Kate Pearse

After metalworking part-time for ever, I started Glasswing in 2005. Since then I have been making silver, gold and sea glass jewellery and sending my work to customers all over the world. I absolutely love what I do, and continue to develop my range all the time, very often adding new pieces in response to customers' special commissions.

I am totally blessed to have lived for the last ten years in Cornwall, one of the most stunning, rugged and remote regions in the UK. This is where I collected most of the sea glass I use in my jewellery. Following a big move along the South Coast, we are now living at the forest edge, in the very heart of the beautiful National South Downs Park in the UK. My lovely new workshop has views across open fields up to the neighbouring forest, and the stunning countryside around us continues to inform and inspire my lifestyle and my work.

As a family, we are passionate about getting out and exploring the countryside as often as possible, and promoting the protection of the environment. This is reflected in my workshop practice and the ethical jewellery I design and produce, which incorporates recycled and found objects and materials.

Background

I trained at the University of Wales in three dimensional design, (3D Design - metal working, jewellery and furniture design). I specialised principally in large scale metalwork, (coming as I do from a long line of Cornish blacksmiths) designing and making metal furniture, garden pieces and body sculpture. When I followed a blacksmith journeymanship myself, I worked on large scale steel structures including public sculptures, large gates for historic properties and metal furniture for private clients.

My traditional silversmithing skills have been developed through a range of courses, experimental workshop practice and sharing ideas with other craftspeople.

 

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Kate Pearse Glasswing Jewellery

 

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Glasswing Jewellery Ethical Wedding rings

 

About Glasswing Jewellery 

Recycled gold and silver wedding rings, engagement rings with ethically sourced and FAIRTRADE gemstones, and recycled diamonds.

Bridal, groom and commemorative and everyday jewellery.

I am determined to keep the environmental impact of my business and my jewellery to a minimum, which is why almost everything I make is from recycled precious metals. Find out more about recycled gold and silver here.

Ethical WEDDING rings / Civil Partnership rings / Bridal jewellery A gorgeous alternative to traditional wedding jewellery, Glasswing recycled sterling  silver, and yellow or white recycled gold Jewellery is a wonderful ethical jewellery choice if you are keeping the environmental impact of your wedding or civil partnership to a minimum.  Many of the elements in my work are recycled, upcycled and vintage. Contact me if you would  like to discuss a special commission for your wedding or civil partnership.

FORGED silver jewellery ~ hand forged chunky jewellery perfect for everyday wear.  Chunky silver rings, forged silver earrings and forged silver pendants necklaces. - in recycled silver.  Your Glasswing forged silver jewellery is available in a range of finishes from oxidised, to satin brushed or highly polished.  Personalised hand stamped rings available to order.

Hand stamped PERSONALISED jewellery ~ personalised sterling silver (stamped) jewellery, hand forged entirely by me to your specifications and intricately stamped with your special names, dates and sentiments. A unique alternative to engraving, hand stamping gives a really lovely hand stamped feel - because I do stamp every letter individually!   These pieces can incorporate your chosen focal charm or bead, ~  recycled beads, sea glass, gemstones and pearls.  See the shop for the possibilities, or contact me to request something different.  Glasswing personalised jewellery makes a beautiful, thoughtful and precious gift for a loved one, a friend, or a totally unique piece of keepsake jewellery.

SEA GLASS and recycled sterling silver jewellery ~ upcycled, recycled eco-glamour. With Glasswing sea glass jewellery you can own a little piece of marine history, as well as wear the most beautiful of recycled art. The sea glass for Glasswing Jewellery is collected on the fabulous beaches of Cornwall, and other UK beaches and beyond.  I also buy some really special pieces from carefully selected genuine sea glass collectors worldwide.  It's then hand drilled to make beads and pendants for sea glass earrings, sea glass necklaces and bracelets. Jewellery can be bought  from stock, or made to order.

RECYCLED SILVER AND GOLD I source the recycled silver and gold I work with from the Hoover and Strong Harmony metals range in the US, and from Capella and Cooksons in the UK.   The metal is extracted from heavy industry such as photographics, as well as from used jewellery.  If you'd like to discuss having other ethical jewellery pieces in my range made in recycled precious metal and recycled or ethical gemstones, this may be possible,  depending upon what gems I can source, or already have and/or your order size. 

As of January 2015, I am also registered to use FAIRTRADE GOLD AND SILVER. Please contact me to discuss having your jewellery made in FAIRTRADE rather than recycled metals.

Contact me if you would like to discuss any special requirements. 

 

 

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