I design and make jewellery by using sand casting an ancient technique of using moist and tightly packed sand to press around a model which is then removed leaving a mould cavity to be filled with the molten silver.The sand I use is sand from a local Shetland Beach.
Each piece is individually cast in sand and finished by hand, each piece is unique and has its own marks on from the moulding process that I do not remove.
Each piece is individually cast.
The unfinished pieces all go to The Edinburgh Assay Office to get hallmarked with my makers mark “EW” and the traditional hallmark.
My main influence is my father who is a Master Blacksmith, I have always helped as a child and as an adult worked along side him making handmade tools, To working alone concentrating on artistic blacksmithing, I had always wanted to move to jewellery but the opportunity did not arrive until 4 years ago, I am self taught, I took the principles I learnt from Blacksmithing and transferred them to silver and gold. My other influence is Shetland where I live, it inspires me constantly.
I also make Jewellery using Sea Glass that I collect from my local beach, all the techniques I use to wrap and set the glass again have been transferred from the Blacksmithing.
The Workshop Gallery, Hillswick, Shetland is open every Sunday from 12:00am to 3:00pm, then open from May to October, Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Contact me and I am happy to open out with these times.
Year Established: 2007
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