Karina Gill is a contemporary silversmith who has been making unique sculptural bowls for over fifteen years.
Karina studied at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design where she gained her BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design in metal work. Since completing her degree in 1996 she has built up her business from her workshop in Dorset, where she designs and makes her etched silver bowls.
Her distinctive, collectible bowls will create an intriguing talking point wherever they are placed, with each piece being crafted from a single piece of metal.
Influenced by organic repetition in nature, print-making and textiles, Karina’s creations are objects to be loved for generations. Free-hand acid etching creates a unique, heavily textured yet delicate surface, giving each piece a tactile quality.
Find out more about Karina’s range and all her upcoming exhibitions on her website, karinagill.co.uk
I am Mary Rimmer and I make all the Silver Moonbow jewellery. I live in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, with my husband and young daughter. I am a qualified Art Clay Instructor.
I have loved making jewellery since I was a young child when I used to spend hours making bead necklaces, usually to ‘sell’ to my mother. I enjoyed creating pieces using beads and polymer clay. In 2010 I came across art clay silver and knew I just had to find out more about this amazing medium. I booked myself on a beginner course and have never looked back.
I hope you enjoy browsing through the range of jewellery featured. Every piece I sell is handmade, so no two pieces will ever be the same. What will be a constant is that each piece has been crafted with passion and love.
Making a piece of silver jewellery has many stages: the silver clay is formed or moulded and once dry it is sanded, then kiln fired and polished. It is a time consuming and labour intensive process. For the fused glass, I hand pick and then cut each piece of glass, then fuse in my kiln – it can take 8 hours from start to finish in the kiln, so it’s hard for me to temper my impatience at times. My resin jewellery range also tests my patience as it takes 24 – 72 hours to ‘cure’ and harden, so once again it’s a long and painstaking process.
Much of my work reflects my love of the sea and the natural world. I am looking to develop new ranges all the time, so do look for updates that will appear here from time to time. I have over the last 6 months started making fused glass and resin pieces, and am currently starting to work with copper, so that will be added soon.
I am a Level One Art Clay Instructor, so I can teach silver clay, and will be running some classes in the near future.