Silver Moonbow

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.

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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. 

Rebecca Anne Boldra

  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.

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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.

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Hannah Felicity Dunne

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.

 Bubble Candle Holder

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.

 Bulbous Side Bowl

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.

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Easter Treasure Hunt in the High Street

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We are back with our High Street Easter Egg Treasure Hunt!
Find the 15 hidden eggs in selected High Street windows to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes in the draw!
Maps will be available from and should be returned to us here at number 37 High Street.
Returned maps will receive a chocolate treat and all maps will be entered into a grand prize draw on Saturday 11th April at 12 noon to win a number of prizes which are being donated by the shops in the High Street.

All proceeds to our chosen charity this year – Folly Wildlife Rescue.
Situated in the Broadwater Forest near Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Folly Wildlife Rescue Trust is a charity dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and distressed wild animals and birds throughout West Kent, East Sussex and the surrounding region.
Each year some 3500 injured, orphaned, sick or distressed wild animals and birds are admitted to our centre where they receive expert care and veterinary treatment. Some (but very few) have fallen from nests in high winds, or are the survivors of attack or predation by other wild animals, but by far, the vast majority are the victims of human activity.

March 2015

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This week we did a bit of brainstorming and have come up with a few promotions to run this year!

Coming soon is a brand new Mondaine product – the Helvetica. Well-thought-out, balanced, even-tempered, essential, soft and fluid, with its sophisticated, harmonious and logically structured forms is the font for everyday needs of advanced printing. The 6 similarities between Helvetica® and Mondaine – Swiss Icon, Timeless, Traditional, Highly Readable, World Wide Know, Unmistakeable. Choosing the Helvetica® font as a muse, with its quintessentially Swiss values and style, has enabled the creation of a time-tested yet harmonious watch collection. Just like the type font, Mondaine Helvetica is discreet, yet strong in the conviction of providing efficient time-keeping in a tempered recognizable form. So, joi us this coming May to see the new collection along with the Mondaine SBB Range including Simply Elegant and Evo.

With Easter just around the corner, we have organised a fun Easter egg treasure hunt in Tunbridge Wells High Street. From Saturday 28th March through to Saturday 11th April – you can pick up a treasure map from us. Find the 15 hidden numbered eggs in the High Street windows; mark the numbers on your map and return it to us. There are a few rhymes to help you along! Simples! The hunt runs for the two week half term period so plenty of time for you to come hunting! All returned maps will receive a treat courtesy of Morrison’s and all returned maps will be entered into a grand prize draw on Saturday 11th April where many prizes are being donated by the High Street businesses including a £25.00 voucher from Javabean and plenty of choccy treats from other participants. Treasure Maps are free in exchange for a charitable donation. We are sponsoring the Folly Wildlife Rescue Centre and all proceeds from this year’s Treasure Hunt will go to this great charity which is situated in the Broadwater Forest near Tunbridge Wells. Folly is a charity dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned, sick and distressed wild animals and birds throughout West Kent, East Sussex and the surrounding region. Each year some 3,500 wild animals and birds are admitted to the centre where they receive expert care and veterinary treatment. Run purely on public donations this worthy charity thanks you for all your support. 

Our Zelli Porcelain side of the business has also been planning some spectacular activities. They have joined forces with local porcelain artist Stephen Bartley. Mr Bartley is probably most well known for his collection of character porcelain pigs, frogs and hippos. We are inviting you to design a new model for his pig collection. Measuring just four inches tall, these little pigs are full of character and can be custom made to most specifications. To enter we need four colour sketches (front, back and both side views) of your design. There is a £10 fee per entry and ALL proceeds go to Folly. The competition is open to all ages. There are no restrictions except your imagination. Designs and entry fees should be returned to Payne & Son/Zelli Porcelain by no later than 30th September 2015. Short listed designs will be forward to Mr Bartley who will have the final judgement. The judge’s decision is final. The winner will have their design made by Mr Bartley and receive a limited edition of number one of six. See zelliporcelain.com for full terms and conditions.

 And talking of charities…….we have adopted the Folly Wildlife Rescue Centre as our charity for the year. Situated in the Broadwater Forest near Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Folly Wildlife Rescue Trust is a charity dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and distressed wild animals and birds throughout West Kent, East Sussex and the surrounding region. The Trust specialize in the hand-rearing of mammals, including hedgehogs, badgers, foxes, mice, rabbits and even deer, as well as over two thousand nestling and fledgling birds of all species. In addition, it works tirelessly to dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding many wild animals (for example, magpies are killing all our songbirds, foxes are ruthless killers, all badgers carry TB etc) with a view to reducing much needless and often fatal persecution.

Through its education programme (carried out primarily in schools, community groups and clubs) it looks to highlight these man-made problems (which nationwide are killing and maiming millions of animals and birds every year) as well as demonstrating to people how they can help prevent such accidents from happening in the first place. It also actively promotes a respect for and an appreciation of our wonderful wildlife heritage.

Stay tuned for another update soon!