Karolina Baines

I view jewellery as sculptures that move with us. Reflecting this I look to instill a sense of movement into my work through strategically placed lines, suggesting rhythm and change of direction. In finding inspiration for my pieces I tend to focus on often unnoticed details in our environment, and discover the beauty present in that which is overlooked, such as the interplay between urban and organic in the allotments. It is not just the visual that appeals to me, but the feeling and texture of the world around me. Engaging textures are essential to my work, in recognition that touch is in many ways a more primal sense than sight. I seek to create a holistic sensory experience through my work drawing upon both visual and tactile. Textures can interact with our tactile imagination to both comfort and power the wearer of pieces as they interact with them throughout the day.

I tend to bring together a multiplicity of influences, for example clothing pleats and Venetian architecture with basketry, in interesting yet simple ways. As a jewellery maker, my work is strongly rooted in the sketchbook process, especially in the use of collaging and printmaking, with a strong emphasis on line work and markmaking and a passion for deep and vibrant colours. A preference for enamels and etching are characteristic of my work.


Studio Fusion Gallery

London, UK

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Mobilia Gallery

Massachusetts, USA

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Kath Libbert Gallery

Bradford, UK

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Aosdana Gallery

Isle of Iona, Scotland, UK

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Education / Training

  • ‘Hothouse’, Crafts Council Talent Development Programme, London
  • Gold Keum-boo on Chased and Repoussé Silver Jewellery, Residential with Nancy Megan Corwin, West Dean College
  • Artist in Residence, Edinburgh College of Art Jewellery and Silversmithing Department
  • Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing, First Class
  • Stevenson College, Edinburgh, BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Distinction
  • Coburg House Art Studios, Edinburgh, Organic Ceramic Course


  • Goldsmiths’ Fair Graduate Bursary Award, The Goldsmiths’ Company
  • Graduate Craft Award, The Inches Carr Trust
  • Bursary Award Runner-Up, Guild of Enamellers
  • Highly Commended, Bright Young Gems
  • Talent Spotted 2015 Commendation, New Designers
  • Helen A Rose Bequest, Edinburgh College of Art
  • Silver Bullion Grant, The Goldsmiths’ Company
  • Winning Design, Benefactor’s Award Design Contest, University of Edinburgh
  • Gold Award in 2D Design, Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council
  • Residential Study Bursary, West Dean College, ‘Exploring Jewellery with Wood’ with Beth Legg
  • Sir Robert Kirk Inches Award, Edinburgh College of Art
  • Alexander Flynn Bequest Award for Sketchbook Work, Edinburgh College of Art
  • Art and Design Award, Stevenson College, Edinburgh


  • COLLECT 2019, Goldsmiths’ Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • ‘GIFTED’, Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Saltaire, Bradford
  • Dazzle, Oxo Tower, London
  • Christmas Jewellery Show, The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds
  • Elements 4, Festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold, Edinburgh
  • Goldsmiths’ Fair, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
  • ‘RELIC’ Exhibition, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
  • Aosdana Gallery, Iona
  • Dazzle, Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh
  • ‘Fusion’, Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery Gallery, Plymouth
  • ‘Limited Edition’, Edinburgh Printmakers
  • Dazzle, Oxo Tower, London
  • Elements 3, Festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold, Edinburgh
  • Goldsmiths’ Fair, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
  • Craft Scotland Summer Show, Edinburgh
  • ‘Excursions’, Custom Lane, Edinburgh
  • ‘Funke – Flamme – Feuer’, Deidesheim, Germany
  • Huit de Coeur, Paris, France
  • Studio Fusion Gallery, London
  • Dazzle, Oxo Tower, London
  • Goldsmiths’ Fair, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
  • Dazzle Edinburgh, Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh
  • Studio Fusion, London
  • Diana Porter Contemporary Jewellery, Bristol
  • Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow
  • ‘Treat’ Pop-Up Exhibition, Heat Exchange II, Fife Contemporary Art and Craft, St Andrews
  • Designer Jewellers Group Winter Showcase, Barbican, London
  • Dazzle, Oxo Tower, London
  • Winter Showcase, Gill Wing Jewellery, London
  • ‘Elements 1’, Festival of Gold and Silver, Incorporation of Goldsmiths, Edinburgh
  • ‘Essence’ International Enamel Symposium Exhibition, Galerie Waidspeicher, Erfurt, Germany
  • New Designers, Business Design Centre, London
  • Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
  • Student Exhibition, CDS Gallery and Studio, Cotesbach, Leicestershire
  • Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards Exhibition, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
  • Mid-Point Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art
  • ‘Limited Edition’ Jewellery Exhibition, InSpace Gallery, Edinburgh University
  • ‘Pop Up!’ One Day Art Exhibition, Royal Botanic Gardens, (‘Five Senses’ series of glass rings)
  • Art and Design Foundation Diploma, End of Year Exhibition, Stevenson College, Edinburgh