CATHERINE HILLS

London. Mainly silver, often oxidised black. Buyers include Dawn French, Ned Sherrin, Wayne Sleep and Gillian Anderson. Outlets & exhibitions include Galerie Ra, Amsterdam and the Crafts Council shop, London.

Catherine's Work

Catherine Hills is at the forefront of British jewellery design, having left the Royal College of Art in 1993 with a Masters degree. She received a setting up grant from the Crafts Council and her work is now designed and made from her central London studio in Clerkenwell workshops. Her production range, mainly in silver, is for men and women. She also works to commission and makes large one-off pieces in silver and gold.

She is the recent winner of the British Association Jewellery award and is featured in the recently published "Jewellery Source Book" and "The Ring". Catherine sells her work in over sixty galleries and shops, in the UK and abroad. Buyers include Dawn French, Wayne Sleep, Gillian Anderson and Ned Sherrin.

Inspired by natural forms, the work combines sensuous liquid shapes with smooth, crisp, highly textured surfaces and is characterised by the contrasting use of different metal colours, finishes and interchangeable components. It is organic, whilst incorporating a high tech, science fiction feeling, where movement often plays its part. Oxidised silver is used in juxtaposition with yellow gold and coloured glass, or stone. to produce a striking colour contrast. The dark recesses, inside the hollow forms, create their own mysterious miniature world. The one off pieces have a dialogue with the production work resulting in a dynamic and complementing relationship.

Further Images

Textured bead necklaces (four).

Textured bead necklaces (four).

Silver, oxidised silver and 22ct gold plated silver. Length 41cm. Photo Andy Kane.

Three 'mixed pod cluster' necklaces

Three 'mixed pod cluster' necklaces

Silver, oxidised silver and 22ct gold plated silver. Width 3cm, length 5cm. Photo Sue Baker

Large round detachable snowdrop stud earrings

Large round detachable snowdrop stud earrings

Silver, oxidised silver and 22ct gold plated silver. 3cm diameter. Photo Norman Hollands


Assorted "black and white" earrings

Assorted "black and white" earrings

Silver and oxidised silver. From 1cm wide to 45cm long (earrings and necklaces). Photo Norman Hollands

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