contemplative and confident. It’s what’s coming from within her—and the artist’s use of color to express that—that’s magnetic.
The Torus Collection includes stud earrings, bold necklaces, my best-selling wrap bracelet, statement rings and elegant drop earrings. The collection’s seven colors include brights, lights and neutrals giving you options for year-round styling.
A “torus” is a solid shape formed by rotating a closed curve around a line that lies in the same plane but does not intersect it. In short, it’s a ring-shaped doughnut — just didn't want to name the collection after a fried breakfast food!