Kayo Saito

2016 QEST Scholarship - Jewellery

Kayo’s visionary style turns jewellery into an art form. She uses her goldsmith skills to create organic forms of great subtlety, forged from 18ct gold and silver. Kayo’s unique sculptural jewellery is a hybrid of Japanese and European aesthetics and techniques. She trained in Japan and the UK, and gained an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2001. Kayo Saito’s numerous awards include Goldsmiths Company; British Jewellers’ Association; Bombay Sapphire Martini Glass Competition; and Development Award, Crafts Council. She obtained her QEST Scholarship in 2016, which gave her the opportunity to learn to carve semi-precious stones. Since then, she has set up stone-cutting machines in her workshop.

I like making jewellery because it is an art form that we can closely relate to, both physically and psychologically. Once the pieces are worn, their essence passes on to the wearer and becomes part of their identity and feelings.