Two themes are discernible throughout my work – textured and formed silver combined with interesting and unusual semi-precious gemstones. The combination of these elements gives my work its signature design aesthetic.
I try hard to source the most interesting stones to work with. I particularly like the markings on Jaspers and Agates and am always searching for stones cut in unusual shapes, with matt finishes.
I often start with the stone itself and this informs my design process. Experimenting with textures on silver allows me to echo the markings of the stone. My favourite texturing techniques are hammering and roll printing.
I use silver sheet, tube and wire to form my shapes. Some of the metalsmithing techniques I use are doming, swaging and press forming. They allow me to produce three dimensional, sculptural shapes.
My aesthetic is modern and bold with simple clean lines. My pieces are comfortable and wearable. They are often matt with subtle colourings.
My aim is for my pieces to make an understated statement.
I make small, themed, evolving design ranges, limited editions and one of a kind pieces.
My work is sold in galleries and shops. I also exhibit at Craft and Design fairs.
I have a studio in Stirling Enterprise Park and a net store studio in Cellardyke in the East Neuk of Fife. In normal times (Covid restrictions permitting) I divide my time between the two.
Education and Training
I studied Jewellery Design, Production and Business Management, as a mature student, at Fife College. I completed the course in 2006.
Association of Contemporary Jewellers
Visual Arts Scotland
Applied Arts Scotland