Catherine Hills

Phot Credit: Richard M Simmons


The creative process excites and stimulates me to produce work which is a sensitive response to the demand for distinctive, affordable jewellery, therefore, fulfilling the clients needs is critical and attention to detail ensures excellence in a piece that looks and feels right.
The jewellery is inspired by natural forms and unites sensuous smooth shapes with highly textured surfaces. It is characterised by the contrasting use of different metal colours, finishes and interchangeable components.
The one-off pieces have a dialogue with the production work resulting in a dynamic and complementing relationship.

Born  1968 Tunbridge Wells, England, UK

Education
1991-93
 MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery, Royal College of Art
1987-91  BA Hons Jewellery, Middlesex University 1st class
1986 –87  Foundation Course -Maidstone College of Art

Awards
2002
 Made Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and Freeman of London
2001  Finalist for The RJ UK Jewellery Awards-Jewellery Designer of 2001
2000  Finalist for The Kayman Award 2000
1998  British Jewellers Association Award
1996  Le Meilleur Createur Europeen Atelier D’Art de France
1995  New Exhibitors Prize, Chelsea Crafts Fair
1994  Crafts Council Setting Up Grant
1993  Winner of Farnese Silverware Competition
1991  Second prize Ayrton Metals RCA Platinum competition

Major Exhibitions
2011
 Carol Ann Duffy Show 'Bees' Contemporary Applied Arts London,UK
2010  'Poetry' Twenty Twenty Gallery,Much Wenlock Poetry Festival Shropshire UK
2009  'Hay on Wye Literary Festival' The Bowie Gallery Hay 
'Own Art' Roger Billcliffe Glasgow Scotland
2008  ‘Night, A Time between’ RWA Bristol, UK
2007  Christmas Showcase CAA London,UK
2006  Christmas Show Barbican centre London,UK
2005  ‘On The Cuff ’ The Goldsmiths Hall London,UK
'David Watkins and his Students' CAA London 
The Gilbert Collection,Somerset House London
100 Brooches Velvet da Vinci Gallery San Francisco USA
2004  Jewellery Unlimited,Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
2002  Celebration Exhibition,Golden Jubilee,The Goldsmiths Hall,London,UK
2001  Nomade,Det Norske Teatret, Oslo, Norway
2000  Wendy Ramshaw Millenium Exhibition, CAA, London
British Jewellery in Berlin, Bettina Meyer, Berlin,Germany
1999  Nature Formed/Transformed, Freehand Gallery,
Los Angeles, USA
Contemporary Decorative Arts,Sothebys, London,UK
1998  Harten en Relatieringen, Galerie Brits and Carmeliet, Gent, Belgium
Fifty Pieces of Gold, CAA, London, UK
1997  Solo Showcase, Crafts Council @ Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Flessibellissimo, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Holland
Britain Now, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, USA
1997-96  Design Resolutions, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
1996  Forum fur Schmuck, Wedemark, Germany 
Schmuckszene 96, Munich, Germany
1995  Modern British Jewellery, Landes Museum, Mainz, Germany
New Jewellers, Crafts Council, London, UK
1994  Galerie Hipotesi, Barcelona, Spain
Galerie Ra, Amsterdam, Holland
1993  Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Holland
New Jewels, Gent, Belgium
1992  Triennale de Bijou, Musee des Ats Decoratifs, Paris, France

Commissions
2010
 Bracelets for costume Dept Gifts- Feature Film Stephen Spielberg Warhorse
2009  Earrings for Harry Potter 7-The Deathly Hallows
2008  Cufflinks for No 10 Downing Street
2007  Jewellery for Harry Potter 6 – The Half Blood Prince
2006  Jewellery for Harry Potter 5 – The Order of the Phoenix
2005  Buttons for Harry Potter 4 - The Goblet of Fire - Movie
2003  Jewellery for Harry Potter 3 – The Prisoner of Azkaban - Movie
2001  Cufflinks for No 10 Downing Street
1998  Cufflinks for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales
1996  Silver and Gold Necklace “Journey to the centre of the Earth” Natural History Museum
1996  10 Silver Etched Brooches for BBC Television

Publications:
2010
  'The New Encyclopedia of Jewellery Making Techniques' by Jinks         
Mc Grath Search Press page 98
2009  'Bangles & Bracelets' Amanda Doughty A&C Black p111
2009  'Contemporary Jewellery Techniques' Quarto Publishing Plc
2007  ‘The Earrings Book’ Yvonne Kulagowski,A&C Black - pages 97-100
2007  ‘500 Earrings’ Lark Books – page 402 
2005  '500 Brooches' Lark Books - page 110,140
2004  'Jewellery Unlimited - published by ACJ- page 53
2002  ‘The Art of Jewellery and Design from Idea to Reality’ by Elizabeth Olver
North Light Books Publications- page 112,113
2001  ‘Designing and Making Jewellery’ by Sarah Macrae
The Crowland Press-page1
2000  ‘Jewelry Design The Artisan’s Reference’ by Elizabeth Olver
Quarto Publications- pages 6,7,8,9,21,26,29,33,39,49,59,66,67,71
1999  ‘Design Sourcebook’ by David Watkins
New Holland Publications- pages 54,55
1998  ‘The Ring Design Past and Present’ by Sylvie Lambert       
Rotovision Publications- page 223
1998  ‘Contemporary Applied Arts 50 Years of Craft’ by 
Mary La Trobe Bateman and Tanya Harrod
Telos Publications- page 53
1996  Schmuck 96   page 48 and 49
1996  ‘Bargain Hunters London’ by Andrew Kershman
Metro Publications- page 103
1994  ‘The New Jewellery Trends and Traditions’ by
Peter Dormer and Ralph Turner
Thames and Hudson Publications- page 178     

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