About Catherine Thomas
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"It quickly became obvious that I was fascinated and inspired by both the creative process and the finished result, and I gravitated towards setting up my own business, founded in 2009 at the same time as moving to Dorset. "
Studio: Studio 4, Wimborne
Number: 01202 841854
I grew up in rural Lincolnshire in the 1960s and 70s in a beautiful stone-built Georgian house and in a slightly bohemian family. Although my father eventually trained and practised as a GP, he had spent his youth working as an actor and travelling extensively in India. My mother studied at the Royal College of Needlework and brought her amazing eye for colour to create lovely home interiors.
I didn't follow an artistic path at school or in higher education, but I always loved crafts and excelled at embroidery and needlework, as well as loving ceramics from an early age - this was always a family passion. My parents loved to support the work of ceramic artists, some of whom were very well known - we even owned soup bowls by Lucie Rie, which sadly didn't survive family life.
Work took me to London and then Paris, and it was after this that I refocused my craft skills and career on jewellery, and silver in particular. I worked to acquire a solid grounding of core bench skills and was fortunate to do a number of short courses at West Dean College with Barbara Christie, an extraordinary and inspiring jewellery designer. It quickly became obvious that I was fascinated and inspired by both the creative process and the finished result, and I gravitated towards setting up my own business, founded in 2009 at the same time as moving to Dorset.
Etching is my signature technique and it enables me to express a love of texture and pattern. I also use it to introduce a narrative element and a sense of fun to some of my less formal pieces. I work using a combination of traditional practices and modern technology - so every piece is hand made, but innovations such as photopolymer film widen the scope of designs that I can use and bring the etching process into the 21st century.
Early influences from my family inevitably inform my work, but many of my designs (and particularly my etched patterns) stem from a more general sense of what feels ‘right’ and the same applies to the limited colour palette of semi-precious stones that I use. Fortunately this has been appreciated by the public and the craft world.