‘Precious Kent’ is an eclectic range of fellow award-winning designer/makers from Kent who have come together for a selling exhibition of handcrafted designs and art.
Their celebration of the best of British talent offers a treasure trove of creativity, innovative design and superb craftsmanship, using a variety of interesting and beautiful materials .
During the exhibitions visitors can join collectors, design aficionados and buy directly from the makers or commission special one-off pieces.
Hidemi Asano Alison Boyce– silver, enamel and found objects Shelby Fitzpatrick – perspex and silver Polly Gasston – 22ct gold and semi precious stones Stuart Jenkins – metalsmith, jewellery and silverware Ulla Hörnfeldt Sabine König – silver, gold and pearls Joan Mac Karell – enamel Olivia Schlevogt – fused silver and gold and precious stones
Describe what your group does.
We are a group of professional jewellers who make and sell in exhibitions where the public can meet the makers and buy unique, beautiful pieces.
Tell us briefly about the people in your group. Where do they come from? What’s their background?
We are all based in Kent but have lived and worked in many other places. The history of each jeweller is too much information for this space, but each jeweller is happy to tell their story when talking to clients!
Why did you start your group? What are your reasons? What's your story? How did it all start?
We started the group because Goldsmiths' Fair is, historically, the only high end selling exhibition available to professional jewellers and silversmiths. We all agreed we needed another outlet and we try to have an annual sale for the group.
What do you like best about being part of your group?
We are all jewellers but all make such different work so it's wonderful to come together and see each other's work and talk about it and share ideas and achievements.
What is your group's golden moment so far?
Our golden moment was the first exhibition we had where every single one of us sold at least one piece. It doesn't always happen!
Describe a memorable response to your work as an group? Ways people responded to your work? What was their reaction? What did they say?
Being invited back to have a second exhibition at Linden Hall Studio in Deal was a memorable response for the group.
Also, people are amazed that we actually make the work we sell.
What is the most exciting part of your work at the moment?
Being together for the second time at Linden Hall is most exciting for all of us right now. We all exhibit at different places during the year, but this is when we come together and we love it.
What is your group's dream project?
Our dream project is to find the right venues that will allow us to exhibit together twice a year instead of just once.