I am a contemporary silversmith designer maker based in Norfolk, creating designs from conception to completion.
Simple clean lines and contrast feature heavily in my designs, I work on the modernist principle of no additions for the sake of adornment - only subtractions from the material at hand. Functionality is as important to me as form and therefore essential that my designs are equally as enjoyable to look at as they are to hold, touch and use.
Modernist architecture and designs provide my main inspiration. Growing up I would regularly explore the UEA campus (a Brutalist construction) and was drawn to the contrast of the cold hard concrete forms surrounded by warm soft green fields and trees.
I have a BA in Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery, and was awarded a distinction in MA in Creative Entrepreneurship. I have trained under silversmiths such as Tony Bedford, Andy Putland and Ane Christensen, and worked for Miriam Hanid as a bench assistant.
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.
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.
Exhibitions / Shows / Fairs
Alby Crafts and Garden Christmas Fair, 1st and 2nd December, Alby, Norfolk
Norfolk Contemporary Crafts Society, Inspired 2018, November 28th - 10th December, The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral
Ruth Brown Pop-Up, 24th and 25th November, 13 Trafalgar Street, Brighton
New Ashgate Christmas Collection, 10th November - 5th January, Farnham
Art at the Altar, 13th August - 8th September, St Stephens Church, St Stephens Lane, Ipswich IP1 1DP
The Contemporary Silver Gallery Summer Exhibition 21st June - 1st July
Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society Summer Exhibition 19-24th June
Craft in Focus, RHS Wisley, May 2-7th
Enamel Today, 78 Derngate, Northampton, April 21st - July 1st
A Most Curious Wedding Fair, The Fire Pit, Norfolk, 25th March
Inheritance, Norwich Castle Museum Gallery, 3rd March - 20th May
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.
2018 / Box Making with John Norgate, West Dean College, West Sussex
2017 / MA Creative Entrepreneurship (First with Distinction) UEA
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 and Tony Bedford, Goldsmiths Centre London
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 / Jessica Turrell Enamel Master Class, UCA Rochester
2016 / Feb Chrome Books, Schmuck, Munich
2015 - date / Bench Assistant for Miriam Hanid
2014 - 2017 / Blogger for UCA Rochester
2016 March / Goldsmiths Company 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