I am a self taught jewellery designer/maker with a passion for handmade silver jewellery creations.
I create each design individually using traditional silver smithing tools and techniques.
Like so many other people I suffer with very sensitive skin and it's partly due to this that I got involved in making silver jewellery. I've never been able to wear High Street fashion jewellery because the nickel content and other mixed metals would irritate my skin. Being a keen artist and crafter I decided to have a go at making my own jewellery from materials that I knew would not react with my skin.
My early attempts at jewellery making (as a young teenager) were not much more than wooden beads threaded onto cord. Later I discovered beading but decided that I really wanted to learn some silversmithing techniques so that I could design and make my own sterling silver findings, component parts and complete pieces, from design to the finished item.
I soon realised that this was the creative path for me. I wanted to design and make silver jewellery on a more professional basis, so in 2012 ARC Jewellery was established.
I am predominantly a self-taught designer/maker, doing short courses along the way to pick up new skills and techniques. I am very passionate about the jewellery I make and the creative process it goes through to produce the final piece and I hope that this is reflected in my work.
Each piece of ARC Jewellery is individually hand crafted by me using sterling silver 925 and Argentium silver 935. Sometimes I use semi-precious stones or enamel to add colour and embellishment to the design.
I enjoy working with a variety of styles and techniques to continually challenge my creative curiosity and stimulate fresh ideas and designs.
ARC Jewellery is based in England in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside and the name ARC comes from my initials.
I sell my work online, via galleries and at art & craft events around the UK.