Dangerous Places ring series for State of Shine Exhibition 2019 at Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne.

‘When thinking about Queensland, visions of the sunshine state are often of warm weather, beaches and blue skies. Queensland is much, much more. It is a place of contrasts and extremes, and a state of mind. Queensland is its’ history, its’ people, flora and fauna and its’ landscape.

JMGQ has drawn out themes and connections between the artworks to begin a discussion about what is it to design and make in Queensland, within the broader framework of Australia.’ JMGQ


Dangerous Places Far North Queensland
This series of four rings explores far north Queensland’s dangers and environmental pressures. ‘Crocodile Island’ has a menacing croc and features a cliff of natural green garnet crystal, from Mt Garnet QLD, that rises up from sea level with vertical cliffs, impossible to climb to escape the huge crocodile that lives by the shore line. ‘Stinger Lagoon’ is an unsafe place to swim full of deadly Irukandgis, box jellyfish and Stingrays, all capable of delivering a fatal sting. ‘Hatchlings’ swim for your life as few will make it to adulthood. Research has sited environmental pressures of rising sea levels threaten nesting beaches on Raine Island in the Great Barrier Reef. ‘Little Tern Cay’ refers to Michaelmas and Upolu Cays, 43kms north-east of Cairns providing sanctuary for the nesting and roosting of several species of sea birds. Rising sea levels and king tides threaten these sanctuaries.







I am very honoured to be a finalist in the ‘Sole Entrepreneur’ category in the

2018 Cairns Business Woman of The Year Awards.


And four of my necklaces have been selected for this jewellery exhibition at The Smithery Gallery in  Columbus Ohio USA.

“We are so excited to be bringing contemporary jewelry from 29 artists to Columbus to share with you!

We can’t begin to describe how great it feels to see one of our goals for The Smithery come to fruition. We plan to continue to bring more great exhibitions like this to our great city. Come celebrate with us!

This is a really special show representing 29 artists from 15 states, 3 countries, and features 6 artists from Ohio!

Join us at the opening reception to try on some incredible pieces and have first choice!  All pieces are for sale and priced under $600. Wear your favourite piece home from the exhibition!”

The Smithery Gallery  

My selected works can be viewed and shopped by clicking the link below



‘USE’  February 8th to the 18th 2018  travelling Australia into 2020.

So pleased to be selected for ‘USE’ a juried exhibition by Members of The Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Queensland curated by Lisa Bryan-Brown.

My 9 large sculptural necklaces from my solo exhibition “All That Remains’ 2016 were selected. Yes my real name is Catherine! If You are in Brisbane check it out at POP Gallery.


Solo exhibition ‘Lay of The Land’ at KickArts Cairns Sept 19 -October 21 2017



Emerging artist Kate Hunter examines the topography of our diverse Tropical North Queensland landscape through her latest exhibition Lay of the Land. A series of contemporary jewellery installations create an aerial view over our landscape with over 19 individual jewellery pieces highlighting the unique detail of our tropical landscape. The marks physically embedded in the landscape both man made and natural, enable us to navigate the topographic geometry present. Each pattern and texture evidences our impact on the landscape and the ever changing Lay of the Land.

Shapes & lines carved into the landscape,both human & natural.                                                                               Cliffs rise up reminiscent of cloud shapes,
Decorating the trees with white ribbons fluttering on edge.
Water courses scribble thru the straight survey lines of mapped acreage.                                                               Towns are reflective huddles of dots,                                                                                                                      Clustering together in safety.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Cairns Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

‘Past the Aquaponics Place’


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.







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’