Karina Gill

Karina Gill is a contemporary silversmith who has been making unique sculptural bowls for over fifteen years.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Summer Of Silver

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Yes it’s here again! 

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:

Rebecca Joselyn

Hannah Felicity Dunne

Steve Wager

Ray Walton

Lexi Dick

Louise Walker

Padgham & Putland

Karina Gill

Stuart Jenkins

Gill Bridgestock

Twisted Silver Studio

Rebecca-Anne Boldra

Kathryn Hinton

Martyn Pugh

Silver Moonbow

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.

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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.

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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.

Our Visit To Jamie’s New Trattoria

We arrived at Jamie’s last night to enjoy one of their “soft opening” evenings.
The atmosphere was great, candles on the tables, music playing at the right volume – loud enough to hear but not too loud to have to shout at each other across the table.
The staff seemed excited, eager and a little apprehensive at the same time.
Not everything was available on the menu due to it being a soft launch; the specials, fish of the day and a couple of regular dishes.
We had a nice table for four in the front section, sadly away from the open kitchen where all the action was, but it was a good sized table with plenty of elbow room.
Drinks and the antipasti board were promptly brought as we took our time perusing the menu.
Two of us chose the baked chestnut mushrooms, one crispy squid and courgette, and one arancini risotto balls. Good sized portions and very tasty all round. We all had different main courses and we all agreed that they were all very good. Therefore we highly recommend the chicken in mushroom sauce on a crostini, prawn linguini, vegetable rotola, and my favourite the porcini fettuccini!
Only two of us managed dessert with the other two suddenly finding extra spoons to dig in and share as the chocolate arctic roll and sour cherry frangipan tart were too good to miss.
I am a fan of Italian food so I was quite confident that Jamie Oliver would deliver, I was not disappointed. It’s price point is not dissimilar to most of the Italians around town making it another great choice for somewhere to eat in town. We work right opposite which will make it very hard to go home at the end of every day knowing that there’s such a good restaurant just across the road.
Our many hearty congratulations to James and his team, we wish them every success. And we must also mention our charming waiter George who did a great job looking after us four ladies!
Thank you and we will see you again.

jamie