How it all started
After an interesting and varied career path which involved trying various forays into “something sensible”, I finally listened to my heart and started making jewellery full time in 2006 when I had two small children and a chance to work from home.
I was living at the very tip of West Cornwall at the time, one of the most stunning, rugged, remote regions of the UK and this is where I collected most of the sea glass I use in my jewellery.
I now live and work on the South Devon coast, having set up a lovely big stone workshop close to the beaches and harbour, and with the sound of sea gulls scurrying about on the roof above. Coastal walks seaglass hunting with our dog are perks of the job - a daily lungful of fresh air and a chance to blow away the cobwebs is something I never take for granted!
Walking on the beach is a chance to re-set, clearing the mind and allowing space to see and feel the physical space around us that we rarely get in the city.
the changing light, the shifting textures of the sand and stones along the shore, all help to inform the way I design and spark ideas that inspire the creative process
As a family we take advantage of the beautiful surroundings of Devon. We love getting outside and exploring the countryside as often as possible, with Dartmoor closeby, and easy connections to the rest of the country. Regular hops back to Cornwall to visit family and friends are easy, and of course that’s where we canpick up some lovely Cornish sea glass!
A love of our beautiful environment and the ever more urgent need to protect it, is reflected in my workshop practice and has been since I started Glasswing. Way back then, ethical jewellery was seen as very niche indeed, but I have consistently tried to keep the environmental impact of what I do to a minimum.
I’m pleased to say this is getting ever easier as the jewellery industry as a whole is slowly starting to wake up to its repsonsibilities, to ensure ethical practice across the board and through the whole supply chain. Glasswing jewellery incorporates traceable, ethically sourced gemstones, from a handful of trusted suppliers, Fairtrade & recycled precious metals, & found objects.
The coast and all its magic continues to inform and inspire my lifestyle and my work.
A little bit of background
I trained at the University of Wales in three dimensional design including metal work, body jewellery and furniture design. I specialised principally in large scale metalwork (coming as I do from a long line of Cornish blacksmiths) designing and making metal furniture, garden pieces and body sculpture . Afterwards I followed a blacksmith journeymanship, during which I worked with several different master blacksmiths throughout the UK on large scale steel structures including public sculptures, large gates for historic properties and metal furniture for private clients.
My traditional silversmithing skills have been developed through a range of courses, experimental workshop practice and sharing ideas with other craftspeople.
I started Glasswing in 2005 & since then I've been making silver, gold & sea glass jewellery, sending my work to customers all over the world.
I absolutely love what I do, and continue to develop my range all the time, very often adding new pieces influenced by customers' special commissions.