Studio image by Tomek Celarek

Kate Sutherland

Jewellery, Metal, Wearables

Jeweller Kate Sutherland is fascinated with how adornment affects the wearer, not only as a physical object, but as a part of their identity. Her work explores the relationship between metal and the human body and the symbolism and meaning that is placed in jewellery. The formal qualities of highly polished precious metal and its mercury like presence has come to stand for the marriage of metal and the body - an aesthetic that is central to her practice.

Sutherland is fascinated by the technical process and working with materials to achieve a desired result. Her work is influenced by clean lines and simplicity, surface reflection, repeating pattern and geometric shape, referencing elements of tribal jewellery, sacred geometry, dotwork tattoo and markings. Her time within the JamFactory community, amongst inspiring craftspeople has pushed her to achieve a high standard of work as well as giving her a solid base within an arts community, which continues to shape and inspire her.

After completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts specialising in Jewellery and Metals in 2005 at the University of South Australia, Sutherland went on to complete an apprenticeship with a certificate III in jewellery manufacture (2010), Postgraduate Diploma (2011) and a Masters Degree specialising in Jewellery and Metals in 2012. She completed the 2 year associate program in the metal studio at JamFactory in 2013 and is now a studio tenant.



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Group Exhibitions

2017, Gems, Collect space, JamFactory, Adelaide, South Australia
2015, Adorn, Adelaide Central gallery, Adelaide, South Australia
2014-2015, One + 3, JamFactory, Seppeltsfield, South Australia
2014, Generate, JamFactory, Seppeltsfield, South Australia
2013, Generate, JamFactory, Gallery one, Adelaide, South Australia


2011-2013, JamFactory Associate, Metal Design Studio, JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design
2012-2013, Master of Visual Arts and Design, Specialising in Jewellery and Metals, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia
2010, Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture, TAFE SA, Roma Mitchell Arts Centre


2014, Finalist (in collaboration with Maria Chatzinikolaki and Klaus Gutowski), Kennedy Art Prize
2010, Finalist, Jewellery Association of Australia Awards (silver category)
2009, Finalist, International Opal Jewellery Design Awards


2017, Drawn to the city, The Adelaide Review, July issue
2013, Warrior Girl, editorial, Like a Lion Magazine, September issue
2012, Featured emerging artist, The Adelaide Review, January issue
2011, Designing Divas, SA Life Magazine, February issue


2017, Laura, 18ct rose gold and black opal ring
2017, Sue, 18ct white and yellow golds, London blue topaz ring
2017, Michael, Sterling silver and tektite ring set
2016, Cole, 18ct and white sapphire bridal ring set for JamFactory
2016, Kate, Sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold and opal ring

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Kate Sutherland | The Jewellers Podcast

17 May 2018

The JamFactory, Adelaide bridges the gap between novice and career.

This month The Jewellers Podcast spoke to alumni Kate Sutherland and Production Manager Alice Potter about what JamFactory does and tips on building that bridge.

Listen to the podcast below.

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