From an early age Katherine has been familiar with the techniques involved in making jewellery and working with metal. Her father works as a jewellery designer maker and often Katherine would work alongside him in his workshop. By the age of 16 this was a serious hobby and Katherine sold jewellery to her friends for pocket money. She won young Craftsman of the Year in the early 1990s. Katherine went to the Surrey Institute of Art and Design and then on to Edinburgh College of Art.
In 1999 Katherine set out as a professional jewellery designer maker.
Katherine sells her work through various outlets including one off exhibitions, Open houses and has work in galleries locally, nationally, and internationally at Eidos Contemporary Jewelry in New Mexico, USA. She is also a member of the Society of Botanical Artists, which has an biennial exhibition at in Central London and in Frankfurt, Germany.
Katherine Lawrie’s jewellery, handmade in sterling silver and gold, is inspired by natural forms, British wildlife and textures in the world around us..
She uses various techniques to create her jewellery. Roller texturing is a predominant one, an unpredictable technique which involves the use of steel rolling mills and natural and manmade materials, such as feathers, leaves, lace and petals. The object disintegrates but leaves the surface of the metal with a rich ethereal texture. Using this technique involves a lot of happy accidents, but that is what keeps it fresh, and inspiring. The jewellery can be very evocative, the pressing of a special leaf from a place visited once, or grandma’s lace. Katherine uses this technique in conjunction with stories and symbolism of British wildlife and semi-precious stones and beads to create a body of work with sensitivity and subtlety which works in sympathy with the wearer.