Curiosities of the Sea

Curiosities of the Sea

SOLO EXHIBITION at the Cairns Regional Gallery 2016

Catherine Hunter is a skilled local silversmith who makes unique small sculptures and fine art pieces.

In this exhibition Hunter draws on a scientific aesthetic to contemplate environmental pressures and phenomena.

Through these wearable fine art pieces Hunter aims to instigate conversations and draw the viewer into a miniature, highly detailed and fragile world.

Working predominately with sterling silver, accented with other precious metals, Hunter fabricates unique forms combined with natural found-objects and deliberately-selected discarded everyday materials.

These materials are used to draw attention to the impact of our consumption on the ecology of local wetlands, mangroves and reefs.

Hunter employs ancient repoussé and reticulation techniques to create blackened-silver bones contrasted against bleached-white powder-coated brass forms layered with real coral, delicate neon aquarium plants and hand-coloured pastel polymer clays.

Through this installation Hunter also explores the possibilities of positive interventions such as the farming of endangered coral species and hybrid new species for the future. The rings and brooches in the center of the room are laid out like a propagation table, the necklaces pinned to the wall like preserved insects.

Look closely to discover tiny crown-of-thorns starfish and coral polyps suspended within plastic domes, a plethora of reclaimed plastics such as tiny sushi take-away containers filled with micro beads and redundant electrical cords knitted with natural fibres.



Silversmithing Classes 2016

Short Courses in Silversmithing start again in April.

Gain skills in:

  • jewellery making techniques
  • correct use of jeweller’s tools
  • soldering, jewellery components, chain and ring making
  • principles of forging and doming

Course duration: Tuesday evenings over four weeks.

Dates: 2016

12-Apr to 03-May-2016,

24-May to 14-Jun-2016,

12-Jul to 02-Aug-2016,

18-Oct to 08-Nov-2016.

Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: TAFE Queensland North, Cairns campus, R Block.
Cost: $170.00

Enrol now!
Call the TAFE Queensland North Customer Service Centre on 1300 656 959 or visit the Cairns Campus.

What to Bring:

Please bring an apron, note/sketch book, wear covered shoes and tied back hair.




Silversmithing Classes 2015

Short Courses in Silversmithing take place at the TAFE North Cairns Campus off Gatton St in the Art Room R Block.

We begin 2015 with a 6 week class of 2.5hrs on Tuesday evenings 6pm till 8.30pm starting 17-February to 24-March.

There will be another 4 week class in June, August and October. These classes will also be 2.5hrs on a Tuesday evening 6pm till 8.30pm.

For enrolment details contact TAFE on 1300 656 959 or visit the Cairns Campus.

Private tuition is also available please email to inquire.


New Sculptural works

The new sculptural works by Kate “Conversations with my Mother” explore the concept that ‘conversations’ aren’t always in words, they can be visual gestures of showing and learning, reminders of moments and places we have been before.

These sculptural works are part of the exhibition ‘Cairns Emerging Contemporaries 2015’ at the Cairns Regional Gallery 23-January to 1-March 2015.

Wall Piece ‘Conversations with My Mother’ – ‘Janice’


Assemblage Sculpture “Conversations with my Mother”- ‘Nesting Materials’