High Tide Jewellery

‘High Tide’

This body of work is based on my family’s holiday hut ‘High Tide’ and the surrounding area of the south-west coast of Scotland. Having visited this area throughout my life I have developed a strong emotional attachment to it – for me it is a place of escape and tranquility.

Using the various ‘hut’ shapes as frameworks I have experimented with enamels on copper and silver, adding sand from the beaches to some. Combining these experimental enamelling processes with fold-forming techniques I have created small fragments recalling the coast.

Focusing on different aspects of the coastal environment – land, sea, sand and rock – I have created evocative surfaces that embody the landscape. The tactile surfaces evoke childhood memories of collecting rocks and shells and sifting sand through fingers and the use of blue cord and black leather tying the components together echoes the tangles of seaweed and degree found washed up on the beaches.