Handmade contemporary jewellery
I have been making jewellery for 30 years and since 2008 I have been able to devote much of my time to silversmithing from my own workshop/studio in Buckinghamshire. I am largely self-taught following initial tuition from my brother. I am also a founder member of the Buckinghamshire Craft Guild formed in 2017.
My pieces are inspired by patterns and objects found around us; a landscape, a cobbled street, a broken structure. I also enjoy using art to guide my work such as sculpture, photography and paintings created by other artists. These inspirational sources help me to create varied pieces of jewellery.
Working with techniques including molten, reticulated and fused silver, my work takes on an organic feel which allows me to represent a scene such as a shoreline or a broken piece of timber. More recently my pieces have taken a more structural or architectural feel and I include fused gold (Keum Boo) into some pieces. I also create individual pieces using vitreous enamels, cut semi-precious stones and gold detailing, producing eye-catching and vibrant results. My most recent work is enamelling copper and in particular, high fired vitreous enamel on copper bowls and large pieces of jewellery, where the designs are built up through a number of firings in a kiln.
Most of my work is now made for a particular client, often involving "fitting" the piece to the person; special clasps, shaped bangles and rings that "give" over knuckles. Each time I begin a new piece I learn from it and I gain enjoyment from the process creating them, as well as the end result. Every item of jewellery I make is hallmarked by the London Assay Office and has on it my own makers mark. If you have any questions about my work or would like to discuss a specific commission with me, please do get in touch.
If you would like to have a day in the workshop, working on your own designs, again, please contact me.