about the maker
kostadinos jewellery produces work that is highly organic.
The work is inspired by the multitude of creatures and species living on the rocks like sponges and corals and also the fauna that coexists amongst it.
Nature is a driving force and design is the means to express this. The designs in kostadinos jewellery follow the shapes, textures and lines that exist in the rich ecosystem of the reef while retaining an honesty in the use of the precious metals and stones that the earth provides especially when combining them with manmade materials. The intention of the work is to emulate nature and elude to the world of the sea rather than simply copying it.
Born and raised in a historical city of northwest Greece on the banks of a legend riddled lake and surrounded by mountains I have a natural propensity to the mysterious and mythical.
I am drawn by the formations and shapes of rocks and land above and under water; evidence of their creation and history as sculpted through the ever changing relationships with the elements.
My work is a mix of wax sculpted one off and repeats and fabrications with traditional techniques with a heavy focus on texture and form. Where appropriate gems, uncut where possible, and pearls are used to accent shapes and evoke the organic and natural while re-examining traditional pieces such the solitaire ring. My work is tactile, present and solidly individual.
2013 Benchpeg Awards - People's Choice Award for the necklace Endurance
a short interview about my work and my career
change from working as a senior manager in direct
sales to designing and making my own hand made
Education / Development
City Lit Emerging Maker in Residence (2014-15)
City Lit City and Guilds Year 3 (2013-14) with Joanne Haywood, Distinction
Internship Tamara Gomez (Jan - April 2013)
City Lit City and Guilds Year 2 (2012-13) with Joanne Haywood, Distinction
City Lit Sculptural Jewellery Masterclass with Michael Carberry (July 2012)
City Lit Fold Forming Masterclass with Paul Wells (July 2012)
City Lit Soldering, Finishing & Polishing Masterclass (April 2012)
Central St Martin's Wax Carving with Martin Hopton (March - June 2012)
Central St Martin's Illustration and Design for Jewellery with Hannah Martin (September - December 2010)
Central St Martin's Silversmithing and Jewellery - July 2009