Showcases: Jewellery

C Jane Jewellery

C Jane Jewellery

My jewellery is inspired by living in Cornwall and observing the sea, the tides, the coastlines and hedgerows. Seasonal changes give me constant ideas, emerging curled ferns, the shape of tiny coltsfoot leaves as well as the double petals in a gorse flower are captured. The seascape of rolling tides, waves, spray as well as botanical and geological features are all represented in combinations of silver, copper and bronze.

I work from my studio in St Keverne where initial ideas are sketched out. Once I am happy with these I will draw the shape on to the chosen metal before cutting. I love the irregularities of nature so many pieces will represent this. Bangles and rings may be twisted, earrings might have an asymmetrical detail and added colours of different metals give a distinct finish. Texturing is the fun part of the process and I love experimenting to create effects.

Each piece of jewellery is totally unique – every piece has its own story.

Anna Rennie

Anna Rennie

Artisan Silversmith

Anna was born and raised in Cornwall. The beauty of the Cornish landscape and coast are the main sources of inspiration allowing Anna’s creative free spirit unlimited room to roam. The natural forms and textures that feature in Anna’s work beautifully combine to create pieces that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional in equal measures.

Nicola Bottono

Nicola Bottono

I am a jewellery artist and silversmith based in Cornwall. I completed my BA (Hons) in silversmithing and jewellery in 2012 under Plymouth University. Fascinated by the diversity of the Cornish landscape, I am constantly inspired by the coastline, sacred sites, flora and fauna of my home county. Silver is an incredibly versatile metal which allows me to transform sheet and wire into forms which express my thoughts and impressions through the creative process. I also use Mokume Gane, (a combination of copper and silver) as decorative elements in selected work. Mokume Gane (‘wood grain’) is created using an ancient Japanese technique of bonding different alloys in layers and processing the metal until a sheet is formed that contains contrasting patterns.  I have a primary interest in the functional form. The fabrication of mechanisms such as hinges and lids allows jewellery to become containers that can be personalised by the wearer.

The design inspiration for my wearable vessels comes from the containment of that which is held as sacred.  The contemporary silver bottles were originally constructed to carry water from the Holy Wells of Cornwall.  They can be used to carry sand from your favourite beach, earth from a festival field or the ashes of loved ones departed.  This connects the wearer to a person, place or event that they hold as sacred.  The wearable vases allow tiny seasonal flowers to be sited within, kept fresh by a small amount of water.  The hinged vessels allow objects of sentiment to be placed inside.  Each piece is hand crafted in sterling silver using the techniques of texturing, press forming and fabrication.  Hallmarked at the London Assay Office.

Nicola Bottono