I am interested in the process of making and methodology and the way that we perceive and interpret visual messages, how we can make assumptions, sometimes missing subtle nuances.
I studied Three-Dimensional Design at Hornsey College of Art, London in the early 1970's and set up a silversmithing practice in Clerkenwell, London, sharing a studio and collaborating in projects with Stanley Reece, engraver during the period '70s to the late '80s. On moving to the Norfolk coast I gained a passion for the sea and sailing probably due to having made many silver models of Arabic sailing dhow boats. I made both commissioned and exhibition work during this period and became a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths.
In 1999 my work premises in Norfolk was reduced to ashes in a devastating fire which destroyed all my previous collected designs, photo records, equipment and much of my past work that I still possessed. This event ended my active participation in silversmithing and I taught art and design practice and theory full time until 2013.
I completed a post-graduate MA at Birmingham’s School of Jewellery, BCU in 2015 which revitalized my enthusiasm for making and the emphasis since then has been on the abstract. I now mainly work with non-precious materials including base metals and vitreous enamels. The fact that these materials are not precious is important to my intentions as the material value ceases then to be a dominant factor of the work.
I like the paring down to simple form and being free in interpretation, both in the making and the materials used and that they are not constrained by the expected.
2013 – Present Part-Time tutor/lecturer, Small Metals Department, Hereford College of Arts, Hereford
2013 – 205 MA Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products, School of Jewellery, Birmingham
City University, Birmingham
2012 – Present Membership of Alloy Jewellers, Courtyard Arts Centre, Hereford.
2010-2011 Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills. University of East Anglia (UEA) Norwich.
1999 – 2012 Deputy Head and Head of Department, Art & Design
1974 – 1999 Part-time teacher of Art & Design
1991-1999 Silversmithing workshop moved to Snettisham, Norfolk
1989 Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’ and Freeman of the City of London.
1984 – Present. Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths F.I.P-G
1977-1991 Established workshop with Stanley Reece (engraver & lecturer, RCA) Clerkenwell Workshops, Clerkenwell Green, London and at 47 Mount Pleasant, Clerkenwell, London.
1976-77 Self-programmed study including silversmithing, engraving and jewellery. Sir John Cass College, Whitechapel, London.
1973-76 Partner in Silver Three Designs
1973 Licentiate member of The Society of Designer-Craftsmen
1970 -73 Diploma in Art and Design (Hons) Three Dimensional Design Silversmithing, Hornsey College of Art, London
1969-70 Foundation Studies at Hornsey College of Art, London.
Jabeh Investment Company Ltd. Making a variety of precious metal articles such as small to large models of traditional Arab dhow sailing craft, models of buildings, TV awards and a variety of other items over a 15 year period
The International Monetary Fund – Leaving gift for German Chancellor Billy Brandt
The Royal Air Force
Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
The Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Royal Holloway College, University of London
The Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham, Norfolk
The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge
Anthony Elson silversmith
Gerald Benny silversmith
Georgia Brown, actor
Private clients and various retail outlets
Manufacture and supply of small bronze fixtures and fittings for interior design.
2018 The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford. Alloy showcase.
2018 Hereford College of the Arts, Hereford. Joint tutors and students exhibition.
2017 Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK. Selected pieces with Jean Painleve Exhibition.
2017 Oska, Ludlow. Ludlow Fringe festival solo exhibition.
2016-17 The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford. Habitats. Alloy group exhibition.
2016 School of Jewellery, BCU, Birmingham. Live making in Junk to Gold Event.
2016 BCNJoya, Barcelona
2016 MadridJoya, Madrid
2015 Galerie Marzee, Nijmegan, Netherlands. Internationale Eindexamen, Tentoonstelling.
2015 MA Group Exhibition, Birmingham, UK
2014 School of Jewellery, BCU, Birmingham. Three MA student exhibition.
2013 New Birmingham Library, Birmingham. Participation in live event Story Meadow.
2012 & 2013 Information Centre and Museum, Ludlow. Joint exhibition with Karen Beswick
2012 The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford. Alloy group exhibition
2011 The Forum, Norwich. Go Go Go. Three artist exhibition.
1999 Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London. Time for Tea exhibition.
1975 Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London. Loot
1974 Musee des Beau Arts, Montreal. Mixed exhibition
1973 The Royal Exchange, London. Society of Designer-Craftsmen
1973 The Building Centre, Store Street, London. Dip A.D. exhibition