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
Rebecca-Anne Boldra is inspired by the world around her, particularly architectural forms. Her designs explore the contrast between straight lines and flowing curves to aid her exploration of functionality and its effect on the concept of beauty.
Rebecca-Anne studied for her degree at the School of Jewellery part of Birmingham City University. Subsequently,in the Summer of 2011, Rebecca-Anne started a residency at the renown Bishopsland Educational Trust which is based outside Reading. Here she completed their Post-graduate development course in Jewellery and Silversmithing and became a Fellow. After Bishopland Rebecca-Anne has been an Artist in Residence at Glasgow School of Art during the past academic year.
I studied a HND in ‘Jewellery and Applied Arts’ in Manchester and then went on to complete a degree in ‘Metalwork and Jewellery’ at Sheffield Hallam University. I graduated in 2009 and set up my workshop in North Somerset shortly after.
My work is a range of sculptural and bold silverware and jewellery. Most pieces are hammered from flat silver sheet using the techniques of hollowing, hand raising and planishing to create a three dimensional form. Chasing punches or textured hammers are used to apply different surface finishes to the object. I use many of the same tools and textured hammers to create both the large silverware pieces and the jewellery.
I use a sketchbook to initially plan my pieces but truly they come to life through the making process, I am very hand’s on experimental with my material. Rather than trying to control the outcome I allow my material and tools to guide me through the making, my subconscious takes over the design.
I am very visual my work is about form and texture as well as function. It is important to me to get out and see new places to refresh my head. Much of my visual diary has come from the highlands of Scotland where I visit regularly. With the Bulbous and Boulders collection, I had looked a lot at the idea of a foreign object attaching itself to another or taking over it completely, in this case barnacles on rocks, sometimes there are just a few and other times they smother the rock face. My first Bulbous pieces had areas of smooth planished silver contrasted with the bobbly forms. Later I started making pieces where the bobbly forms consumed the whole surface of the object. The Boulders pieces really followed on from this but for me they show more of the strength of character of the highlands.
There is still much to come from the influence of the highlands in my work but it is certainly not the only place I look to for inspiration. I also love old buildings and ruins, crumbling walls and castles. My interests lie with the ancient and old, things with a visual history. I like the idea of the rugged and earthy, something simply dug up from the ground.
Our third year of the Summer Of Silver Exhibition!!
This year we have some amazing exhibitors, some you may already have seen in our windows, some are new and innovative designs, and a couple this year are very local indeed!
On the line up this year:
Hannah Felicity Dunne
Padgham & Putland
Twisted Silver Studio
Phew…………………..Now, they’re exhibiting at different times throughout the summer so if you’d like to see a particular designer please just call us for the schedule.
All exhibition pieces are for sale and prices start from around £50.00 for silver jewellery up to a few thousand for some major signature pieces. Please feel free to come in and browse, we will be very pleased to see you and show you some brilliant designers.
During your initial appointment, you will try on a selection of beautiful silk gowns to find the shape that makes the very most of your figure. Many feature hidden corsetry that can make you look a size smaller. Judy has always designed with classic understatement using the best quality fabrics available, beautiful silks from all over the world and exquisite French lace.
As each dress is made for the individual bride, different elements can be selected to create a gown that is unique to you. Judy will produce sketches so you can imagine how the dress might look and also suggest which silks will best suit the design.
The attention to detail from the moment a dress is commissioned results in a perfect gown every time. Once you have selected the design the fun really starts. Judy will take your measurements and your individual pattern will be made. The toile is then fitted. This is a mock up of your dress in cotton. Sometimes a second toile will be required to ensure the fit is perfect. Only when the bride is happy will Joanna start to make your dress.
Two more fittings will follow in silk with the final fitting proving there is no substitute for a dress that is made-to-measure. You will look forward to your day with confidence, knowing you will look your very best.
A bespoke gown can take up to six months to complete and requires at least three fittings, although Judy has never been known to turn away a bride without a frock.
Bespoke wedding dresses from £1800. Samples bought off the peg from £500.