ABOUT

About me

I am an artist maker of fine jewellery.  After many years of two-dimensional animal portraiture I chose to retrain in the three-dimensional discipline of jewellery (design) and making, with Nik Stanbury and Julie Moss. 

 

I am currently based at York School of Jewellery in the historic city of York.  

In 2018 I joined The Beautiful Splint Company CIC where I utilise my design and making skills, to create precious metal orthotic splints for people with conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and Hypermobility Syndrome.  Our vision is to create splints that combine the supportive function of a medical splint with the beauty of bespoke jewellery.  I am currently sole Director of the company supported by founder Nik Stanbury in a consultancy role.

About design

I live in a rural village near York, and inspiration comes from my fascination for nature, for the textures, shapes and curves found all around.

Working with carefully selected precious metals (sterling/fine silver and 18 & 22 carat gold) and gemstones, my jewellery is designed using elements from my observational drawings, creating unique "one off" pieces.             

 

I love the process of bringing my ideas to life. Using traditional skills I transform flat sheets of metal into beautiful and wearable art.

I also enjoy collaborating with clients on commissions, transforming ideas from imagination - to sketchbook - to reality.  

Please contact me if you would like to arrange a commission.

About events

York Open Studios 2021 -17/18 and 24/25 April 2021 

York Open Studios 2020  sadly cancelled due to Covid 19

 

York Frost Fair December 2019

York Open Studios 2019

Saltaire Makers Fair November 2018

York Open Studios 2018

About The Beautiful Splint Company CIC

The Beautiful Splint Company is passionate about designing and creating bespoke hand, wrist and finger splints in precious metals for people with conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and Hypermobility Syndrome.

 

Working closely with healthcare professionals across the UK we create splints that combine the supportive function of a medical splint with the beauty of bespoke jewellery that is a pleasure to wear.  Find out more.

The company is a 'Community Interest Company' (CIC), a non profit making organisation with surplus income being re-invested in the manufacture of the splints.

TESTIMONIALS

"Beautful delicate jewellery with simplicity yet wonderful impact"​

"Different to the usual thats around"

"Love your ethereal style, beautifuly done"

"Really pretty work, delicate with a difference"

LINKS

 

Beautiful Splint Company   https://www.thebeautifulsplintcompanycic.co.uk/

 

York school of jewellery       https://www.yorkschoolofjewellery.co.uk/

Metals    

Cooksongold                                  https://www.cooksongold.com/ 

Argex                                               https://argex.co.uk/

Gemstones 

R M Weare                                     https://www.facebook.com/pg/R.M.Weare/about/

A E Ward                                        https://www.wardgemstones.com/

Tools

H S Walsh                                       https://www.hswalsh.com/

Cooksongold                                  https://www.cooksongold.com/ 

Hallmarking           

London assay office                      https://www.assayofficelondon.co.uk/

Telephone 01757270540 or 07746118053

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