Sunday, January 29

Sunday Spotlight : Kalicat

Today's spotlight shines on jewelry designer Catherine of Kalicat ! This mom of two, who lives and works in London trained at Central St. Martins and Hatton Garden. Catherine specializes in 18 carat gold and sterling silver and customizes her bespoke pieces with precious gemstones.

stacking rings with blue topaz & garnet
Catherine enjoyes making things with her hands including knitting, illustrating, crafts, pastry, oil-painting and plenty more! While raising her children she asked herself which job would allow her the flexibility of taking care of the family as well as expressing her creativity. Many ideas came to her when suddenly she had a Eureka moment - her passion for jewels (looking at them, buying them, wearing them!) led her to study the art of jewelry making.
Her unique craft is constantly evolving and she gains confidence by attending advanced classes to further hone her skills. She loves experimenting with styles and mixing pieces to create unique, elegant pieces. Catherine uses lots more precious gemstones and is not afraid of being playful with her craft.
flower shaped silver ear studs

The designer's most memorable accomplishment was being shortlisted as a finalist for a jewelry award by Holts Academy of Jewellery as well as for the Precious Award. Among her other accomplishments are getting the Getting Started Award from the Goldsmith Company as well as having her jewelry published in books, including the New Encyclopaedia of Jewellery Techniques by Jinks McGrath!
Catherine is also the co-founder of the Jewellery Designers Collective.
The biggest obstacle Catherine faced was attending full-time training, as the cost of childcare was horrendous! Therefore she ended up going for degrees that only required two-days-per-week attendance. Catherine's advice for artisans starting out is to set goals and stick to them, even if it means going to bed late. Also do not take on more than you can deal with and make sure you always have a back-up plan! Don't hesitate asking the opinions of other professionals, as friends and family might not be as open so as not to hurt your feelings :) Overall, have fun and enjoy the creative process!

sterling silver cuff
  ***Special offer = Catherine very kindly offers readers of Duni's Studio a 10% discount with coupon code DUNI10 available until Valentine's Day from her website Catherine Marche Designs ***

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Heutiger Interview Gast ist die talentierte Schmuckdesignerin Catherine von Kalicat. Die in London lebende zweifache Mutter fertigt Gold bzw. Silberschmuck kundenspezifisch an und integriert dabei gerne kostbare Edelsteine.
Catherine ist vielseitig begabt; sie strickt, illustriert, malt mit Ölfarbe, backt, fertigt Kinderspielzeug und noch viel mehr. Ihre große Leidenschaft gilt jedoch dem Goldschmiedehandwerk, und mit zwei kleinen Kindern suchte sie nach einer passenden Arbeit mit flexiblen Arbeitsstunden. Außerdem war ihr eigenständiges Arbeiten sowie die Möglichkeit ihre Schöpferkraft freien Lauf zu lassen sehr wichtig. Und so entschied sie sich für ein Studium zur Schmuckdesignerin an der Central St. Martins und Hatton Garden in London.
Ihre außergewöhnlichen Stücke entwickeln sich immer weiter und ihr zunehmendes Selbstvertrauen untermauert sie mit fortgeschrittenen Designkursen. Sie liebt es mit verschiedenen Methoden zu experimentieren und lässt ihre einzigartigen Stücke gern mit leuchtenden Edelsteinen erstrahlen. Catherine hat keine Angst davor spielerisch mit ihrem Handwerk umzugehen!
Die Designerin ist schon mehrmals in die engere Wahl für einige renommierte Awards gekommen, u.a. für den Holts Academy of Jewellery und Precious Award. Darüber hinaus hat sie den Getting Started Award von Goldsmith Company bekommen und eines ihrer bezaubernden Schmuckstücke hat es in das Buch New Encyclopaedia of Jewellery Techniques von Jinks McGrath geschafft!
Die größte Hürde, die Catherine zu bewältigen hatte war ihr Vollzeitstudium und die Verpflichtungen ihrer jungen Familie gegenüber unter einen Hut zu bekommen. Die Kosten für die Kinderbetreuung waren enorm! Schlussendlich entschied sie sich für einen Kursus, den sie nur an zwei Tagen die Woche besuchen musste.
Und hier noch einige Ratschläge für aufstrebende Schmuckdesigner: Ziele setzen und auch durchziehen,  die eigene Belastungsgrenze erkennen und danach handeln, ehrliche Meinungen von anderen aus der Branche einholen und nicht zuletzt Spaß haben und die kreative Freiheit geniessen!

***Sonderangebot für alle Duni's Studio Leser = Catherine bietet euch einen 10%igen Rabatt auf alle Artikel ihrer Webseite Catherine Marche Designs unter Angabe des Codes DUNI10 gültig bis zum Valentinstag***

I enjoyed this interview very much. Thank you for your time, Catherine!


Vielen Dank für das Interview, Catherine!

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14 comments:

  1. I love that silver cuff and the stud earrings. Heading over to her blog to window shop :)

    Happy Weekend

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  2. Hallo Duni,

    wow, der Schmuck ist wunderschön.

    Danke für das tolle Portrait!

    Liebe Grüße

    Melanie

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  3. I love her jewelry, especially that cuff bracelet.

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  4. What beautiful work! That cuff in the last photo is amazing!

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  5. Catherine makes such beautiful jewelry! I love those delicate ear studs.

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  6. Catherine's work is gorgeous! I love the simplicity of the designs. The earring studs she designs are so charming!

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  7. The silver cuff is gorgeous!

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  8. Wow! What a talent she has! And it was great that she can do this while she is dedicated to staying home with her family. :) It's a win-win!

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  9. Her work is gorgeous! Thanks for introducing her to us!

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  10. I love her work, especially the rings! Great feature.

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  11. Liebe Duni,

    Viele liebe Danke. Ich bin sehr gefreut, mit ihrer Interview.
    LG
    Catherine

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  12. Catherine's jewelry is beautiful and I am inspired by her struggles in starting out, though I haven't started officially crafting yet myself (childcare costs are horrible, which is a big reason I work from home).

    I'm totally going to check out her site too...Thanks for the great hands up!

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  13. Catherine's work is beautiful! love that cuff!

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