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Jewellery & Metal (MA)

Katy Gillam-Hull

Katy Gillam-Hull is a crafts artist and teacher with an MA in Jewellery and Metal from the Royal College of Art and a BA in Contemporary Applied Arts from the University of Hertfordshire with a period spent at Oslo Academy of the Arts. Based in London, she makes objects and jewellery mostly for museum- and gallery-specific installations. Her previous residencies and exhibitions include working with St Albans Museum, Ruthin Craft Centre, Munich Jewellery Week and London Craft Week.

Degree Details

School of Arts & HumanitiesJewellery & Metal (MA)RCA2023 at Truman Brewery

Truman Brewery, F Block, Ground, first and second floors

Artist holding small box full of glass bead fragments, she is wearing a bespoke jacket and gesticulating animatedly.

Katy Gillam-Hull is a maker of objects, jewellery and walks that reflect upon found and archival materials and their capacity for encounter and for accumulating narrative through time. She often re-imagines these historic materials into speculative new forms and compositions, gathering them into collections that are explored through museum displays and guided walks. Katy’s fascination with the temporality of material is reflected in her use of heritage crafts techniques, inspired by their intimate history of making by hand. However, her interrogation and subversion of such techniques results in an aesthetic of both a contemporary and historical artefact, a purposefully delightful confusion that encourages curiosity in the audience. Katy’s work currently explores themes of memorial, heirloom, monument and the anthropocentric flaws and naivety of these. She pays attention to the accidental material inheritance of the world found in the waste and remnants of history and the stories they may tell.

close up of hand holding green glass bead with trees in the background

The Beads of Gresham Street is a collection of beads made from found glass, inspired by fragments of Roman London beads also reworked and reimagined from found glass. The beads are experienced through a guided walk in central London that speculates, what if beads kept occurring in this place, just as the waves sort pebbles into tidelines? What if time gathers and accumulates beads to this space? Throughout the walk beads are brought out and revealed, each new one sparking a narrative of that space and adding a chapter to the story, another bead on the bracelet. Passed between participants along the walk, the bracelet is collaboratively made, each selection of beads unique to that group just as the walkers’ experiences are. This blend of material and place creates a fascinating kind of encounter; a meeting with the temporality of the glass creates a sense of awe and connection through history, both rooted in the space through the embodiment of walking yet relocated from our surface assumptions and experience of place, a kind of material time travel.

close up of a bracelet made of multicoloured glass beads
close up of person holding a small box of broken glass beads
person wearing a jacket with lots of pockets full of vintage boxes, multiple hands reach in to frame to open the pockets


Glass beads, vintage boxes and bespoke waxed cotton jacket
Oxidised silver fragment with ochre yellow glass enamel on the surface

- experiments in glass and silver

A collection of material experiments in handmade found glass enamels. Layered on to the silver, the enamel is fired in such a way that the inherent tensions within the silver and glass are revealed. The surface tension of the glass manipulates the silver and is dragged and accumulated into these ripples, almost like landscapes that echo the muddy shores where some of the glass was found. The collection of fragments was designed in collaboration with the material: waste silver was melted into new free-form ingots, showcasing the shape the silver flowed in to. Once rolled into sheet they form fragmentary shapes despite being whole, imaginary shards that encourage assumption and speculation from the viewer. This ability to be fascinated and led by material is yet another layer in this process of noticing its.

CLose up of oxidised silver with pink/grey enamel on surface
oxidised silver fragment will ripples of silver on surface and green glass enamel
group of 6 silver fragments with coloured glass enamel across the surface


Silver and found glass enamels
dark oxidised silver and enamel brooch in diamond shape with drop detail beneath
Silver and enamel brooch

Clusters of silver gathered around glass enamels like set stones, the ripples of oxidised silver forming silhouettes of classic antique jewellery. Gillam-Hull uses found and waste glass in an innovative enamelling technique, recognising the glass as an accidental material inheritance, and reworks the forms into new jewellery. This is a reimagining of waste into a new precious form, creating speculative heirlooms of history with the potential to be passed on again to new wearers.

More of this jewellery collection can be seen and purchased at

silver and grey blue enamel stud earrings
woman wearing silver and enamel glass earrings
silver and grey and pink glass enamel stud earrings


Silver and found glass enamels

Behrens Foundation Bursary