Driven by her love of traditional metalworking processes, Kate Sale crafts her bright, bold and unique jewellery by hand, injecting colour and vibrancy into every piece.
Kate’s work is created using recycled sterling silver, gold and copper with kiln fired glass enamel, and ‘cold’ ultraviolet set enamel. All jewellery is designed and made by Kate in her home studio in Sydney.
Images: Kate Sale Jewellery, Fairy Bread Earrings, 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist; Kate Sale, Portrait. Photo: Phillip Sale
OBJECT SHOP MAKER Q&A
What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
I've been making jewellery for as long as I can remember. Always beading as a kid and then working up to many short courses then finally attending TAFE. I quit my theatre nursing job in 2014 to have my first child and during maternity leave made the call to stop nursing for good and really pursue my real passion. Thus, Kate Sale Jewellery was created. I have then not stopped making jewellery and have loved every minute of it.
Describe the last thing you made?
I had a huge enamelling day. Lots of experimental pieces with enamel, pushing the limits of the materials and seeing how different techniques can be combined. My session didn't actually result in a piece of jewellery but has given me lots of fuel for thought! Isn't that what the whole journey is about?!
What part of the making process do you enjoy the most?
I absolutely love enamelling. Putting hours of work into design, making and then prepping the piece for enamelling, not really knowing what is about to come out of the kiln. Have I melted everything, did the colours come out the way they were intended, has it exploded in the kiln? It's an exciting time!
Who should we be following on Instagram? Who are your favourite local makers? Oh, so many people! My favs are @jerichoroadclothing - some seriously great clothes. @ladystartups - they are always supporting small and feature some incredible gals. @bonmaxie - earring mess solutions. @varietyhour - great clothes.
What's next on the horizon for you? Enamelling experimentation! Trying to find the perfect colour combinations that are bold and unique. I've just competed a course on chasing and repousse so would love to integrate that into my current jewellery. Always making and learning new skills.