I have experimented with many different metalworking techniques to achieve an organic quality in my work. This lead me to investigate a new material called Precious Metal Clay. Developed by Mitsubishi Precious Metals in Japan in the early nineties. Precious metal Clay comprises of minute particles of precious metal suspended in an organic binder and water. The material handles just like ceramic clay. Once fired the organic binder burns away and the metal particles fuse together, so the piece becomes pure metal.
My bespoke work is made using silver clay. I make structures for neckpieces, earrings, bangles and brooches out of wire (steel, silver or 18ct gold) onto which I model forms of seeds and flowers with the clay.This means I can create entire pieces without soldering.
I find that hand modelling my jewellery in silver clay lends itself extremely well to recreating natural forms.It has a very organic quality and the masters for the castings for my production range are modelled in PMC.
I teach a range of Precious Metal Clay workshops both at my studios and at other colleges and schools for details of upcoming workshops click HERE