have been creating jewellery seriously for about three years, but have
only recently started my own jewellery-making business. I design and
make jewellery under the trading name Tangled Oak. There is a
typically Cornish, wind-sculpted oak outside the house and looking at
that every day inspired the choice of name.
I have been interested in
natural history and geology since I was a child. My special interest in
minerals, rocks and fossils led me to an interest in stone polishing and
thence to jewellery making. I now leave most of the stone preparation to
the experts and concentrate on designing and hand-making items of
My designs are most often
inspired by forms in the natural world. Fossils, shells (both sea shells
and nut shells), leaves and rock textures are some of the forms which I
have incorporated into my work. Sometimes the materials themselves
suggest designs. I work in Sterling silver, PMC (Precious Metal Clay:
fine silver which is purer than Sterling), bronze and I use
semi-precious stones & freshwater pearls in some of my designs.
My pieces are often connected
with a special memory. This could be associated with an item I have
found, for example an ammonite on the beach, or an activity, like
learning to tie knots with my father. Each piece I make has a strong
sense of time and place for me as the creator and, hopefully, for the
wearer as well.
I love the care and detail
involved in jewellery making, as well as the beauty of the materials and
of the finished pieces. I have more design inspirations than I can keep
up with, but that is the fun and the challenge of working creatively. If
you have a special memory in mind and would like to have a piece of
jewellery made to embody it, please contact me.