I am an award winning contemporary silversmith designer maker and 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.
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.
My silver Browl recently received a highly commended by Marshwood Arts, while my copper enamel bowls made the finals of this years National Trust and Crafts Council Call Out.
Earlier this year I showed my body of work on a solo stand at New Designers, One Year On, and have recently completed a Masters Degree in Creative Entrepreneurship (awaiting final grades).
I am pleased to be a member of the following organisations; the Contemporary British Silversmiths, The Norfolk Contemporary Crafts Society, the Festival of Silver and the East Anglia Art Fund.
Exhibitions / Shows / Fairs
Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society, Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, 29th November to 12th December 2017
Marshwood Arts, Bridport Arts Centre from Saturday 4th November to Saturday 2nd December 2017.
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 / Membership to Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society
2017 / Marshwood Arts Open Call - Highly Commended
2017 / National Trust and Crafts Council Open Call - Finalist
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 / Huguenot New Silver Competition, 2nd place
2017 - date / Jewellery tutor, Norfolk
2017 / Caddy Spoon Collectors Society Competition, 2nd place
2017 / Getting Started, The Goldsmiths Company
2016 / The Savile Club Scholarship
2016 / Mark Your Mark Competition, London Assay Office, shortlisted
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