Hello and welcome. I'm Emma the metalsmith artist behind My Jewellery Garden.
I create find statement pieces rich with imagery and motifs observed in coastal and inner landscapes and ocean life. I blend traditional hand forging techniques with a rich variety of other techniques including delft clay casting, wax carving, lost wax casting; and chasing and repousse.
My childhood weekends were often spent at antique fairs and markets with my antique dealer parents and this nurtured my interest in the unusual, the collectible and curious, along with adventures wandering towns like Buxton and Bakewell in the Peak District.
My interest in jewellery began young too, starting with a fascination for the treasures contained in my mums walnut musical jewellery box - particularly the small articulated charms she'd been gifted (I still have one - an articulated silver pistol); and an exotic elephant hair bangle from Kenya. As a teen, I had a passion for colourful, vintage, enamelled sterling silver jewellery that I picked up at antique markets and auctions.
I was artistic at school but my path took a detour until 2020, when recovering from a challenging time with my health, I rediscovered my creative passion and began to learn metalsmithing.
It wasn't long before I had established a home studio - my favourite place to spend time.
At the moment, I balance creating jewellery in my home studio in Northamptonshire, and working full time as a Project Manager for a large animal welfare charity.
Nature is the source of balance and inner calm in my life, along being the core inspiration for my jewellery.
I love to explore motifs observed in our dramatic coastal landscapes, ocean life and ancient, mysterious woodlands, paying attention to the intricate forms, textures and colour palettes that I discover on my walks and wanders.
I'm also fascinated with the symbolism that weaves its way into my creations.
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