I am a jeweller, designer, maker and artist.
I produce wearable items of jewellery utilising my background training within the discipline of tableware ceramics & printed textiles. By combining these skills the application of surface pattern & ornamentation is explored by using a diverse range of process and material manipulation. This leads to a juxtaposition of simple to complex compositions by placement & layering to form pieces that can be considered as not just items of jewellery but pieces of art within their own right.
Works include the combination of natural and hand dyed screen-printed silks, hand engraved, glazed, printed slip cast bone china/porcelain, decorative applications of pattern to metals in unconventional ways.
I create my pieces in my workshop situated in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.
Over the past two years I have introduced vitreous enamel within my portfolio of work after attending a series of master classes delivered by talented enameller Ruth Ball.
Primarily I am interested in colour, pattern, relief and surface qualities. Techniques of layering, pierced shapes, sifting and experimenting with firing levels inspire a love of textural finishes that occur through this medium. These include matt, shiny, rough, smooth, glossy and tonal depths of finishes. It is a welcome and beautiful addition into my diverse range of making sensibilities.
I am a dedicated maker and BSOE Executive Committee member. I am actively involved in promoting the art form with current work and forthcoming projects and continue to develop my work as a Guild of Enamellers’ Bursary Award 2015 runner up.
For further information please see my website www.kathrynpartington.com to view my CV, more examples of my work, my online shop, selected exhibitions and more.