My Father has always loved gardening and while living in Almondsbury, at our family home ‘Lyndale’ for many years, he planted half an acre with wonderful shrubs, trees and in particular cultivated a beautiful collection of Acer Palmatum trees. Since moving home a few years ago he entrusted me with a few of these special acer trees which now sit happily in my back garden. Today, these beautiful trees are the source of inspiration for many of the bespoke pieces of ceramic jewellery I create.
When my late grandfather passed away we also had several acer trees planted at Westonbirt Arboretum as a commemoration, so you can see why these trees are so special to our family. I love to visit during Autumn to experience the stunning colours that transform from greens to sunset reds, oranges and yellows and then mimic them in my work.
I use a high firing white earthenware clay to produce my jewellery so that the bright autumn colours can be acquired. Pieces are fired in three stages, firstly to 1020 degrees biscuit ware, then oxide and glaze is added with a second firing to 1055 degrees. Finally, platinum lustre is added to the edges and fired to 740 degrees. Each piece of jewellery I make is delicate in nature, much like glass or Swarovski crystal jewellery so I always recommend treating it with care. If pieces are dropped on carpet they usually bounce, but please do not put them on above the bathroom sink as ceramic will shatter against a tiled or wooden surface if dropped.
I welcome commissions and I love to make bespoke pieces for customers, so please contact me with your ideas and send me your favourite leaves to design from!