Kate du Plooy
Kate is a Designer Jeweller and Metalsmith with 38 years experience. She established her own workshop in 1978 after training with a manufacturing jeweller in Auckland.
In 1987 – 88, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Grant and studied Advanced Silversmithing & Contemporary Jewellery at Humboldt State University, California, endorsed by and under the tutelage of David LaPlantz, Professor of Art.
In 1989 Kate was Head of the Jewellery Department at Waikato Polytechnic. She also taught jewellery-making in Gisborne ( 1983-88 ) and Zimbabwe ( 1993 – 94). She managed and was jeweller-on-site of a Queen Street, Auckland branch of a leading NZ jewellery retail group, and also worked as a jeweller-on-site for another prominent Queen St boutique jeweller.
She moved to Kerikeri in 2004 and worked as a Designer Goldsmith for a jewellery design workshop-retailer, before returning in 2006 to her own workbench and ongoing design projects in rural Northland.
Kate has exhibited in 18 group exhibitions and three solo exhibitions. She has sold her work through leading galleries in NZ and specialises in custom commissions.
Until 1991 she was known by her former married name of Katherine Stammers.
Some of the work currently on show at Kaan Zamaan. Kate is working towards a show in the new year, in the new gallery space on Kemp Road.