Katherine Forst is a Brooklyn-based artist and artisan originally from Oakland, CA, who creates mixed media art rooted in ancient mosaic technique. She studied art history at Smith College, with an emphasis on Italian Renaissance art. She lived in Italy for ten years, during which she studied classical mosaic in Ravenna at the Centro per la Formazione Professionale, where she was certified as a professional mosaicist, and the Accademia delle belle arti. She also apprenticed in Ravenna's top mosaic studio. Her work has been shown internationally.