Last summer I had the chance to visit Katie g. Jewellery studio in the beautiful Lindengasse Street in Vienna. The blue storefront in this nice yellow building is the entrance to Katie's gallery and studio space. Katie shares the space with Katharina Schmid, another jewelry designer, and the Atelier Lindengasse is a perfect mix of a store and jewelry studio.
A huge window provides natural light into the modern, clean space. In the gallery space you find custom cases, with built drawers that have necklaces hanging from the beautiful fixtures. On one corner of the room you can see the custom made bench, which is a perfect way to let the clients see the work that is being done by the designer.
Katie is an Austrian transplant from the UK. She was born in Cornwall in England and moved to Vienna when she was 5 years old. She pursued jewelry design at the Goldschmiedeakademie - Wien where she learned her technical skills, only to perfect them further at the renowned Alchimia Scuola di Gioielleria Contemporanea in Florence. The contrast between both of her jewelry training in Vienna (very technical) and in Florence (contemporary design) encouraged her to explore new and organic shapes, with a special appreciation for irregular shapes which influence Katie's designs.
Katie developed a concept, which she has trademarked, called the Ring Casing ©. As the name indicates, is a casing of two rings that you can use with a third ring in the middle. The idea came up when she got engaged: her engagement ring is a beautiful solitaire that belonged to her husband's grandmother. Thinking that she would want to add more volume to the existing engagement ring she came up with the casing rings and it proved so popular that she developed them into a permanent feature on her collection.
As I go around taking photos of the space and the jewelry it's evident that Katie draws inspiration from nature and organic shapes. There are some beautiful stack rings, with many different shapes, the cuffs and bracelets with diamonds and different patinas. Some of her rings are inspired from her childhood spent at the beach collecting seashells and other natured made objects. Another thing that I notice and that I love seeing in jewelry studios are the boxes and recipients jewelers use to keep their burs or small objects. Katie has a couple of them that I cannot resist to take photos.
And even though this is not jewelry related, I can't help to notice that Katie has the sneakers that I wanted and couldn't find cause they sold out. So sorry guys, I had to take a photo, because she looked really good on them.
So if you're on your way to Vienna remember to go visit Katie G and enjoy her beautiful studio, her gallery space and jewelry.
KATIE G. JEWELLERY
Address: Atelier Lindengasse, Lindengasse 5, 1070 Wien, P: +43 676 626 5857
How did you become a jewelry designer?
“It found me! I always admired jewellery from a young age.”
What’s the first thing you do when you get to the studio?
What do you like most about your space?
“The energy! I’ve never felt so at ease creating before…”
Pick 3 objects in your studio that make your space yours:
“Tools, tools, tools”
What’s your favorite spot in the studio?
“Depends on my mood but I love it all”
Any studio rituals?
“Tuesday is studio refresh days”
What do you love and hate doing at the bench?
“Love wax work and creating new designs. Not a huge fan of filing /cleaning casts.
What makes you procrastinate?
“Procrastination? Noooooo…. Never ;-) “
What is currently inspiring you?
“Nature is always in the forefront”
What piece of jewelry do you always wear?
“My engagement ring with casing”
Currently obsessed with which gemstone/metal?
Piece of jewelry you’re most proud of?
“The ring casing © “
What’s your dream jewelry piece? (if there were no time or budget restrictions)
“Too many to list, but keep a lookout as dreams do become reality…”
Worst piece of jewelry you had to design/create?
“Happy to say that hasn’t happened”
What’s the longest period of time you’ve spent at the studio and why?
“Probably 2am before a fair some years ago”
The best thing a client ever told you?
“It was more a cry of joy and disbelief when she picked up her wedding band. She cried and the joy was immense. The piece was really gorgeous.
The funniest thing a client ever told you?
“I need it tomorrow.”
What’s on your desk right now?
It’s exceptionally clean just for you :) “
If you weren’t a jewelry designer?
“Another designer of some sort or a police detective”