My work is subtle yet striking, substantial yet delicate – designs cleverly balance gold, silver, oxidisation, precious/semi-precious stones and unusual pearls within a number of unique collections. Pieces are often inspired by playing with form as the design develops until a balance is achieved between the materials and the design.
After first picking up tools in 2007 during evening classes I gradually changed career from being an Environmental Consultant to a jeweller and established myself as a recognised designer / maker exhibiting at some of the top jewellery and craft exhibitions in the UK. The transition has involved gaining skills from freelance work, specialist courses such as stone setting at Holts Academy in London, experimentation, working as a Gallery Manager in a contemporary jewellers and has been an exciting journey.
After many years in Hove, in late 2017, I ‘escaped to the country’ and moved to the Ashdown Forest where I live with my lovely husband Danny, our gorgeous (yet shy) rescue dog Willow, and two barmy cats, Peanut and Luna. Since moving to the Forest we have taken a break from exhibitions whilst we concentrate on renovating our house, creating a garden / kitchen garden where there was once a derelict garage…. and building a jewellery studio for me at the bottom of the garden! I have also been generously supported though my employment as a Gallery Manager to study diamond grading and gemmology for the last couple of years to support a long term plan to add another string to my bow as to become registered jewellery valuer.
Throughout my career transition I have received invaluable support, tuition, and advice from the following the following jewellers: Chris Hawkins, Abbie Mosseri, Henrietta Fernandez, Niall Paisley, Natasha Dahlberg, Anton Pruden and Rebecca Smith.