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My jewellery is inspired by the organic shapes and textures found in natural rock formations. After many years working as a mountain guide, I found myself becoming more and more intrigued by the extraordinary variety of melted and fluid forms found in volcanic rock and eroded limestone. Added to this was the granular and multi-coloured sand from my desert walks, which many times would unexpectedly reveal a scattering of different gemstones.
It was the accumulation of this visual and textural diversity which gave birth to my “meteorite” collection: silver and gold pieces which fuse not only different metals but combine granular and smooth lavic textures through a controlled melting process, and are then scattered with an unusual array of precious stones.
Eight years ago, I moved to rural Greece. The new space and isolation gave me greater drive to process designs and techniques, and my inspiration started to diversify. I began taking ideas from the seed pods, driftwood, pebbles and plants in this seemingly barren landscape, and combining these organic, decomposable materials with precious metals. The concept of juxtaposing fragility with endurance represents the feelings I have about this environment, and I am drawn to the conflict that this presents: though the pieces themselves are durable, the decoration on them is relatively fragile, subject to change and even disintegration with time.
Each piece is unique and 100% handmade, its form and colour dependent on current mood or experience, or according to personal request. I combine silver and various colours of gold, using reticulation and controlled melting techniques to achieve the contrasting textures which so intrigue me. High quality small stones are then set into a whole range of jewellery, all of which can be commissioned privately to personal specification.
Originally trained in Athens, Greece, I then attended London Guildhall University, before establishing my own jewellery design business in 1996. I exhibit in various jewellery galleries in the UK and Europe, attend prestigious craft fairs and work mainly to commission.
In April this year I was one of the lucky six jewellers to be chosen to go to Senegal with The Toolbox Initiative. This is a charity established by Matthieu Cheminee (award-winning jeweller, teacher, author and photographer) and Tim McCreight (jeweller, teacher and…Continue