Graduated from Grays School of Art. Based in Fife.
Contemporary silver and vitreous enamel jewellery, inspired by the shoreline. Traditional jewellery and enamelling techniques are combined with experimental ideas and finishes to give a fresh and spontaneous feel to colourful and tactile jewellery.
My work involves exploring ideas and developing techniques in mark making on metal, incorporating enamel and different surface finishes.
I am inspired by my natural surroundings, in particular the coastline. I am interested not only in the textures, forms, colours and patterns found there but the symbiotic relationship of plants, creatures, the tide, seasons and life cycles and hope to echo this in my jewellery.
I work mainly in silver and vitreous enamel, incorporating semi precious stones and beads. Techniques include silversmithing and traditional jewellery craft skills such as embossing, piercing, punching, etching, raising and forming. I use traditional enamelling techniques such as kiln fired Base-taille and Champleve combined with more contemporary methods such as matt finishes and wet process enamel techniques.
I enjoy the process from start to finish of gathering inspiration through photographs and sketching or digitally enhancing an idea and developing it at the bench, evolving at each stage. The techniques I use mean every piece is individual and I love the spontaneous approach that experimenting with textures and enamel allows.
My pieces are colourful, harmonious and tactile.
Neckpiece - Flotsam & Jetsam series
Sterling silver (oxidised), vitreous enamel, thread, chalcedony and apatite beads.
Earrings - sealife series
dark grey oxidised silver with matt finished turquoise enamel
Brooches - Tidal series
Textured silver and transparent enamel
Earrings - Flotsam & Jetsam series
Silver (oxidised dark grey) and enamel with wire loop detail