Texture, Shape, Colour – these are central to all my work one way or another and I love to explore both blending and contrasting them. For this year’s Artweek’s exhibition, I have brought together pieces in a way that focuses on each of these elements, either directly or via influences such as nature, archaeology and, unsurprisingly, gemstones.
My work is on display at the West Ox Arts gallery in Bampton (venue 45), a venue I’m delighted to be sharing with some very talented artists working in a variety of artforms. Our exhibition runs from 1st May to 5th June (including the May bank holidays).
I work primarily with sterling silver, using traditional silversmithing tools and techniques to create individually handmade and, therefore, unique pieces. Exploring different forming and texturing techniques is a main driver of my creativity, but semi-precious gemstones and quality beads also find their way into my work, sometimes complementing a design and sometimes as its focus.
For texturing, I employ hammering, etching, polishing and embossing techniques, but exploring the variety of finishes and effects that can be achieved with different hammers is the one I currently enjoy the most. I am inspired by the natural world, such as water, floral forms and animal patterns. I also love many of the qualities of ancient jewellery – in various metals – and like to create pieces that give an impression of antiquity without copying or falling into any particular style or period.
Creating classics with a twist or a personal touch appeals to my quirky side and provides
a playground for designing with beads and gemstones, with the superabundance of colours, textures, shapes and light reflectivity they offer.