In order to satisfy my desire to get back in touch with craft, and to work on smaller scale creative projects, I enrolled in a short jewellery making course at Central St Martins School, London at the start of 2008 which focussed on silversmithing. Since then I have continued developing my jewellery making skills at the Central School of Jewellery, run by Alexandra Huerga.
What I like most about working with precious metals and stones is that it satisfies both my creative and technical interests in a new way, one that I can independently develop without the usual constraints of my architectural workplace. I also like the idea of the honesty and durability of these materials, in that they are a true expression of themselves and don't need any applied surface finishing to improve their beauty.
On each project I aim to learn something different, be it a new technique or material which allows me to continue to grow and develop.
Jewellery making has allowed me to explore construction at a new scale and for a new purpose – one more personal, precious and intimate in scale for the pleasure of the owner/user of the piece.
Design wise, I like to keep things simple. I have always been attracted to objects with a clear expression of structure and form and that sometimes has an interesting twist or subtle quirk.