This new collection will be shown for the first time at this year’s New Designers, at my One Year On stand and consist of functional silver containers which fit together. Templates and folding are key in my practice and I enjoy the challenge of using one continuous 2D sheet to create a 3D design. The problem solving element forces me to slow down, to be patient and considered.
I am interested in the relationship my pieces have with each other, how they are rigid yet have a sense of connection when placed in their groupings, interlocking with their counterparts. My designs have a matt finish to the exterior which looks warm and inviting to handle, allowing the viewer to physically interact with each piece while the form subtly dictates how the hand will hold them. A contrasting interior will draw the eye to the lines of the modernist and architectural forms.
Satin finish sterling silver, gold plated. Hallmarked. 2017
Milk Jug: 90mm x 65mm x 65mm
Sugar Bowl: 35mm x 65mm x 65mm
Spoon: 80mm x 20mm
Photo credit Claire Cleaver
The Seamstress began life as a flat sheet of copper. The upper edge was caulked, the 'seam' created, then the metal manipulated to create this fluid wave shape. Patina was applied to the inside, giving a contrast between the cold smooth exterior and the warm and textured interior. The cold connection was inspired by stitched seams seen in textiles and also some construction processes.
Copper. Cupric Nitrate. 26cm tall.
£580 (limited run of 9)
This fine silver whiskey tumbler has a thick 2mm rim and heavy rounded bottom, meaning it rocks gently when nudged but will always self-right itself. Gilded inside to give a lovely golden glow, this tumbler's rounded form feels fantastic in the hand, and wonderful to drink from. The perfect accompaniment to your favourite tipple.
Planish marks are left in the silver to indicate the making process for this tumbler, which was raised by hand from flat sheet.
Fine silver, gold plated. Hallmarked. 2017
7cm rim to 7.5cm body at widest
Photo credit Claire Cleaver
Earlier this year I was asked to submit a design for a gin tasting beaker, one of 25 emerging silversmiths asked to do so by the Goldsmiths Centre. We all had the starting point of a spun silver beaker, the same size, but other than that we had free reign.
I was lucky enough to be one of the 20 silversmiths to be commissioned to create our designs for the exhibition Made for the Table, a selling showcase to run alongside the main touring exhibition, running until 31st August at the Goldsmiths Centre in London. Details of all 20 beakers here
You can see how I developed my design for the “Still Beaker” from the initial brief here
A client commissioned me to make a ring for a wife to celebrate a special occasion. His rather short brief was that he liked my 'structural rings', but needing a little more to go on I asked if there were any particular landmarks which held special meaning to him and his wife. He suggested the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception, in Havana.
Using Adobe Illustrator I traced the outline of the cathedrals facade and created a template to make a ring, in a similar style to the structural rings the client had mentioned.
The design doesn't have an immediate visual link to the cathedral, instead looking like an abstract flower and keeping the origins of the design as a special secret between the client and his wife.
Photo credit Claire Cleaver
These bowls are my contemporary take on aging and patination. Unlike the rest of my work, where I have total control, the enamelling process I use means I cannot predict the end result, each bowl is unique with a natural feel to it, this is what really appeals to me.
The bowls were finalists in the National Trust/Crafts Council Open Call 2017 - see here
During the enameling process the copper oxidises (blackens) and while the enamel will not change, the black will gradually lessen over time, returning to its original copper colour.
A selection of these bowls are available to buy here. If you do not see a size or style you would like, please feel free to contact me.
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This understated collection of jewellery is simple to wear, taking you from day through to night with contemporary elegance. New items will be added soon.
Each piece is made from hallmarked sterling silver, with an oxidised surface to contrast with the silver edges.
Available to buy here.
Photo credit: Claire Cleaver
Stylish and contemporary, this easy to wear collection is made from sterling silver with brass accents. The surface of the brass will change colour over time, becoming more like the moons surface and contrasting with the silver. Or it can be polished back to its shiny 'gold' appearance. Can also be made in a silver and gold version.
Available to buy here
Photo credit: Claire Cleaver
This two sided dish was inspired by the classic brogue. Pierced from a flat sheet of copper with holes drilled to represent the toe patterns seen on brogues, then manipulated to form this symmetric shape. Oxidised and scrubbed back to give the appearance of worn leather, like an old faithful pair of brogues.
Copper. Platinol. 30cm long. American Walnut base.
Brogue shoes are a traditional choice of footwear in England and a handmade pair can consist of 128 elements. This inspired me to use those elements as the starting point of my Browl project (Brogue Bowl). Using paper maquettes I would multiply the elements and piece together in different ways to create new 3D forms. Once I had a resolved design I tested it in metal to see how it translated into the new medium. I used my hands to manipulate the form on stakes to help achieve the shape. It is not immediately obvious to the viewer that the bowl has derived from an element of the brogue, so I added the detail of drilled holes as per a brogue pattern as a subtle hint to its origins.
This Browl has been in an exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum, received the accolade of Highly Commended in the Marshwood Arts Awards 2017. The copper predecessor was entered in to The Goldsmiths Craft and Design competition 2014/2015, and was chosen to be exhibited among the award winners at Goldsmiths Hall during March 2015
Sterling Silver. Hallmarked. Satin finish surface, polished edges.
65mm x 180mm x 180mm
Copper. Platinol. 26cm diameter. 2015
This large fruit platter has been created from a single sheet of copper. Once the edges had been caulked, it was pierced and manipulated to create this Stingray shape. A patina was then applied to the underneath to create a contrast of finish and textures.
Copper. Cupric Nitrate. 30cm x 30xm.
I was commissioned to make a golf ball marker in a similar style to the Browl and was given free reign for the design, although the final piece would need two different sides and be around 3.5cm in diameter.
I decided to use two discs of silver and solder them together, not only mimicking the layers of a brogue shoe but also adding to the weight of the piece. Using the hallmark as a feature this made both sides easily identifiable.
The design was shortlisted for the Make Your Mark competition in 2016, held by the London Assay Office.
Photograph credit Claire Cleaver
This pair of Christmas Decorations (although they can be modified to become keyrings) are the latest designs to be added to the Brogue Series, taking their inspiration from the iconic shoe. Please see the Browl for more information on how the series came about.
Satin finish surface which contrast with the highly polished edges.
For purchase enquiries please email via the contacts page.
Sterling Silver, 33mm x 33mm, 0.9mm thick. Hallmarked. £81.
The Classic Collection consists of three vessels, made referencing components of the Reebok Classic trainer. Taking elements of the deconstructed shoe to create a 2D template, I re-imagine these shapes into 3D forms using flat sheet. Each sheet is digitally drawn and chemically milIed prior to construction echoing the manufacturing process of the shoe itself. The strong graphic detail such as the font, pattern of the sole, stitching and lace hole rivets all acts as reference points to the original characteristics and are evident in the finished series of works.