Kate Phipps

COMING EARLY APRIL

Hello. I’m Kate.

For as long as I can remember, I have been a bit more than slightly obsessed with jewellery. I love wearing, designing and making jewellery. I am passionate about creating jewellery that people love to wear.

I love working collaboratively with customers on bespoke designs. Making jewellery by hand gives me the freedom to customise my designs to meet your needs. I welcome bespoke commissions, including engagement and wedding jewellery and remodelling existing jewellery with sentimental value to give it a new lease of life.

My designs feature clean, simple lines and often include stylised natural forms and softened geometric shapes. I make jewellery using recycled precious metals, pearls and semi-precious beads, using a blend of modern technologies and traditional jewellery making techniques. For example, I use stone setting and traditional metal fabrication techniques to apply textures to metal, create three-dimensional forms and cut shapes. The manual approach is enhanced through technology. I create laser-cut acrylic shapes for press forming metal into new forms. CAD software allows me to develop more complex designs and experiment with design ideas, creating and 3D-printed prototypes before making pieces in metal.

My pieces are wearable, contemporary and elegant.

My skills have been self-taught over a period of 25 years, and enhanced by part-time work in professional jewellery workshops, courses at Birmingham’s School of Jewellery and tuition from established designer-makers.