'And not a tankard in sight'

As a traditionally trained Silversmith, studying at Buckinghamshire University, I could describe being introduced to Pewter during my second year as love at first hammer. So malleable! So versatile! So misunderstood!

The love affair has continued over the five year journey of THIS IS PEWTER. Everyday I  enjoy hammering, soldering and bashing in my little studio at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. Using techniques which have been passed down throughout generations of makers I enjoy a sense of history, of connection with previous makers of years ago. This mix of 'old' combined with stripped back, embellishment-free contemporary design excites me everyday.

 

I often take inspiration from everyday landscapes which involve contrast in materials, scaffolding around a modern building, tangled fishing nets on the harbour, cracked pottery, rusty nails in a fencepost. My own likes also feed into my work such as my condiment spoons which answered a frustration of not inheriting my Mothers chutney making genes.

When not Pewtering I can be found exploring galleries, cycling in the sunshine (or Manchester rain!), making soup and borrowing Barry the dog for walks.