Design in Manufacture by Kathleen Hills
On Wednesday 1st February 2012 the London Branch played host to well known ceramic and glass designer Kathleen Hills.
Kathleen set up her design studio in 2002 after graduating with a 1st class honours degree from Central St Martins and an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art. Kathleen displayed many of her slip cast bone china domestic lighting and table top items which she produces within factories in Stoke on Trent.
Kathleen spoke about the many areas of her design and manufacturing methods which have many parallels with the cast metals industries and prototyping techniques. A large number of branch members attended the event and the level of discussions during and after this was a testament to the level of interest that her presentation had generated. Such was the level of interest expressed, after the event I would have no hesitation in recommending Kathleen as a guest speaker to other institute branches.
Her work has been published in various national and international magazines and newspapers including The Telegraph, The Observer, Blueprint and Elle Decoration. In 2006 she was selected in Marie Claire’s hot 100 List to represent “a raft of women who we predict will make the news”. Kathleen’s products are now sold in major retail outlets such as Libertys, Fortnum & Mason, Heals and Le Bon Marche, and her celebrity client list includes Cate Blanchett.