Kate’s Stories

March Meet The Maker

What a busy time we have had here at KWJ! This month I decided to take part in Joanne Hawkers #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge over on Instagram. Previously I have not been entirely successful with keeping up to date with social media challenges but despite an epic iPhone failure leaving me incommunicado for a good few days, and a bout of the sickness bug kindly donated by the small one, I have managed (so far) with the majority of the posts – just a few to catch up on this week. If you would like to see my #MarchMeetTheMaker contributions, pop over to my Instagram feed and see more about my story and KWJ. It is also very refreshing as a maker to see so many others posting similar things, feeling like you’re all in the same boat juggling life and making, and bringing makers together despite the sometimes solitary existence of the self employed.  The challenge has also made me plan ahead a bit more with my photographs and content, and think about the prompts and how to interpret them.  You can see others exciting stories by having  browse of the #MarchMeetTheMaker hashtag!                 Read More

February Fun

Where has February gone? You get lulled into the quiet relaxed pace of January then before you know it you’ve lost half a month!! Social Scarborough February has been a surprisingly busy few weeks, both at home and KWJ. At the beginning of the month we had our first Totally Locally Scarborough meet up at Clark’s. It was a great opportunity to meet up with other local businesses and of course the coffee and cake were delicious! Hopefully this will now become a regular monthly meet up where we can explore any issues and opportunities there are for small businesses in the Scarborough area. Half term then crept up on us and we made the most of it by visiting the Scarborough RNLI for their open day and doing plenty of crafty things, along with a lovely sunny day on the beach!    New Things!! February is also the month for developing new ideas ready for the British Craft Trade Fair in April and application time for craft shows. I haven’t applied for any events for a couple of years since Evie came along but I have done this time round and I have some shiny new work to share with you. Read More

Hello 2018 from KWJ!

This my first blog for 2018 and I’m afraid to say, nearly 3 years on here!! We have an awful lot to catch up on!  Along with all of the other unrealistic resolutions that we make in the New Year, one of my more positive ones  has been to keep you updated on what is happening at Kate Wimbush Jewellery on a monthly basis.  That way I can share what I’m working on with you, events I’m going to and where you can find me or my jewellery across the UK. Now as we seem to have almost three years to catch up on, I’ll try and keep it brief! The Big Move In 2016 we decided as a family that we would like Evie to grow up by the seaside (one of my childhood dreams!) and with a husband whose job allows him to move around the country we started looking for possible locations. We finally settled on Scarborough in North Yorkshire and in February 2017 we finally moved to the coast! It is a dream come true having all these wonderful places which we have visited as tourists on our doorstep. We are a stones throw from Whitby, Read More

It’s that time again!!

This week I will be travelling to Harrogate once again for BCTF 2015! BCTF has been promoting British hand-made giftware for 40 years, longer than any other trade fair in the UK! I will be exhibiting alongside my fellow Manchester Jewellers Network members Charlotte Verity and Simon Denvers on stand 114. The show opens on Sunday 12th April and finishes on Tuesday 14th at 5pm. Hopefully this lovely weather will hold out for the weekend and we can also squeeze in a trip to Betty’s! This year I have revisited a few of my popular designs and given them a bit of a golden make over! You will be able to see them on our stand next week.   Unfortunately I will have to leave this little treasure behind! It will be my first time away from her since she arrived but I’m sure I will be just fine and happily distracted by all the beautiful crafts on show sourcing new stock for Sevenoak Studio!! I look forward to seeing you there!! Read More

Belated Happy new Year!!

After a little time off during December and January after the (rather late) arrival of our beautiful little girl Genevieve, I have been slowly trying to catch up with all things jewellery! In November last year I was fortunate to open a new gallery Sevenoak Studio with two fellow jewellers, Charlotte Verity and Gemma Scully, in the creative Northern Quarter in Manchester. We have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year there and are looking forward to 2015 where we will begin to teach our Manchester School of Jewellery classes in our newly renovated basement space. The rest of the year is also shaping up well, I am planning ahead for BCTF in April where I will have some exciting new pieces to show, I will also be at the June Art Market in Holmfirth and currently planning with Manchester Jewellers Network a wonderful exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland! In the meantime, please bear with me as business slowly returns to normal. Timing jewellery making and all the other admin which comes with it in between feeds, naps and pulling silly faces in becoming an art form!! If you’d like to keep up to date with what I’m Read More

Taking some time off….

As of Monday 24th November I will no longer be taking on commissions and will be limiting the availability of items on my Not on the Highstreet page in preparation for our mini me due to arrive at the beginning of December!   My jewellery is available at a number of shops and galleries nationwide, please check my stockists page for one near you!   If you do have any queries I will be answering emails and Facebook messages until she arrives so please don’t hesitate to get in touch!   Thank you for all your kind support this year and I will be back in the New Year with new ideas and a new helper (?!)   Kate  x x Read More

Miniatura

Today I visited Miniatura at the NEC in Birmingham to have a look at some of the amazing scale modelling on show. Miniatura is a highly specialised event entirely dedicated to the amazing hobby of domestic modelling in 1/12th, 1/24th (half-scale) and 1/48th (quarter scale) and even 1/144th!!  This is an example of a dresser with dishes at 144th scale! One of the stands which particularly caught my eye was Glasscraft based in the North East. They specialise in 1/12th scale glass ware which is absolutely stunning in detail. Here are some images of Glasscraft’s work….. My favourite stand was that of Mike Sparrow who is a trained jeweller/silversmith and makes silverware to 1/12th scale which all works much as the original full size pieces. Vessels are hollow, lids lift off or are hinged, and wooden handles are carved out of ebony. Here are some examples of some of his beautifully detailed work…… This skill it takes to produce some of the work on show at Miniatura is amazing! It has given me lots of exciting ideas and after the success of my flute commissions I would like to challenge myself in the future to try and make some more miniature pieces Read More

Anniversary Pendant

At the start of the year I made a unique flower pendant to celebrate Joy’s 21st birthday. Over the summer she got in touch to ask if I could make something to celebrate her and her partners anniversary this September. She requested that the piece have both of their fingerprints on and a special poem. Here you can see the process for making the pendant. And here is the final piece! Once engraved, I oxidised the detail and gave it a brushed satin finished.   If you’d like a bespoke piece of jewellery designing for a special occasion, please contact me to discuss your ideas. You can see other examples of commissions I have done here.   Read More

International Jewellery London 2014

This year I exhibited at IJL 2014 with four other wonderful jewellers, Gemma Scully, Charlotte Verity and Karin Sheldon,  alongside a ‘showcase’ of 12 other makers under Manchester Jewellers Network. This year IJL moved from Earls Court to Olympia which is a beautiful building giving an ideal setting for the show! We were in the Design Gallery which gave us excellent views of the architecture and the show itself. Below are some pictures of our stand taking shape and the beautiful building. This year we were well prepared and traveled down to London on the Thursday in order to set up over Friday and Saturday before the show opened on Sunday 31st August. We got to see some fabulous jewellery and meet some lovely new stockists which we look forward to working with in the future! During the show there were a number of seminars running covering a range of subjects across the jewellery industry. I attended on looking at the benefits of social media and also one run by Gem-A called Fifty Shades of Colour, which explored pleochroism in gemstones. this is when a stone can appear to be different colours when viewed at different angles, particularly in polarised light. Read More

Stone Setting

In July I spent a week at Birmingham School of Jewellery on a stone setting course, run by the very talented (and patient!) Nigel Yates. We started off by preparing some of the tools we needed….     Then we moved onto practicing with the gravers to master some of the skills we would need for setting, such as graining and engraving. After many attempts (a lot of which failed!) we moved onto setting CZ in the silver castings provided. We began with three claw settings of various shapes and sizes.   We then moved onto a variety of settings, including rub over, channel, cluster and combination. Thankfully this is where I found my comfort zone!! I had a fabulous week on this course and would thoroughly recommend it to any jewellers wanting to take on the challenge of setting stones themselves!! A new range of work incorporating precious stones is on its way very soon, but in the meantime if you would like to commission a special piece please get in touch!!       Read More