Claire is a designer and maker of contemporary jewellery, working in silver and occasionally gold. Her work is organic and sculptural. Textured with hammer marks or imprinted with the delicate veins of a leaf, each piece is truly unique. She uses semi-precious stones as well as simple but beautiful found objects such as pebbles or sea glass, transforming them into elegant new forms.
Claire’s work has been inspired by nature, by contemporary designers, and also by the rich bold designs of African jewellery and sumptuous silver of India. She welcomes commissions and works closely with customers to create their own distinctive design.
Becoming a jeweller took a round-about route. Initially Claire did a Degree in Furniture & Product Design. Having specialised in metalwork, this was where she gained an understanding and love for metal… but it took another 25 years to move from steel to silver!
From university she went on to design and make orthopaedic equipment for disabled people, initially in the UK, and later in Africa. For the following 8 years she worked in international development, focusing on the wider needs of disabled people in Africa and Asia. She returned to manage a centre for disabled children outside Oxford where she worked for a further 12 years.
Having had a longstanding passion for silver, Claire undertook a two-year apprenticeship in 2009 with Oxford jeweller, Tony Thomson. She built her first jeweller’s bench in a tiny blue garden shed and then moved to an inspirational floating workshop, aboard Corpus Christi Barge.
Now living in the Wirral, Claire made the decision to become a full-time jeweller in 2016 and is thriving on the challenges of setting up her new business.