During my second year of university I fell in love with woodturning and silversmithing independently.  I loved how tactile each of the materials were; the grain and texture of the wood, and the smooth soldered joints of the metal work. This is a really important aspect to me as I have a sense of  personal connection to all the pieces of work that I have produced. 

   During my Design Crafts Degree I started to combine Silver and Wood to produce tableware and hollowware, overcoming many difficulties whilst  working with these two very different materials. I continued to combine these wood and metal despite the problems encountered because I love how contrasting they are; the way they are worked, the warmth of wood, the harshness of the metal, and the vastly different finishes that can be achieved. Despite the contrast, they work so well together and combine successfully.

   My work really begins when I start turning the wood. This is the most important stage for me, and helps me gain a great sense of what the vessel will eventually develop into. I often don't plan ahead as to what each piece will be because I get a feel for the wood and turn a shape I consider is right at the time. It helps me to express how I feel at that moment in time and gain great passion in the process.  Once the wood is all turned and finished off I then move on to work with the silver inserts, having decided what the piece will become.   I spin my silver inserts to give them a lovely smooth finish and solder all the rims together to fit onto the wooden vessel, complimenting perfectly.   

   I am  currently developing my work using  only native woods.  I find this notoriously difficult to obtain, considering we are a very green country with plenty of woods to source from.  I love making the most of felled trees that have lived a brilliant life and are local to me.  Even trees that have lived a hard life, and have developed burls and gnarly areas, are interesting to me as it just enhances the already beautiful grain. 

   I gained a great sense of confidence with my own work when I was awarded the Goldsmith's Bursary, in my third year of university, which I used towards purchasing precious metals. This really helped me develop my work and enabled me to create a  degree show range that I was very proud of and one which  Goldsmith's had vision enough to help me expand and fund. 

   I am currently expanding my Simplicity Collection, developing a range of utensils and vessels that are beautifully simple, yet totally functional. I aspire to display this range in exhibitions and galleries,  where I hope to gain  positive feedback from the public which will help me widen this into a well-rounded Collection of work, which people can envisage in their own homes.