I’m a UK based jewellery designer.
Kate discovered a love of jewellery design whilst on her art foundation course at Loughborough University. She found a natural affinity working with metal and spent long hours making intricate models of her ideas to help her visualise her designs. Kate has always had a hands on approach and her jewellery is designed and made as much as possible by hand using simple tools. This way of working gives each piece of jewellery it’s own unique form and finish, as working by hand will give it’s own subtle variations during the making process.
Inspiration for Kate’s work comes from looking at natural structures and forms. Pieces tend to evolve through the making process rather than being drawn out beforehand and are produced as limited edition or one off items in both silver and high carat gold. Precious metal is hammered, reticulated or drilled to create texture and overlaid with delicate moving discs; silver is highlighted with details of rich 22ct yellow gold or oxidised to give a dramatic dark finish. Long wrap-over chains with free moving elements and sculptural shapes are forged and soldered and necklaces and rings are formed from hand pierced shapes. Collections of work have developed to include bracelets, rings, drop and stud earrings, wrap-over necklaces, pendants and brooches.
After graduating in 2003 with a first class honours degree Kate became self-employed and Kate Bajic Hand Made Jewellery was born. Since then her jewellery has been exhibited in galleries throughout the UK and Ireland and at a wide range of exhibitions. In 2005 Kate also began to teach jewellery workshops, these have proved so popular that she now runs them on a regular basis at several different venues in the East Midlands and has also begun offering private tuition from her Leicestershire based studio. Kate really enjoys the chance this offers to share her passion for jewellery and continues to teach alongside running her jewellery design business.
18ct Yellow Gold hammered brooch with free moving discs & integral pin