Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s just over a week until Mother’s Day in the UK, so there’s still just enough time to get a special gift from Bilberry and Birch for the mum in your life. i have some lovely floral and foliage designs, which are very appropriate now that spring is on the way. There are ranges inspired … Continue reading Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Coquetdale Art Gallery

It’s that time of year again. The Coquetdale Art Gallery in Rothbury, Northumberland, re-opens for the season on Saturday 14th March. This year, I have a collection of my designs inspired by beech bark in the gallery. You’ll find a fabulous range of crafts, paintings, and cards by local artists, and it’s well worth a visit … Continue reading Coquetdale Art Gallery

Spirals of Silver

I started making these spiral designs before christmas, and the hoop earrings have proved popular already, as you can see from this lovely review. The designs are formed from sterling silver wire, coiled by hand into spirals, then hammered with the edge of a hammer. They are oxidised, then polished, which emphasises the texture, and … Continue reading Spirals of Silver

They Call It Poppy Love

I’ve been reviewing how my designs did in 2019, and I can only conclude that there is a lot of love out there for poppies. Not only were my poppy pieces easily my best sellers, I also got some really great feedback from my lovely customers. "Absolutely gorgeous. Really helpful maker. Well packed and prompt … Continue reading They Call It Poppy Love

Latest Designs: Sweet Chestnut

I’ve been working on a new collection for the past few weeks, and now that the pieces are back from being hallmarked at the Edinburgh Assay Office, I can start to show them off. The design features heavy hammer marks on thick silver wire. The pieces are oxidised with liver of sulphur, which makes them … Continue reading Latest Designs: Sweet Chestnut

Latest Designs: Little Copper Hearts

I have made this pretty little collection of jewellery especially for the Coquetdale Art Gallery in Rothbury. All of the pieces feature warm copper hearts, combined with hammered and oxidised silver. There are two styles of pendant, post and drop earrings, a copper charm bangle, and a silver chain bracelet. They will all be available from … Continue reading Latest Designs: Little Copper Hearts

Introducing SeaSong

I feel as if there should be a drum roll here. For the past few months, I’ve been working on a brand new collection of designs, and I’ve finally reached the point where I’m ready to share the first few pieces. The collection is called SeaSong, and it combines my beach-combing finds with hand made … Continue reading Introducing SeaSong

new designs: autumnal amber

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had been working with amber. I actually got a string of beautiful coin beads from a lady who was selling strings of beads by weight at a brocante (antiques market) in nearby Langeac. I wasted no time in de-stringing them, and found I had a wonderful … Continue reading new designs: autumnal amber

news from the workshop: a flotilla of seahorses

Having carried out extensive research (that'll be five minutes on the internet then), I have discovered that the collective noun for seahorses is 'herd'.  A herd of seahorses. That just sounds wrong. It's a word that doesn't begin to do justice to these weird, graceful, beautiful creatures, and I've decided to go with 'flotilla' instead. … Continue reading news from the workshop: a flotilla of seahorses

news from the workshop: silver birch

One way or another, I've mostly been working on designs inspired by the bark of the silver birch tree for the past few days. I usually apply the distinctive texture using the edge of an old and slightly pitted hammer, but I decided to try something slightly different with the bangle pictured above. It's made … Continue reading news from the workshop: silver birch