I am a jewellery designer/maker working with Silver, Gold, Enamel, Bio resin, Precious stones, Jesmonite, Collage and other materials to create layered, original pieces from my studio in Hayle, Cornwall.
All of the jewellery is designed and made by hand- by me- in my studio. I love the making- designing and working with new ideas and materials- It keeps me involved and keeps my work fresh but it does mean I produce fewer pieces than I otherwise could.
I have run my business sucessfully for over 20 years- participating in many excellent shows, exhibitions, projects and maker run initiatives.
A great many people have enjoyed the jewellery by now and more than ever I am committed to the professionalism
that underpins my creative process
I left Cornwall for my degree, winding up in New York afterwards where I began working in cast plastics in 1997 making lights, moving over to jewellery in 1999.I took numerous short courses in mould making, design, glasswork, silversmithing and more, as well as immersing myself in jewellery design via research and daily practice. At the start of 2000 I moved to Miami and worked for Cartier International for two years before returning to Cornwall in 2002 and launching my business the following year. I specialised in cast resin pieces for over a decade, becoming well known for my layered collages and poetry fragments in rich colourways. I sold nationally through a great many galleries, museum shops and exhibitions as well as working on commissions and lengthier projects with colleges, museums and established institutions including the Royal Academy, Leach Potteries, Falmouth University and NESTA. In 2012 I moved from polyester resin to bio resin, and in 2013 introduced far more silver and gold, as well as printed surfaces. I began experimenting with mould making for metals rather than resins to develop my own prototypes. I began enamelling in 2015 as a way to bring colour and texture to the metals and my work continues to develop. Each year will bring changes in designs and materials and I try to keep these updated via my website and Instagram feed.
My work has changed a lot over the years and a lot of my current pieces are a product of living and working
by the miles of windswept sand beaches that are typical of the North coast of Cornwall. The space, the huge gloomy skies,
the restless sea and horizon lines of this coastline have worked their way in over 12 years of living in this particular place.
The beaches are bordered by the Towans-miles of dunes filled with shells, bones, worn wood and other blasted and washed up things-and this worn, eroded feel has slowly crossed into my making
Its a post industrial landscape -with rusted metal, wheels, winches, slipways, wrecks and acres of collapsed bricks exposed and then covered again, year on year, by the endlessly shifting sands.
St. Ives bay
St. Ives bay
The harbour at the Estuary head was rigourously sluiced for shipping-refilling its channels with sand with each tide.
In the Towans the outlines of the dynamite bunkers and train lines roll away into soft shapes under dune grass.
This layering-slippage-breaking down of things
I suppose- talks to me. The shifting tidal landscape
and low skies blurring everything.
I am very curious about combining materials and have worked with a great many through the years. I am currently working with a different Bio Resin that allows me to embed again and I'm also enjoying the layers of overlapping colour-and also brokenness- that enamel brings to metal. I tend to layer and then work away the colours and metals for this broken down worn away feel. I'm exploring rings at the moment- combining the enamelling with gold, set stones or resin. I also love mixing metals ( and other materials) and I make a lot of pieces that combine silver and gold or different golds or gold and enamel- as well as gravitating toward things that are paired or intertwined.
I have been trying and wanting to work on a body of work that began to form in my mind in the winter of 2021 and if anything, I'm currently moving towards that.
I am committed to keeping my work as low impact as possible environmentally and I reuse a great many materials. Many of my pieces involve melted and reworked silver and gold, the bullion I use in the 1st instance is already recyled, and my resin is a bio resin produced from reused materials. All of my cleaning agents and pickles are non toxic and my packaging- Boxes, ribbon, tissue paper and mailing envelopes- is made from 100% recycled materials. My making and my business have had many incarnations over the years and I have chosen in recent years to go back to working on a smaller scale, keeping things local whilst my children are young.I create new work all the time, available online or at my stockists- commissions are welcome too. Please dont hesitate to get in touch regarding online orders, commissions and any other enquiries