Jewellery, Other Media
It all began with melon seeds and acorn cup necklaces ,inventing outfits for my paper dolls and discovering an imaginary world in which I am still quite content to spend time. I studied fashion at St Martins moving on to Central School of Art when I found I could learn to make jewellery. I have taught in various art establishments,given private lessons and run workshops for adults and children. Retired from teaching I continue to make jewellery and have recently become fascinated by the magic of automata, another form of construction ,with added humour.
Textured and oxidized silver necklace,water rippling over pebbles in a stream. Set with lapis lazuli,pearls and tiny gold decoration.
The shapes for these parts were influenced by looking at Ostrich egg masks from the Sandwich Islands. Polished silver shapes over oxidised saucers,some containing gold shapes.some saucers set with Garnets.
A brooch for Autumn, falling leaves from a still green canopy. Oxidised silver set with Chrysophrase.
A silver brooch in the shape of an Alchemilla Mollis leaf .I have always loved the way rain drops gather on the surface and try to achieve that look with a Moonstone and some little gold dots.
My first wooden automata .There will be more when I get my workspace/self organised .
T Three rings commissioned by a lady. Set with a Blue Topaz ,Diamond and green Tourmaline.
Price: From £300 to £500
Three hand made silver chains. Various designs made to order.
Starting a piece of work is always exciting , never knowing exactly what will emerge. I make drawings ,often based around a carefully selected stone or piece of mineral ,but as I work the metal it presents possibilities not apparent in the pencil line. I work to the radio ,music mostly, closing my eyes to visualise the work as it progresses..My workbench and most of the tools have been with me since the beginning, I love the feel of an old pair of pliars or my trusty saw which I know will do what I ask of them. Sterling silver is my chosen metal ,it is easy to shape with steels and hammers and in Fine form wraps itself cosily around stones. I use 18ct gold to decorate and enhance the silver pieces,
Finishing a piece is rather more of an issue. Sometimes a piece will wait for years for me to decide just how it should look.I believe many painters do the same. I like direct selling ,it is nice to know where my pieces go. I am always thrilled to bits when I bump into someone wearing something I have made.
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