What is the inspiration for your most recent collection featured at MADE?
“Lustre” is a collection of Jewellery using Eco Silver and Fresh Water Pearls. The collection includes a selection of unique wearable pieces fusing these mythical sea gems with clean architectural design and symbolism.
Pearls have a stunning natural luminosity, and for me their natural imperfections are what makes them beautiful. They are prized in many cultures across the world and are the ultimate symbol for wisdom and serenity. I'm intrigued by the juxtaposition of the pearls as a natural irregular form against the clear lines and geometric shapes of the silver settings. My work in metals is often architectural, or almost industrial in its simplicity. Triangles and circles feature strongly and for me these are symbolic interpretations of water, mountains and the moon. These shapes also represent nature, the cycles of the planet, and the cycles of our own lives.
When and how did you realise that working with metals, creating jewellery was something you wanted to do as a career?
I first started studying Silversmithing four years ago by taking evening classes. These classes were to alleviate the stress of my job working in the wedding events industry, and using my hands reminded me how much I was missing creativity in my job! Two years ago I took a studio space at The Bone Yard in Cardiff, and a year ago I stopped the job that had been so stressful and focused totally on creating and selling jewellery. The Covid situation really helped speed up the transition as all of my existing wedding event work was cancelled overnight, and this pushed me to turn making jewellery in to a more serious occupation. I now relish my time making in the studio, and I love coming up with new designs and working with my hands every day.
How does the process inspire you ?
I love the alchemy of working with metal and the fact that it forces you to slow down. You have to work one stage at a time, and be thorough at each stage. Metal work can't be rushed and mistakes can be tricky to fix further down the line! I find the process of sawing, filing, and sanding with my hands meditative. Making in the studio with some music on is my happy place.
What are your ambitions for this year ?
After 2020's year of lockdown my ambitions for 2021 are largely social! This week we are able to open studio spaces to the public for the first time in months and I'm looking forward to welcoming people back to browse my work in my studio at The Bone Yard. Over the last few months I've sourced some really beautiful unusual stones from all over the world so I'm looking forward to experimenting with these and finding some more unusual ways to set them into jewellery pieces.
Meet our maker of the month Jodie, who runs Crane Jewellery, and her latest range of work that is currently available through MADE.
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