I love making Jewellery I find it very therapeutic and each piece takes a lot of time and thought as I design my pieces when I see the metal I have to work with. I use recycled or reclaimed metals and sometimes beach combed and vintage items to make the pieces even more special. I make each piece individual in design and form and I only ever make one version of a piece, I may keep a similar shape but there will never be two the same, I want them all to be individual and completely unique, just like you. Inspired by nature and the wabi-sabi aesthetics of art and craft from Japan, I create forms using emotion and make pieces that are made to be worn and evolve.
I am very environmentally aware and always want to work with as little environmental impact as possible and wanted to incorporate this into my business principle. So I make the pieces with the most ethically conscience and environmentally friendly methods possible all totally by hand, no electrical tools are used at all in the crafting which gives each pieces its own unique finish. I shape by hand, cut by hand, form by hand, sand by hand, polish by hand, patina with natural methods not horrible acids, this way I also get to reflect some of my emotions in the pieces. The pieces have a tactile feel and the finish allows them to organically change and evolve over time the more you wear them. They are very unique, they are not delicate intricate shiny shiny baubles, thats just not me. I would like you to look on them as mini pieces of art work you can wear. Functional art pieces that you can wear with a clear conscience knowing they are handmade in an ethical manner. I have an ethos of sustainability and nurture, make and mend, that I would like to share and I hope you appreciate.
I hold many random qualifications including a HNDin jewellery design & silversmithing & metal-smithing and a BA (hons) in photography & digital art & design and a BSc (hons) in Complementary Therapies- Integrated Health Science but I love making beautiful unusual things.
At heart I am an artist, an artist who likes walking the dog, watching the weather change, eating cheese & chocolate & a good red wine or a glass of gin occasionally.
I make commissioned pieces, most recently of which has been unique wedding bands, but I can make whatever you can imagine or need. Email me your requirements at firstname.lastname@example.org
I also take on repair work. Email me if you have an item of jewellery that needs repairing for prices etc....
INTERVIEW... With Sam Jones Your Local Crowd. http://www.yourlocalcrowd.co.uk
I've always been quite creative, I grew up in a photography studio & assisted on photo shoots from the age of 10, but for some reason, despite my love for a camera, my parents discouraged me from following in their footsteps and pushed me in a different direction. For years I worked in a job I hated, then a stroke when I was 30 pushed me in a different direction leaving me with visual & neurological problems.
Born out of frustration and a need to create, and also at the time becoming a mature mother, I needed something to do that wasn't baby related and something that I could use as therapy, an outlet for pent up emotion, something that I could do that incorporated my need to release stress and be creative, release my frustration, so I signed up for a couple of night classes in City & Guilds in Jewellery Manufacturing and Silversmithing & metalsmithing, then a BA in photography and digital art & design. I have to take my time making pieces due to my condition but I love it, I love creating things for others.
My jewellery is what you would call artist or studio jewellery, I don't make bling, I use nature & emotions as inspiration for a piece & I only make one unique piece, I don't want to be a production line jewellery maker, I couldn't do it anyway, I see my pieces as small wearable metal sculptures.
I try not to look at other makers work as I don't want to steal their ideas, it tends to happen, even if you don't consciously do it you can end up subconsciously making similar pieces, so I tend not to look in the first place. I spend lots of time in museums & galleries staring at beautiful objects, studying techniques & styles, but not to copy, just for inspiration.
When I first started I made flowers, lots of spirals (I love spirals, & even managed to incorporate one into my logo) & hearts, but now my work has evolved into more abstract pieces. My pieces mostly just become what I am feeling on the day, they just appear from the metal, they can be an emotion or a memory of something I've seen in nature like the reflection of the clouds on the water at Poppit beach which was the inspiration for the Winter Sea collection or the surface of the River Teifi which was the inspiration for the Surface collection. I tend to sketch the idea up quickly then just get a hammer out & go from there. I love my hammers.
I use recycled & reclaimed copper & sterling silver and because of the tactile nature of the pieces & my own ideals I don't use nasty chemicals or electric tools (I'm scared of power tools), I make using just hand tools & hand polish & fire finish. They take time, I make when I'm able.
I loved making commissioned wedding rings for a couple last year. I had made a bangle called 'Taking the Rough with the Smooth' which the bride had previously bought off me & she thought the design was a great idea for her wedding bands, it was such a responsibility making such special pieces for someone but they were so happy with them. It's a great feeling when people love & understand my work, I didn't think anyone would get it because my pieces all have a story, a unique moment captured in metal.
I was born in South Wales but left in 2001 to go to university in London, I didn't return to Wales until 2012, via Devon, hiraeth was too strong not to. Coming to West Wales has been the best thing for me, it has the best coastline & countryside, who wouldn't be inspired to create here, lovely friendly people & the speed of life that allows me to create my unique pieces of Appleseed Jewellery in my own time.