I am a contemporary silversmith designer maker. I manipulate sheets of silver using my hands as tools, with the aid of stakes, mallets and purpose-built jigs. Contrast and surface texture are key to my aesthetics and I create works with simple clean lines from conception to completion. I have had the honour of winning awards for my designs. Alongside creating my own works I love to complete commissions and run jewellery making classes.
My pieces start life as a flat sheet of metal with templates and folding as key factors within my practice. 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.
Simple clean lines are a strong feature in my objects and I work on the modernist principle of no additions for the sake of adornment - only subtractions from the material at hand. 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.
Silver, while strong and durable still demands respect and I must work in harmony with its qualities. I appreciate the interaction between my hands and the material, with my hands becoming the tool which manipulates the metal. The mind designs, the hands construct and the metal dictates – the outcome is a unity of the three.
One of my designs – a silver golf ball marker – was shortlisted for the Make Your Mark Awards, held by the London Assay office in 2016. I was also awarded second prize in 2017 Society of Caddy Spoon Collectors Young British Silversmith Competition, and second prize in the New Huguenot Silver competition held by the Huguenot Museum.
I received the Savile Scholarship in 2017 which funded setting up a purpose built workshop in my parents back garden.
During the final year of my BA degree I was presented the Silver Bullion Grant Award from Goldsmiths Company, as well as various bursaries during my degree which afforded me the opportunity of attending silversmith short courses at West Dean Collage, Bishopsland, and the Goldsmiths Centre, where I was also selected to attend their prestigious Getting Started course in early 2017.
I am pleased to be a member of the following organisations; the Contemporary British Silversmiths, the Festival of Silver and the East Anglia Art Fund.
Exhibitions / Shows / Fairs
New Designers One Year On, Business Design Centre, Islington, June/July 2017
Inspired, Goldsmiths Centre, May 2017
Rising Stars, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey 4th March 2017 - 15th April 2017 www.newashgate.org.uk
Shine 2016, The Goldsmiths Centre, London November 2016 - January 2017
Make Your Mark, Goldsmiths Hall, November 2016
Handmade at Kew, Kew Gardens, London Oct 2016
New Designers, Business Design Centre, Islington, July 2016
University of the Creative Arts Degree Show, Rochester, June 2016
Desire Fair, Old Town Hall, Chelsea Feb 2016
Boot and Shoe Exhibition, 15 Collingwood, Northampton, July 2015
British Arts Medal Society Student Competition Exhibition, Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee, April 2015
The Goldsmiths Craft and Design Awards, Goldsmiths Hall, London, March 2015
Work also featured on Channel 4 Come Dine with Me, and Mustard TV.
2017 / Hand Raising and Hammering Skills Training with Andy Putland
2017 / Box Making Skills Training with Nan Nan Liu
2017 / Keynote speaker for Goldsmiths Company at New Designers
2017 / Presentation to Savile Club, Mayfair
2017 - date / Jewellery tutor, Norfolk
2017 / Getting Started, The Goldsmiths Company
2016 / The Savile Club Scholarship
2016 / Graduate Member of the Contemporary British Silversmiths Association
2016 / BA Hons Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery UCA Rochester
2016 / Feb Chrome Books, Schmuck, Munich
2015 - date / Bench Assistant for Miriam Hanid www.miriamhanid.com
2014 - 2017 / Blogger for UCA Rochester
2016 March / Goldsmiths Silver Bullion Grant Award
2015 March / Cut, Bend and Flex with Ane Christensen, West Dean College,
West Sussex (Bursary)
2014 June / Gold Fusion Masterclass with Zoe Arnold, Bishopsland Educational Trust, Reading (Bursary)
2014 June / Silversmithing Summer School with Andrew Putland, Goldsmiths Centre, London (Bursary)
2012 / NCFE Silver Jewellery, Wensum Lodge, Norfolk