Hallie Katz Jeweler
Inspired by a teacher in a high school jewelry class, Hallie was convinced making jewelry was what she wanted to do forever. So she went on to study art and metal smithing at Cal State Northridge. After college, in 1970, she rented a studio on Ventura Blvd. in the San Fernando Valley where she and her husband, Stan, taught jewelry making to hobbyists and professionals and sold jewelry supplies.
In 1980 they moved to Ojai to become partners in a gallery started by friends five years earlier. Hallie began producing a line of silver and gold jewelry, and sold her work at juried craft shows, galleries, museums and gift shops around the country.
In 1991 she and her husband became sole owners of HumanArts Gallery exhibiting a variety of art and fine crafts with an emphasis on contemporary jewelry. Hallie’s career as an Ojai jewelry designer began to grow.
Hallie and Stan closed the gallery in the summer of 2020 after 45 years in Ojai’s downtown Arcade. They had been planning to retire to take on a new project: to design and expand their studio so Hallie could continue her work and teach jewelry making.
Using fabrication and lost wax casting techniques Hallie works in silver and gold, often incorporating clients’ gems to create a special piece of jewelry that has meaning, fits their lifestyle, and makes a unique statement.