Leaf Beauty & Commemoration
My Family planted eight Acer trees at Westonbirt Arboretum over 30 years ago in commemoration for my late Grandfather. So I visit often, appreciating the stunning colours that transform from greens to sunset reds. I then mimic these colours in my ceramic jewellery and tableware.
My Acer Japonica Trees
My father has also entrusted me with three of his prize Acer japonica trees in my garden. Today, these beautiful trees are the source of inspiration for many of the bespoke pieces of ceramic jewellery I create.
I use high firing porcelain to produce my jewellery, meaning they are delicate, yet robust. Pieces are fired in three stages, firstly to 1020 degrees biscuit ware; then oxide and glaze is added with a second firing to 1255 degrees. Finally, platinum lustre is added to the edges and fired to 740 degrees.
Jewellery After Care
Each piece of jewellery I make is delicate in form, reflecting the true nature of the leaf. Porcelain is durable, but responds much like glass or Swarovski crystal jewellery. Therefore, I always recommend putting your jewellery on in a carpeted floor to prevent possible breakages.
Trace Back To Your Jewellery’s Origin
When you purchase a unique piece of jewellery from me, I feel it’s imortant you understand the authenticy of the piece. I therefore offer you the chance to trace your unique piece of jewellery ‘back to it’s roots‘. Here you can see where the leaf that helped create your pendant or earrings came from. I include a grid reference, photograph and links to visitor information for National Trust sites so you can even visit the tree itself.
I welcome commissions and I love to make bespoke pieces for customers, so please contact me with your ideas and post me your favourite leaves to design from! Many customers send leaves to me when they are moving house and leaving special trees behind. I have even been asked to create Ivy leaf pendants for family members because their middle name is ‘Ivy’ – a lovely way to symbolise the generational connection in a family.