Katherine Lawrie Jewellery

Designer & Maker

Tag: exhibitions

My working life is divided into making, teaching and selling what I have made.

Teaching goes on all year round apart from a break over the summer and Christmas.

Making tends to go in peaks and troughs throughout the year, but reaches its busiest in the months leading up to winter and in the spring. Previous to big selling seasons there is a lull in sales which gives which gives me the opportunity to reboot, stock take, design new work, try and predict what will sell in the next selling season and then make it. That is where we are now!

My busy selling seasons tend to be May-July and then November -December. All the while working on bespoke pieces and commissions for direct customers.

So the Christmas selling season is so very important to my business, and around 30% of sales are made between November and December.

This year is no exception. There are several opportunities to make a purchase. Most sales are made in person, but I have just added to my FACEBOOK shop and also have work available on FOLKSY

So where can you find my work between now and Christmas?

From the 31st October my work will be on display in a Pop-up Gallery in Worthing its called The Montague Gallery.
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm until the end of December (Closed Christmas day and Boxing day)

The Gallery will be displaying the work by 33 local and Sussex based artists. The venue has been painstakingly decorated to achieve a gallery finish which will really set off the work from the Artists and Makers.

 

 

Light up shoreham event in Shoreham by sea Friday 7th Dec 2018

Light up shoreham event in Shoreham by sea Friday 7th Dec 2018

Steyning arts at ChristmasSteyning Arts at Christmas which I have participated in from its inaugural year. Its such a great show withwork from local artists and Makers, accompanied with Tea and Cake which is sold to raise precious funds for SAfer (Steyning Area First Emergency Responders)  A one stop place to buy all your special gifts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And last but not least, I will be holding and Open Studio 8th -16th December. 11am to 4pm.

This year is my 20th year in business, and I just though I’d mark this milestone by inviting nine local artists and makers to exhibit in my studio, which was a former stable. It seems quite fitting given the time of year. So, please, do join us in the Stable for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, and to enjoy the variety of goods on display for purchase.

 

 

 

Call 07866835640 or EMAIL for more details.

 

How it all began……

People often ask when did I start making jewellery. I often answer when I was little.

Now you may think that little children can’t make jewellery, or indeed that they shouldn’t even be allowed in to a jewellery workshop! When me and my younger sister were little we lived in a house which had a purpose built studio attached to the back.

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As my Dad, a jeweller, worked from home we spent many hours with him in his studio when he was working.

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I have vivid memories of hammering metal, creating melted blobs of silver from scraps and drilling holes with a hand drill. This was all before the age of ten!

I do often feel guilty that I haven’t offered this opportunity to my own children. The only time they actually entered into my studio, before the aged of ten, the boys grabbed hammers and began to whack them onto the anvil. Once they had left I found a sweet had been mashed into the cogs of my prized rolling mills. So that was the end of that!

When I was ten years old we moved from Steyning high street to a farm just outside the town. My dad set up a new workshop in the old farm buildings.

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I would often spend time ‘playing’ with bits of metal in his workshop.

When  I got to secondary school I manage to incorporate some of my designs into my coursework. I also found that my friends would actually pay me to make them pieces of jewellery, so it was a great way to earn some pocket money.

By the age of 17, I concentrated on working a piece from design through to finished product.I took part in Young Craftsman of the Year Competition, which was part of the South of England Show in June. I came third and won first place over a couple of years. Winning quite a nice pot of money! My winning piece’s design was derived from a poppy seed head.

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At sixth form college I designed and made portable work bench. I think by this point I still regarded jewellery making as a hobby, but I did have several customers!

In 1993, once again following in my father’s footsteps, I went on to complete a foundation course at the Union Place campus of Northbrook College.

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Thank you to The Worthing Sociey for this image of the building in 1995, it has since been replaced with housing.

I wasn’t very creative student, and my tutors were a little concerned that I didn’t have what it takes to go to Art College. I worked hard and learnt how to draw, paint, work in clay and develop photos. Than came the time where students had to decide which course to apply to next. My tutors took me to one side, and asked why I was applying for Jewellery and silversmithing courses. Obviously, I had forgotten to mention my hobby to them. I took my jewellery to show them, and I they were impressed!

I applied to the Surrey Institute of Arts and Design and completed a two year HND. From there I decide I was not yet ready to hit the real world, so I became a student at Edinburgh College of Art.

In 1997 reality hit, I left college and took over my Father’s studio, which had moved from the Cowshed to the Stable. I have been working there ever since.

 

 

 

 

It’s nearly ‘that’ time of year!

Every professional artist maker is hectic this time of year, making up orders or getting stock ready for sales, I’m no different.
The only problem for me is that my kids lives seem to go on extra busy too! So I become the juggler.

I’m currently getting all the stock sorted for:

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And also Steyning Arts at Christmas

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Getting ready for Christmas means that my stock design turns to making gifts, these do tend to be smaller pieces which are slightly more affordable and so slightly more available.

This year I am concentrating on helping raise money for Breast Cancer Care in memory of Jane. She was one of my students who battled with cancer for many years but lost that fight this summer.

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I do love this time of year as I get to meet all my customers, who I may only see once a year. It’s fun to catch up! I enjoy making jewellery that I know is appreciated by others and bought with love!

If you would like to come an visit my studio please do get in touch.

Have a lovely festive season.

Exhibitions

Very busy this week getting ready for various exhibitions happening over the next few months.

The first is at the Capitol in Horsham, West Sussex. https://tickets.thecapitolhorsham.com/PEO/gallery_default.asp

Next week I’ll be setting up at The General in Ditchling, East Sussex. As part of the Art in Ditchling which will be on for the first four weekends in May.

I do find getting work for an exhibition stressfull, however once that is all done and the exhibition is all set up I love selling my work and meeting my customers.

It is great getting feedback on my work even if it’s negative!!!

I look forward to meeting up with regular customers, and friends who use the exhibitions as an excuse to come and see me to treat themselves.

Selling jewellery in this economic climate has been come more of a hard task but at the end of the day quality sells.

Hand made work screeches out to the client, buy me I’m special, I’m a unique piece of jewellery and, hopefully, worth every penny!!