Selma Stagg

I am based in Chipping Norton, a small Cotswold town in Oxfordshire, England where I work from my studio at home. I was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia in 1961 where I graduated in Civil Engineering. I moved to England and studied Art, Design and Ceramics at Windsor College. I have been a member of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild since 2002.

I chose porcelain as the major material for my jewellery because of its unique qualities of strength and light weight. I use vibrant colours as an integral part of my designs. Each "stone" is individually shaped and moulded by hand, dried slowly and fired in an electric kiln to a dense, hard, non-porous finish. Five (or more) layers of glaze are applied by brush to both sides of the "stones" and they are fired to the glaze temperature on ceramic wires. Large, silver components are made from PMC (Precious metal clay) which is 99% pure silver.

I assemble the porcelain "stones" into the finished article by combining them with semi-precious beads and sterling silver.

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