Schatz moved to the United States after graduation in Israel eventually settling in California. There she married American sculptor Elliott Franz Sandow and began teaching classes in Berkeley at the California Labor School. Here she learned and began working in plastic in the 1940s, designing and building acrylic lamps and select jewelry items. During her time experimenting with design she became known as a "Big Sur artist". Her designs sold well and by 1951 she won awards at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City for lamp design. She continued to pursue her career outside of the realm of jewelry.