Unique articulated jewellery, inspired by the natural world and the process of making.
I grew up on a farm in West Wales, and spent my childhood immersed in nature, playing outside and making things. My jewellery celebrates the natural world, particularly arthropods, the group of animals including crustaceans and insects, imagining them evolving onto and around the human body.
I use traditional silversmithing techniques, forging sheet silver over steel stakes and into wooden formers using hammers and punches, to create unique three dimensional forms. After soldering, fusing and finishing these are often articulated and combined with gold /oxides to create lively, humorous pieces of wearable sculpture.
My work has been exhibited across the UK and abroad, including Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco and OXOXO, Baltimore.
Selected for Hothouse 6 by the Crafts Council.
Everything © Toby Cotterill Jewellery 2017