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PROFILE

I consider myself to be both an artist and a silversmith.

Traditional techniques are the basis of my work; using hammers, I raise vessels from flat sheets of silver; I forge bars into spoon handles. In a practical sense, as a craftsperson, I am concerned with addressing issues of design and utility. With this in mind, I make giftware, such as napkin rings and spoons, which can be personalised by etching or engraving.  Alongside this is my big project: ‘Elemental’.

The artist in me is interested in the effects of the great forces of nature:  for instance, ocean waves, and the formation of rocks and caves.  I have always been interested in natural patterns and the effects of nurture over nature.  Nature creates the patterns - for instance in the shape of a chrysanthemum head - but the environment changes the details.  As it grows, it becomes quirky and individual; then we see variations in size or colour, or perhaps the flower head is not symmetrical any more. 

Through this I have developed an interest in the way that chance can change things instantly and radically, and the effect of taking risks.  For instance, a landscape is changed by a sudden earthquake or a meteor strike, or a plant loses shape because an animal has eaten some of it!

I try to combine these reflections in my work.  I work in a traditional way, and then I allow - or introduce - the element of chance or risk into my work, to change the outcome in some way, sometimes subtly, and sometimes radically.  So, though I can (and do) repeat my designs, every object I make (other than giftware) is essentially unique.