In this Balance series, Deborah chats with creative entrepreneur and designer, Kate Sutton, founder of Uberkate personalised jewellery.
Deb asks Kate, “Where did the passion come from – working with jewellery and being a silversmith?”
According to Kate’s mum, she started at age seven when she used to pull apart old chains and put them back together. Then throughout her teenage years, Kate recalls her ‘beading phase’, learning how to thread beading, and making wired bracelets and necklaces.
In her early twenties, Kate was searching for the perfect sterling silver earring hook to hang her beading creations, with no success. She found a TAFE course on silver smithing and decided to give it a go. By the end of the first night, she’d made earring hooks. By the end of the second night she’d already soldered together and made her first ring. This was perhaps the period Kate really discovered her passion for designing and jewellery making, and the beginning of the journey that would lead to complete career change.
While Kate modestly admits she never did an apprenticeship, she’s completed numerous courses and, as she puts it, taken a lot of the things she’s learned and done the complete opposite!
About Kate Sutton
Kate Sutton enjoyed a successful career in television before starting her own business which grew out of her hobby of jewellery making.
With no commercial training, Kate launched her first signature piece, the highly successful Ubercircle, back in 2004. Since then her business Uberkate has achieved incredible success, creating quality bespoke jewellery for people all over the world from her home studio in Sydney, Australia. Kate is an official ambassador and mentor for Global Sisters.