Hidden Gems September 2018 – Mayoral Metals

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It gives me a strange feeling to sit at the bench with a fine creation and see the same piece being worn in a photograph from the eighteen hundreds. The Mayors Chain of Office for Wells is one of these pieces, and one that I’ve looked after, for my sins, for the last 20 years…. Read more »

Hidden Gems – Polished and Pristine!

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These glorious warm summer evenings go hand in hand with the distinctive chink and rattle of a gin and tonic being enjoyed. Gin has certainly become the most popular and fashionable alcoholic drink of late. Aside from a refreshing sundowner, gin is frequently believed to be good for cleaning diamonds – but between you and… Read more »

Hidden Gems – Crane Dance

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Embarking on making a distinctive one-off piece for an exhibition always leads me on an unpredictable journey and often to the most remarkable places. The story of the Crane Dance necklace that I made several years ago was no exception. My journey began in response to a collaboration with Somerset Arts Works and The Great… Read more »

Hidden Gems – Perfect Pearls

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If you have your birthday in June, you are lucky enough to have pearl as your birthstone. Pearls are a fascinating gem, with many different varieties and without doubt they have led to the most pet-related incidents in my workshop! I’ve been hunting for some deep-meaning philosopher’s quote about the finest jewel forming from the… Read more »

Hidden Gems – Spirit in Motion

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Spirit in Motion’, what do these words conjure up for you? The flight of a swallow returning for summer? A fast-moving ghost? Vodka being spilled in a night club? The words are in fact, the motto of the Paralympic Games. Thanks to an interesting commission I’ve had the chance to explore and learn more about… Read more »

Hidden Gems – March Madness!

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What is it about the enigmatic hare? So many people resonate with this beautiful and iconic creature and sadly it is getting scarcer by the day. At a young age, I had the good fortune to witness the spectacle of Mad March hares ‘boxing’ in the spring time. During Easter holidays, when a lie-in would… Read more »

Hidden Gems: Fashion Fiasco

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The world of exhibitions, shows, and demonstrations belongs to a completely different universe to the zen-like retreat of my workshop. I have the good fortune to regularly travel between both, (never without a crash-hat and decaf tea bags) and it is always a journey to remember! After months of intense and solitary preparation in a… Read more »

Hidden Gems: Giddy About Garnets!

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Stones, glass and coloured gemstones in particular  have always been a source of fascination to me. When I was little, my mother often found herself in a real-life horror story due to my quest to collect. Apparently I once wandered off the path and got lost on the way to have afternoon tea with a… Read more »

Hidden Gems: Christmas Sparkle

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My workshop is absolutely full of the tell-tale signs of the busiest time of the year! Every tool imaginable has been used, bench space is at a minimum and there is a liberal sprinkling of glitter….except it’s not the glitter my children use for their Christmas cards…it’s gold dust!   Being surrounded by this precious… Read more »

Hidden Gems: Of Mermaids and Multitasking!

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I owe an apology to the calm and subdued visitors in the John Singer Sargent exhibition I visited recently.  The peace was suddenly shattered by an impulsive shout of ‘Oh, yes, look at that! I’ve stood there!’ – and I have to confess it was me! The painting that caused this strong reaction was of… Read more »