Charlotte Rowenna Buckley
Charlotte is a designer/maker recently graduated from Birmingham’s school of Jewellery. Using her traditional bench skills as well as using CAD software such as Rhino she creates unique pieces of sculptural jewellery. The pieces she creates are based on the rugged organic forms and textures found on the coast and woodlands of west wales where she grew up. Charlotte loves finding and creating beauty from nature and sculpting its forms into wearable art for people to admire. Charlotte wants to convey this feeling whenever she gets the opportunity as there is always beauty in the natural world left un-discovered and so her vision is to always be creating.
Olivia was born and grew up in a small South Germany town, which has acquired the name “Gold and Silver town” because of its jewellery and silversmithing history. Through this and her family of famous glassmakers and jewellers she was greatly influenced from an early age to become a jeweller. Olivia spend 4 years as an apprentice in a well-known jewellery company in Germany before continuing her training at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Rochester and then setting up her own business in 1999. Olivia’s work is characterised by strong, clear and simple shapes, softened with a matt texture and surface detail. The geometric forms are made in gold or silver and detailed with fused yellow and white gold ornamentation, sometimes adding Diamonds to highlight the design and including precious and semi-precious stones. Olivia creates one off pieces or small collections of characteristic design and high quality craftsmanship.
Sally’s love of beautiful design and craftsmanship has informed her work from the very beginning. She studied 3 Dimensional Design at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen and has gone on to work in a number of creative environments including marketing for a design consultancy, gallery assistant and florist while establishing her own jewellery business. Sally’s most inspiring career move was to undertake a two year apprenticeship with the talented Tony Thomson in Oxford where she learned all aspects of jewellery making in precious metals, gold, silver and platinum and was introduced to the world of gemstones. Tony’s workshop was filled with a lifelong collection of unusual fossils and stones gathered from all over the world. This inspiration still informs Sally’s work today.
4th April - 25th July 2020
This year our ring exhibition has been carefully curated to showcase beautiful handcrafted rings suitable for engagements, weddings, special anniversaries and birthdays. So whether you’re celebrating a Ruby wedding anniversary, tying the knot or looking for a ring with your unique birthstone to celebrate a special birthday, this is the place to visit.
Image; Jessica Jewellery Design
Rings by Sally Grant
Susanna is a self-taught jeweller based in Yorkshire. She draws inspiration from almost anything, nature, architecture, art, conversations and the materials she uses. Stones sometimes dictate a certain way of setting, but she loves to experiment and also to see what happens if she lets materials do their own thing. Sometimes making mistakes creates something new and exciting too. All of Susanna’s pieces are handmade one off pieces that are as unique as the people who wear them.
Jean’s inspiration is rooted in her love of the artefacts of ancient cultures. She admires the textures, colours and purity of design, and to see the marks of the tools that made each object beneath the subtle patina of age is to see their makers’ workings back through time. In a direct link to those ancient craftsmen, Jean uses traditional hand tools to work with the metal; piercing, hammering and shaping with her designs developing as she works. Fragments of gold are fused to silver and some pieces are oxidised for depth of colour, then each piece is hand finished with fine emery papers, with edges brightly burnished. Simplicity of line and form are enhanced with carefully selected gemstones including pearls, spinels, coloured diamonds and topaz. All the work is hand made in her Sussex workshop radiating her flair for design and attention to detail.
One jeweller for this section still to be confirmed, watch this space!
Anthony Blakeney - Images coming soon!
Anthony has been making jewellery for more than 25 years, having studied design at Leeds College of Art. Following full time craft studies he began a period learning the art of diamond setting. It wasn't until a few years later that his love of design was renewed, and he began designing and selling at Trade Fairs across the country and abroad. Although Anthony is not known for his classic handmade tension ring designs, he does like to experiment, and sometimes some of these pieces are turned into finished jewellery, such as the range which he developed by casting pieces of rose root into silver, and shaping into finished items. The silver he uses in his work is recycled, and all his materials are ethically sourced.
Catherine has been fortunate to be the jewellery designer for the blockbuster Harry Potter films of J. K. Rowling’s series of books. Jewellery from her collection has been worn in the Harry Potter films and she has also been commissioned to make a number of pieces. She was also commissioned to make two bespoke necklaces for the film Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was released in 2018. Catherine gained her first class honours degree in Jewellery Design from Middlesex University and worked with a number of leading names within the design and fashion industry including Vivienne Westwood. She then went on to achieve a Masters in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art. From an early age she had an obsession with drawing and discovered her individuality in creating three-dimensional work. Catherine grew up in a house brimming with antiques, decorative art and ceramics, as both her parents were keen collectors and osteopaths. This undoubtedly mapped out Catherine’s artistic journey. Catherine’s biggest inspiration is nature and the human form and her work is influenced by the granulation technique of ancient civilisations. Her jewellery has a strong identity, with an emphasis on detail, movement and texture.
One more jeweller for this section still to be confirmed, watch this space!