Cath Laffan has been a teacher and lecturer within Art and Design, specialising in metalwork and jewellery design and making for over 23 years. During this time she has designed, delivered and assessed courses running from GCSEs to degrees. In tandem with her teaching, Cath has maintained her own practice as a designer maker, operating on a commission and speculative basis, showing her work nationally in a range of galleries and exhibitions. She is also a founding director of the iO gallery in Sydney Street, Brighton, showing artists and designer makers since 1997.



Present - Self Employed Designer Maker

- Lecturer Brighton City MET

- Director iO Gallery Brighton

2014-2017 - Course Leader Foundation Degree Creative Metalworking, Plumpton College.

2005-2014 - Lecturer Jewellery Design and Fabrication, Plumpton College 

October 2012 - Perspex master class for 'Fashionably Late' Brighton Museum.

October 2011 - Perspex master class for adults with learning difficulties, Hove Museum.

2008-2010 - MA Art and Design, Brighton University.

1997-2007 - Design technology co-ordinator St. Anne's Special School, Lewes.

- Metalwork sessions, Daylight Centre for the homeless, Aldershot.

1993-1994 - Post graduate certificate of education in Art and Design (PGCE) Institute of Education, University of London.

1988-1992 - BA(Hons) Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied crafts, Sir John Cass.


Selected Commissions / Exhibitions

2018 - Concept, shop manager and co-producer of 'ShowShoppers' a blending of theatre and arts and crafts presenting "The Nightingale".

- October Made, London.

2017 - Pop up shop at Covet, Hove - curating and exhibiting.

- Exhibiting and selling with iO Gallery.

2013 - 'A Time of Wonder', Rye Art Gallery.

2011 - Exhibiting and selling with

- Brighton Art Fair, Corn Exchange, Brighton.

- Flight exhibition, iO Gallery (Brighton Fringe).

2010 - Made, Brighton Craft Fair, Corn Exchange, Brighton.

- MA Degree Show, University of Brighton.

2009 - Deity exhibition iO Gallery (Brighton Fringe).

2008 - Sandra Wing Memorial seat, Mass Observation Archive, Sussex University Library.

2000 - Poster Structures, in and around Brighton centre.

- Designing and fabricating lighting systems, "Pliesure ltd" Brighton.

1999 - % for art sculpture "Golden Rectangle Kissing Seat" Sussex University Library.

- Glass, Copper and Light exhibition, iO gallery.

- Mass Observation Clock, Mass Observation Archive, Sussex University Library.

- Millennium Shell Collaborative Sculpture, St. Anne's School, Lewes.