I work mainly in sterling silver, with some copper and brass as well as aluminium and gold-leaf. In the past I was shy of precious and semi-precious stones, and worked entirely with sea-glass and china collected from beaches in Cornwall. I still use these, but I now also use semi-precious stones too.
Most recently, I’ve been setting rough found stones alongside highly polished precious ones; I love the contrast. For the same reason, I’ve been using rich semi-precious beads in the same necklaces as pieces of found wood.
Using gold-leaf is also a recent development. This isn’t conventionally used in jewellery; it’s what bookbinders use in gold-tooling, and it’s so light you have to hold your breath while working with it, as it will quite literally blow away. I’ve been adding it to pieces of brightly coloured aluminium and using the results in earrings.
The style of my work is bold and tactile, and I enjoy contrasting textures and asymmetry, and I like the handmade nature of the pieces to be visible. This applies particularly to my necklaces: I make the chains for almost all of them entirely by hand, creating each link individually, so that no two are the same.