My passion for jewellery making began during metalwork class at the age of fourteen. One of two girls taking metalwork I came top of the class with my first jewellery project. After studying Art and Design at Swansea Institute, I furthered my studies at Plymouth college of Art in metalwork and 3D Design. After qualifying in 1992, I worked for a jewellery manufacturer in Surrey. Uninspired by mass production and having little creative input there I came home to set up a small workshop of my own at home in Swansea, South Wales.
I have not been tempted to manufacture my jewellery in a third world country which is poverty stricken and where the human rights record is appalling. Instead I have chosen to source my materials and tools to create my designs solely in the U.K.
My unique jewellery designs in silver and gold are inspired by my study of marine life, the colours and shapes of the rocks; discarded shells and other life forms created by the ocean's movements have always been a great fascination for me. A lover of the sea, I spend much of my time surfing or diving the rocky outcrops of the Gower bays and walking the country paths of the Gower with my family.
I firmly support the conservation of marine life and endeavor to highlight the diversity and delicate fabric of wildlife in our seas that is threatened by over fishing, habitation and climate change.
Shells and shell products are sourced predominantly as a by-product of the food industry in the country of origin or collected locally from naturally sustainable resources.
I now use recycled sterling silver sheet and sterling silver wire in my designs which I buy from a supplier in Birmingham. Made of 100% recycled and scrap silver products. Most of the Pa-pa packaging boxes are made from recycled plastic which are said to be made here in the Uk. Bioplastic is a new material made from a renewable, plant-derived, source. Being made from natural materials the boxes are completely bio-degradable and will decompose following continued exposure to the elements for a few months.
Prices for gold designs may change according to daily price fluctuations. Pa-pa’s Gold is purchased from a registered FLO-CERT Company ensuring certification of fairtrade gold providing small scale workers in developing countries with strict standards of working conditions, child labour, health and safety, chemical control and environmental responsibility.
I see my work as celebration of the beauty of these natural habitats and believe that my jewellery will appeal to anyone with a love and respect for the sea.
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