Meet The Maker – Kate Hamilton Hunter (and her lovely team)

Kate Hamilton-Hunter - Jeweller and Designer

Kate Hamilton-Hunter – Jeweller and Designer

Kate Hamilton-Hunter and her trusty ever-expanding team design and create jewellery from upcycled biscuit, shortbread, sweet and toffee tins.

Kate and her team

Kate and her team

Once they deconstruct the tins, they cut out hearts, birds, leaves and butterflies from the flat sheet, sand all the edges, file the corners, drill and dome the flat pieces and then mount the pendants onto sterling silver sometimes embellishing with with Swarovski crystals and pearls. Each piece is carefully chosen to make the most of the design on the tin and to use the material as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Heart bracelet from our current Christmas collection

Heart bracelet from our current Christmas collection

Oak Leaf bracelet from our current Christmas collection

Oak Leaf bracelet from our current Christmas collection

Kate’s studio is on the North Wales coast, with the waves crashing behind the studio on stormy days! Over the 10 years of developing and growing the business Kate has moved from her kitchen table to various locations. Here at Heart Gallery we feel that we have been on this journey with Kate having stocked her work for 8 years now.

Heart and bead charm bracelets

Heart and bead charm bracelets

Heart and bead drop earrings

Heart and bead drop earrings

In 2013 Kate moved once more and soon realised she had found the perfect studio finally and she is now happy and settled in a light industrial unit by the beach! The building was built for Kate and her team so they requested skylights in the roof and the daylight has made a big difference to the feel of the studio and offices.

Purple and Gold necklaces from our current Christmas collection

Purple and Gold necklaces from our current Christmas collection

Selection of earrings from our current Christmas collection

Selection of earrings from our current Christmas collection

Kate doesn’t look to other jewellers for inspiration but she does, in her own words, “love love love the work of environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, collage artist Sarah Lugg and Welsh artist Eleri Mills”, among many others! Kate is inspired mostly by her natural surroundings in North Wales.

Heart earrings on long ear wires

Heart earrings on long ear wires

Heart necklaces

Heart necklaces

Kate takes photos on her phone every day for Instagram, which keeps her creative brain ticking over! She then transforms her iPhone photos on Instagram into retro snippets and is building a virtual sketchbook of daily moments of inspiration. There is a world of beauty all around us, we just have to look with new eyes to see it and Kate sees her job as using her world of inspiration and insight to create beautiful things that connect us to each other through beautiful design.

New bracelets from our Christmas collection

New bracelets from our Christmas collection

New grey lace effect heart necklaces

New grey lace effect heart necklaces

Her favourite recent collection was the Woodland Trust Collection as she took the shapes of leaves, butterfly wings and seeds for this collection. Mother Nature must be the greatest inspiration for designers the world over!

Part of Kate's Woodland Trust collection inspired by leaves

Part of Kate’s Woodland Trust collection inspired by leaves

Kate and her team have just finished samples for Valentine’s Day 2015 and she is now looking to Spring/Summer designs to reflect those hazy days of summer! Quite tricky when it’s raining and cloudy outside!

Heart earrings

Heart earrings

I recently asked Kate to describe her work in only 5 words and this is what she said, “Delicate, Feminine, Unique, Different, Creative”. We feel this sums up all the ranges we have ever stocked by Kate perfectly and know that you will love the new Christmas collections as much as the Pretty floral pieces we will continue to showcase.

Kate with a selection of tins she recycles into stunning jewellery

Kate with a selection of tins she recycles into stunning jewellery

Kate designs all of the jewellery and trains her team of talented jewellery-makers in her own unique processes used to create her signature style of contemporary jewellery…..and here at Heart Gallery we love their collections and know that you do too. Call in to see her lovely new Christmas collection soon x

A selection of necklaces from our Christmas collection

A selection of necklaces from our Christmas collection

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