Katherine Wheeler considers metal to be her main material, but she often integrates porcelain, paper, linen thread and polymer clay into her jewelry and hollow ware. The Melbourne artist, who maintains a strong focus on enjoying the process of making, has a gold and silversmithing degree from RMIT University in Australia.
porcelain, silver, linen and polyester thread, paint, glass beads, pva
Anemone Cup Ring, fine silver, polymer clay, cubic zirconia, paint
Stilt Cup, silver, linen thread, pva, paint
Urchin Ring, fine silver, buckram, paper, paint
My method of designing and making jewellery is spontaneous. I like my work to retain the energy of a quick sketch, which can often be lost during the process of making. The use of fine silver shim allows me to make impulsively. My method allows me to fabricate objects that have a paper-like fragile quality unexpected of metal.
Read this interview about Wheeler on the Melbourne Jeweller.