Latest Designs: Northumberland Hedgerow

I’ve become a little obsessed with the hedgerows in our part of Northumberland. They’re really characterful, and although they do form a unified hedge, you can still clearly see the individual plants, each one unique. I particularly love a stretch that we pass on one of our regular walks. It’s wonderfully gnarly, and looks especially … Continue reading Latest Designs: Northumberland Hedgerow

Latest Designs: Wild Creatures

We’ve been living in Northumberland for over a year now, and I’m still regularly thrilled by the number and variety of wild birds and animals that we see. We’re within easy reach of a range of habitats, from stunning coastline to river valleys, farmland to wild moors, coniferous forests to copses of native trees. We … Continue reading Latest Designs: Wild Creatures

Latest Designs: Poppy Flowers

The snow that I posted about last week has finally melted, our broadband connection has been reinstated, and things are pretty much back to normal here. I did use the few days of being snowed in wisely, catching up with some reading, and completing some new jewellery designs. The first are these poppy pendants and … Continue reading Latest Designs: Poppy Flowers

Floral Inspiration

I’ve been making some little animated slideshows, to illustrate how my influenes are translated into my designs. Here is the first, showcasing some of my recent floral-inspired designs. I’ve used an app called Ripl, in case anyone fancies having a go themselves. It’s really easy - just add some photos and text, and the app … Continue reading Floral Inspiration

Latest Designs: Meadows and Flowers

You’d be forgiven for thinking that I haven’t actually made any pieces of jewellery for months. The last time I posted any pictures seems to have been October of last year. In truth, I have been very busy, firstly preparing for craft fairs in the run up to Christmas, then working to replace the items … Continue reading Latest Designs: Meadows and Flowers

Sea Glass in a Silver Setting

I've been working on some commission pieces lately, alongside my new designs. One has led me to have another go at something I haven't done for a good while, namely stone setting. Or, in this case, sea glass setting. I haven't set any stones since I was going to evening classes at Leeds College of … Continue reading Sea Glass in a Silver Setting

Latest Designs: Oarweed Earrings

One of the things I love about working with silver is that it is so versatile. You can use thick wire to create solid, chunky rings, or you can roll out silver sheet until it is incredibly thin and flexible, and form it into flowing, delicate shapes. I took the latter approach with these long, … Continue reading Latest Designs: Oarweed Earrings

Latest Designs: Stacking Rings with Heart

I haven't made any rings for a while, so I really enjoyed working on these silver stacking rings. They are a set of three, made from 2mm silver round wire, and each given a distinctive surface texture with different hammers. They were inspired by the different textures of stones, rocks and plants to be found on the … Continue reading Latest Designs: Stacking Rings with Heart

Latest Designs: Fern Fronds

These silver earrings are one of my more abstract designs, inspired by the delicate fronds of the tiny ferns that grow in old walls. Their common name is spleenwort, which makes them sound much less attractive than they really are. The earrings have a lovely natural, organic shape, inspired by the later work of Henri … Continue reading Latest Designs: Fern Fronds

Latest Designs: Skylarks

Most of our walks over the past few weeks have been accompanied by the clear, liquid song of the skylark. They are usually heard before they are seen, and are often soaring high in the sky. Too high to get a photograph, I'm afraid! But the sound and distant sight were enough to inspire me … Continue reading Latest Designs: Skylarks