I design and make bold, colourful and decorative jewellery using my own handmade glass beads and textured silver work.
I make my beads using the ancient 'Lampwork' technique, which is thought to have it's origins in the 5th Century BC. This method involves making each bead individually by melting glass rods in a torch flame and winding the molten glass around a metal rod using gravity and manipulation to make a basic bead. Decoration is added by applying layer upon layer of more glass in different colours and shapes. Although each bead begins with a vision of the size, shape and decorative style I am aiming for, the detailed choices of colour and pattern are very much made 'in the moment' in response to the dynamic process of glass reacting with flame.
All silver work is my own. I favour an aged and worked look to my silver as it complements the beads and allows a window into the making process. For strung pieces I use steel wire and waxed linen cord.
My inspiration comes from an enduring and passionate love of colour and pattern. With influences rooted in the decorative arts of many centuries; from Roman Villa mosaics and Ottoman Empire artwork to mid 20th Century textile designs.
I am self-taught and work from my home studio in the Welsh Heritage town of Blaenavon.
I hope you enjoy my work as much as I do making it.
Bevere Gallery. Bevere Lane, Worcester WR3 7RQ
Llantarnam Grange Art Centre, Cwmbran, Wales
Cider Barn Gallery, Combe, Nr Presteigne, Wales LD8 2HL
Glanusk Estate Fayre, Glanusk Park, Crickhowell, Wales 19th May 2019
Laing Art Gallery Gallery, Newcastle on Tyne, NE1 8AG. Showcase from January 2020 to July 2020
Handmade Britain Online Shop: www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/shop
Festival of Crafts, Farnham Maltings 27th 28th October.
Blue Magpie Designer/Maker Craft Market, Elmslie House, Malvern, November 2018
SHOWS AND EVENTS 2017:
Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, 12th - 15th October 2017
Exhibition of Festive Treasure, The Emporium Art Gallery, Lichfield, 12th October - 13th January 2018
Craft Gallery Showcase, The Old Mayor's Parlour, Hereford June - August 2017
Blue Magpie Designer/Maker Craft Market, Elmslie House, Malvern, 18th & 19th November 2017
The Workshop Designer/Maker Christmas Sale, Dulwich, London, 2nd December
Hereford Contemporary. November 2016