Golden Ink Collaborative – The Beginning

by Jenny Butler
Monday 3rd October 2011

Today we welcome Abby Seymour and Katherine Wheeler, the amazing ladies behind Golden Ink Collaborative. Abby and Katherine are both talented artists in their own right and together have created a unique jewellery and homewares business. This week we will get an exclusive glimpse into the life of the Golden Ink Collaborative– be sure to check out Golden Ink on Twitter and Facebook too!! -Jenny x

Some of the Golden Ink Collaborative Range – images by Olga Bennentt

Behind the small bespoke porcelain jewellery and object business, ‘Golden Ink Collaborative,’ are two artists, Abby and Katherine, who together handmake and design all Golden Ink creations.

Abby and Katherine

Abby has a printmaking background, and I (Katherine) have a gold and silversmithing background. We met and studied at art school (RMIT) together, and through visiting each other’s studios and lots of coffees, found that we both had the same passion for detail, perfection, beauty, the handmade – and hard work.

Some examples of Katherine‘s silversmithing work

Some examples of Abby‘s illustration and installation pieces

After graduating, we embarked on the adventure of merging our respective skills and aesthetics to create wearable art works. We wanted to find a way to merge Abby’s imagery / illustration with my three dimensional / jewellery works, and make the work in a way that was wearable and durable, without compromising on the quality of artistry or our integrity as artists.

Through years of talking, making and experimenting we trialled different mediums, until we found the happy and successful medium of porcelain, and Golden Ink Collaborative was born.

The first Collaborative exhibition between Abby and myself was ‘Hidden Facets‘‚ shown at Hand Held Gallery in Melbourne, which then traveled to Gaffa Gallery in Sydney in 2010. This initial joint exhibition consisted of large‚ exhibition works that subsequently formed the basis of the aesthetic for the first range of wearable porcelain jewellery.


by Jenny Butler
Monday 3rd October 2011


  • Justine 5 years ago

    Such beautiful designs!

  • Amanda 5 years ago

    Gorgeous such clever ladies!!

  • Liz 5 years ago

    Abby and Katherine are a match made in porcelain heaven!

  • masha 5 years ago

    Very pretty!

  • Julianne 5 years ago

    Stunning Pieces of wearable Art!!!

  • Anna 5 years ago

    Love the porcelain jewelery, a little piece of art to wear.

  • jo 5 years ago

    Such beautiful pieces. That blue and white…..LOVE.

  • Belinda 5 years ago

    Hi ladies. Congrats on your wonderful work. Great to see how two artist can create together bringing each of themselves so distinctively to the work.

  • Amanda Rea 5 years ago

    It is so good to see something different and with such amazing colours.
    Yay very excited.

  • Samantha 5 years ago

    Those blue and white bracelets are just lovely!

  • Prue 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness ladies, the colours and textures you have created on porcelain is amazing. The vibrancy and depth of the colour on your pieces is definitely warming me up on this chilly Melbourne morning! :)

  • Evelyn 5 years ago

    Oh to be young and free and so very creative and working with such a wonderful medium as porcelain AND being so splendidly creative. Well done.

  • Jill 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! I want one of those bracelets badly.

  • Lisette 5 years ago

    beautiful! i want it to be mine!

  • Alison 5 years ago

    oh simply divine work

  • Feyza Yazar 5 years ago

    Beautiful works of art!

  • Helen 5 years ago

    I have quite literally never seen anything like this before. Golden Ink ladies, you are so creative – keep it up! And thanks Design Files for drawing my attention to these beautiful works – I’ll need one of my own very soon, methinks.

  • meggsy 5 years ago

    Lovely warm colors for summer time…..

  • kristin 5 years ago

    Those rings are so pretty!

  • Amber 5 years ago

    I would love to add some of those gorgeous arty creations to my summer wardrobe!

  • Carolyn Edwards 5 years ago

    oh how divine…..the orange bangle is just gorgeous

  • Keryn Hughes 5 years ago

    So wish I could get to Melbourne for the workshop. Alas, I’ll be in Sydney as the youngest of our 3 children prepares to do his HSC. My turn will come.

  • ponygirl summers 5 years ago

    Gorgeous stuff! Thanks for sharing!

  • andherimagination 5 years ago

    The orange and yellow tones are so nice, their jewellery is amazing.

  • Kelly 5 years ago

    so beautiful. like nothing i’ve seen before!

  • Jen Arnold 5 years ago

    So quirky and beautiful.

  • AmandaT 5 years ago

    Gorgeous use of porcelain!

  • Maree Sheehan 5 years ago

    How incredibly organic! And such great Summer colours!

  • Heidik 5 years ago


    That is all.

  • a.gerngross 5 years ago

    absolutely stunning and innovative.xx

  • Chanelle 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • bj 5 years ago

    Two very talented girls.
    A wonderful “find” once again.

  • Joanna 5 years ago

    gorgeous pieces…

  • Lisa 5 years ago

    so beautiful. I look forward to seeing more over the week.

  • Danielle 5 years ago

    absolutely stunning pieces!

  • Laura Melohn 5 years ago

    Wow! THese are amazing!

  • Mel 5 years ago

    Stunning detailed work, love it!

  • Belinda Paulino 5 years ago

    The attention to detail on these unique pieces is just delighful. Each piece seems to tell its own story. There is nothing like having an indicidual piece like no other worn. Amazing work lovelys! Bxx

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    Love your work.. and would love to wear it too!

  • Em 5 years ago

    Wow, what stunning details!

  • gb 5 years ago

    It is so difficult to come across quality and truly unique jewellery these days. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. And Golden Ink – Congratulations on magnificent work. Thanks x

  • Judy 5 years ago

    How unique are your pieces. Love the prints, love the colours, just love it all. Thanks Lucy for showing us something else out of this world!!

  • Priscilla 5 years ago


  • Ann 5 years ago

    Congratulations on a wonderful result. Hope to see more amazing things from you.

  • Donina 5 years ago

    Oh, I love that b&w pendant at the bottom! Gorgeous :-)

  • Aneta 5 years ago

    Amazing work girls! The little cups are gorgeous!

  • Letitia 5 years ago

    These works are amazing! Just beautiful- all of it :) x

  • melanie 5 years ago

    I’ve loved this jewellery since you first featured it. Its actually already on my Christmas list but to win this would be brilliant!

  • Clare 5 years ago

    I find it really interesting that you were both so keen to collaborate, adapting your practices so that was possible.

    You’ve got some really lovely, wearable stuff. Well done!

  • Emma 5 years ago

    such fine work, so lovely.

  • Sarah Austin 5 years ago

    love the stack of blue and white bangles

  • Kathleen Ryan 5 years ago

    I love your designs! They are so clever and unique

  • Anna 5 years ago

    such beautiful and intricate pieces

  • Zen 5 years ago

    Just gorgeous. The ceramic rings look like artifacts you would see in a museum from a Roman bowl or dish and the blue and white bangles are stunning.

  • Lupita Manzo 5 years ago

    OMG! What a beautiful pieces of art! The ceramic rings are just gorgeous!!!

  • elissa c 5 years ago

    Fabulous Aussie talent! These are great.

  • JacQueline 5 years ago

    Mmmm wearable art – gotta love that

  • Liza Zeni 5 years ago

    Wow these pieces are amazing! I’ve admired their work for a long time now and have their intricate little biz card pinned up near my desk. The beautiful warm spring / summer tones on the bangle and pendant are gorgeous. Lovely, thankyou for this post, very inspiring, they’re so incredibly talented! x

  • Gab 5 years ago

    Every time I see your lovely art I want to buy and wear everything!

  • Amy O 5 years ago

    just beautiful designs -xx-

  • Marie 5 years ago

    my oh my how gorgeous are the designs!

  • lizzie 5 years ago

    wow, just beautiful girls. can’t wait to see some in the flesh at a market soon x

  • Mary Anne 5 years ago

    Loving all the beautifully created pieces!! Gorgeous arm candy !!

  • emiliana 5 years ago

    finders keepers…all losers will be weepers, me included

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    so damn cool!

  • Tinka 5 years ago

    wow these are so great! love it!

  • Mel 5 years ago

    I purchased a piece for a friends birthday – addicted since!!!!
    Love the new bright orange…

  • Pia 5 years ago

    I think I just died and went to porcelain jewellery heaven! Thanks Design Files and Abby and Katherine for showcasing this loveliness on a Monday ;-)

  • judith 5 years ago

    The work is exquisite. Thankyou for sharing.

  • Kate 5 years ago

    Amazing local talent, womderful to see!

  • Jennifer 5 years ago

    Love the detail and gentle colours, would love to attend a workshop!

  • antonia hordern 5 years ago

    oooooo, love the porcelain bangles! So pretty!! Congrats on the beautiful work!

  • lucy 5 years ago

    Yay for abby and kate!

  • Lyndal 5 years ago

    So many lovely creative things you can do with porcelain.

  • Sonya 5 years ago

    Absolutely exquisite – so feminine, so delicate and yet so modern

  • Amy 5 years ago

    beautiful, beautiful product!

  • debra 5 years ago

    talented ladies..lovely work

  • Amy 5 years ago

    An an amazing team – go girls!

  • Megan Duynhoven 5 years ago

    Simply gorgeous! I have lusted after golden ink items for some time. I hope I win!

  • Kate 5 years ago

    Ethereal, whimsical, gorgeous!

  • FEDe 5 years ago

    I comment here not just to be in the win of one of the awesome bangle and pendant of Golden Ink because I need a present for my sister´s birthday but also to make some of masculine representation.

  • Alex 5 years ago

    Please tell me the ceramic bangles are not breakable, they look fragile…. it would be such a shame as they are so beautiful.

  • Sandra 5 years ago

    wow, so pretty!

  • Rachel 5 years ago

    Ah so delicate. I’m envious and also happy for you that you get to spend your time creating this beautiful jewellery.

  • Jenn 5 years ago

    Holey moley! these are sure some creative ladies. i love what they are doing, the designs are so pretty!

  • Jessie 5 years ago

    My my! The combined texture and colours are absolutely amazing!

  • Grace 5 years ago

    wow, these are gorgeous. I especially love the rings and the combo of illustration and jewelry. Lovely!

  • Miss Celanius 5 years ago

    I love the jewelry… so original! Congratulations

  • Rowena 5 years ago


  • laura reyes 5 years ago

    such elegant work.

  • Danielle 5 years ago

    Love you’re work ladies, have added numerous items to my christmas wishlist and can’t wait to get my first piece. So unique and so beautiful made of porcelain. There are so many pieces I love, it’s hard to choose. You two make a great team, truly talented.

  • Laura 5 years ago

    Every single one of these patterns, colours, textures and shapes……are beautiful in every way.
    What a wonderful collection! You both must be proud!
    I would cherish one of these pieces for years to come…

  • Trish 5 years ago

    Oh how sweet!!! The colours are just like a summer cocktail!

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    I love the combination of colors and textures – beautiful!

  • Giselle 5 years ago

    I absolutely love your pieces! I came across your jewelry on a blog & immediately signed up for updates. I wish you both tons of success in your whimsical creations.

  • Alex C 5 years ago

    each piece is more beautiful than the last!

  • Jill 5 years ago

    I love your designs!

  • Judith 5 years ago

    The blue bracelets are a dream!

  • Alice 5 years ago

    LOVE the new spring colourways. So fresh and pretty!

  • Greg 5 years ago

    Absolutely lovely!

  • Linda 5 years ago


  • Sarah 5 years ago

    this jewelry is so amazing! it has such a nice character… i could by all of those!

  • Melbourne is so full of the creative types – loving your work.

  • Monica 5 years ago

    Mango sorbet on a bangle! Love how the work is developing! A great success! Can’t wait to see it at Heide!

  • Nicola 5 years ago

    I love their individual and their collaborative work. Their jewellery is just so illustrative, funky and fun. Gorgeous :)

  • Nat Power 5 years ago

    what beautiful watercolour jewellery, loving that it’s local talent.

  • Karen 5 years ago

    I’m a long-time lover of Katherine and Abby’s work … so happy they are being more widely appreciated and loved!
    For interested readers, see my post about their first exhibition: http://melbournejeweller.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/katherine-wheeler-abby-seymour-hidden-facets-part-2/
    Happy reading!

  • Marrissa 5 years ago

    How artistic and unique with a playful balance of modern elegance. Your collaboration work is lovely

  • Lisa Rodden 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. So inspiring to see the whole process. Your work is beautiful!

  • Liss 5 years ago

    I love Golden Ink Collaborative!! I’ve blogged about your gorgeous rings on my blog just recently.

  • Sanneva 5 years ago

    I love your work! Greetings from Spain!

  • Caroline Holmes 5 years ago

    Having been introduced to Golden Ink Collaborative just recently, I have been inspired to learn more about the art of porcelain! From reading blogs to taking out library books and finally to enrolling in a short day course at CAE to learn about porcelain!

    Thank you for the introduction!!!

  • Lisa 5 years ago

    goldenink is so incredible :)

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