My jewellery making began initially because I was bored of mass production so I wanted to make something different for myself. Other people began to show an interest and started to ask for commissions.
I mainly worked with gems and threading and beading, I decided I wanted to branch out more and get into working with silver. I then joined JASSO (http://www.jasso.org.uk/) jewellery and silversmiths Oxford where I began working in silver, I had got the bug and decided to go to study jewellery making in Italy for a course at a school in Florence for 8 months, Metallo Nobile, (http://www.metallo-nobile.com/en/index.php). It was an amazing experience living and learning in the center of Florence surrounded by Artisans and inspiration. Back In England I continued to Study and attended Courses at Holts Academy of jewellery London (http://www.holtsacademy.com/#7) for jewellery manufacture and CAD design, I continue to go to go JASSO and work from home in my studio working on new collections and commissions, I also teach and have private students.
My latest collection and project for 2019 is to make a new Japanese collection based on Wabi Sabi, beauty in imperfection. I will use an ancient technique called Nunome Zogan,meaning weave inlay. It uses ancient techniques using Japanese alloys and preparations. The metal is cleaned with magnolia charcoal an then chiseled to make a texture like material and finally inlayed with pure gold and silver and then boiled in a Japanese patina. The images of the ginko leaves and wabi sabi falling leaves are some examples,more images can be found on my instagram.