After almost 8 years working in various admin posts for her local Council, Cath realised that she needed a change of direction.
Influenced by her late father, art has always played a part in her 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.
Cath 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, she aims to communicate her response to the world around her. Cath also wants to evoke a sense of ancestry in something contemporary and wearable. Life events and travels have also influenced her work in recent times.
Alongside making she takes photographs of all kinds of things that catch her eye… shapes, textures, patterns, elements of which often present themselves within her jewellery. Cath makes a lot of one-off pieces but items that are the ‘same’ are also unique.
No two pieces are ever exactly the same.
‘I work instinctively using various techniques and processes, vitreous enamels (which are torch fired) and the versatile effects of the flame.’