I work primarily with sterling silver, using traditional silversmithing tools and techniques to create individually handmade and, therefore, unique pieces. Exploring different forming and texturing techniques is a main driver of my creativity, but semi-precious gemstones and quality beads also find their way into my work, sometimes complementing a design and sometimes as its focus.
For texturing, I employ hammering, etching, polishing and embossing techniques, but exploring the variety of finishes and effects that can be achieved with different hammers is what I currently enjoy the most. I am inspired by the natural world, such as water, floral forms and animal patterns. I also love many of the qualities of ancient jewellery – in various metals – and like to create pieces that give an impression of antiquity without copying or falling into any particular style or period.
Creating classics with a twist or a personal touch appeals to my quirky side and provides a playground for designing with beads and gemstones, with the superabundance of colours, textures, shapes and light reflectivity they offer.