hallmarked silver gifts, jewellery, and unique, one-off art objects
Traditional techniques are the basis of my work; using hammers, I raise vessels from flat sheets of silver; I forge bars into spoon handles. In a practical sense, as a craftsperson, I am concerned with addressing issues of design and utility.
With this in mind, I make giftware, such as napkin rings and spoons, which can be personalised by etching or engraving. Alongside this is my big project: ‘Elemental’.
The artist in me is interested in the effects of the great forces of nature: for instance, ocean waves, and the formation of rocks and caves. I have always been interested in natural patterns and the effects of nurture over nature.
Nature creates the patterns – for instance in the shape of a chrysanthemum head – but the environment changes the details. As it grows, it becomes quirky and individual; then we see variations in size or colour, or perhaps the flower head is not symmetrical any more.
Through this I have developed an interest in the way that chance can change things instantly and radically, and the effect of taking risks. For instance, a landscape is changed by a sudden earthquake or a meteor strike, or a plant loses shape because an animal has eaten some of it!
I try to combine these reflections in my work. I work in a traditional way, and then I allow – or introduce – the element of chance or risk into my work, to change the outcome in some way, sometimes subtly, and sometimes radically. So, though I can (and do) repeat my designs, every object I make (other than giftware) is essentially unique.