Designer | Maker | Goldsmith
About the artist
Eleanor has been designing and making jewellery for over 10 years, first studying a BA(hons) in jewellery and metalwork at Bucks New Uni, then going on to work for two prestigious goldsmiths in Bristol, UK, before moving to Bermuda in 2012. She worked for another jeweller for a number of years before branching out to launch her business in 2016.
With a long history of working as a jeweller, artist Eleanor Kerr-Patton demonstrates a unique approach to jewellery as a wearable art form. Graduating in 2009 she has since contributed to noted UK and international exhibitions. Her work is part of many personal collections, she has been selected as a designer to watch by Not Just a Label and was the recipient of an Arts Council bursary to exhibit in 'Sick! Living with invisible illness'
Eleanor combines tradition goldsmiths skills and conceptual design in her Edinburgh studio. Using her signature techniques of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing pottery with lacquer and gold dust, and skilled technical stone setting she creates striking, beautiful and thought provoking art jewellery.
By applying Kintsugi to mirrors rather than pottery, Eleanor explores her own experiences with mental illness and recovery. The philosophy of the technique treats damage and repair as part of the history of the object, rather than something to disguise.
Her pieces combine ethically sourced precious metals and nontraditional materials creating a collection of jewellery which can be worn as an outwardly visible representation of a journey often invisible to others, bringing these subjects to the public eye.
Along side her mental health awareness work, creating and running an ethical and sustainable business is a core value of Eleanor Patton Jewellery. See her Ethical Policy for more information.
Eleanor welcomes the creative challenge of creating a unique piece of custom jewellery. She has made wedding and engagement rings, bespoke necklaces and earrings which have been any where from one of a kind to a reinvention of a current design, so get in touch for a free consultation if you have an idea in mind, and Eleanor will talk you through each step of the process.
Awards and recognition
Selected as Black Sheep by Not Just a Label
Arts Council Bursary to take part in Sick! Living with invisible illness
2018 Qualified as Mental Health First Aider
2016 established my own business:
2016 Jewellery workshops, Bermuda.
2014-2016 Freelance bench jeweller.
2013-2014 Head goldsmith and workshop manager for Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewellery.
2012-2013 Acting manager, workshop manager and senior goldsmith at Clifton Rocks jewellery gallery.
2011-2012 Outworker to Clare Chandler, owner of Clifton Rocks jewellery gallery.
2011-2012 bench jeweller at Nicholas Wylde Goldsmiths.
2010 Representative of the Lesley Craze Gallery at the Collect exhibition in the Saatchi.
2009-2010, Gallery assistant at the Lesley Craze gallery in London.
April 2016, two-day intensive course in advanced stone setting techniques at Rio Grande jewellery suppliers in USA.
2011- 2012, on the job training as a traditional Goldsmith in repairs and commissions with both Nicholas Wylde and Clifton Rocks.
2010, “Work in Progress” sales and business course for independent jewellers at Holts Academy
2009, Self-taught Keum Boo techniques of fine gold fusing.
2006-2009, Jewellery Design and fabrication, BA honors, Buckingham New University, High Wycombe
2005-2006, Foundation Art Diploma, Wimbledon School of Art, London
2005, Rings design short course, Richmond Adult Community College, London
2002 Body Jewellery design and fabrication course, Central St Martin’s University of Art and Design, London