Cathy began her journey as an artist and handmade jewelry designer in the early 2000s bringing her travel and nature-inspired designs and innovative teaching perspective to Tucson, her home since 2016. She is the featured artist in the Fall 2023 edition of Metal Clay Today, has had multiple project-based articles published in Metal Clay Today, and has been featured as an emerging new artist by Voyage Phoenix magazine.

Cathy is multi-talented with self-taught expertise across a broad array of areas, including metal clay, beadwork, wirework, hand knotting, stone setting, soldering, enameling, and glass. This well-rounded understanding of what’s possible serves her well as a teacher. Her style is engaging, practical, and generous. She can break down challenging concepts into easily digestible parts and techniques for her students, allowing them to work to their own pace and capabilities. 

For the past several years, her focus has been on innovation with metal clay and she is a nationally certified Principal Instructor from Sawtooth School For Visual Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the Program Director for the Camp Metal Clay Certification Program (

She offers online classes for students across the United States and Canada and private group or individual instruction from her zen studio in the Catalina Foothills of Tucson.

2023 | 2024

Creative Ring Making 4-Day Workshop

Eureka Springs School of the Arts, June 6-9, 2024

Creative Ring Making 1-Day Workshop

Simplify Your Soldering 2-Hour Technique Discovery Workshop

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, August 24-27, 2023

Metal Clay Artists Symposium 2023

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Press: "Fall 2023: Featured Artist", "Innovative Perspectives: behind the scenes with Cathy Flesher", "Unlock your Creativity Through Personal Experience" "A Feather in Your Cap Earrings" "There's Nothing Moldy About Cool Bezels!" "Camp PMC 101 with a Team of 3"