I studied silversmithing at Maidenhead Art College, followed by a lot of trial and error, meltdowns, surprising outcomes, years of learning on the job, further courses at Glasgow School of Art and arrived where I am today, still learning!
I have been lucky in having clients where the personal connection with them has been so important to creating their piece of silver jewellery. There is usually a heartfelt reason, often joyous, sometimes sad, even tragic, which they want the piece to embody.
By contrast I can start a non-bespoke piece without really knowing where it might end. Maybe it’s a gemstone from Hatton Garden or something from a junk shop, some scrap silver, and then an idea takes over. Because each piece of jewellery is completely handmade, it has a unique quality of its own. I try hard not to repeat designs and spend time looking for unusual stones, not necessarily precious ones. They can then be the catalyst for the next exciting piece.