I’ve ever done, over my lifetime as an artist, has come
together in making jewelry: from the Rembrandt etchings that inspired
me as a child, then sculpting, pottery, drawing, design, to computer
graphics, digital photography and printmaking. Now I can use it
all. Jewelry allows me to create art on the small scale that has
always delighted me.
It all started many years ago, when my printmaking tutor showed me his
small copper etching plates.They looked like jewellery to me, and
I fell in love. Inspired, I made earrings from my copper etching
plates. It was the start of a new life for me, jewellery became my focus incorporating all the other things I did, or materials I chose to work with.
I like to work with glass - fused
glass, lampworked glass beads, enamels - combined with metal.
I love enameling (which, of course,
is glass on metal) Whether I use beautiful transparent Japanese enamels that will play
with the light as it reflects through the layers and bounces
off the silver beneath, or opaque enamels used on copper, for stronger, more graphic effects, the process is fascinating and very enjoyable.
I use different processes to get the textures I
want, from Solar plates to carving polymer clay, or
linoleum, or pressing different materials into metal clay.
By nature, I’m drawn to textures and patterns. I live
close to five temperate rain-forests, and on my walks I notice
things like the twisting vines, the pattern of leaves against
the sky, contrasts - shiny leaves against our dark-red, volcanic
soil or lichen on rocks.
In the city, I’m drawn to linear forms and
industrial patterns: architecture, skyscrapers, bridges. I carry
a sketchbook and camera with me everywhere—making notes,
When I’m working in the studio, I’m
not aware of time passing; the creative process just consumes
me. I’m happiest starting out with just an idea for a
piece; preferring to interact with the materials as I work,
let them impose themselves on my design to a certain extent.
What’s most exciting is playing with a variety of materials and get them
to work together, then combine them with metal.
When very different materials come together and then work as a whole, I just love that. Or, when I invent a new process
and it all comes together even better than I imagined…it’s