Catherine Hills

"I love to test every variation on a theme,  the possibilities are endless...”

Catherine in her workshop

Catherine in her workshop

Catherine has been both the winner of the British Jewellers Association Award and finalist of The Jewellery Designer of The Year. Her prestigious jewellery career began with obtaining a first class honours degree in Jewellery Design at Middlesex University before achieved a Masters in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art in the early 90s.

During her time at the RCA, Catherine made avant-garde, labour intensive, one-off, large hollow fly pressed forms. Her finest example being a 1999 commission for Wendy Ramshaw, OBE CBE, for a special piece at her Millennium Show at Contemporary Applied Arts. Catherine has also made special pieces for HRH Prince of Wales, 10 Downing Street, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the Harry Potter films.

Gradually, Catherine’s design focus evolved and she went on to develop a new style of working, crafting ready to wear pieces.

“I chose to develop a range of work with a wider appeal using the casting method. I love to test every variation on a theme, fabricating pieces in a variety of metals as well as using found objects, both natural and man-made, which are then cast. I like to use them in singular and multiple combinations; the possibilities are endless...”