I got into making jewellery years ago as I had always loved to make things, and this is a way of making small things that I think of like illustrations.
I was brought up in the Northumbrian countryside, and natural things, flowers, birds, colour and beauty are what I like best. I hope to develop my work into illustration and have some fun with colour!
I use silver, brass and copper at the moment, often etching it to add pattern and texture. Then shapes are cut out by hand, filed and then soldered to create the pieces, and add oxidised colour to the copper. Cleaning and polishing is the last step. Blue titanium is sometimes added as a feature. The clocks are made in a similar way, using a big torch flame for the soldering. Because there are so many processes each piece can take a few days to make. My clocks show animals and birds, and along with the jewellery, form an illustrated miniature world inspired by details of the natural world around us.
My customers tell me they like my work for its originality, and that in buying it they have a sense of gaining something individual and humorous and beautiful.