I started out by going to evening classes taken by a well known local jeweller and fellow member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen at Stroud Technical college about 20 years ago. It quickly became apparent to me that designing and wearing my own jewellery was going to be a very enduring interest.
After a couple of years I found that my hobby was becoming more like a second career, making commissioned pieces for clients who had heard about my work through word of mouth or liked the pieces they saw me and some of my friends and relatives wearing.
My inspiration comes from the beautiful countryside I have been lucky enough to live in all of my life, and the things that live in it. I really enjoy making delicate insects and plants as I cannot resist a challenge.
The first life size wood ant was made in response to a dare by a friend who enjoyed wearing one of my mosquito brooches.
As most of my pieces are one-offs, I cover a wide variety of animal characterisations and plant forms, spoons and hand made chains in silver and gold incorporating precious and semi precious stones.
Sometimes I might mix gold with silver to pick out certain features. For many years I aspired to becoming a member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen , which I have always considered to be a bench mark of excellence in design and craft and was extremely honoured to be accepted as an associate member two years ago.
Jewellery and silver smithing is now my main occupation. I take part in many of their exhibitions and have work in their permanent gallery in Painswick. Please contact via this site - my work is on show permanently at the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen gallery in Painswick, Glos.
Exhibiting at the GGC Gallery Painswick and The Loverslights Gallery Twickenham