Cathy van den Essen
I draw my inspiration from ancient and modern cultures, such as symbolism like Runes and the modern Heart. Symbols are a simple form of communication, an unspoken language. Nature and the environment are also a very strong influence in my designs and work. I am a designer in precious metals, stones and wood. I use these materials together to make a statement about how precious our forests are in the world, an unspoken statement. I like the idea that all elements become equal and precious in their own right.
I enjoy experimenting with different textures in my metal pieces, by using different hammers and a rolling mill to roll press patterns into my metal pieces to achieve an individual result, that is then created into a unique piece of jewellery. The wood provides me with lovely patterns and unique colours to play with. l combine the two materials by riveting them together and l might then add a precious or semi-precious stone to the piece to balance out the simple design. No two pieces are made the same. I hope my individual pieces communicate to you
“Simplicity is sophistication” By Leonardo De Vinci
1988 Advanced Certificate in Art and
Design, Whitehorse College of
1989-91 BA Craft Degree – Major in Gold and Silversmith. Minor in Cold
1991-92 Blacksmithing Course
2007 Visa Community Leadership
program. Created a community
project called the “Yarra Valley
2010 Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Workshops with Carol Gregory
2011 'Making Stamps‘ Workshop for PMC
with Lara Le Reveur
2014 Resin Jewellery Workshop with
2015 Wax modelling for metal casting
with Jane Ruljancich
2000-05 Inaugural committee member of community group, “Banyan Gallery”, to educate community about Local
2001-09 Member of the Yarra Valley Arts
Organised the KidsART Exhibitions
inviting 21 local primary schools to
participate in a group exhibition.
2009-11 President of the “Yarra Valley Open Studios” coordinating the annual event each year assisted by the Yarra Valley Open Studios Association. I also took part as a Gold and Silversmith and exhibited in the group exhibitions.
2005 Inaugural Banyan Gallery Exhibition at Healesville Wine Centre
2005 “Made from the Heart”, at Silvermist Studio.
2008 ‘Artist in Context’ at Three Stories
2009-11 ‘Yarra Valley Open Studios’ Group Exhibitions at Sticks Winery
2014 ‘Nature’ Group Exhibition at Art at
2010–12 Business Partner and Artist in “Mud Glass Metal”, Healesville.
2013 Curator of the Art Gallery at Mont De Lancey Homestead, Wandin North.
2013–16 Home based business, making
Stockist - RACV Healesville Country Club.
Find Cathy van den Essen at:
Mobile no: 0407 655 483
Open by appointment only
Address: 116 Rowson Road, Chum Creek, 3777, Victoria.
Please contact me to arrange a jewellery workshops.