Kate McLaughlin Jewellery

Kate designs and makes minimal statement jewellery, drawing influences from her architectural background. She primarily works in sterling silver and hand-make pieces in her own studio.

In 2018 I gained a place on the Vanilla Ink INKubator professional development programme. The programme allowed me to reflect on the importance of acknowledging both my architectural design training and my craft of metal working and jewellery, and the impact that they have on each other. By bringing balance and a holistic approach to my practice, I hope to fully satisfy my own creative needs as well as raising the level of innovation in my work, and present a true and honest reflection of myself to my audience.

This evolution of my creative practice has seen me introduce new methods to my jewellery design, and draw from my architectural skill set, including using 3D modelling and printing as a tool in the design process. Pieces are created using small batch casting and traditional hand tools and methods.

There are reoccurring themes in my designs, I am drawn to volumes – and the spaces and voids within them. Capturing a miniature space within a piece of jewellery and claiming it as part of the whole.

Collectively my work is a selection of bold, minimal and simple pieces. These are pared-back statements that are open to interpretation in how they are worn and styled.