Since 2007, Marisa has been working exclusively as a jeweller. All her work is hand made at the studio where she works with silver, gold and gemstones including diamonds. While some of it is highly polished, a large amount of Marisa’s jewellery ranges from lightly polished to matt and textured. Texturing is done by scratching heavily the surface of the jewellery or rolling the metal with materials, such as fabric, to give it a permanently patterned surface. To show off the variety of textures Marisa polishes the edges and the all-important details in a design, and then often highlights it further by the use of various colour and carat golds. With silver, she also uses oxidation for bringing out details with a charcoal grey colour. Over the last few years Marisa has added a wide range of gemstones in her work. Stonesetting is a challenging technique, but the joy of setting all those beautiful coloured stones has been an irresistable temptation. She sources stones from all over the world, through a small number of trusted suppliers, who always have something new to show.
Marisa likes to combine several simple geometrical patterns, which sometimes make up organic forms. These striking shapes with interesting textures, create tactile mini-sculptures, some reminiscent of her native Greece, which look just as interesting on their own as they do when they are being worn. Every piece is made with the intention of being comfortable and longlasting enough to be worn and enjoyed every day. Her work ranges from small and delicate pieces to one-off necklaces, engagement and wedding rings and other jewellery to commemorate a special event.
This stunning collection of Tracey Birchwood jewellery is made from porcelain and are intricately wrapped with very fine wire. Geometric patterns feature strongly and all the surface decoration is precisely applied.
Tracey’s original collection incorporates silver wire with coloured porcelain and each piece has a subtle yet glittery appearance. In contrast the funky collection incorporates a medley of strong vibrant colours in bold stripes and checks. This innovative range combines Tracey’s trademark porcelain with enamelled copper wire.
Tracey graduated in 3-Dimensional Design from Brighton University where she majored in ceramics. Tracey is from Manchester and after her degree she moved back home and in 1996 established her studio at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre in the city’s Northern Quarter.
Every aspect and part of the final piece of jewellery is handmade in the studio, including the lampworked glass and findings (clasps etc.). This way of working allows each piece to have a unique finish and form. Jonathan's jewellery is very often one-off in terms of the design and final fabrication.
Inspiration for Jonathan’s work comes from a study of geometric shape and form and the interaction of these with different textures. Some of work incorporates handmade lampwork glass, which is often treated with a number of techniques to produce an aged aspect.
No jeweller ever finishes the process of development and learning new techniques, and this is what makes working with glass, gold and silver a fascinating and rewarding experience. Jonathan is continually looking for new ways to work with the materials to hand and likes to combine techniques such as anticlastic forming, reticulation, etching, keum boo and forging, among others, into his work.
Triple Flat Hammered Bangle
9 Strand Bangle
Carla Edwards designs and makes contemporary jewellery from her workshop in Leith, Edinburgh.
She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1997 with a BA(Hons) and in 1998 with a PGDip, both in Applied Art and Design, Jewellery and Silversmithing. Since launching in 1999 Carla has supplied a wide range of outlets and exhibited internationally.
Inspiration comes from a love of the natural world, pattern, colour and drawing. The small details of plants fascinate Carla and she enjoys translating elements of drawings into wearable jewellery. Pieces are influenced by sketches from her garden, walks in the woods and the famous Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh. Carla combines playful shapes and colour to make quirky, often asymmetric necklaces, brooches and earrings. Using pattern and repetition of small resin and wire shapes within larger forms creates layers of interest. She contrasts these areas of pattern with bold simple forms of solid colour.
Resin is used in the jewellery because of the range of colour, pattern, translucency, form and finish that can be achieved with the material. Aluminium leaf, gold leaf, silver and 18ct gold are used to compliment.
Tamsin Francesca’s interest in lace making began when she discovered that within her own family history she was related, unknowingly, to traditionally skilled lace makers.
As a jeweller, her interest in the traditional craft developed and she taught herself the techniques that her ancestors had used, and through learning traditional methods she was able to create her own contemporary technique, using metal thread for a modern twist on a time-honoured skill.
Tamsin Francesca's designs exploit the versatile flexibility of the gold, silver and bronze thread she uses, which allows it to be twisted and manipulated into the most delicate forms, and yet retain its strength and durability to be worn everyday.
Rhi has always had a love of jewellery, always looking for inspiration to come up with new versatile ideas for desirable, wearable pieces. She graduated from Hereford College of Arts in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in jewellery design.
Rhi's graduate collection was inspired by her Gran, creating a series of hollow rings using photo etched images from her Gran's childhood and set semi-precious stones and Welsh slate.
Her new collection ‘Off The Rails’ came after a trip to Budapest, Hungary – The jewel of Eastern Europe. Inspired by curved metal railings held together with large chunky rivets, Rhi designed her collection around that concept. She explored curved textured forms, using cold connections, rather than the traditional soldering process.
Rhi designed and handcrafted each piece in her small workshop in the seaside town of Porthcawl, South Wales. She works with sterling silver in various finishes – highly polished, matte and oxidised, also using a range of semi-precious stones and Welsh slate.
Lawrence Gibson was brought up in the hamlet of Nantithet on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.
After attending the local primary and secondary schools he decided to follow the one year Art and Design Foundation Course at Falmouth School of Art.
He gained his National Diploma in 1991 and, at the end of that year, relocated to pursue a three-year degree course in Industrial Design. He gained his First Class Degree with Honours from Cardiff Institute of H.E. in 1994.
Upon returning to Cornwall, Lawrence took up a position in a local model-making business where he learnt new techniques and processes. During his four-year employment, and needing an outlet for his creativity, Lawrence realised that he could utilise his extensive knowledge and skills to produce forms based on an ongoing collection of sketches. These forms took inspiration from the Cornish coastline with its beautiful coves, beaches, fishing harbours and surf culture, and began the process for creating his ocean jewellery.
Each handmade piece of jewellery is produced using a base metal of high quality UK sourced pewter. The Pewter Lawrence uses is 93% Tin (all recycled) and completely lead and nickel-free. Many of the designs incorporate coloured resin detail which starts as a pure, clear liquid to which colour is added. The resin is then either dropped into the pewter casting or made as a seperate piece to be incorporated into the design. Several pieces also feature beads, which are carefully selected and ethically sourced from fair trade suppliers.
Georgina studied glass in fine art and architecture at Central Saint Martins and now works from a studio at the Barbican Arts Group Trust in London.
Things that might be considered worthless or even repellent are often the focus of Georgina's work. Using a variety of processes and materials, she aims to reveal new aspects of the familiar and find aesthetic appeal in unexpected subjects.
Inspired by architecture, abstract art and bold geometric shapes, Elin works mainly in silver to produce modern, minimal jewellery.
Her design ethos is ‘beauty in simplicity’ and she explores repeated shape combinations and the application of texture to give her work an elegant, contemporary feel. The resulting pieces are both bold and striking whilst remaining lightweight and wearable.
Elin's debut Geometrics collection was inspired by a photograph of a ferris wheel showing how the structure was made up of a series of simple interlocking triangles. Her recent Modern Deco collection takes its cue from Art Deco architectural details with a modern take on the rectilinear style of the period.
Elin's work is made from sterling silver and hand finished to ensure clean, crisp lines and a high quality end product. Oxidised pieces are immersed in a solution to darken the surface then rinsed and lightly brushed back to give a gunmetal finish.
Emily makes every piece of jewellery by hand in her London studio, and each piece is the culmination of an immersive creative process. Her inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere, whether a quickly-captured image from nature or the careful contemplation of a painting. Nature, art and architecture are particular influences, and her eye for detail informs the minimal, subtly layered aesthetic of her work.
The design process might start with a key image. From this, Emily uses her sketchbook to create initial designs, shapes and compositions, before moving on to the bench where she experiments with materials and card models. Her sketches complement her making process as she works intuitively with the materials, allowing her work to develop naturally and spontaneously.
‘When I begin a piece I will know the general direction I want to take. But the finished jewel will often surprise me in some way. I know instinctively when it is complete.’
Emily combines modern materials with traditional jewellery and silversmithing techniques. Handmade silver details, inlay, wood and resin feature in her work alongside the boldly coloured laminate work she has become known for. For this, Emily uses laminate by Formica, made from paper and resin bonded under extreme pressure. She chose it for its endless possibilities: available in 120 colours, its bold modernity is the perfect foil to the soft, oxidised silver finishes and woods she combines it with.
‘My work is constantly evolving and changing. My job is to keep pushing myself.’
Sensitive use of colour is central to the work. She always makes her colour choices carefully, aiming to be restrained even when bold. Her work can be subtle, neat, playful, but it is never garish.
Whilst a modern, minimalist look is important to Emily, she is equally concerned with detail. Her jewels have quiet but important details such as silver inlay on the backs and edges. It is important to her that the back of each piece of jewellery is as perfect as the front – that each piece is ‘strong and whole’ – and these hidden details are for the wearer alone to enjoy.
‘Making a piece by hand is really important. I have control over every little mark, every detail.’
Above all, Emily sees jewellery as an artistic expression of the personality of the maker and the wearer. It makes a statement, speaks of individuality, and is something to be treasured and understood.
‘I know when someone instinctively understands my jewellery. They look at it with a kind of recognition…I want my work to have substance to it. In a hundred years I hope it still speaks to people through its craftsmanship, strength of design and detail.’
Prices range from £45 - £285
After graduating with a 1st class BSc (Hons) Product Design degree from Bangor University, Sara set up her workshop in her home village on the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales. Previous to setting up her business she undertook placements with various jewellery designers in order to gain experience in both practical making skills and business operations, which she strongly believes has been her most valuable experiences to date. More recently she also completed an MSc in Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Liverpool.
Inspiration is found in the everyday, particularly from her Welsh culture and heritage. Designs are influenced by a combination of experimentation with new technology/processes and traditional craft techniques. Designs often incorporate mixed materials, hidden details, repetition, kinetic components and an element of personalisation.
Sara's objective is to create simple, sleek and contemporary items that are original and intriguing yet highly wearable.
Claire uses a variety of mixed media materials to create jewellery at her home studio in Middlesex. Claire is a keen tea drinker and at university started to use tea as a material, as her experimentation progressed she became interested in the tradition of tea drinking and tea paraphernalia.
Her continual interest in materials and processes helps her work progress, she finds her work develops best when working and experimenting.
Contradictory textures and feelings are seen in the knitted/woolen range, putting soft surfaces and materials inside hard plastic and creating a visual texture without a sensory feeling.
Heather specialises in contemporary jewellery made using stainless steel and precious metal. Each piece is made in Scotland Isle of Skye and the materials are all sourced from Britain.
Heather takes her inspiration from her island home. Fisherman's nets, stacked creels and weathered buoys scatter the ever-changing shoreline and it is here Heather is inspired to create her Buoy earrings, Stacking Creel Bangles and Short Fankle necklaces.
Sarah Packington designs and makes striking modern acrylic and silver jewellery in her Brighton workshop. Her current collection includes earrings, bangles, necklaces and cufflinks
Sarah attended a Foundation Art course at Camberwell school of Art in 1988, and a BA(Hons) at Brighton Polytechnic in Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics between 1988-1991 which involved making anything out of those four materials. In the second year of her degree, Sarah's interest was sparked by a 'mass production' project: she made a series of brooches from oxidised and corrugated tin cans. From then on, Sarah was hooked on jewellery, and discovered the endless possibilities of working with acrylic.
With all her designs, Sarah strives to use acrylic in an innovative and personal way, finding new ways to give a potentially cold, mass produced material a precious hand worked feel. She aims to make her jewellery very wearable, and as affordable as possible.
Sarah loves working in clear acrylic which she textures and dyes. Some of her designs also use opal white or charcoal grey coloured acrylic for contrast.
Dittany graduated with a degree in Jewellery Design from Middlesex University in 1995. In the last few years she has taken up creative practice again after working in another career - language assessment. In that time her practice has developed from painting and drawing, through printmaking and now back to jewellery. The images used in her jewellery were developed through print making, in particular screen printing. The evidence of her evolution through these art forms is clear in her work.
Dittany uses a unique combination of card and sterling silver to create jewellery that is light, water resistant and durable. Once her images are printed onto card, she cuts out the constituent parts using a laser cutter. Multiple layers of card are then laminated together so that a strong bond is formed. For some pieces findings are added afterwards and for others they are embedded into the laminated card, thus making a feature of the functionality of the piece. Her inspiration comes from the materials and the processes she works with; a desire to experiment with both to see what forms are possible
Her current collection includes stud earrings, drop earrings, brooches and pendants in a range of colours and sizes. Playful yet elegant, their design led approach is immediately obvious.
Alice's porcelain jewellery is all hand formed and painted using underglazes, which are then individually drawn into before being fired.
Inspired by the forms of the 1920's art deco period and a love of bold, bright colours, this new direction has enabled Alice to find new creative expression.
After graduating from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Polytechnic with a BA Honours degree in Designer Craftsmanship, Penny began to develop her interest in pattern and its application to jewellery by making work that used patination on the surface of non-precious metals such as copper and brass.
Since 1994, she has been designing and making jewellery in the Rosehill Workshop in Brighton, Sussex, and has been specialising in hand-dyed aluminium since 2001. The attraction of this material in its use for jewellery is primarily about making permanently colourful accessories without using gem stones, but it is also an incredibly light metal making it easy to wear, and the diverse range of colours achieved whether bright intense blues, pinks and turquoises or soft subtle greys, greens and lavenders has an eternally powerful appeal to the wearer.
Penny's designs are inspired by land, sea, and skyscapes.
The jewellery is made in anodised aluminium combined with silver.
Small sheets of pre-anodised aluminium are dyed freehand and the colours diluted to achieve a watercolour effect. When the ink is dry, the aluminium is immersed in boiling water to seal the colour permanently into the surface.
Once this is done the sheet is ready to be made into jewellery. The pieces are cut into shapes, either by stamping out or using a piercing saw, milled to add a texture to the surface, domed or folded and the edges are polished. The aluminium is then combined with silver either by riveting or using folding techniques.
All the wires and chains are made from sterling silver.