What is your practice? Materials? Processes?
Jewellery and Silversmithing – passionate about Silver & Gold; which is obvious when I use Keum-Bo (a Korean technique) to fuse 24ct Gold to Sterling Silver. Copper, Gilding Metal and Silver come to the fore when I make Mokume-Gane. This is the layering and fusing technique developed from the method for making the Samurai Sword. Chasing and Repousse too.
What 5 words best describe your work?
Curiosity Invention Stubborn Excitement Unique
Do you have any design heroes?
Wendy Ramshaw – Jeweller of the 60’s. She made jewellery into a fashionable expression of Art. She still designs all manner of things including jewellery.
Where is your studio?
I work at home. I work more than I would if I had to go somewhere else!!
Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Radio 4 – no computer – concentrate on the metal – innovate.
Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
Developing and extending the gallery collections – Nature Walk: a walk in the English Countryside in Silver and Gold. After an enforced year of ‘slow down’ to move house, I can’t believe my luck – TIME – just making new and unique, handmade pieces and improving my skills.
Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?
I wasn’t in last year’s SAT but I have done a few shows. I was at Made London last October with DesignGAP, this was our second showing there. With Manchester Jewellers Network, I was at International Jewellery London, a trade show at Olympia. All these were exhausting, exhilarating and successful! The Great Dome Art Fair in Buxton is a good one for me; on my doorstep, very successful and great fun.
What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?
I am making alot of rings with unique stones these days. Most with a dash of gold. Necklaces, earrings and bangles. Cufflinks and money clips too! Small silverware – ‘Constellation’ is a range of jewellery with small bowls that have a splash of gold and diamonds, difficult to explain really, you’ll need to see them!
What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?
I’m sharing my space with Jane Mitchell Designs at Sarah Driffill’s Studio.
Tell us something we don’t know
I’m a “Techniques Junkie” – but, actually, you might know that if you’ve read the above. My Dad was a Master Organ Builder and taught me to solder when I was 9, I used to press the notes down, in church, while he tuned the pipes.