I have been making jewellery for nearly twenty years. I have a background in large sculpture and installation work which came from doing a fine art degree in my fifties. I turned to jewellery after a year of not doing anything creative: I thought I would try it because it is small and portable!
Whereas my large works were conceptual and the result of a thought process, making jewellery enables me to play and respond to materials in a very different way. Although some of the concerns of my earlier work also inform my jewellery practice.
My work is organic and very much concerned with surface texture and mark-making. I enjoy processes where the end is uncertain and where I can exploit the outcome. Sometimes it is the accidents which give the best results! I work with silver, gold and semi-precious and precious stones depending on the result I want to achieve. Often the gold and stones are used to hi-light and emphasise some underlying formation or distortion in the silver which I have achieved through a heat or etching process.
No two pieces are the same: even a pair of earrings might not match exactly. This brings a liveliness and vitality to the work which cannot be repeated.
As well as my regular practice I welcome commissions and special orders from clients who want something more personal, for example to mark a special occasion such as a birthday or wedding anniversary.
Exhibitions: Regular exhibitor in Queen's Woods open air sculpture exhibitions 1999 - 2005
'one foot two' group show Mafuji Gallery 2000
'The Visual Haiku' group show Peterborough Art House 2001
'Through the Surface' group show Hackney 2002
Lovers' Lights Gallery Wimbledon 2014
Shortlisted for CityLit Benchpeg Award 2014
Winner of CityLit ruby wedding jewellery design competition 2015
'Breaking Boundaries' EFO group show Crouch End Library
'Reflections' EFO group show Ply Gallery
Made London Design and Craft Fair Canary Wharf 2017
Made London Design and Craft Fair Canary Wharf 2018
'50:50' EFO group show Highgate Scientific and Literary Institute 2018
Made London Design and Craft Fair St Mary's, Marylebone 2018
'Primavera' EFO group show Barbican Library 2019