My work has been described as modern classical though I'm not sure this is an accurate description - I leave the viewers of this website to form their own judgements. All forms of the natural and man-made world are inspirational. I enjoy developing designs in my sketch books though I often have some of my best ideas working with metal at the bench.
I first developed an interest in silversmithing as a student on a teacher training course in the early sixties (yes, I'm getting on!). My interest developed while teaching, and I gained a Final City and Guilds in Goldsmithing and Silversmithing in the early days of my teaching career. Making silverware is time consuming and has a limited market. I wanted to work in precious metals but to do so I needed to sell my work and that wasn't easy, consequently, I transferred my skills, taught myself jewellery making and developed a keen interest in gemmology - the market in jewellery is very much bigger and if you want to make you have to sell to buy the materials!
In 1969 I won a silver medal in the Welsh National Eisteddfod for a silver and black opal pendant and chain, that was the last time I entering a competition! At this time I was near to leaving teaching to work full-time as a designer craftsman but got married and we needed the security of a regular income. A career in education took over (and was very much enjoyed) but I always promised myself that I would be personally creative again and the opportunity came with an early retirement from full-time education in 1997. I am now thoroughly enjoying myself designing and making without the pressures of having to make a living.
My work is based on the central principles of the mastery of the craft, innovation and experimentation, bearing in mind always a wish to enhance wearers and present gemstones to advantage. Other than my permanent exhibition of work at the Makers Guild in Wales Gallery - Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, I work to commission. Commissions always present an enjoyable challenge and enable me to work with people from all over the world.
I have been a member of the prestigeous Makers Guild in Wales since 1999 and I was elected chair of the Guild from 2002 to 2006. Taking an interest in and supporting and promotion of high quality design and craftsmanship is important to me and the Makers Guild do a very good job of this.