I studied Contemporary Applied Art at Staffordshire University where I specialised in Jewellery & Silversmithing. In 2006 I returned to Oxfordshire, and found workshop space on the Cowley Road in Oxford City, where I have been working ever since. As a designer-maker I feel that the narrative behind an idea or object is just as important as the overall appearance of a piece: "Jewellery can remind us of people, places and stories, and can evoke memories and stir emotions. Jewellery is a powerful tool – It ties us to our past, present and future, and gives the wearer a sense of ‘self’." I take inspiration from idea of keepsakes, sentiment and treasures. From a collection of pocket watches at the Ashmolean Museum, to a box of old buttons; I use these sources as a starting point of my design process. I also make special items to commission such as wedding and engagement rings – working to a specific design from the customer, or working alongside them to create that special piece. Using traditional jewellery and silversmithing techniques I produce pieces which incorporate; raising, forging, soldering, press-forming, riveting and stone setting. Each piece bears the Birmingham Assay Office Hallmark.