Why jewellery? Your craft chooses you

Long before I became a silversmith, I had a passion for jewellery. Walk into a gallery and like a magpie, I’d head straight to the shiny jewellery cabinets before anything else. Admiring beautiful handmade jewellery gave me such pleasure and even better, wearing a piece always made me feel a million dollars.

 

Now as a jeweller myself, I hope you feel the same joy and delight when you wear one of my designs.

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My jewellery is all about rich colours, subtle patterns and clean design.

 

All handmade in my garden studio in rural Dorset, I hand print my anodised aluminium or use gorgeous, luminous sea glass to create each distinctive piece.

 

Think traditional silversmithing meets contemporary metalsmithing.

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I’m always amazed how such an everyday industrial material as aluminium can be transformed into a little wearable piece of art. Inspired by nature and textures, I experiment with different colour combinations and prints.

 

The hand dyeing process is always unpredictable, with the happy result that no two pieces will ever look the same, creating endless possibilities of patterns and colour.

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And who doesn’t love sea glass? Not only the incredible colours but how each irregular shape and pitted surface hides the mystery of what it originally was and how it came to be this way. What stories it could tell.

The final element of my work is the subtle soft grey of the silver. I love how it frames and contains the colour, allowing it to sing without letting it overpower the design. And in so doing, creating something bold, individual and uplifting.