Katie Watson is a silversmith and jeweller who specialises in chasing and repoussé. Having held a keen passion for painting since she was young, Katie decided to channel her creative energy through a craft that is a bridge between art and design. She graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in Jewellery and Silversmithing in 2018 and continued her creative journey from a studio in Edinburgh as a graduate in residence. Katie then moved on to Bishopsland Educational Trust where she learnt new skills and created pieces in the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside (2019-21).
Katie’s work has been exhibited widely, in Edinburgh, London and the Netherlands amongst other places. She has won many accolades including the ‘New Maker’ Award at Elements 2020, and first prize for a dish design from the Art Society of Chilton Hills.
The designs for Katie Watson’s new collection ‘A Celebration of Nature’ started with a walk through woodlands, along the coast and across mountains, mainly around her hometown of North Berwick and The Isle of Arran in Scotland. On these adventures, Katie draws and studies anything that captures her attention in detail, and creates a design enriched by her imagination.
Using silver as a canvas, Katie translates the drawings onto the metal surface using chasing and repoussé, and produces wonderlands of nature in unique pieces of jewellery and silverware. Her work transports you on a journey outdoors, immersed in nature and surrounded by wildlife. She brings scenes to life by conveying a sense of movement within each piece, from the interweaving flow of water ripples, to wild grasses swaying in the wind and birds soaring high.