Nathan working on a new masterpiece with his favorite tool.
Posted March 04, 2022 |
Nathan Kettle combines classic art deco style with a modern element.
Works at: York Jewellers. Penrith NSW
Years in trade: 6 years
Training: Cert 3 Jewellery Manufacture at NSW TAFE
First job: York Jewellers
Opal, in particular black opal. The flashes of different colours in each stone that makes them all unique and all equally as mesmerising!
I love the colour of 18-carat yellow gold along with how enjoyable and satisfying it is to work with.
Saw frame, whether I’m piercing out a large piece or putting the final touches on a sharp detail, my saw frame will always be my go to.
Best new tool discovery:
Tyler Bros Mini Clamps, a total game changer when working with smaller pieces.
Best part of job:
Seeing a customer fall in love with the piece you made.
Worst part of job:
Cleaning customer’s jewellery, is the worst part of my job.
Best tip from a jeweller:
The master has failed more times than the apprentice has tried. Always learn from your mistakes and keep trying.
Best tip to a jeweller:
Everyone has a different way of making a piece and there is no single right way. Seeing how another jeweller makes something can open your eyes and help you become a better jeweller.
Biggest health concern on the bench:
Cutting my fingers with my saw. It happens more often than it should.
Love jewellery because:
I love being able to take a concept or design and bring it to life with my own hands.