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 »