LayeredFragmentsPinBlue-e1402415702633Born: 1951, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Education: BA, Mathematics, Hope College, 1973.   MFA, Ceramics, Arizona State University, 1979.

Recent Shows and Awards:


“Appropriated Adornment”, Juried Online Exhibition of the Society of North American Goldsmiths/Metalsmith Magazine.

“75 at 75: Significant Works from the Permanent Collection”, Sept – Dec, Racine Art Museum, Racine Wisconsin.

“Small Gifts From Big Donors”, Feb 19-June 4, Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin.


“Best of Show”, Smithsonian Craft2Wear, National Building Museum, Washington.

“Birch Spiral Neckpiece” acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

“Head to Toe: Wearable Art”, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA.


“Wearable Objet d’Art: Alternatives in Polymer”, Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia PA.

“Made In America – Craft Icons from the 50 States”, Mengei International Museum, San Diego CA.


“Best of Show” Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum, Washington, DC

“Best in Design Innovation”,  CraftWear, 81st League of New Hampshire Annual Show, New Hampshire


“Gold Award,” Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC
“Best Of Show,” CraftWear, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Annual Show, Mt. Sunapee, N.H.
“Remarkable Women of 2012,” one of seven women profiled in New Hampshire Magazine, May 2012.
“Extraordinary Exhibition Of Uniquely Shaped Handbags,” Tassenmuseum, Amsterdam


“Best Of Show,” CraftBoston Spring Show, Boston, Mass.
“Terra Nova: Polymer Art At the Crossroads,” Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin


“Their World: Kathleen Dustin and Cynthia Tollefsrud,” River Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee
“Off the Wall: The Art Of Adornment,” Prescott College Art Gallery, Prescott, Arizona
“Past Forward: Kathleen Dustin, Barbara Rachko, Anne Laddon, Joyce Zipperer,” Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia


“Kathleen Dustin: Sculptural Evening Bags From the Plant World,” Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, Penn.


“Best Of Show,” Living with Craft, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Annual Show, Mt. Sunapee, N.H.
“Excellence In Design Of the Future Award,” Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, D.C.


“Purses By Artists,” Kathleen Dustin and Michelle Lalonde, Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Kathleen Dustin shows and sells regularly at the best juried fine craft shows in the United States and is represented by Julie: Artisan’s Gallery, New York City, Bellagio, Asheville, North Carolina, and Spiegelgasse 8, Vienna, Austria.

Juror and Curator:
“Sculpting Color: Works in Polymer Clay”, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Mass., August – November, 2009. Curator.

“Progress and Possibilities”, Annual Competitive Show of the International Polymer Clay Association, 2007. Juror.

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Continuing Juror.

Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Va., 2002. Juror.

Museum Collections:
Tassenmuseum (Museum of Purses and Handbags), Amsterdam
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, Mass.
Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Penn.
Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wis.
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire
Newark Museum, Newark, N.J.
Mingei International Museum, San Diego, Calif.
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Permanent Collection