About Me

My name is Kat Hurdley, and I am a 33 year old designer based in Sheffield. 

About Willowbrook Artistry

I have always loved jewellery - I'm a bit of a magpie and in particular I love Swarovski crystals!  I began making jewellery in 2011, because I couldn't find what I wanted to wear in the shops.  After making presents for friends and family and sharing some designs with them, I was convinced to do my first craft fair.  In January 2012, I began selling online through Etsy and became thoroughly hooked.  I learnt as I went along, teaching myself through books, online information and video tutorials.

My business grew faster than I could have expected, and I wanted to learn new skills and move more into silversmithing.  After attending a few courses at the London Jewellery School, I became a member of a Jewellery Co-operative based at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield, and began making wedding rings and other keepsake jewellery.

My designs are inspired by the things I like to wear, and presents I've designed for people.  Custom orders make up a large part of my work - I want to make pieces that will mean something and be treasured for years to come, whether that's a birthstone bracelet, or a necklace with a child or relative's name on, or personalised bridal jewellery.  Most of all, I am very open minded and always looking for inspiration from everything I do!

About me

I live in Sheffield with my boyfriend Joe, and my two cats, Millie and Jess.  I am a qualified primary school teacher and I work full time in a school in Sheffield.  My undergraduate degree was in Music and I also play in a number of ceilidh bands, performing at weddings, reeling balls and other events across the country.  I also love to travel, and have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity over the last few years to visit a number of countries to play music, including Ireland, Estonia, The Netherlands, Malta and Iceland, with a trip to Norway coming up in February.  

I enjoy all things creative and dabble in a number of other crafts from time to time including knitting, sewing and hand lettering, but nothing compares to my love of jewellery making.  Except perhaps my love of coffee, tea and chocolate hobnobs!