My collections

I make jewellery inspired by antique treasures and the stories they tell. Heirlooms passed through generations building significance. I have strong memories of secretly discovering my Mum’s jewellery box as a child, trying on each piece and wondering at their hidden histories.

 

The Catkin Collection draws on a pattern seen long ago on an antique ring. A memory which lay dormant for more than 10 years until it came time to make my own wedding ring, when I gave myself the time to develop my unique technique layering sometimes hundreds of tiny disks to make a pattern reminiscent of the Spring catkin flower. 

 
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My workshop

I set up my workshop in 2003 after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art. Following 10 years in Glasgow I am now back in the Dumfriesshire countryside where I grew up. 

My workshop in the village of Thornhill is tucked away in the back of an old church. I surround myself with inspiration, printing trays full of buttons, pavement finds and vintage stationery inherited from my grandpa, a pin board covered in magazine cuttings and postcards.

My process

Sat at my workbench my favourite tools are all at hand, a piercing saw, tweezers, soldering torch, files, a mallet and planishing hammer.

I start each new piece in silver, building up my Catkin design by soldering every ‘scale’ in place. I cut the finished silver pattern to shape then juxtapose it with stones to create a balanced composition. A mold is then made and the final piece is cast in gold or platinum giving it one solid stable form into which the stones are set.

 
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A few of my favourite things...

. My Family
. A woolly scarf
. Blues and greens
. Radio 4 in the workshop
. 6 Music at home
. Museum visits
. A rummage at the car boot sale
. Fizzy wine
. Dancing (often aided by the above)

I feel honoured to be part of the Wedding Collective, a wonderful group of inspiring people.

I chose to have my wedding ring made by Alison as I have several other pieces of her Jewellery and adore and cherish each one so I knew having my wedding band made by her I would cherish it even more. The advice Alison gave me in choosing the style of band and metal that would work with my engagement ring was super helpful and made making my decision really easy. I absolutely love my ring and don’t think I could have found a ring that worked better with my engagement ring, it also came in a gorgeous little vintage ring box which I treasure just as much as the ring itself.
— Rowan, Edinburgh
The ring arrived earlier today and I just wanted to drop you a line to say it’s absolutely beautiful and everything I wanted.
Thank you so much for all your time and patience!
— Betty, Cheshire
 
 
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Bespoke

As well as making my own collections I take great joy in working with customers collaboratively to create unique pieces.