Kathryn Hinton

Designer | Jeweller | Silversmith

As a jeweller and silversmith I have spent time learning the traditional skills involved in working with silver and other materials. My work focuses on merging these traditional silversmithing ideas with digital technology. I continue to develop my design ideas and learn about new technologies which I combine to design and make my faceted silverware and jewellery.

My work is process driven and as a way of merging these traditional silversmithing ideas with digital technology I developed a user interface in the form of a hammer that works alongside computer aided design (CAD) software. The digital tool mimics the physical actions of silversmithing, in particular the hammering process used in forming sheet metal. The faceted silverware and jewellery is realised using processes such as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling and press forming, rapid prototyping and lost wax casting process.

Education

2008-2010 MPhil by Project ‘The Craft of Digital Tooling’, Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery, Royal College of Art
2006-2008 MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery, Royal College of Art
2003-2004 Bishopsland Workshop, South Oxfordshire
2000-2003 First Class BA(Hons) Goldsmithing, Silversmithing and Jewellery Design, Kent Institute of Art and Design
1999-2000 BTEC Foundation of Art and Design, Kent Institute of Art and Design

Residences

2012-2013 Design Informatics Resident Entrepreneurs Programme, Edinburgh University
2011-2012 Artist in Residence, Jewellery and Silversmithing department, Edinburgh college of Art

Awards

2014 Creative Scotland, Artists Bursary
2013 Shortlisted for KetelOne Modern Craft Project, Great Britain
2013 Commendation from Worshipful Company of Pewterers, Clock design
2012 Gold Award, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship and Design Awards
2012 Creative Scotland, Professional Development Award
2008 Award for silverware, The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Braziers
2008 Best in silver, Theo Fennell Award
2007 Silversmithing bursary, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’
2005 Commendation Award, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship and Design Awards
2003 Precious Metal Bursary awarded by Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths'
2002 Commendation from Worshipful Company of Pewters