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candlestick from hammered melted silver

candlestick from hammered melted silver

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.

napkin ring

sterling silver napkin ring,  unique melted edge

 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.

delicate raised silver bowl with melted edge

delicate raised silver bowl with melted edge

 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!

goblet

silver goblet

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.