About Me

Nature has always been central to my life and work.   I have always enjoyed making things, particularly small things. I was born and raised in the countryside of the Lincolnshire Wolds. From an early age I made tiny objects as homes for ladybirds, seeds and tiny flowers from the garden. Life in miniature and delicate features in plants and nature, have always captivated me and made me smile. As a child both my parents taught me the art of seeing and to understand and appreciate the beauty of the natural world. My immediate surroundings, plants and wildlife remain a boundless source of inspiration for my work and life.

I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1996 having studied BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design. Straight after graduation I set up my business and I have exhibited internationally ever since. My work is collected and exhibited in galleries and retail outlets across the UK, Europe, USA, and Japan. I regularly take part in fairs and exhibitions, both in the UK & USA.

Throughout my career I have had workshops in Manchester, Brighton and Leeds. I now live and work from a studio in Clumber Park, a beautiful National Trust Estate in rural Nottinghamshire.

I also have a shared workshop at the Harley Foundation Workshop & Studios on the Welbeck Estate where I run a successful programme of adult one day jewellery making workshops.

I have been making precious jewellery and objects in metal for 22 years.  In that time I have developed a distinctive and unique voice for my work. My jewellery is well known for its graphic and stylised interpretation of plants; it is much admired and has undoubtedly influenced the work of others . An intense drawing project in 1999 at the Chelsea Physic Garden, London, played a key role in developing my interest in the growth, structure and diversity of plants.

The results can be seen in the distinctive style of my work.

In 2008 my work took a new direction when I exhibited large scale wall based metalwork at the prestigious COLLECT, London and SOFA Chicago. In 2009 my first major public art commission, ‘Leaf Fall’ was completed for the new atrium space at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed house, 78 Derngate, Northampton. In 2010, I was selected by museumaker to design and make over 60 metal filigree birds, inspired by the museum’s collections, for the parterre gardens at the Bowes Museum in County Durham.

I continue to practice and experiment with making large scale metalwork, but it is my passion for making small things, specifically jewellery, that will always be my principal identity as a maker.

Do keep in touch with any new work I am designing and making via my blog, gallery page and online shop. I also run a programme of one day adult jewellery making workshop experiences. You can find details of this on my workshops page.

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