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

Autumn Leaf

We recently moved house, and our new home has a number of skylight windows. Obviously, the drawback to these is that you can't actually look out of them and admire the view. On the plus side, they do frame the sky and treetops, and they let in a lot of natural light. An unexpected bonus, … Continue reading Autumn Leaf

Structure

This week's photo challenge invites us to share the structure of an everyday object. I took this photograph of allium flowers back in June, when we visited the National Trust property Washington Old Hall. The flowers heads are huge pom-poms of colour, and when there's a whole bed of them, it's easy for the eye … Continue reading Structure

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

Snowdrops

One of the things that has surprised and delighted me about early spring in Northumberland is the number of snowdrops, which seem to grow wild in huge numbers on every verge, and on any stretch of waste ground. In France, we found them in a couple of places locally, but I've never seen snowdrops growing … Continue reading Snowdrops