karen dougherty




About Me

Life story. Here goes.

Born and raised in Aberdeen New Jersey. I have two amazing parents that are still married, and living in NJ. I grew up in one house until I left for college. Talk about a childhood! Thanks to my parents, who have given me and still to continue to give me the most amazing life. I have an amazingly generous and loving twin sister, and a handsome supportive brother. I lost my oldest brother in January of 2009. He had brain cancer, and was the most angelic man to walk the face of the earth. My heart has a gash in it that I don't think will ever heal. I cannot describe the loss.

Anyway, I went to St. John Vianney high school in Holmdel New Jersey. Thanks Mom and Dad! I remember loving science classes, genetics and embryology. I still have great friends and memories from those years. Off to junior college to find myself, and figure out what to do. I earned an associates degree there, then I was off to the University of South Carolina for a blast with Hootie and the Blowfish, in the early 90's. Wow! What an amazing time in my life. If I only knew then, what I know now...

I accomplished a Bachelor of Arts degree in their art studio program. Emphasis in graphic design. I was INTO computers then, learning about macintosh computers and how to design with desktop publishing programs.

I met my husband there. We have been together since then. He was a glass blower, Harry Stuart. Now he is designing landscapes for Waterloo Gardens. And I think he'd rather be blowing glass. We have two amazing young daughters. They twinkle, and make me laugh.

I was a graphic designer for many many years. I worked for Interweave Press as an assistant art director/graphic designer designing in house advertisements for their gem and jewelry magazines and events.

For the better part of 2010 I wrote a jewelry making book (with the help of Jane Dickerson, my pal and the best editor EVER). It is a compilation of jewelry artists and their fabulous work. 

You can look for it in Spring of 2011:

Metal Style: 20 jewelry designs with cold join techniques. Published by Interweave Press.

My hours nowadays are being spent working in my studio developing a line of unique jewelry, and working on my computer skills, building this site, and getting my etsy store up and running http://www.etsy.com/shop/DoughertyJewelry. And of course, trying to give my two daughters a childhood as good as the one I had.

I'd love to hear your opinions about my work. So send me an email if you'd like, and I'll try to respond as soon as possible.


Thanks so much for your interest.

With kind and warm thoughts to you.

Karen Dougherty