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Ocean

Ocean This piece really drove me -a tidal wave of creative force that would not let me rest until completion. This morning, I  am contemplating this process of creation... I have an intense NEED to create, to express what I am feeling in its most raw, pure form. The more I am involved in this creative process, the deeper it takes hold within me. Like a dancer who continues to fly on broken feet, or a musician who plays with fingertips bloodied and bruised, I continue to create beyond the pains and limitations of this body. I am pushed to express beyond the confines of what people will like, what is commercial, what is 'on trend'... I take none of...

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Flow

In this new Collection, I am exploring the inherent fluidity of silver, its ability to move and flow like water in the process of forging. This is a highly sculptural exploration, which brings about very organic, natural shapes and lines | a discovery of the mysterious forces that bring matter into form. The contemplations behind this work go very deep | into the realms of infinite feeling and allowing that depth to then turn out and be the confession. The inside becomes the outside when the feeling dimension is allowed to exist and flow into the world, and this dimension has the capacity to bring great change. These pieces, however outwardly bold and strong, also hold a great vulnerability in...

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Hard Lessons Learnt

Tough day yesterday in the studio. It began with discovering that a ring I had made the day before had to be remade. I was at the final polish stage when I noticed a hairline gap at one point of where the bezel meets the back plate -  because I was recycling my silver and rolling out the back plate, I'd obviously missed a bit filing, hence the gap. Invisible to every eye but mine, my heart sank as I had to put the beautiful ring back on the bench to be cut open carefully to remove the stone, and then rebuilt. There are days that are pure magic in the studio, when everything flows, when the rhythm of the...

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A little gem on creativity...

I'm currently reading "Designing and Making Handwrought Jewelry" by Joseph F. Shoenfelt, written in the early 60s. It describes basic practices and would be a useful little for a beginner jewellery maker. My copy, found second hand, with its yellowed pages falling away from the spine, is a dear little treasure. I love going through books such as this, because in amongst the basic techniques, there will be one gem, one tiny piece of information, that will change your studio practice forever! I discovered a recipe called "Bright Dip" - made by mixing equal parts sulphuric and nitric acid, with a pinch of table salt. This acid quickly strips firescale or oxides from silver surfaces, and also is great to...

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