Katie Lees is a Scottish jewellery designer and bespoke maker based in Glasgow.
Through her Heirloom range Katie seeks to create treasures of the future. She works with you to craft a unique, unexpected statement that you’ll cherish for years to come. These bespoke, unconventional pieces sit amongst her ready-to-wear range of re-worked classics, so you can choose, or tailor, your perfect future heirloom.
Katie’s unorthodox, lavish style is cultivated from skills in traditional jewellery making. She pairs this with a fresh, modern take on Glasgow’s industrial architecture. Katie’s use of ancient techniques like pavé and micro claw settings are combined with the natural aesthetic of alternative precious stones and diamonds. Her work is elegant, tactile, and designed to exude opulence without curtailing on detail. Each piece is carefully hand-finished, plated, and hallmarked in Scotland.
Katie studied at the Jewellery and Silversmithing department of the Glasgow School of Art. After graduating in 2009 she took up a residency at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. (It was here that she met Kate Pickering, founder of Vanilla Ink Studios, with whom she would later partner to bring you CARVE, a pop-up jewellery workshop.)
Having carefully developed and perfected her signature style, Katie set sail for Arran. Starting her jewellery practice on one of Scotland’s islands in 2011 was not without its challenges, but Katie’s careful attention to detail, striking aesthetic and luxurious product range has allowed her to flourish. Three years later, Katie made the move back to the mainland and continues to create decadent jewels from her workshop in Glasgow.