Everything © Toby Cotterill Jewellery 2016
I make unique, sculptural, jewellery inspired by the natural world and the process of making. The inspiration for my work evolves from growing up on a farm in West Wales, exploring and playing in the great outdoors. I loved learning about the natural world (and still do), and absorbed names of plants, trees, animals and insects.
This immersion in nature forms the basis of my aesthetic, emerging from my subconscious at the workbench as I make. Here, the tools, hands, and mind work together. I forge silver over steel stakes and into wooden formers using hammers and punches.
Traditional silversmithing techniques combine with original construction methods to create three dimensional forms.These are often articulated to provide movement, or combine with handmade hinges and catches to create lively, humorous pieces of wearable sculpture.