I am a designer jeweller and see my work as meaningful sculptures in miniature.
In connection with the natural world I draw from the elegance and power of rocks, water and plants.
My work represents aspects derived from weather and nature. I see and feel the wild world around me and from these makes emotional, tangible pieces of jewellery.
The results are not always a reflection, but hopefully a close reality, of the emotions of geology and biology.
I continue to develop my career by gaining commissions, teaching a varied cross-section of age groups and securing appropriate media coverage. I opened my first shop in June 2005.
1992 -1995:Loughborough College of Art and Design, Loughborough, Leics. 2.1 BA Hon’s degree in Silversmithing & Jewellery
1995-1996 Bishopsland Trust, one year residency with Penelope & Oliver Makower
1996: The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, University Business School, London. ‘An introduction to business for Jewellers & Silversmiths’.
1996 A Master class given by Rod Kelly
1996 Business Link, St. Albans, Herts. Business Courses.
Teaching & Community Experience (selected):
1996 ‘City & Guilds’ Teaching Adults
Ongoing since 1999 Oaklands College, St. Albans, Herts teaching 7822 & 7922 City & Guilds Ongoing since
Oct 98 Jewellery & National Certificate in Further Education – Jewellery.
May 2002 to Dec 2004 ‘Sparcs’ school projects in Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City.
2000 Digswell Arts Trust Millennium Projects – co-ordinating an ‘Arts in the Community’ project with a young unemployed group in North Herts
Ongoing since Sept 99 ESF funded project teaching Women Returners
1997 Live Wire Start-Up Award for an Outstanding New Business
1996 The Princes Trust – Start-up award the Digswell
1995 Bishopsland Trust, one-year residency with Penelope & Oliver Makower
Key Commissions: Minister Church of St Mary, Silver Mace, Reading / Barn Owl Association and The Field Magazine, Golden Owl / Salmon and Trout Association, brooch for HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday / Eccentric Club, gold cufflinks, arranged by Albert Stone of Upminster, Essex / Worshipful Company of Weavers, Ladies Gift, 1997, arranged by Freda Newcombe / Brooch commissioned by John Seaton for Connie Creighton, B.E.M.
2001 The Field, Quest for the Golden Owl / Vogue, The Gold Issue / Hertfordshire Magazine / Three Counties Radio, interview with John Pilgrim
2000 Tatler, Stocking Up / Richmond Magazine / Brides Magazine, Luxurious details, The Field, Pearl of the Dee / St. Alban’s Review, Queen Mother Brooch / Hello, Pearl of the Dee / Tatler, All that Glitters / Electra Rings and Things / BBC Training Video / Presentation Arts Board, Pilgrim Centre Bedford / Presentation Arts Board, Hertfordshire University, Herts / Presentation Digswell Arts Trust, University of Hertfordshire / You and Your Wedding, February
1999 Bliss for Brides, October / November / Finishing Touches
2003 Bishopsland Retrospective Exhibition Supported by Arts Council England
2003: Jelly Leg’d Chicken Gallery, Oracle, Reading / Silver Sparks:
2002 Millennium Exhibition, Goldsmith’s Hall, London
2000 Country Living – Business Design Centre, London
1999 The Wedding Show – NEC, Birmingham
1999 Top Drawer – Earls Court, London Country
1999 National Wedding Show – Olympia, London
1998 London Wedding Show – Royal Horticultural Hall, London
1998 Summer Show – Beatrice Royal Gallery, Hampshire
1997 International Autumn Fair – NEC, Birmingham
1996 Twelve Days of Christmas Brewery Arts, Cirencester Corn Exchange