If you are fascinated by the shape and texture of my work I can create a highly individual piece of jewellery based on discussion and prospective designs before the project is begun. I usually work in sterling silver, which is hallmarked in Sheffield. Chain mail, Chasing and Repousse are my favourite form of jewellery construction.
Chain mail has long been a source of fascination for me as it is so tactile and moulds to your body. Creating it from the 0.8mm sterling silver wire to cutting the jump rings to the construction, I find totally relaxing. One loses oneself in the making. Such pieces I create are to be enjoyed not only from the wearing but from moving it through your hand to have that moment of peace and relaxation.
Chasing and Repousse is like doing a 3d effect drawing in metal. The process is ancient, hitting different shaped punches with a hammer flat metal supported on pitch. Chasing is working onto from the front of the metal and repousse from the back thus creating a tactile form.
Judi Rowlands studied textiles at college before entering the teaching profession. Fifteen years ago she had the opportunity to take early retirement and was able to fulfil a lifelong dream. In her 20's she stayed on the Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico, U.S.A. She watched a bangle being made for me by a Navajo silversmith and was inspired.
So began her journey into leaning about jewellery and silversmithing techniques. She feels that she has been lucky as she had tuition from leading experts in their fields.
She finds using the material of metal to create pattern and shape fascinating. After studying many varied techniques, she has become enthused by chasing and repousse and chain mail. On occasion she is able to marry the two techniques together. She love experimenting and is now beginning to see the possibilities of using enamelling to enhance her pieces.
Her design inspiration comes from her travels, other cultures, landscape and nature.