Jewellery is an art form that has fascinated mankind for millennia; from the time that someone picked up some bones and feathers and worked out a way to link them together to make a necklace. From that simple concept has arisen the development of a wide range of skills and a variety of source materials, as is amply demonstrated by the work of the four artists featured in this exhibition.
Anne Farag is heavily influenced by the symbols and patterns that are evocative of ancient civilisations, and she uses the painstaking technique of etching to incorporate them into the sterling silver components of her work. These she then pairs with a variety of semi-precious gemstones to produce striking and unique pieces that have a tribal flavour.
Helen Gorick, originally a silversmith, fell in love with the layers of colour that can be achieved through lampworking with glass, where rods of glass are heated with a bench-mounted torch and formed into gorgeous beads and focals. Some clearly evoke the sea and shoreline, while others reflect the beauty of the Jurassic coast, which lies close to Helen’s studio near Axminster.
Peter Reeves uses silver, gold and both precious and semi-precious stones in his work, and specialises in bespoke commissioned pieces, working with his clients to create exactly what they have in mind. He will also incorporate treasured pieces of family jewellery into contemporary pieces, thus giving them a new lease of life to be enjoyed by the current generation.
Yvonne Doney’s favourite silversmithing techniques are forging, fusing, reticulation, and fold-forming, and she also likes to work with semi-precious stones, usually in their natural, organic form. Her inspiration often comes from the properties of the metal itself, as she finds the process of changing its form with the use of hammers and flame endlessly fascinating.