Who is Katherine Bowman?

I am a Melbourne contemporary jeweller and artist.

My work is strongly influenced by both nature and the history of art. I have a particular interest in how we imbue an object with meaning and the consequent relationship the object has with the body it adorns.

How did you end up in jewellery design & manufacturing?

Jewellery is very important to me. I have always been drawn to jewellery, not for its monetary value, but for its materials and colours and textures and also for its associations with people and cultures. I am continuously intrigued and challenged by it. The scale demands you to focus your attention on details and to understand materials and processes and I am always learning.

My first degree was a Bachelor of Arts with a Double Major in Fine Art History from the University of Melbourne from 1988 -1991. I then completed a degree with Honours in Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT in 2001. In 2002, I received an Australian Post Graduate Award and completed a Master of Arts through RMIT.

I was a founding member of Northcity4, an artist run initiative that supports the Australian contemporary jewellery community by providing workshop space and education programs.

I have taught at RMIT since 2007 in the Gold and Silversmith department, within the School of Art.

Do you create each and every piece yourself?

Yes, each piece is hand made by me in my studio/workshop in Thornbury. I use and support all local suppliers for my metal and stones. I don’t have an assistant – I make each piece from start to finish.

“I have always been drawn to jewellery, not for its monetary value, but for its materials and colours and textures and also for its associations with people and cultures.”


Why custom design engagement and wedding jewellery over something ‘off the shelf’?

I meet with clients in my studio/workshop – this is a new space I have set up recently. I create each piece especially for person it adorns. I do have designs that I have made for many years, yet each one will always be different. It might be some hand engraving or markings, a secret stone set underneath or changing the proportions slightly but no piece is ever the same.

How has wedding jewellery in particular changed over the last few years and where do you think it’s headed?

I am not a traditional jeweller. Jewellery as a status symbol and a sign of wealth are of no interest to me, rather I am more interested in the private and individual experience of wearing an item that can be carried on the body and therefore possibly be something that could enrich experience because of integrity of design and respect to materials, as well as become a meaningful item to an individual. I have never made traditional styles of wedding and engagement rings. I think more people are wanting something more individual that tells a story, something that no ones else has.


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