Although essentially a jeweller, I consider myself a metalsmith. The techniques of metalsmithing that have evolved for generations form the basis of my work. And what I aim to do with them is to create pieces that hold a meaning as peculiar as the individual that may wear, look or touch them.
My work revolves around two distinct techniques- forging and construction. Along with my love of construction, I am progressing my interest in making modern forms and sculpture by traditional methods such as; raising, repousse and blacksmithing. These pieces range from small intricate constructed jewellery to larger copper hollowware vessels. I am interested in exploring all creative avenues between these points in metal.
The materials I use are primarily malleable metals: silver, gold, copper and steel. However, I like to meet the precious with the non-precious and I also use plastics such as formica and plexiglass. Additionally, I often incorporate semi-precious stones and materials I have found. Cast components are a frequent feature of my work.
Many of my pieces are narrative, where others are simply aesthetic and perhaps more simply classical in style. I would say, in one sense my work is a microscopic study of the world we live in. In another, it is simply part of the world we live in.
The price point of my work that I sell at shows starts at $40 and extends to $500. The majority of what sells is between the $85 - $250 range.