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Abigail Brown
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Abigail Brown has been producing contemporary designs in silverware and jewellery for fourteen years and has had work exhibited internationally at venues including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Saatchi Gallery, Goldsmiths’ Hall and the German Goldsmiths’ House in Hanau. In December 2014 Abigail became a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’ and in June 2015 she received the Freedom of the City of London.

Abigail produces work predominantly in silver using traditional methods. She specialises in hand raised vessels, bowls and objects, as well as boxes and jewellery, using a hammer forming technique. Current research themes for her work include the human form, nature, and archaeology.

Her Jewellery is currently focused on the themes of ‘Silversmithing for the Body’ – using traditional silversmithing techniques to create large pieces of jewellery or ‘sculpture’ for the body or domestic environment. The theme of ‘the Body as a Landscape’ is also a recurring source of inspiration and investigation – the relationship between our selves as humans and nature; the relationship of the jewellery with the body; the placing of that jewellery within the landscape of the body; and the landscape of the Earth perceived as a human body.

Abott & Ellwood
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hand printed metal jewellery, clocks and sculpture
michael abbott + kim ellwood

We work together in our studio workshop overlooking the hills to the ocean just outside St Ives in Cornwall. The light here on the north coast is always magical, the sea a bright turquoise and the landscape’s always wild.

Our hand printed figurative brooches, necklaces and clocks with themes including the garden and the sea, are made to wear, display and hopefully to bring a smile! Our one-off hand printed metal sculptures explore narrative themes loosely drawn… individual characters emerge through the process of making, using images printed onto metal and found objects to tell a new story.

Cornwall
Alex Yule Jewellery

Hand made jewellery

“I draw inspiration from my surrounding environment, inheriting my father’s interest in wild flowers and love of beach-combing rocky coastlines.

From a young age I have expressed my creative ideas in 3D forms and went on to train in Display Design. I soon moved into roles building bespoke props and window schemes for stores such as Harvey Nichols before developing my craft further in a career in architectural model making for a leading Covent Garden based practice.

However, I am now dedicated to my long-term ambition to establish myself as a jeweller, having studied at both City Lit and Sir John Cass where I honed my skills working with precious metals.

Former influences are reflected in my jewellery in which you will always find an architectural style softened by a love of natural forms. “

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London
Alexandra Jackson

Alex is putting her creativity, designing ethical coloured jewellery, into a full-time career after winning Etsy’s New Talent Award this summer. Having grown up in the rural countryside of Northumberland, the designer has always been close to nature and has spent family holidays in Whitby collecting washed-up gems and fossils from the coastline.

Alex owns the very successful Etsy shop, Featheroak, selling an assortment of her handmade jewellery utilising natural resources.
She makes all of her jewellery in her compact caravan-turned-workshop which lies at the bottom of her garden – it’s where her quirky career took off. Alex specialises in rings which she makes from recycled copper pipe, making around 300 per month and 20-30 per day. Although she now says she would be willing to pay for an assistant to help her, she can’t believe how far she has come on her own.
In the future, Alex would love to work with precious metals including gold and silver, and even branch into making crowns and tiaras for weddings.

Northumberland
Alice Robson

Alice has been designing and making jewellery for over twenty years and running her own jewellery business since 2005. She trained at Central St Martins graduating in 1990 with a BA (Hons) degree in jewellery design. She went on to work for Dinny Hall and John Donald, as well as gaining experience in sales and marketing roles in other industries.

After moving to the country and starting a family the benefits of starting her own jewellery brand became apparent. Alice is now well known in the Sussex area and sells her work direct from the studio and website as well as from local and London fairs. She is also a member of the Sussex Guild.

Alice produces a new collection every year as well as constantly updating and developing existing collections. Drawing inspiration from natural forms and naturally occuring geometries, Alice also loves mid century design and is influenced by the use of similar reference points in fabrics and prints of that time.

Its also important to Alice to retain the quirkiness of the handmade. “A design may be geometric but the inexactness of the handmade process gives a unique feel that is lost in the mass produced or computer generated object. Its my aim to create simple, elegant and tactile pieces that are accessible, wearable and ultimately timeless”.

Sussex
Alice Robson Jewellery

Alice has been designing and making jewellery for over twenty years and running her own jewellery business since 2005. She trained at Central St Martins graduating in 1990 with a BA (Hons) degree in jewellery design. She went on to work for Dinny Hall and John Donald, as well as gaining experience in sales and marketing roles in other industries.

After moving to the country and starting a family the benefits of starting her own jewellery brand became apparent. Alice is now well known in the Sussex area and sells her work direct from the studio and website as well as from local and London fairs. She is also a member of the Sussex Guild.

Alice produces a new collection every year as well as constantly updating and developing existing collections. Drawing inspiration from natural forms and naturally occuring geometries, Alice also loves mid century design and is influenced by the use of similar reference points in fabrics and prints of that time.

Its also important to Alice to retain the quirkiness of the handmade. “A design may be geometric but the inexactness of the handmade process gives a unique feel that is lost in the mass produced or computer generated object. Its my aim to create simple, elegant and tactile pieces that are accessible, wearable and ultimately timeless”.

Alice undertakes commissions and remodelling of older pieces (specialising in stone setting) as well as teaching one day a week in her lovely Sussex garden studio.

Sussex
Alice Shields Ceramics
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Alice Shields is a Bristol based ceramic designer who creates a range of bold home wares, jewellery and gifts. Specialising in surface decoration, Alice hand applies her own illustrated decal drawings onto each item and sgraffitos into each of her porcelain jewellery range pieces.

Alice prides herself on creating a range which has functionality yet is decorative and beautiful at the same time. Humour plays a key role in the narrative of her work, creating pieces which reflect the characteristics of being British. Her illustrations reflect her love of wildlife and favourite pastimes.

Alice’s new porcelain Block Jewellery range is an exploration of colour, form and mark making. Her statement necklaces, earrings and bangles are all hand formed and painted using underglazes, which are then individually drawn into before being fired. Inspired by the forms of the 1920’s art deco period and her love of bold, bright colours, this new direction has enabled Alice to find new creative expression and push herself as a maker.

Somerset
Allen Brown Jewellery
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Since 1986, Allen has lead a team of designer-makers who all work on the jewellery collections and commission pieces. This allows us to give design and technical advice to customers when they are visiting us, advising them on the suitability of stones and settings to help their ideas become a beautifully-crafted piece of bespoke jewellery. In our jewellery gallery which was created Spring 2015, we give our customers the opportunity to view firsthand our jewellery being made on the premises.

For each bespoke item and collection piece, we sketch and develop several different ideas, taking traditional techniques and settings one step further to discover the most appropriate piece for each stone so that its shape, facets and colour are displayed to the best advantage. The result is stunning pieces of precious jewellery both beautiful and practical, making them timeless favourites for our customers.

Please call into our Jewellery Gallery in Swinfen, Lichfield or contact us for more information. You are also able to view our workshop where all our jewellery is made.

Staffordshire
Alludio

Alludio is a latin word which means playful, play. It sums up the creative motto for designer-maker Claudia Schmidek, the name behind the brand. Having fun while freely exploring shapes, colours and materials.

Inspired by everyday objects, historical artifacts, fashion or architecture, her collections give a nod to vintage yet are modern looking, unique yet wearable, playful yet elegant. Her pieces are full of character and comprise mainly of sterling silver, gold, precious and semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, along with some alternative materials.

Brazilian born with Austrian/German heritage, Claudia has been living in the UK since 2005.

After graduating as an Architect and devoting a few years working in the field, she began training as a Jewellery designer/maker, before setting up her own workshop in London. Due to her many cultural influences, she likes to experiment with new materials and shapes, exploring possibilities whilst pursuing an aesthetically pleasant and beautiful result. She likes to create collections as well as one-off pieces and is very happy to undertake commissions.

All items are designed and made in London using recycled metals (silver, gold or palladium) and ethically sourced stones wherever possible. When casting, it is always locally outsourced.

 

London
Andrew Macgowan
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From enjoying working in metal at school I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with the most beautiful of all metals Silver. After leaving the School of Jewellery and Silversmithing, Birmingham in 1979 and working in the trade for seven years, I started working for myself. I have designed and made gold and silverware for many clients in the years since then.

My work has ranged from church ware to trophies, gifts, awards and bespoke commissions for tableware and object d’art. I enjoy making silverware that has a function. I like to think that my silver will be used for all sorts of occasions and bring enjoyment and pleasure for many years and be handed down through future generations to become family heirlooms.

West Midlands
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