Thursday, 20 June 2019
I am very excited to be exhibiting in the first Handmade in Oxford International Contemporary Arts Festival. My first exhibition with Handmade in Britain was back in 2015 in Kew Gardens and I have exhibited with them every year since. Exhibiting at Kew was very special and I felt very proud to be showing my handmade jewellery among so many talented makers from around the world. Now the show has moved to Oxford and is bridging the gap from the previous international art festival Art in Action (1977 -2016). If you are visiting the Festival this year you will see over 200 artists & designers work in the beautiful location of Waterperry Gardens, what could be better on a summers day.
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
This is a recent Edge Boulder ring which has now sold at my last show in Chelsea Town Hall. The customer chose this as an alternative engagement ring to match a curved wedding band. This ring is one of my favourites, its an exquisite sapphire showing purple and blue hues so beautiful and striking to look at. Another reason I was attracted to this stone was it looked similar to tanzanite which is softer and often not recommended to be set into rings as there is a risk they might chip or get scratched. Sapphires are harder wearing, making them the perfect choice to set into a ring which can be worn and enjoyed for generations to come. I did ask the customer to come and see me again if she was visiting a show when I was exhibiting so I could look at the ring again.... it is hard to fall in love and let go... I get attached to the stones I source and set into my jewellery; the earth precious treasures, a privilege to work with and learn about.