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" Diamond Wrap Ring "
1mm wire, with 1.6mm diamonds
Diamonds and 18ct yellow gold
Hand formed reticulated band, soldered and collet set diamonds
Born in a remote coastal area in West Cork, Southern Ireland in 1979,
a childhood fascination for collecting shells, stones, mermaid's purses, feathers and seed pods
found along the sea shore has been the inspiration for my work.
While studying at Glasgow School of Art, I experimented with found objects and silver as mediums
for creating large sculptural pieces of jewellery and smaller silversmithing pieces.
My work has always been very tactile and organic and the use of these natural found objects enhances this tactility.
I began a residency at Bishopsland Workshops in South Oxfordshire in 2002, where I spent two years.
I used the opportunity to experiment with larger scale silversmithing
and to develop a range of silver and 18ct gold jewellery for sale through craft fairs, trade shows and retail galleries.
I moved to London in 2004, where I set up my own business and workshop, and continued to develop and sell my work.
In 2008 re located to Melbourne Australia, where I continue to create new ranges of both silversmithing and jewellery
inspired by my new surroundings.
My jewellery has been inspired by natural forms, primarily seedpods
and I have created a body of work based on pod like structures.
I use silver, 18ct gold, silk paper and gum nuts to create my jewellery.
Collections include "gum nut", neckpieces, rings and earrings constructed from both silver and real gum nuts and "honesty", whitened and reticulated silver ovals, which resemble honesty leaves,
constructed in to long articulated neckpieces and bracelets.
My silversmithing range is also based on pod structures;
I create small and large pod vessels, bowls, vases and tableware.
I use fine silver and 24ct gold to create these pieces, which are all hand raised, form flat sheets of metal.
I use hammers and mallets to add surface texture and decoration to the pieces,
and acid to take the silver surface back to its natural white state.
The vessels are constructed to be free standing and off centre, giving them a fluid natural quality.
All pieces are hand made and unique, I have a selection of work available to purchase at my studio.
I also work to commission, and will design and create an individual piece of jewellery or silverware.
Please Contact Me if you would like to discuss a commission or bespoke piece.