Establishing my way in the world of designing and making artisan jewellery has been long and winding. The school that originally advised me to take Home Economics rather than Metalwork was, some 30 years later, the very same place that saw me undertake my first course in silversmithing! It was during this course that something clicked for me and I knew I’d found what I really wanted to do.
Two years on, my passion for jewellery making meant I left my 9 to 5 job and established Garth Mountain Silver in 2012. The name came from the love I have for the place I call home, unfortunately, it's not because there is any silver in Garth Mountain!
I use traditional tools and techniques, work with silver, gold, often incorporating precious and semi-precious stones and sea glass. I love using texture to enhance my work, creating additional facets to allow the light to catch, reflect and dance on the surfaces. My aim is to design and create timeless pieces which last a lifetime and beyond.
I’ve also been inspired by antique sterling silver cutlery, pieces of which can date back to the 18th Century and so alongside my forged work I have created a range of jewellery working with antique sterling silver cutlery. Sterling silver knives, forks and spoons become rings, bangles and pendants often incorporating the original hallmarks and the beautiful old patterns into features of each piece. Each newly transformed item of jewellery will arrive accompanied by a certificate of authorisation for change of use from the Assay Office for you to keep detailing a little of its history.
When not making at my work bench, I can be often found walking my two rescue dogs, Jess (long legs Collie) and Millie (little legs Schnauzer) though the beautiful Welsh countryside and woodland on my doorstep; beach combing along the beautiful South Wales coastline or metal detecting with the hope of finding treasures to incorporate into my designs and jewellery. It’s where inspiration abounds.
The Garth Mountain
Photograph by kind permission of Ben Williams @GarthUchafFarm Cardiff