Today please say hello to jeweller Cath Hill.
Influenced by her late father, art has always played a part in Cath’s life. She would spend hours drawing and painting as a child and be fascinated by her father’s numerous books on the subject.
Cath left her last admin post in 1999 to go back into full time education, first to do an Art Foundation Diploma at Tameside College and then on to a BA (Hons) Degree in 3 Dimensional Design at Manchester Metropolitan University.
She graduated in 2003 and I works from her studio in a grade II listed former cotton mill, built in the 1830s, 4 miles from her home.
Inspired by landscapes and seascapes, natural objects and ancient jewellery, Cath aims to communicate her response to the world around her. She also wants to evoke a sense of ancestry in something contemporary and wearable.
Life events and travels have also influenced Cath’s work in recent times so she takes photographs of all kinds of things that catch her eye whilst she is out and about … shapes, textures, patterns. All of these elements present themselves within her jewellery and she works instinctively using various techniques and processes, vitreous enamels (which are torch fired) and the versatile effects of the flame.
We are delighted Cath’s work is with us as part of our Flow Exhibition which you can see throughout July. Most of her jewellery is classed as one-off pieces but items that are the ‘same’ are also unique as she cannot predict how the torch and the enamels will respond with the metals she uses.