Five Questions With Katherine Wheeler

This post was first published on the 15th June 2016


Image features Katherine Wheelers 2017 collection of Rock Coral Earrings


Image features illustrations in progress – by Katherine Wheeler

What we love about Katherine Wheeler’s ceramic creations is that they beautifully blur the line between art and jewellery.  Her fine art background is apparent through her work, as each of her pieces are truly unique.  Read on to discover more about Katherine practice, and experience her work in person at our Sydney market next month. 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
I have always been artistic, and have had my dad’s pottery in the back yard since I was a little kid.  I studied a Diploma of Visual Arts followed by a Bachelor of Fine Art (gold and silver smithing) at RMIT.  The drawings, jewellery and homewares that I make now have years of experimenting and exhibition work behind them that I draw from.  I have now kind of merged my artistic disciplines to suit the way I want to express my ideas.  I love being able to make one of a kind wearable art pieces or homewares, that are imbued with personality and the marks of the maker, from start to finish in my home studio.


Image features one of a kind Rock Coral bangles designed and handmade by Katherine Wheeler


Images feature jewellery handmade and designed by Katherine Wheeler

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
This might sound a bit cliché, but stay true to your original ideas and yourself.  Don’t look around too much as it can be quite daunting.  And get some great product shots taken.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Katherine Wheeler in the next 12 months.
In the next 12 months I am planning on developing one of my products (the thread and porcelain vessels) into lamps and light shades.  This is something that has been on the list for a while, and I think this year is the time.

Also I’m pretty excited to work on a few collaborative pieces with Hanna from Nanna Woo Handmade, that will be ready in time for the Brisbane AW16 Finders Keepers.


Image features one of a kind ‘Rock coral’ rings, in coloured porcelain – handmade and designed by Katherine Wheeler


image features Black Fungi Bowl in clay – handmade and designed by Katherine Wheeler

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
Ok – if I can have two? It would be the trusty bamboo skewer and my kiln.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
My favourite products are my “Rock Coral” Porcelain rings.  I just love making and wearing them, and coming up with new colours and designs, no matter how big and crazy.  I think they are a great overall representation of my brand.  I also love watching people try them ALL on to find perfect fit and colour.


Image features work in progress – by Katherine Wheeler


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