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.
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.
My “smithing” days began in a shed in East London. From there I stepped up to the rather more refined environment of Crown Jewellers Aspreys (later to become Asprey-Garrards) in London’s Bond Street, where over 25 years I mastered all the skills of the “across the board” gold/silversmith/jeweller, such as chasing, box making, forging, hammering, and raising.
SEW Ltd Gold/Silversmiths was launched in 2003. I am a Freeman of the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths; A fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths; A fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
I love my work, whether I am crafting individually designed wedding rings, or mustering every bit of my expertise to transform the more elaborate gold/silverware imaginings of my customers into reality.
My ethos is simple: the highest level of technical expertise melded with flexibility and creativity. My creations are always unique, and always a matter of personal pride.
Over the years I have been the craftsman behind such prestigious projects as the Cricket World Cup, the Ryder Cup, trophies for the Royal Ascot races and repairs to the F A Cup! I have also created commissions for HRH the Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal Family; the Sultans of Brunei and Oman amongst other prominent clients.
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.
Karina Gill studied at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Farnham where she gained her BA (Hons) in 3 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 metal bowls and jewellery.
Karina’s work has been influenced by colour, texture and repetition. Her organic and geometric forms are hammered and manipulated by hand in silver, steel, copper and brass. She enjoys creating warm decorative items from cold, hard sheet metal and is currently expanding her range in silver. She is also working on a much larger scale, experimenting with sculptural bowls for Interiors.
Here you can experience a sample of her work, find out where she’s exhibiting or contact her directly to discuss your requirements.