Toby grew up on a farm in West Wales, spending his childhood playing outside with his brothers and making things. His ideas come from this early immersion in nature. Particular inspiration comes from arthropods, the vast group of animals containing crustaceans and insects, and accounting for over 80% of animal life on earth. His jewellery celebrates these incredible creatures, imagining them evolving onto and around the human body.

“Most children have a bug period. I never grew out of mine.”

E. O. Wilson, biologist.

After an Art Foundation course at Carmarthen School of Art he studied Design: Craft at Staffordshire University, spending two years experimenting with materials before specialising in fine metal work and jewellery. Toby exhibits his work at major craft fairs across the UK, and has shown at galleries including Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco and Goldsmiths’ Centre in London.

He lives and works in the beautiful South Pennine town of Hebden Bridge with his wife and two children. When not in the workshop he’ll probably be found on the school pick up, or out on the moors. He runs with the local group Calder Valley Fell Runners, representing them at many local and national fell races including the Ben Nevis race.