Many pieces I make to commission, have an element of recycling to them incorporating gold or stones reclaimed from old, inherited or unworn jewellery. This can add a very personal, emotional depth, which can link different generations and enable the wearer to enjoy a refreshed contemporary precious piece.
I design and make jewellery using a variety of materials, including gold, silver and precious stones.
Each piece of jewellery is handcrafted in small numbers. I especially like to create bespoke pieces to commission in close collaboration with a client.
During a BA Hons degree in Art and English literature, I was fortunate to meet the self-taught silversmith Michael Bolton and his wife Margaret in a village hall in a small rural village in Kent. Following this meeting, my beloved Mum commissioned Micheal to make a piece of jewellery for my 21st birthday. With the added attraction of being involved in the design and making process, it was with excitement that I first entered the intriguing world of the jewellers’ workshop. Unfortunately, it was the 80s so the design did not have a lasting quality that I now recognise as being an important consideration when doing commission work, although of course I still treasure them.
After graduating I soon began working with Micheal and was thrilled with the hands-on way in which he taught.
Silver is a fantastically generous metal to work with. It is willing to be bashed, bent, burnt, melted and moulded. I love working with the many accidental textures that silver gives you and use reticulation in my Honesty range of jewellery as each piece retains unique fingerprint-like originality.