My silver and gold is quite raw and forceful, the influence of 25 years of blacksmithing. I love ancient metal work; my work has an excavated, medieval feel to it.
The vast majority of my jewellery is made from sterling silver or 18 carat gold. All hallmarked by the London Assay Office. Facetted stones play a large part in my work too; I love to balance the crispness of the facets with the roughness of my metals. I source my stones in many places: the beach in Goa, flea markets in New Mexico, and wonderful Hatton Garden. Diamonds and meteorite are stunning companions!
Some of my jewellery is upcycled – either from other jewellery or from other unlikely sources. I have turned a 200-year-old piece of iron salvaged from a church window into a bangle; I’ve transformed watch parts into a steam punk pendant.
Other items might begin as pieces of rusty metal I find in the street when I’m out walking. I clean and polish them and then embellish them with 18 carat gold and semi-precious stones. This is my ‘ferrous roadkill’. Or I might use a discarded item such as a crushed bottle top as the model for a silver pendant.
Whatever I start with, I find my work always grows and changes during the making; intuition is my final design partner.
Part of a Team:
I regularly work with 2 other jewellers: John Kitcher and Aron Salanson, who are both highly skilled makers. Their different strengths mean even more options when creating that bespoke piece just for you.
Much of my work is commissioned. I really enjoy working with clients and watching our ideas develop. It could be taking something I have already made and altering it a little to suit their taste, or creating something entirely from scratch. It’s great to develop a mutual trust and finally deliver their vision.
Please get in touch if you have an idea you’d like to discuss. We can work together from a distance or at my base in London Museum of Water and Steam.
Making jewellery is labour intensive. The cost depends both on the time spent and the materials used. Again, I’m always happy to discuss.