I view jewellery as a magical element in life, and as an enduring energy reaching beyond this life, as did people of the ancient world.
Teaching students one-to-one at my workshop and producing commissioned pieces forms the majority of my work, whilst I continue to record countless design ideas within the pages of my sketchbooks. The undulating linear decorations used in many of my designs are inspired by the early childhood experience of living beside a small river in rural Suffolk, and the familiar sight of shallow water rippling over pebbles in sunlight.
Design is the pivotal dictate of my work. Sketchbooks are used to ‘think on paper’ and designs developed to a stage whereby a prototype is often made. Landscape contributes to my vision through an awareness of land mass balanced against sky, the perspective of diminishing rural roads and the sculptural statement of trees.
My formal training in the arts began in 1962 at Mansfield College of Art and Design, Nottinghamshire and in 1964-67 I studied for a BA in 3 dimensional design at Loughborough College of Art, Leicestershire where I was first introduced to precious metal as an art form. In 1967 I went on to study for an MA at the Royal College of Art, London, specialising in silversmithing and graduating in 1970.
Initially I sold my collections of silver jewellery at Liberty & Co., and Harvey Nicholls, London during the 1970’s. Periodic exhibitions followed at galleries across the UK whilst developing an extensive range of made to order pieces.
During the following five decades I taught art and jewellery making to all levels of ability and to all ages, also learning from the variety of people and personalities probably as much as I taught but in another vein! In tandem with teaching I continue to develop my own work and since 1986 have lived in the very beautiful Vale of Clwyd, North Wales surrounded by an inspiring landscape and with expansive views of the Clwydian hills.