Kathryn Partington is deeply interested in the application of surface pattern and ornamentation in jewellery. She produces unique pieces by utilising her background training within the discipline of tableware ceramics and printed textiles. She combines these skills through material manipulation and experimentation. Her current collection of work is based on an 1890 Victorian adaptation of a Japanese style tableware pattern, which is symbolic of the dialogue that exists then and now between Eastern and Western ideas of design. Decoration is reworked through the above processes and applied to hand formed silver pieces, natural and hand dyed silks and bone china.
Kathryn Partington was born in England in 1977. Between 1995 and 1996, she carried out foundation studies in art and design. In 1999 she graduated with a BA Hons. in design from Staffordshire University. In 2001 she gained an MA in Ceramic Design, Staffordshire University. In 2007 she gained an MA Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products from Birmingham University. In 2007 she was awarded an artist residency at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham, by the Crafts Council. Kathryn Partington has taken part in several exhibitions in the US, Germany and Italy.