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.